Ready meals consumption is influenced by the changing consumer lifestyles and new product launches by industry players. Given the shelf-life of products, their constant refrigeration keeps them free from microbial and fungal contamination. As frozen ready meals become an instant, convenient, affordable, and healthy alternative to fresh food, manufacturers now focus on improved quality.
Frozen bakery products cover nearly 8% of the global frozen food market. Of these, frozen bread and frozen pastries will also continue to witness a progressing scenario in coming years, according to the latest research.
Also, many of the leading European manufacturers of frozen foods have been adjusting their product portfolios to take account of the growing demand for appetizers and snacks. But growth is becoming harder to achieve, especially for smaller players.
Meanwhile, per capita consumption of ice cream in EMEA is around 4.6kg, and expected to grow. Thanks to consumers’ passion for ice cream, the product category in EMEA is slated to grow by 2.1% CAGR by 2021.
Following ice cream, the segment of frozen vegetables and fruit is the most popular category among consumers, both for its convenience attributes and for the fresh guarantee that individually quick-frozen produce provide. However, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, sales of frozen vegetables, especially French fries, have dramatically decreased in foodservice all over the world.
As far as cutting technology innovation is concerned, peeling equipment or digital sorters, frozen food manufacturers require NPD and equipment designed in such a way, that emphasizes better performance, less maintenance and food waste, as well as an increase in yields.
For these and much more, please access the “State of the Frozen Food Industry” dossier here.