China’s Favorite Snack: Ice Cream

August 24, 2017

New Mintel research reveals that half (49%) of urban Chinese consumers say they eat ice cream at home as a snack, compared to four in 10 (39%) who said the same in 2015. Meanwhile, 39% of urban Chinese consumers report eating ice cream as a dessert this year, compared to just over one in four […]


Plants Make a Power Play in Frozen Meals

June 22, 2017

Consumers appear to be internalizing government, medical, fitness expert and media advice to increase consumption of fruit and vegetables. As Mintel’s 2017 food and drink trend ‘Power to the Plants’ notes, aspirations for healthier and ‘cleaner’ lifestyles are motivating consumers to prioritize fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and botanicals.   By Mintel   Looking ahead, […]

Private Label

Private Label: Own Brands Go Premium

May 10, 2017

Fruit and vegetables have proved fertile ground for new product development in private label frozen food over the past three years, while drives towards premiumization and greater product diversity indicate a sector in pursuit of consumers with more adventurous and discerning palates, the latest research from Gama reveals. By Tom Warden Across the board, private […]


German Desserts Market May Be under Pressure

March 16, 2017

Consumers in Germany increasingly aim to follow healthy lifestyles. Latest research from Mintel reveals that almost half (48%) of German consumers say they are actively reducing their consumption of or avoiding sugary foods and 44% say the same about fatty foods. While Germany continues to be Europe’s largest dessert market in retail market value, retail […]


Marketing & Branding: Ice Cream Leads the Way

February 20, 2017

Innovative marketing activity is especially apparent within the ice cream category, reports Jonathan Thomas. Marketing remains as important as ever in the frozen foods industry. With competition from other sectors of the food industry – with the fresh/chilled category representing the most obvious example – manufacturers of frozen foods face ongoing challenges to appeal to […]

Health and Well-being in Frozen Food

BFFF Exclusive: Health and Well-being

October 13, 2016

With levels of awareness around health and well-being growing when it comes to food, frozen food is in an ideal position to help tackle these concerns. Brian Young, chief executive of British Frozen Food Federation In my last column, I referred to research which has shown that freezing food within hours of it being picked […]


Coated, Breaded and Wrapped Foods: New Market Trends

August 11, 2016

The innovation of frozen breaded products is based first and foremost on the promise of pleasure, implying a game of textures, flavors or new and gourmand shapes. By Xavier Pilloy, XTC World Innovation However, one can still see that the development of frozen brea­ded products mixes pleasure and health, the challenge of the manufacturer being […]


The Next Step in Nutrition: Designing Healthier Food & Drink Products

August 11, 2016

Product developers are looking beyond salt, sugar and fat reduction, to consider other ways to improve the nutritional profile of their products. Foods that make you feel full for longer and low glycemic index (GI) products which can help maintain blood glucose levels are a particular area of interest. Dr Pretima Titoria from Leatherhead Food […]


BFFF Exclusive: A Matter of Perception

August 4, 2016

Perceptions of frozen food as a whole have improved immensely in recent years across the foodservice and retail sectors, according to Brian Young, chief executive of British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) Research has helped to prove that frozen food retains more nutrients than fresh food, reduces food bills and reduces food waste in professional and […]


Grilled & Party Products Record Strong Growth

June 30, 2016

The barbecue products category and more generally the festive products category are on a roll! These product segments have recorded a strong momentum this year, with more and more specific and clear benefits to the consumer. By Xavier Pilloy – XTC World Innovation First, we must highlight the importance of sharing these products which are […]

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