The market of ready meals has grown remarkably in the recent years. Previously perceived as non-healthy and an indulgence, it has adapted to changing consumer demands and lifestyles. In 2007, the research company Mintel reported that the ready meals market within the five largest European Countries (UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) increased by 5% between 2006 and 2007, reaching a total sales value of €8. 4 billion. A growth of 18% to reach the €10 billion mark by 2011 was also predicted.
The market was worth €2 billion in the UK in 2007 with a prediction that between 2006 and 2011, sales would reach €3. 7 billion in the UK. Moreover, it seems that the UK has a much higher growth of sales per head of population than in France and Germany with only 9% of Germans predicted to eat a ready meal each week. The ready meals market is very competitive and the main competitors are: Heinz, Findus group, Meal Kits, Premier Foods, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.
Changes in the marketing environment have certainly influenced positively the growth of the ready meals market. This PESTEL Analysis will help to analyse the ready meals’ market environment and identify the factors that influenced its growth. Political factors: The government is concerned about the health of the society and is promoting healthy eating and encouraging people to choose healthier lifestyle option. The government has repeated warnings about the potentially dangerous levels of salt contents in some ready meals.
Economical According to Ready Meals, a new report published by market intelligence provider Key Note, the market for ready meals grew by 6. 6% in 2011, to reach a value of ? 1. 85bn. The economic crisis and a demand for convenient mealtime solutions are the main factors behind this growth. Although consumer confidence has plummeted with the economic crisis and a cloud of financial uncertainty hangs over the public’s head, the ready meals industry is remaining resilient through the hard times.
Moreover, it is actually benefiting from the downturn as consumers stay at home in an effort to save money. The rise of the ‘dining trend’ has been a key feature of changing consumer habits in recent times; consumers can no longer afford to eat out and are seeking to recreate the restaurant experience at home. One of the benefits of dining out is that the meal requires little to no preparation by the consumer. Own-labels dominate the market in the ready meals industry in the UK. This presence has put pressure on brand manufacturers to engage in promotional activity in order to remain competitive.
However, in 2011, brands were better able to respond to consumer demand for quality ready meals than supermarkets. Moreover, retailers have been slow to respond to consumers’ desire to try new exciting and exotic flavours. Italian has overtaken English to become the favourite cuisine in the industry, while Mediterranean-themed and Mexican ready meals are increasingly popular in the market. With no foreseeable end to the economic crisis in the near future, Key Note expects that the industry will continue to do well over the next 5 years. Innovation and convenience will help to drive this growth.
Key Note anticipates that more and more vegetable portions will accompany ready meals, as consumers try and eat a balanced diet; dynamic flavours and original products will be introduced to the market; and consumers will put quality ahead of price. Sociological Furthermore, as more and more consumers lead increasingly busy and hectic lifestyles, they do not have the time to cook meals from scratch, preferring to opt for convenient mealtime solutions instead. This puts ready meals in a prime position to take advantage of the economic crisis. Cheap and bland are two adjectives that have traditionally been associated with ready meals.
However, although consumers are eating at home instead of out to save money, they still want to treat themselves to affordable luxuries. This has created a demand for premium ready meals and opened the door to innovation, as consumers want to try new dishes and exciting flavours. Consumers are looking for nutritious and tasty ready meals that are made with quality ingredients. There is also a niche in the market for products that meet consumers’ growing dietary requirements, including vegetarian variants and gluten-free options. Technological Environmental /ecological
ENG 102: Writing II (4216_36Z1)
Although you may not find people arguing about your particular crisis, you can use other arguments to understand related values and claims. After collecting outside opinions on the situation (through surveys, secondary research, or both), use the following questions to explore the various possible positions related to the crisis.
Think about where you work or may work. What is a crises that could develop there? Respond to the questions below about that crises.
What Do Others Claim?
How do other people or sources characterize the crisis?
What possible actions or solutions are put forth?
What do other arguments seem to value (money, progress, children, equality)?
If solutions have been suggested, how thorough are they? (What details do they omit? What significant factors do they ignore?)
What Do I Claim?
How do I see the crisis differently from others?
What values and assumptions do I share with others?
Based on my values and assumptions, I believe the crisis can be addressed by.
Of course, there are limitless ways to approach a crisis. But it may help to apply some common strategies. Consider the following formula. Even though you may not maintain the exact structure, these sentence patterns can generate an initial path for your argument. The first two patterns (A and B) would keep you focused on a claim of fact. You would not argue for a solution but try to persuade readers about the nature of the crisis. The latter two patterns (C and D) would set you up to argue for a solution. You would make the case about the crisis (a claim of fact) and then propose a strategy for solving it (a claim of policy):Because it is , there is no stopping it.
The crisis continues primarily because do not recognize .
Because , we should .
To address the current , we should .
How would you write (and what would you write) about using the crises you identified in Discussion 1 and using the above 4 statements?