Frozen food is on the up – what does that mean for consumers?

August 28, 2015 5:18 pm

Frozen food’s had a tough ride since Clarence Birdseye froze his first cod in 1917. Debates about nutrition, additives and the impact of frozen food on health have rumbled on for decades. In the last two years, we’ve seen heavy clampdowns and customer concerns following the 2013 horsemeat scandal. However, the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel suggests we’re over the worst and trusting frozen food again. 2014 showed 0.9% growth overall across the frozen food sector: it’s a small increase, but in a £5.8 billion market, a little goes a long way. We’re buying 4-5% more frozen savouries, potato products and ice cream, and while ready meals are still lagging behind at 1.6% growth, the controversy-induced drop in sales seems to have moved along. Why is frozen food on the rise? The writing has been on the wall for a while: Read More

Indian food: is it really overrated?

August 24, 2015 4:56 pm

An article published on the Metro website on August 17 claims that Indian food is overrated, with the author citing 16 reasons why this is the case. Well, you can imagine our response here at Cafe Asia. In fact, you don’t need to imagine, it’s right here.

1. Heartburn.

The combination of rich, oily and spicy food that encompasses Indian cuisine, says the author, causes “the most painful heartburn you will encounter”. The truth is that it depends on what you eat. Not every Indian dish is rich, spicy or oily, as our article on how Indian food differs by region proves.

2. Mismatched flavours.

According to the author, many of India’s flavour combinations (such as chicken and coconut) are just wrong. A surprising statement, as these two ingredients are paired all over the world: think Thai green curries, various Caribbean curries and also a number...

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Cafe Asia food industry news: August 2015

August 21, 2015 5:28 pm

Welcome to this month’s Cafe Asia newsletter. We’re getting closer and closer to Anuga in Cologne - and we hope that we’ll see some of you there! In the meantime, here are the top headlines from the catering, manufacturing, cash and carry and food service sectors, giving you an insight into some of the major developments, news stories and movings and shakings from the past month. What do consumers really want from food labelling? New global research from GNT suggests that the importance of accurate food labelling is now higher than ever for consumers. The research focused on the shopping habits of over 5,000 people across 10 countries, and showed that 84% of Asian shoppers, 75% in South America, 64% of shoppers in the US and 53% of European food shoppers check labels in more detail than they did five years ago. The study also showed that almost...

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Anuga – taste the future with the world’s fifth largest trade fair

August 21, 2015 6:45 am

'Taste the future'—that's the slogan of the Anuga trade fair in Cologne, Germany, which is taking place from October 10th to October 14th this year. The fair is for the international food and beverage industry, targeted specifically at manufacturers, importers and wholesalers from all over the world.

Hosted at the Koelnmesse complex, the world's fifth largest trade fair and exhibition centre, the event boasts ten trade shows under one roof, including Fine Food (gourmet and delicatessen), Frozen Food (including Cafe Asia—very important), Meat (including sausage, game and poultry) and Dairy. Each of these shows provides a platform for food producers, importers and buyers. It's not all about the food itself, however. The Food Service and RetailTec shows focus on special equipment and technological developments in food service, catering...

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Food trends – who’s buying what in Scandinavia?

August 16, 2015 1:16 pm

What does the phrase ‘Scandinavian food’ bring to mind? If it’s meatballs, open sandwiches, and salty liquorice, you might want to try again. According to market researchers at Euromonitor, the Nordic countries’ political focus on health and the environment is mirrored by customer concerns about ethics and value. That means a market that’s keen on premium quality goods - artisanal bread, dark chocolate and olive oils - and on naturally healthy, fortified and functional foods.

Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark collectively represent the third largest market for healthy packaged food in Europe. The rise of premium goods suggests that packaged food could stand to make more of its origins and craftsmanship as well. On the value front, private label (basically own-brand) foodstuffs have steadily grown in market share since 2004, largely because higher-than-average...

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Summer BBQ and other food trends around the world

August 4, 2015 11:27 am

Now that the height of summer has descended upon the UK (well, sort of), many of us will be filing out into the back garden for a traditional barbecue faster than the British weather can catch us. For other countries around the world, particularly those blessed with longer lasting sunshine than the we, humble barbie fare has many mouth-watering variations and interpretations. Dining al fresco is a central part of summertime all across the world, with or without the grill. South Africa Braai is the African translation of barbecue - a tradition which is so close to the hearts of South Africans that “Braai4Heritage” is a treasured part of the National Heritage Day holiday. It’s customary to celebrate this day by having small braais with friends and family. The braai itself isn’t far from British barbecue, apart from food being smoked with wood embers instead of...

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