CFA member companies currently produce more than 15,000 different chilled prepared foods, mostly every day, such as:
Recipe Dishes/ready meals
Delicatessen Products (e.g. samosas)
Pies, Flans and Quiches
All of these foods need to be kept chilled (at 0-5°C) to meet their shelf lives.
CFA’s position on temperature gives more detail on storage requirements and guidelines. There’s more about UK retail chilled food in market data for 1999-2020.
Note: Pure dairy is excluded from CFA’s product scope, e.g. milk, butter, cream, cheese, yogurt
See chilled bites for quick facts about UK chilled prepared foods.