The Chilled Food Market

The UK’s chilled prepared food market is perhaps the most dynamic and highly-developed in the world. 

In 1989, when CFA was formed, the market was worth £550m. By January 2017 that figure was £12.6bn, and it continues to rise. The total value UK chilled prepared food market for 2021 was £14.4 billion (excluding some categories of foods for which data are no longer available).

The market Greencore food2go library143is tracked in data compiled by Kantar WorldPanel (formerly TNS), covering the years1999-2021.

For more information on specific items, and their market share since 1999, see our downloadables:

Note: The various datasets may not be directly comparable since Kantar’s product categorisation varies. In addition data collection dates changed for datasets for the year to Jan 2012 and again from Feb 2013, which is particularly notable for ‘pre-packed meat and poultry’. Categorisation was again amended by Kantar for 2019, so original data to the year end Dec 2019 are included in the 2007-2019 dataset, and that for 2019-2021 with the new categorisation in a separate spreadsheet.

Updated 2/2/22