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 (including cooked sliced meat). The total value of the UK chilled prepared food market for 2022 was £10.5 bn excluding cooked sliced meat (ca. £2.3bn) and some other categories of foods for which data are no longer available. The market is tracked in data from Kantar (formerly TNS) for 1999-2022.

Greencore food2go library143For more information on specific chilled prepared food categories and their UK market share since 1999 see our downloads:


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. Data for December 2018-December 2022 use a different categorisation and that for 2022 excludes cooked sliced meat and certain other categories.

Updated 23/2/23