birds eye gnocchi ready meal frozen

Who: Birds Eye

What: Birds Eye Stir Your Senses - Gnocchi con Gorgonzola e Spinaci

Where: Frozen ready meals

When: Launched March 2015

How much: Rsp: £2.99/350g

Why: The single-serve Stir Your Senses range comprises eight dishes inspired by cuisines from around the world. Prepared in a pan in under 10 minutes, the meals offer “quick and fuss-free” cooking, says the supplier. The brand is hoping to breathe new life into a total frozen ready meals category down 6.2% to £358.4m [Nielsen 52 w/e 11 October 2014].

Consumer verdict: These gnocchi with Gorgonzola cheese & spinach were an attractive pre-trial proposition for many. For the majority, the product continued to impress after sampling and above-average ratings were achieved across all key measures, resulting in an overall score just three points below the current maximum. A fifth of testers maintained this recipe was not for them and they would never buy, but the majority regarded it as a viable good-quality midweek meal or freezer standby. Many agreed it had brought something new to the category and was better than the competition.

Pre-trial purchase:51%

Post-trial purchase: 69%

Better than what’s out there: 67%

New and different: 85%

Overall score: 44/50


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