Tesco Finest Free From Carrot Cake

tesco finest carrot cake

Who: Tesco

What: Finest Free From Carrot Cake

Where: Ambient cakes

When: Launched May 2015

How much: £3

Why: Part of Tesco’s premium Finest range, this wheat and gluten-free cake is made with rice flour, potato flour and tapioca flour, filled and topped with cream cheese frosting and decorated with walnuts. The retailer is looking to tap the boom in the free-from market, which has risen 26.9% year on year to £455m, with ambient baked goods up 22.2% [Kantar Worldpanel 29 March].

Consumer verdict: This was positioned as a mainstream offer and, tested among those without dietary restrictions, was rated above average for all key measures except ‘value for money’. Many testers were pleasantly surprised that it was not significantly different to the standard offer, prompting comments including “good consistency”, though some found the cream cheese icing too cheesy or sweet. It achieved an overall score one point below the category average. Some 63% of respondents said they would consider it an occasional purchase to offer when entertaining.

Pre-trial purchase: 35%

Post-trial purchase: 56%

Better than what’s out there: 46%

New and different: 33%

Overall score: 38/50


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