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Who: Tesco

What: Katsu Curry Meal Kit

Where: Ambient meal kits

When: Launched May 2014

How much: £2.49/440g

Why: Restaurant chains such as Wagamama and Wasabi have helped raise consumer awareness of katsu curry - breadcrumbed chicken in a curry sauce. Tesco is tapping growing interest in this dish with a kit that contains a sachet of cooked rice, katsu curry sauce and panko breadcrumbs. It requires the consumer to add chicken, an egg, “a dusting of flour and a splash of oil” to complete the dish in about 20 minutes.

Consumer verdict: Good presentation and the unusual nature of the product attracted good attention pre-trial, and this rose slightly following tasting. Testers said they appreciated the “lovely, fluffy” rice and “nice mix and good strength of flavours.” There were a few concerns, however, with some testers commenting on a lack of spiciness and another suggesting the product had a “strange aftertaste.” Overall, the kit achieved a score seven points above the category norm, and 39% of respondents said they expected to buy the product at least monthly.

Pre-trial purchase: 45%

Post-trial purchase: 47%

Better than what’s out there: 36%

New and different: 68%

Overall score: 37/50

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