The biggest sector, fish, generated sales of £410.3m, up 0.6% on 2005. Top-brand John West was a key contributor, while its nearest rival, Princes, whose ads boasted about oily fish's Omega-3 content, suffered a slight drop to £102.3m. Glenryck increased sales 13.4% to £11.3m.
The second largest sector, vegetables, increased sales by 1.8% to £326.3m. Green Giant is still king, but Princes' Napolina brand is catching up. Sales of the latter jumped 20.2% to £31.1m in the past year.
Beans were boosted by the continuing growth of Premier Foods' Branston, already the second brand, with sales of £26.3m. However, the competition has not dented sales of iconic brand-leader Heinz, which grew 3% to £172.5m.
Another icon, Spam grew 9.5% to £16.6m, in canned meat, but the sector's biggest boost came from number one brand Princes.
Canned fruit dropped 5.2% to £125.3m. Heinz did its best to boost the flagging canned pasta sector by changing the recipe of its portfolio - a first in its 80-year history - resulting in a 1.4% increase for the brand. Overall, however, the sector slipped 3.7%, dragged down by poor results from HP and WeightWatchers. n