What: Takeaway Chicken Tikka Masala
Where: Frozen ready meals
How much: £1.59/375g
Why: The world food market is back in growth, according to Mintel’s 2018 World Cuisines UK report, and Iceland is tapping the trend. The frozen specialist gave its selection of globally inspired ready meals a thorough shakeup in September. This Chicken Tikka Masala, while a long-standing option, is one of Iceland’s many products to have recently had palm oil removed.
Consumer verdict: The competitive price and attractive packaging drew pre-trial interest among our shoppers, but some were less than impressed after tasting, criticising the “runny” sauce and “stringy” chicken. Nevertheless, the meal scored above the category norm, and two-thirds of testers said they would consider it as a freezer standby. It was “convenient” with “a creamy thick texture”. The lack of palm oil also received praise.
Pre-trial purchase: 57%
Post-trial purchase: 42%
Better than what’s out there: 23%
New and different: 15%
Overall score: 39/50
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