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Who: Kerry Foods

What: Levi Roots Caribbean Hot Chilli Beef & Seasoned Rice

Where: Chilled ready meals

When: Launched June 2014

How much: rsp: £3.30/450g

Why: This dish is one of seven launched exclusively into Tesco this summer, marking the return of Levi Roots’ chilled ready meals to the retailer following their delisting in 2013 and replacement with own-label equivalents. “Big up to Tesco for having the heart to admit they got it wrong,” said Roots on Tesco relisting his meals. “They had their own-label equivalent going for a year but were willing to say, ‘We’d love to have you back’.”

Consumer verdict: Levi Roots’ chilli beef ready meal hit all the right notes with our testers and achieved a new highest score for the category that was two points above the previous record. The easily recognisable pack design helped attract a good level of pre-trial interest, while strong scores for taste, texture and smell prompted 60% of respondents to say they would definitely or probably buy ­- almost double the norm - and one in five suggested they would buy on a regular basis.

Pre-trial purchase: 42%

Post-trial purchase: 60%

Better than what’s out there: 70%

New and different: 81%

Overall score: 43/50

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