Self-heating ready meals, noodles, rice and pasta as well as hot toddies, alcopops and pharmaceutical beverages are being developed by major fcmg manufacturers for launch next year. The new products will use technology adopted by Nestlé for its new Hot when you Want' self-heating cans of Nescafé Original, already on trial in Birmingham. Self-heating packaging expert Thermotic Developments developed the technology to heat contents through a quick-lime and water reaction in the membrane. The company said the self-heating real meal packs would warm a chilled meal in three to four minutes. And the company is also preparing mass market self-heating solutions "for a range of trusted names in the coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soup and alcoholic drinks sector". Nestlé said: "Research into many of the possible applications of this technology is under way." {{NEWS }}