Are Convenience foods at the hot seat?
Convenience products or prepared dishes have been enjoying great popularity for several decades now. 'Convenience food' indicates commercially prepared food designed for ease of consumption. This form of food speeds up or even avoids preparation of meals altogether. Prepared foods are in high demand in case of professional women, singles, people with little cooking experience or insufficient time, and also among the elderly. Even restaurants depend on prepared ingredients when serving large numbers of clients, as this requires less space and allow more rapid processing. Because of advances in food preparation technology, different foods now have a longer shelf-life and a more attractive appearance.
These products often are sold in portion controlled, single serve packaging designed for portability for "on-the-go" or later eating. Typically convenience foods come in a variety of formats, including frozen, chilled and canned. Convenience food can include products such as candy; beverages such as soft drinks, juices and milk; fast food; nuts, fruits and vegetables in fresh or preserved states; processed meats and cheeses; and canned products such as soups and pasta dishes. Convenience foods are often high in salt or sugar, low in vitamins or high in fat.
Categories of convenience foods
Categories Example: potatoes
Fresh raw product Unpeeled potatoes
Unprocessed product without any preparation
Category 1: Basic product Peeled raw potatoes
The product requires some preparatory steps before cooking....