GERMANY, Berlin. Consumers are increasingly turning to ready meals in the face of home offices, homeschooling, closed restaurants and canteens.
From January to September 2020, around 1.1 mill. T of ready meals were produced in Germany, the Federal Statistical Office said end of January. That was 4.9% or just under 50,300 t more than in the corresponding period last year. Growth was particularly high in the first quarter - when the Corona pandemic broke out - at 6.6%, and in the following spring at 6.7%. In the summer quarter, however, when the virus situation eased, the increase was only 1.3%.
The biggest growth was in ready-to-eat vegetable dishes, which include vegetable stews. In the first nine months of 2020, just under 150,000 more t of these were produced, representing an increase of 7.4%. Dishes such as frozen pizzas or baguettes recorded an increase of 5.4% with a produced volume of around 480,000 t. Ready-to-eat pasta dishes increased by 4.6% to 263,000 t. In addition, around 171,000 t of ready-to-eat meat dishes such as goulash, hamburgers and poultry dishes were produced. This corresponds to an increase of 2.4%. By contrast, the volume of fish ready meals produced, which includes sushi, fell by 1.2%.