Top Trends in Meals and Meal Components: Exploring the latest trends in meat, fish, and seafood; pasta, noodles, oils and fats, soups, savory and deli foods, seasonings, dressings and sauces, meat substitutes, prepared meals

The meals and meal components sector represents a highly dynamic scenario for growth and innovation, with consumer demand continually evolving towards products with nutritional, indulgent, and convenient attributes. This report’s focus is on the latest key consumer and innovation trends impacting the core segments: the premiumization opportunities in the sector, the plant-based craze, the inclusion of a fourth meal in consumers’ eating habits, the search for healthy options, and the appeal of new and exotic flavors.

This report outlines the key consumer and innovation trends currently impacting the meals and meal components sector.


– Include high-quality ingredients to create a premium image.

– Keep ingredient lists short and avoid artificial ingredients.

– Get inspired by foreign cuisines to bring novelty into the category.

Reasons to buy

– Identify the reasons underpinning the consumers' orientation towards specific meals and meal components products.

– Gain insight into the key consumer trends that are most likely to be a driver for innovation.

– Put innovative products into context by connecting them to specific consumer trends and preference.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Executive Summary


Innovation trends in meals and meal components

Gourmet touch

Plant-based craze

The fourth meal

Keep it healthy

Go exotic

The future



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