Markets: frozen food: Europe

The top 4 European countries in terms of consumption per capita of quick-frozen foods, excluding poultry, are Sweden (46.9 kg), Ireland, (46.6 kg), the UK (45.5 kg) and Denmark (45.2 kg). According to the Swiss research institute Food for Thought (FFT) Irish consumption showed the strongest increase with 14% in 2004 to 186 400 tonnes. Overall, European consumption of quick-frozen food (except poultry) increased by 2% to 11 950 million tonnes. The leading segments were pizza which rose from 9.3% at 638 000 tonnes followed by frozen potatoes which rose from 5.2% to 3 million tonnes and frozen fruit that rose from 6.5% to 171 800 tonnes.