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UK frozen food volumes grow

London: Retail frozen food sales have grown in volume by 1.6% in 2012.

Frozen food has achieved value growth in 25 out of the last 26 quarters, according to the latest figures released by Kantar Worldpanel.

The figures show a year-on-year value growth of 5.8% for the year to 25 November 2012. The retail frozen food market is now valued at just under £5.6bn in the UK.

Frozen meat and poultry products are the star performers of the sector with 2.8% volume growth and 10.3% value growth.

Brian Young, director general of British Frozen Food Federation, said: “The latest figures for the frozen retail sector have again demonstrated the industry is continuing to thrive despite the ongoing recession.

Ready meals have shown the most impressive volume growth in the sector with a rise of 3.9% year on year. Frozen potato products and vegetables had value growth of 8.2% and 6.7% respectively.