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There has become an increasing demand for single portion food products - I will now need to think about all the relevant reasons as to what factors have caused this change, as well as the users.

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As there has been a significant change in society regarding what people want to eat. There has become an increasing demand for single portion food products. I will now need to think about all the relevant reasons as to what factors have caused this change, as well as the users. I will carry out a brainstorm to assess the different changes in our society today which effect what people now wish to consume. Working mothers (no time to cook) Parties Now I will look at each point that I have risen regarding why we desire single portion foods. * The elderly Stereotypical older people, being those who cannot get around very much so rely on single portion foods. Which are usually easy to prepare and so not require a large amount of skills that the elderly have trouble with. But also, there are the older people nowadays that have a very active social life and so prefer not to spend their time cooking. It is also a well-known fact that people are living for a lot longer. Therefore there are more elderly people, resulting in more single portion food products. * Weight watchers The next point I raised was weight watchers, the reason that single portion foods are so popular with this category of people as they tell you exactly how many calories they contain as well as fat. This means that it is easy to know exactly how much they are eating without going to great lengths to find out. * Women and Mothers In society the roles of women have changed. There is no longer the same social pressures that mothers should cook home made meals for they children and husbands every night. This gives them more of an opportunity meaning they are able to give their families pre-made single portion foods without being frowned upon. As well as this change there is now more focus on women and their careers. ...read more.

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When I looked for the single portion products, as a consumer I looked at the ones that appealed to my direct family and me. Existing products studied in depth 1) The cannelloni was the cheapest it looked really nice on the packet but the actual product was chewy and very salty. It took little time to cook and needed no preparation. It was very filling and there were adequate amounts for one person. Overall I would give it 6/10. It was quite well suited to my extended family users because of the price, also it was tasty and had little to no preparation needed. Nutritionally it was good, though I noticed that it was high in fat and salt which I myself will be trying to lower in my product, hopefully without affecting the taste too much. The Tagatelli was a bit more expensive but tasted a lot nicer. It looked appetizing on the packet and the product looked tasty too. It was well seasoned and did have enough for one-person .It also took little time in the oven and was well packaged in a microwaveable dish and cardboard box to make it look appealing as well as convenience. Over all I give it 7/10. This was also suitable for my user; it is hot and savoury as well as in the price range that my questionnaire proved was most popular. 2) The Potato and Vegetable quick snack was very salty, it was packaged in a tub and tasted horrible with a nasty after taste. It was exceptionally quick to cook, and no preparation was needed at all, some of my family did like it. Its packaging wasn't very appealing and did not do justice for the product as well as appealing to the target user. Overall I give it 3/10. This is not so well suited because it isn't very nutritionally balanced and people are willing to pay more than this for their evening meal. ...read more.

Conclusion

of a persons daily fat intake. This is quite high, so instead of using ground meat I could try using lean meat, or less cheese or a low in fat alternative. However, it is a healthy choice because the other nutrients are relatively good and protein is high, which as I have already said in objective 2, it needs to be. Dietary fibre and carbohydrates could be increased by having a serving suggestion that the meal should be eaten with whole meal bread or potatoes or green vegetables, which are a bonus as they would count towards your 5 fruit or vegetable portions a day. Fajitas. I can see from my nutritional values, that Fajitas are 38% fat, this is quite high but most of it is saturated fat. I can also see that Protein is high which is good but that dietary fibre (NSP) and carbohydrates could again do with some increasing. To do this a serving suggestion is necessary, probably something like more green vegetables could be introduced. Chicken Cordon Bleu. Very low carbohydrates and N.S.P, which is not very good, but again, could be increased with Potatoes and green vegetables. The fat percentage is relatively good, though could be decreased by draining the chicken fat. Pasta Bake. High in protein and good for N.S.P and carbohydrates, fat is a bit too high, but could be easily modified to a lower fat alternative, by using less cooking fat or oil. The Vitamins and minerals are very high which is also good. Stuffed Peppers. These are extremely high in terms of vitamins and provide more than you need per day or vitamin C, which is very good. They are low in fat and also a bit too low in carbohydrates- serving suggestion needed here. Sensory Analysis for 'Lasagne' 5 4 3 5 5 4 4 2 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 5 4 3 2 1 1 2 3 4 5 1 1 1 2 2 3 2 3 4 4 5 3 5 4 5 1= poor 2= ok 3= good 4= very good 5= Excellent Comments ...read more.

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