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A Short History of Convenience Food

  • Peter Jackson
  • Helene Brembeck
  • Jonathan Everts
  • Maria Fuentes
  • Bente Halkier
  • Frej Daniel Hertz
  • Angela Meah
  • Valerie Viehoff
  • Christine Wenzl
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Abstract

This chapter traces the historical growth of consumer demand for various types of convenience food, acknowledging the significance of earlier forms of bottled, pickled and canned food but focusing on the period beginning in the 1950s with the development of the frozen TV dinner in the United States and contemporary European examples (including frozen, chilled and ambient products, branded and own-label). It discusses the variable market penetration of convenience food across Europe and examines the role of technological change including innovations in industrial food processing (such as the ‘cold chain’) and domestic technologies (such as refrigeration, home freezing and microwave cooking). The chapter also considers the role of supermarkets in shaping the routines of car-borne food shopping and changing gender relations and household structures (including the effects of increased female participation in the labour force and the growth of single-person households). The chapter ends with a more detailed account of the development of convenience food in the UK, Denmark, Germany and Sweden.

Keywords

Convenience Food Products Cold Chain Commercial Baby Food Ready Meals Chicken Tikka Masala 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Jackson
    • 1
  • Helene Brembeck
    • 2
  • Jonathan Everts
    • 3
  • Maria Fuentes
    • 2
  • Bente Halkier
    • 4
  • Frej Daniel Hertz
    • 5
  • Angela Meah
    • 1
  • Valerie Viehoff
    • 6
  • Christine Wenzl
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  2. 2.Centre for Consumer ScienceUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  3. 3.Institute of Geosciences and GeographyMartin-Luther-UniversityHalle-WittenbergGermany
  4. 4.Department of SociologyCopenhagen UniversityCopenhagenDenmark
  5. 5.Department of Communication and ArtsRoskilde UniversityRoskildeDenmark
  6. 6.Institute of EducationUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  7. 7.Institute of GeographyUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

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