A whole new world of pre-made meals

Catering wholesaler and supply firm Brakes has boosted its range of prepared meals with the introduction of eleven new globe-trotting dishes.

Brakes-prepared chicken casserole.
Brakes-prepared chicken casserole.

The new Brakes range features a variety of cuisines using recipes that bring together pan Asian, modern European and North African flavours which Brakes said reflects the highest growth sectors in the prepared meals market.
The eleven dishes include a slow-cooked venison lasagne; Moroccan beef; Moroccan-style Freekeh chicken; Indian classic dish Paneer Saag & Gobi Masala; beef goulash; a northern Malaysian dish Panang chicken curry prepared with a Thai-style sauce; chicken casserole & root vegetables; slow-cooked lamb shoulder with salt and pepper; and slow-cooked beef rib with salt and pepper.
Brakes is positioning its prepared meal range as versatile, with the option to use many of the new dishes as a main meal or “as a base ingredient to create tagines, casseroles and stews, providing an easy and cost-effective way of expanding the menu”.
Louise Hatch, category manager – meal solutions and deli – at Brakes, said that there is “huge potential” for operators to capitalise on “modern world cuisine, and trends such as slow cooking” as customers “continue to broaden their interest in foods from around the world”.
“This new range allows chefs to create authentic meals quickly and easily, with minimum labour costs, and therefore increased profit,” said Hatch.
“At the same time, it is entirely flexible, allowing them to add their own touches for maximum menu appeal.”