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M&S celebrates 21 years of ready-made sweet and sour
Marks & Spencer is celebrating 21 years since launching what it claims
was the first range of Chinese ready-made meals in the UK.
The retailer brought the
taste of the Orient to shoppers in 1983 with products such as sweet and sour
pork, spare ribs, Chinese-style chow mein and egg fried rice.
The first dedicated
Chinese ready-meal factory was built for M&S in Nottingham a year later.
Since 1983, the range
has grown to more than 50 products. M&S says it now sells more than 13
million ready-made Chinese meals a year - enough to span the length of the
Great Wall of China over 1,000 times.
Helena Fleming, the
chain's oriental product developer, said: "We've taken our customers'
taste buds on a real 'Orient Express' over the last 21 years - bringing them
"In the early days
we sourced water chestnuts from Hong Kong and black bean sauce from
"Today we use green
tea leaves from the Jiangxi region in China, Shaoxing rice wine from the
Zhejiang region and pickled chilli paste from chillies grown in
M&S is marking the
21st anniversary by launching a new range of dishes to coincide with the
Chinese New Year tomorrow.
Story filed: 08:00
Wednesday 21st January 2004