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Most Satisfied Customers | McCain

Aussies have rated McCain as the top pick in Canstar Blue’s latest frozen meals ratings, with five stars in every category: taste, value for money, packaging, variety and range and overall satisfaction.

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How we rate frozen meals

Our review compares frozen meals on customer satisfaction, so you can find out what other Aussies think about the compared brands before you go ahead with a purchase. Think of it as like asking hundreds of your closest mates which frozen meal they think is best!

Canstar Blue surveyed 410 Australians for their feedback on frozen meals they’ve purchased and eaten in the last six months.

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Respondents rate their satisfaction with their frozen meals brand(s) from zero to 10, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and 10 is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:
  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with frozen meals as an individual score, NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Value for money: quality and quantity of product for price paid.
  • Taste: as expected from flavour description.
  • Packaging: provides sufficient information, easy to use, easy to store, functional.
  • Variety and range: good range of product options.

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.

  • McCain
  • On The Menu
  • Coles
  • Woolworths
  • McCain Healthy Choice

Find more detailed information on our Most Satisfied Customer methodology.

Top Frozen Meals Brand – McCain


McCain offer a popular range of frozen meals, with multiple food styles available. The Hearty Meals line features Herb & Parmesan Chicken Schnitzel, Roast Lamb, Roast Chicken, Lasagne, Spaghetti Bolognese, Lamb Culet with Gravy, Beef and Bacon Pasta Bake, Tuna Mornay, Chicken Parmigiana, Veal Cordon Bleu and Fettuccine Carbonara. The McCain Pub Size range features classic pub meals, such as Butter Chicken, Parma and Bangers and Mash. McCain also offers a Healthy Choice line that includes Honey Chicken Stir Fry, Lemon Herb Chicken, Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli and Pumpkin Mushroom Risotto.

About our consumer experts

Kate Lockyer: Content Producer

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Producer Kate Lockyer. She has completed a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of Queensland. Kate’s been writing professionally for two years, and has worked as a content writer, media assistant and newsroom contributor for a variety of organisations and publications, including the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Service, community radio station 4ZZZ and Shelly’s Swim School.


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Samantha Howse: Consumer Research Specialist

Sam Howse Research Specialist

Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.


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Past ratings

Here are the past winners from Canstar Blue’s frozen meal ratings:

  • 2023: On The Menu
  • 2022: Coles
  • 2021: McCain Man Size
  • 2020: Super Nature
  • 2019: ALDI International Cuisine

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