Publication Month: May 2022 | Report Code: TIPRE00029384 | No. of Pages: 163 | Category: Food and Beverages | Status: Published
Ready-to-eat food consists of various processed and packaged foods that can be consumed without further preparation. Ingredients are washed, cooked, processed, and packed in containers for direct consumption. Some common types of RTE foods include instant soups, baked goods, desserts, and ready meals. These products are enriched with various extracts, acids, flavors, sweeteners, antioxidants, and preservatives. They offer immense convenience to the consumer while assisting in reducing the meal preparation time and providing a longer shelf-life of products, cost-efficiency, and minimal spoilage.
Asia Pacific held the largest share of the ready-to-eat food market in 2020, while other developing regions, such as the Middle East & Africa, are expected to grow significantly in the forecast period. Key players operating in the ready-to-eat food market are expanding their operations across Asia Pacific due to the rise in the working population and hectic lifestyles of people in developing countries. Individuals are increasingly opting to consume on the go or outside of home food.
Moreover, numerous studies have established that transnational food and beverage corporations (TFBCs) have shaped food systems and general consumption in ways, which change the availability, desirability, price, and ultimately consumption of processed foods. The growth of ready-to-eat food market has been prominently observed in middle-income countries.
|Market Size Value in||US$ 1,073.87 Billion in 2022|
|Market Size Value by||US$ 1,471.94 Billion by 2028|
|Growth rate||CAGR of 5.4% from 2022 to 2028|
|No. of Pages||163|
|Historical data available||Yes|
|Segments covered||Product Type, and Distribution Channel|
|Regional scope||North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America|
|Country scope||US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina|
|Report coverage||Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends|
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The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges for many sectors in early 2020. Lockdowns, border restrictions, travel bans, manufacturing discontinuation, and other safety measures rolled out by governments as per the guidelines of the WHO, and national health ministries hampered the manufacturing operations. On the other hand, the COVID-19 outbreak positively impacted the ready-to-eat food market as consumers and retailers were stockpiling convenience food products with longer shelves. Also, consumers looking for healthier packaged food and beverage products to boost immunity were alarmed by the COVID-19 impact. Then, manufacturers of RTE products focused on healthy and nutritious products with enrichment of proteins and other nutritional values, which stimulated the demand for ready-to-eat food products during the pandemic.
The consumption of convenience food products of high quality is increasing, which is currently one of the biggest trends in the food industry. Convenience food, such as RTE products, allows consumers to save time and effort associated with meal preparation and cooking, consumption, and post-meal activities. The sources of development of this food segment are said to include the number of social changes, most notably the increasing number of smaller households and the rising millennial population across the globe. Because of the hectic work schedules of millennials, they prefer to be efficient with their time rather than wasting it on tedious tasks. They are more likely to spend their money on convenience. Thus, they increasingly prefer RTE products, such as baked products, snacks, and dairy products, further driving the ready-to-eat food market.
Based on product type, the ready-to-eat food market is segmented into breakfast cereals, instant soup & noodles, ready meals, snacks, baked goods & confectioneries, and others. The other ready-to-eat food segment is projected to register the largest share during the forecast period. Other types include dairy products, desserts, spreads, sauces, and dips. RTE dairy products include ice cream, yogurt, packaged flavored milk, and cheese. Health-conscious consumers mostly consume dairy products as regular dairy products improve bone and gut health and reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and type 2 diabetes. The popularity of processed and packaged sauces and dips grew as people switched from traditional ways of living and adopted a modern lifestyle, fueling the growth of ready-to-eat food market.
Based on distribution channel, the ready-to-eat food market has been segmented into supermarkets & hypermarkets, convenience stores, online retail, and others. The online retail segment is projected to register the highest CAGR in the ready-to-eat food market during the forecast period. Online retail offers a convenient shopping experience to users, followed by simplified product delivery. Online retail stores offer a wide range of products at heavy discounts; also, consumers can conveniently buy desirable products remotely.
The key players operating in the ready-to-eat food market are Nestlé SA; Conagra Brands Inc.; The Kraft Heinz Company; General Mills Inc.; CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY; MTR Foods Pvt Ltd.; Hormel Foods Corporation; Tyson Foods, Inc.; JBS S.A.; and The Kellogg Company. These players are engaged in developing products with reduced health risks to meet emerging consumer trends and abide by regulatory frameworks. They are involved in mergers and acquisitions, business expansions, and partnerships to expand their market share.