Ready to Eat (RTE) Foods Market Reports

“What’s for dinner?” It’s the question asked by millions of busy Americans who often don’t have the time to provide home cooked meals daily. The ready-to-eat and prepared foods market segments are solving the dinner conundrum with an increasing array of fresh, healthy, reasonably affordable, and—most importantly—convenient mealtime options. The need for ready-to-eat options has spurred growth in the trending meal kit delivery services market, which Packaged Facts projects will see exponential sales growth over the next five years. The reports in this collection provide the latest information on hand-held refrigerated, fresh prepared, gourmet, natural and organic, and more.

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Published: Apr 28, 2016 | Price: $2,500.00
Meal Kit Delivery Services in the U.S. Meant to solve the perennial problem of “what’s for dinner?”, meal kit delivery services offer consumers a convenient way to cook at home without having to do the meal planning and grocery shopping. Online portals let consumers order meals ahead from picture...
Published: Jul 29, 2015 | Price: $3,300.00
Sandwiches: Culinary Trend Tracking Series Sandwiches are a culinary form for which the U.S. market a center of gravity, not least because of eager adoption and adaptation of favorite formats and fillings from around the world.  The sandwich is a staple food in the American diet, with Packaged...
Published: Jun 17, 2015 | Price: $3,000.00
Sandwiches: Market Trends and Opportunities Sandwiches are at once a staple food and a growth and innovation platform for foodservice and food retail players alike. Traditional and emerging proteins, cheeses, vegetables, sauces and flavors and breads play a role in making the sandwich—and each...
Published: Oct 3, 2014 | Price: $2,250.00
Online Food Shopping and Grocery Delivery in the U.S.: Future of Food Retailing It’s the smallest slice of the food retailing pie – yet it could very well hold the greatest potential for growth and certainly innovation in this highly mature market. Online food shopping represents a mere 4% of...
Published: Aug 15, 2014 | Price: $3,150.00
Branded Refrigerated Meats and Meals: U.S. Market Trends As Americans return more proteins to center plate of their meals, the time is right for a revival of branded meats and meals sold in the refrigerated cases of supermarkets. Packaged Facts’ report, Branded Refrigerated Meats and Meals: U.S....
Published: May 30, 2014 | Price: $1,800.00
Branded Packaged Produce and Salads: U.S. Market Trends For the longest time a salad, whether at home or at a restaurant, meant iceberg lettuce, a few slices of cucumber, maybe some shredded carrots, onion and a couple chunks of bland tomatoes. If a diner wanted exotic, he or she could perhaps get...
Published: Nov 19, 2012 | Price: $2,800.00
Each year Moms have a hand in spending nearly $200 billion on food purchased for use at home, and of course food marketers and grocers have long targeted Moms as their essential consumer segment. Even so, marketers need to find new ways to engage today’s tech-immersed foodie Moms, who are at the...
Published: Oct 1, 2012 | Price: $3,195.00
Sales in the $44 billion U.S. retail market for frozen foods have been flat to declining, with nearly all dollar sales gains attributable to inflation or new products—not to increased consumer demand. Contributing to this stagnation are the nation’s slow economic recovery; changing consumer eating...
Published: Jul 13, 2012 | Price: $3,995.00
Prepared foods continue to be a bright spot for supermarkets and convenience stores, as well as an emerging bright spot for retail behemoths Walmart and Target. Prepared foods are firmly embedded in the mainstream retail shopping experience: Every 10 times adult consumers get food, merchandise or...
Published: Feb 28, 2012 | Price: $2,970.00
Today’s consumers are circling back to freshness with renewed excitement, valuing it as a marker of quality and looking for it in every corner of the food world. And they are finding it; consumers’ access to fresh foods now ranges to grocery departments and retail channels far beyond the produce...
Published: Jul 1, 2011 | Price: $3,995.00
Unlike restaurants and food retailers, foodservice contractors may not be household names, but they participate in one of the most successful areas of the food and foodservice industry. As detailed in Packaged Facts’ Trends in U.S. Foodservice Contracting, we believe its future is bright,...
Published: Mar 1, 2011 | Price: $3,200.00
Continuing behaviors adopted during the recession, American consumers are eating in more, which is beneficial to the fresh protein businesses of meat, poultry and seafood alike. However, consumers are also choosing less expensive cuts of meat, stocking up on sales, and looking for deals. ...
Published: Jan 1, 2011 | Price: $3,600.00
With restaurant foodservice sales generally under pressure, education foodservice sales remain a bright spot: Packaged Facts forecasts education foodservice sales at primary, secondary, and postsecondary schools will reach $41.15 billion in 2010, up 2.5% from 2009, according to The Education...
Published: Dec 1, 2010 | Price: $2,640.00
Marketers of frozen convenience food have found themselves caught between a rock and a hard place during the economic downturn. Though fresh convenience food has gained through positioning that casts it as a less expensive alternative to restaurant food during a time of recession, frozen...
Published: Nov 1, 2010 | Price: $3,595.00
Mired in what we’ve termed “entrenched pessimism,” the U.S. consumer’s penchant for increasing savings and reducing debt at a time when incomes have stagnated only serves to depress foodservice spending in the short run. For the dinner daypart, the ramifications are dramatic: Packaged Facts...
Published: Oct 26, 2010 | Price: $2,640.00
Breakfast is a beloved meal, infused with childhood memories and nostalgia. The secret to expanding on this favored meal is to tap into breakfast’s beloved qualities—the warming comfort, the ease of eating, the familiar flavors—and make them accessible in new ways that appeal to today’s consumers....
Published: Sep 1, 2010 | Price: $3,600.00
The conventional wisdom goes that gourmet/premium foods fare well during economic downturns because consumers view them as “affordable luxuries.” But the “Great Recession” of 2008-2009 disproved this theory as mighty Starbucks, the bellwether for the democratization of luxury, was among the first...
Published: Aug 18, 2010 | Price: $2,640.00
Sandwiches─with their universal appeal, limitless versatility and attractive price-points─are bucking the recession and proving to be the country’s most resilient food category. The sandwich form itself is infinitely variable and delightfully portable: a sandwich can be simple or...
Published: Aug 1, 2010 | Price: $2,640.00
During 2008 and 2009, as the “Great Recession” took hold, many consumer product marketers and retailers acted as if the walls were closing in on them, in many cases resorting to rampant price-slashing. But not fresh convenience food marketers and retailers, who instead saw an opening. Wisely...
Published: Jul 1, 2010 | Price: $3,595.00
Hoping to parlay recession-based foodservice-to-retail migration into long-term gains, food retailers continue to ratchet up their prepared foods and ready-to-eat programs. Packaged Facts estimates that grocery stores and supermarkets will grow prepared- and ready-to-eat foods sales by more than 7%...
Published: May 1, 2010 | Price: $2,395.00
Low-sodium/salt and no sodium/salt foods and beverages are a major food trend for 2010. Although such foods have been around for decades, most have not met with enthusiastic consumer response because of taste issues or insufficient concern on the part of buyers about the benefits of reducing...
Published: Apr 13, 2010 | Price: $2,640.00
American street food is big news. It’s appearing everywhere: on fine dining and fast casual menus, as the theme of food festivals and culinary conferences and, of course, served curbside in myriad forms. We’re not talking about the same old hot dogs or pretzels. In the last two years, street food...
Published: May 1, 2009 | Price: $2,000.00
The popularity of celebrity chefs and restaurant culture among consumers continues to grow, driven in large part by the dominance of food-related media, such as television programming, magazines and websites, and cookbooks. The big question is whether consumers will even give a hoot about brand...
Published: Apr 1, 2009 | Price: $2,640.00
Time-crunched Americans are snacking more than ever, and in a serious way. In lieu of more traditional meals, consumers are turning to snacks as meal stand-ins — oatmeal bars and bottled smoothies in the car for breakfast; a container of yogurt and a handful of nuts at the desk for lunch; a...
Published: Feb 19, 2009 | Price: $2,640.00
Do you remember what you were doing when you first heard what is now a very famous factoid? Way back in 1992, Packaged Facts revealed a tantalizing bit of data: That year, American shoppers would spend more on salsa than on ketchup. That offered a vivid way of thinking about huge demographic...
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