Ready to eat meals, although present in the food market for some years, are continuing to be on the rise. According to a study by Market Research Future, this portion of the food sector is expected to grow 6% by 2022. More and more millennials, Generation Z, and families with young children are taking advantage of the convenience prepared meals provides. A trend in ready to eat meals is minimal food additives and preservatives. Consumers are also becoming more health conscious and are looking for meals with minimal or no preparation.
Current food technologies such as Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) and Vacuum Skin Packaging (VSP) support these trends by extending ready meal shelf life. These technologies are scalable and easily integrated into any operation size, large or small. In this way, ready to eat meals can offer consumers fresher and healthier options while still providing convenience.