Ready-to-eat food is one of the many trends that are symptomatic of the vibrant ecosystem of food consumption patterns world over. The demand in the RTE food market has thrived squarely on the back of success food companies and their cohorts have gained to offer convenience. An assortment of technologies have worked to make deliveries of RTE and ready-to-prepare food to consumers when they want them and where they want them. Rise in home deliveries has led to the proliferation of RTE food products, propelling the evolution of RTE food market.
Packaged food manufacturers in the RTE food market have leveraged research to unveil better packaging and more nutritious ingredients such as exotic plant-based ingredients. Businesses in food and beverages industry reap large gains from the rise in popularity of online-delivery platforms. The emergence of high-technology indoor farms in urban regions has propelled new avenues. Some of the key product categories are instant breakfast/cereals, ready meals, baked goods, instant soups and snacks, and meat and poultry products. Some of the key distribution channels are online stores, hypermarkets and supermarkets, convenience stores, and food specialty stores.
The study provides insights into several of food consumption trends of various population cohorts. The assessments and market estimations help food and beverage companies guide their investment decisions. Food ecosystem that is emerging as a result of technologies are offered an incisive analysis in the RTE food market.
The growing demand for convenience food among consumers who are hard-pressed time is a key trend in the RTE food market. Changing lifestyle has been reinforcing the trend of on-the-go consumption habits, bolstering the acceptance of RTE. The increasing trend of making health and wellness as integral to food consumption habits has spurred innovations in the RTE food market.
Rapid pace of urbanization in several parts of the world has a key accelerator for adoption of new food consumption trends among millennials. Developed nations has already witnessed extensive demand in the global RTE food market on the back of growing popularity of packaged food. New substitutes are being explored, especially for the affluent class who prefer protein ingredients in RTE products.
In developing regions, consumers are becoming more aware of not just about the taste but about the nutritional profile of their packaged food products, opening new revenue potential in the RTE food market in recent years. The focus toward latest food craze has also boosted the creation of new opportunities for RTE manufacturers.
A number of RTE food manufacturers over the years have become increasingly cautions about the health and sensory requirements of consumers. Several players in the RTE food market are leaning on exploring new savory trends by incorporating exotic ingredients such as Himalayan pink salt and quinoa.
A growing number of players are expected to cater to vegan population and also increasingly offering gluten-free RTE food products. Pre- and probiotics are expected to gain traction among RTE manufacturers looking for competitive edge over their peers in the RTE food market.
On another level, top players are focusing on improving the packaging in a bid to offer products with prolonged shelf-life. They are trying new packaging technologies that might enable the brands not just stand out but also take care of the convenience factor.
On the regional front, the RTE food market is witnessing colossal revenue prospects in North America. The regional market has witnessed rapid adoption of new RTE food trends. Europe is also a promising regional market. Strides in retail marketing of frozen food products in above-mentioned regional markets are also boosting the expansion of the RTE food market. On the other hand, the emergence of new business models related to distribution system in Asia Pacific is also making the region as the next hotbed of opportunities.