If your cooking for an at home for family meal today for two, three, or four, family members, chances are very good your buying several Ready-2-Eat or Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared meal components. Dollar stores, Grocery stores, convenience stores, and restaurants are all bundling fresh prepared meal components for the home cook. The home cook is responding buying individualized components that can be mixed and matched into a perfect family meal.
Today retail foodservice manufactures of either branded or private label fresh prepared food are vying for your attention. Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat grocerant niche fresh foods the ilk of Swiss steak, Meatloaf, Baked Salmon, Rotisserie Chicken, Pizza and Lasagna can be found fresh prepared, portioned and portable in portions for 1,2, or 5 are all available at most legacy grocery retail locations but more often than not at new non-traditional locations.
Here is what is exciting. It’s the opportunity for new start-up’s and regional manufactures to produce sustainable business built on local, fresh and unique flavor profiles. Legacy national brand manufactures are experiencing an increase in re-positioning, consolidation and acquisition activities. Regional start-ups are thriving supplying local restaurants, C-stores, Drug stores, Liquor stores and legacy grocery store delis.
Consumer are responding buying meal components in new food channels, experiencing new flavor profiles all the while individualizing the family meal. The foodservice industry is evolving with the consumer. Those companies looking for opportunity for growth, times have never been better. The consumer is dynamic not static are you keeping pace?