Asia-Pacific Ready-to-Eat Food Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

Asia-Pacific Ready-to-Eat Food market is segmented by Product Type (Instant Breakfast/Cereals, Instant Soup and Snacks, Ready Meals, Baked Goods, Meat Products, and Other Product Types), Distribution Channel (Supermarkets/Hypermarkets), Convenience Stores, Specialty Stores, Online Retail Stores, and Other Distribution Channels), and Geography (China, Japan, India, Australia, and the Rest of the Asia-Pacific). For each segment, the market sizing and forecast have been done based on the value (in USD million).

Asia-Pacific Ready-to-Eat Food Market Size

Asia-Pacific Ready-to-Eat Food Market Summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
CAGR: 4.1 %

Major Players

Asia-Pacific Ready-to-Eat Food Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Asia-Pacific Ready-to-Eat Food Market Analysis

The Asia-Pacific ready-to-eat food market is projected to register a CAGR of 4.1% over the next five years.

  • The ready-to-eat-food market is experiencing significant growth, driven by the growing demand for convenience. The trend towards convenience is fueled by changing food consumption patterns, driven by increasing urbanization, leading to a rise in the popularity of ready meals. Consumers are increasingly looking for food products that are easy to prepare and have a longer shelf life. Additionally, the rising expenditure on food and beverage, increasing impulse purchasing, and growing demand for convenience foods that can be prepared quickly due to a shortage of available time all contribute to the market's growth.
  • Younger consumers with disposable incomes are more likely to try new products, including convenient food products, and have non-traditional eating habits. They also eat out more frequently, driving the demand for frozen snacks and meals across the country. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic led to new hybrid working patterns and significant investments made in homes, pointing to a larger number of frozen ready meals being consumed at home in the foreseeable future. Frozen pizza was a standout category within the ready meals market during the pandemic due to its comforting familiarity at a time of chaos in consumers' lives. Stressed parents turned to frozen pizza as something that appeals to even the pickiest eaters.
  • Due to fast-paced lifestyles, the need for a quick meal or snack among adults has been driving the demand for healthy and convenient food that can be consumed instantly. Frozen food products are considered beneficial as most can be cooked within less time for consumption. These factors have been propelling the market growth. Overall, the ready-to-eat-food market is poised for continued growth in the foreseeable future, driven by the increasing demand for convenience and healthy food options.

Asia-Pacific Ready-to-Eat Food Industry Segmentation

Ready-to-eat foods are made for direct consumption and do not require much further processing. They are mostly consumed without prior preparation or cooking.

The Asia-Pacific ready-to-eat food market is segmented by product type, distribution channel, and country. By product type, the market is segmented by instant breakfast/cereals, instant soups and snacks, ready meals, baked goods, meat products, and others. Based on distribution channels, the market is segmented by supermarkets/hypermarkets, convenience stores, specialty stores, online retail stores, and other distribution channels. By geography, the market is segmented by China, Japan, India, Australia, and the rest of the Asia-Pacific. 

For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on value (in USD million).

Product Type
Instant Breakfast/Cereals
Instant Soups and Snacks
Ready Meals
Baked Goods
Meat Products
Other Product Types
Distribution Channel
Convenience Stores/Grocery Stores
Speciality Stores
Online Retail Stores
Other Distribution Channels
Rest of Asia-Pacific

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Asia-Pacific Ready-to-Eat Food Market Trends

Rising Demand For Ready Meals

  • The convenience offered by ready-to-eat meals has been a significant driver of their growth in popularity, as they save time and require minimal effort to prepare. Additionally, an increasing number of individuals, particularly working professionals, and students, prefer these products over restaurant meals due to the money saved and the fact that they only need to be heated before consumption. However, the popularity of packaged foods and ready-to-eat meals has also led to concerns about their taste and nutritional value.
  • In recent years, the packaged food industry has evolved to offer better quality food options with simpler preparation methods, contributing to the market's growth for ready-to-eat meals. Several Indian companies, including MTR, Gits, Haldiram’s, and Bikano, are also trying to tap into the food industry's potential by improving the quality of their products and expanding their utility.
  • Quick commerce, or q-commerce, is a significant driver of the growth in sales of ready meals. Local delivery service players have been quick to meet the growing demand for fast and convenient delivery of small quantities of goods to customers. Additionally, consumers cannot travel freely, so they are more willing to explore different cuisines and flavors, including ethnic and exotic tastes. The growing awareness and adoption of global trends have also contributed to the popularity of plant-based foods, including ready meals, which have gained a recognizable niche market.
Asia-Pacific Ready-to-Eat Food Market: Asia-Pacific Ready-to-Eat Food: Wholesale Price Index of Processed of Ready-to-Eat Food, India, 2017-2022

India Dominates the Asia-Pacific Region

  • The popularity of convenient foods has significantly increased in recent times, particularly among working-class people, teenagers, hostel residents, bachelors, and those who share a room. These individuals prefer foods that can be prepared quickly and easily at home. Such meals can be consumed immediately or reheated, thawed, or made by adding some water. Most prepared dishes take no more than five minutes to cook.
  • For instance, according to the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation, the employment rate in India increased to 43.90% in the second quarter of 2022 from 43.4% in the first quarter of 2022. This has contributed to the popularity of ready-to-eat-food, which is affordable, time-saving, and non-perishable, making it an ideal quick snack or supper. 
  • This has helped the ready-to-eat food market become highly popular in India, with products ranging from instant noodles to soup, frozen vegetables, and frozen snacks. The Indian food sector has adapted to changing consumer demands and a diverse customer base, offering various products from palak paneer to idli sambar, burger patties, and plant-based meats like jackfruit.
  • Hypermarkets and supermarkets are the primary distribution channels for RTE food in India. The wider availability of products under one roof, ranging from soup to ready-to-eat food products, has fueled the growth in the sales channel. Supermarkets sell products at competitive prices to expand their consumer base.
  • However, despite the growing demand for convenience on-the-go snack food in the market, some consumers are more health-conscious. They tend to opt for healthy, convenient snack products, which in turn restrains the growth potential of the frozen snacks market. The rising prevalence of lifestyle disorders such as atherosclerosis, stroke, diabetes, and obesity has increased the inclination toward healthy snack products such as nuts, fruit snacks, snack bars, and other confectionery snack products. 
Asia-Pacific Ready-to-Eat Food Market: Women Employment, % Share, India, 2019-2022

Asia-Pacific Ready-to-Eat Food Industry Overview

The Asia-Pacific market for ready-to-eat food is highly competitive, with numerous domestic and multinational players vying for a larger share of the market. The key players are adopting strategic approaches such as mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, and expansions, as well as focusing on new product development to enhance their brand presence among consumers. The leading companies dominating the regional market include PepsiCo Inc., Nestlé, Kellogg's Company, Pondok Abang, and Unilever, among others.

Asia-Pacific Ready-to-Eat Food Market Leaders

  1. PepsiCo Inc.

  2. Pondok Abang

  3. Nestlé S.A.

  4. Unilever PLC

  5. The Kellogg's Company

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Asia-Pacific Ready-to-Eat Food Market Concentration

Asia-Pacific Ready-to-Eat Food Market News

  • February 2023: Delfrez, one of India’s leading omnichannel poultry brands, launched a new assortment of ready-to-eat snack alternatives like Momos, Tikka, Kebabs, and Gravy. According to the company, a ‘truly fresh range of ready-to-eat snacks is 100% devoid of antibiotics, steroids, preservatives, and artificial additives.
  • January 2023: Beyond Meat, Inc. partnered with Fresh Kitchen, a wholly-owned brand of a leading provider of freshly prepared food Bakkavor China, to launch ready-to-eat (RTE) meals featuring Beyond Meat’s plant-based meat in the region. According to the company, the two brands are introducing a new line of quick ready-to-eat meals at home or on the go.
  • September 2022: Quaker (PepsiCo Inc.), one of India’s leading brands in the oats segment, launched a ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal offering – Quaker Oats Muesli. According to the company, the product is made with 5 grains and 22% fruit, nuts, and seeds and offers a wholesome breakfast in two variants - fruit and nut and berries and seeds.

APAC Ready-to-Eat Food Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Instant Breakfast/Cereals

      2. 5.1.2 Instant Soups and Snacks

      3. 5.1.3 Ready Meals

      4. 5.1.4 Baked Goods

      5. 5.1.5 Meat Products

      6. 5.1.6 Other Product Types

    2. 5.2 Distribution Channel

      1. 5.2.1 Supermarkets/Hypermarkets

      2. 5.2.2 Convenience Stores/Grocery Stores

      3. 5.2.3 Speciality Stores

      4. 5.2.4 Online Retail Stores

      5. 5.2.5 Other Distribution Channels

    3. 5.3 Country

      1. 5.3.1 China

      2. 5.3.2 Japan

      3. 5.3.3 Australia

      4. 5.3.4 India

      5. 5.3.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 PepsiCo Inc.

      2. 6.3.2 Nestlé S.A.

      3. 6.3.3 The Kellogg's Company

      4. 6.3.4 Pondok Abang

      5. 6.3.5 Unilever PLC

      6. 6.3.6 McCain Foods Limited

      7. 6.3.7 General Mills Inc.

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

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APAC Ready-to-Eat Food Market Research FAQs

The Asia-Pacific Ready-to-Eat Food Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Asia-Pacific Ready-to-Eat Food Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.1% over the next 5 years.

PepsiCo Inc., Pondok Abang, Nestlé S.A., Unilever PLC, The Kellogg's Company are the major companies operating in Asia-Pacific Ready-to-Eat Food Market.

Asia-Pacific Ready-to-Eat Food Industry Report

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