Middle-East and Africa Ready-to-eat Food Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Middle-East and Africa Ready-to-eat Food Market is Segmented by Product Type (Instant Breakfast/Cereals, Instant Soups and Snacks, Ready Meals, Baked Goods, Meat Products, and Other Product Types), Distribution Channel (Hypermarkets/Supermarkets, Convenience Stores, Specialty Stores, Departmental Stores, Online Retailers, and Other Distribution Channels), and Country.

Market Snapshot

Middle East and Africa Ready-to-Eat Food Market Summary
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: 2.8 %

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Market Overview

The Middle-East and Africa ready-to-eat food market is projected to witness a CAGR of 2.8%, during the forecast period.

  • The major factor driving the growth of the frozen food market is convenience. Young consumers spend most of their income on convenient, ready-to-eat food products. Other factors affecting the market are the changing food consumption patterns, due to increasing urbanization, which is driving the ready-to-eat food market in the region.
  • In addition, high focus on export, the adaptation of new technologies, innovative promotional techniques, gaining special attention in retail format stores, retailers going for private label RTE meals, launching innovative and region-specific products, and frozen RTE products gaining popularity are other factors fueling the market growth.

Scope of the Report

The Middle-East and Africa ready-to-eat food market is segmented by product type as instant breakfast/cereals, instant soups and snacks, ready meals, baked goods, meat products, and other product types; and by distribution channel as hypermarkets/supermarket, convenience stores, specialty stores, departmental stores, online retailers, and other distribution channels. The study also provides an analysis of the ready-to-eat food market in the emerging and established markets across Middle-East and Africa, including South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and the rest of Middle-East and Africa.

By Product Type
Instant Breakfast/Cereals
Instant Soups and Snacks
Ready Meals
Baked Goods
Meat Products
Other Product Types
By Distribution Channel
Convenience Stores
Specialty Stores
Departmental Stores
Online Retailers
Other Distribution Channels
By Country
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Rising Demand for Baked Goods in the Region

The shifting consumer preference toward wheat products and demand for convenient, baked goodies are driving the Middle-East and African bakery products market. The manufacturers are also providing customers with clean labels for better transparency. This provides the customers with a clear picture of what is used in the making of the products consumed by them. In addition, products, such as preservative-free, gluten-free, cholesterol-free, GMO-free, and low sodium products, are being frequently launched by the leading players that are suitable for diabetics and are rich in fiber, protein, and calcium to meet the consumers' demand, especially who are health-conscious. Furthermore, the inclusion of pulses, seeds, and beans, such as broad beans, fava beans, and kidney beans, in cookies provides the consumers with the necessary proteins. Domestic players dominate the market with many small and medium-size companies competing for market share. For instance, Al Meera, one of the largest hypermarket/supermarket retail companies in Qatar, has its own bakery product manufacturing plant, Al Oumara Bakeries Company W.L.L.

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South Africa to Dominate the Regional Market

The increasing demand for ready-to-eat food products in South Africa is influenced by hectic lifestyles, owing to the volatile economy, increasing urbanization, and the growing professional middle class. This factor, in turn, has fueled the demand for convenient and easy-to-prepare meals. The South African manufacturers continue to focus on unit prices, promotions, and product innovations, in terms of flavor offerings. Ready meal retailed at lower prices (compared to chilled and fresh food) offers a competitive advantage to the lower-income group of consumers. Some of the grocery retailers in the country offering ready-to-eat foods include Shoprite, Pick and Pay, Spar, Massmart, and Metcash (RSA).

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Competitive Landscape

The Middle-East and African ready-to-eat food market is competitive in nature, having a large number of domestic and multinational players competing for market share. Merger and acquisition, expansion, and partnerships, along with new product developments, are the strategic approaches adopted by the leading companies to boost their brand presence among consumers. Key players dominating the regional market include Unilever, McCain Foods Limited, MTR Foods Pvt Ltd, Woolworths Group Limited, Rhodes Food Group, and Mpilo-ende Fortified Foods Ltd, among others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 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 By 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 By Distribution Channel

      1. 5.2.1 Hypermarkets/Supermarkets

      2. 5.2.2 Convenience Stores

      3. 5.2.3 Specialty Stores

      4. 5.2.4 Departmental Stores

      5. 5.2.5 Online Retailers

      6. 5.2.6 Other Distribution Channels

    3. 5.3 By Country

      1. 5.3.1 South Africa

      2. 5.3.2 Saudi Arabia

      3. 5.3.3 Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

    3. 6.3 Market Position Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Unilever

      2. 6.4.2 McCain Foods Limited

      3. 6.4.3 Rhodes Food Group

      4. 6.4.4 Mpilo-ende Fortified Foods Ltd

      5. 6.4.5 MTR Foods Pvt Ltd

      6. 6.4.6 Woolworths Group Limited

      7. 6.4.7 Pioneer Foods Groceries (PTY) Ltd

      8. 6.4.8 Saahtain Group

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Middle-East and Africa Ready-to-eat Food Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Middle-East and Africa Ready-to-eat Food Market is growing at a CAGR of 2.8% over the next 5 years.

Unilever, McCain Foods Limited, Rhodes Food Group, Mpilo-ende Fortified Foods Ltd, MTR Foods Pvt Ltd., Woolworths Group Limited are the major companies operating in Middle-East and Africa Ready-to-eat Food Market.

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