Ready to Eat Food Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Global Ready-to-Eat Meals 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, Online Retail Stores, and Other Distribution Channels); and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers the market size and values in (USD Million) during the forecasted years for the above segments.

Ready to Eat Food Market Size

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Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 402.90 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 512.74 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 4.94 %
Fastest Growing Market South America
Largest Market Asia-Pacific

Major Players

Ready-to-Eat Food Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Ready to Eat Food Market Analysis

The Ready-to-Eat Food Market size is estimated at USD 402.90 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 512.74 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 4.94% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

  • The market is witnessing a shift in consumer preferences from home-cooked food to ready-to-eat products, owing to working individuals' busy lifestyles and hectic work schedules. This change in consumer behavior will likely uplift the market studied significantly in the forecast period. Ready-to-eat products are considered the closest alternative to regular food, which can be consumed at any time (such as during breakfast, lunch, or dinner).
  • Consumer interest in new products and ingredients is rising and is expected to witness positive developments. Besides traditional cuisine, consumers are eager to try different meals from other ethnicities, such as Indian, Thai, and Italian. Therefore, preference for ethnic ready-to-eat food has driven the demand for these products.
  • Millennials and the young generation are the easiest targets for ready-to-eat food manufacturing giants as they spend most of their income on such food products. Thus, such products' convenience level is increasing the global market's total demand. Furthermore, the rising health consciousness among consumers, the predominance of lifestyle disorders, and the nutritional value associated with fresh food are restraining the ready-to-eat food products markets.

Ready to Eat Food Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Ready-to-Eat Food Market according to our research experts:

Surge in Demand for Convenient and Healthy Instant Food

  • Globally, the demand for convenient and instant food, particularly instant pasta, rice, snacks, meat products, and others, is growing at a faster pace due to changes in social and economic patterns, as well as increased expenditure on food and beverage, awareness about healthy foods, changes in meal patterns and existing food habits, growing ex-pat settlement population around the world and the desire to taste new products. 
  • The United States is one of the world's largest markets for ready-to-eat food, with countries like Germany and the United Kingdom following suit, and the emerging markets of Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Latin America are too projected to see future growth for the same.
  • Instant or easy-to-prepare snacking and ready meals are becoming extremely popular, especially among working-class people, teenage children, people living in hostels, and bachelors due to their hectic lifestyles. Moreover, the on-the-go concept is closely associated with easy consumption and handling of products, which ready-to-eat food can offer. Thus, the demand for ready-to-eat food is increasing due to the linked convenience of consumption and aided by disposable packaging simultaneously. 
  • For instance, in March 2021, General Mills, United States food company, released ready-to-eat cookies based on its baking brand Pillsbury for the first time. Pillsbury's Soft Baked Cookies will be available in four flavors: chocolate chip, confetti sugar with drizzled icing, and peanut butter with chocolatey drizzle.
Ready-to-Eat Food Market: Wholesale Price Index of Processed Ready-to-Eat Food, India, 2016-2022

Asia-Pacific Dominates the Market

  • Asia-Pacific dominates the ready-to-eat food market. The rising demand for frozen and ready meals, such as frozen meat products, and frozen snacks like pizza, frozen cereals, soups, etc., drive the market. The introduction of more exotic products, the influx of private labels, and product premiumization are some factors supporting market demand. The consumers' perception of ready meals is persistently improving, where convenience and high-speed cooking time is ideal for consumers.
  • Countries such as China and India are likely to lead the demand in the region due to strong growth and high potential in these countries. Chilled ready meals and frozen ready meals are also one of the most consumed categories of ready-to-eat food in these countries. Evolving consumer food preferences such as gluten-free, vegan, and sustainable packaging add value to the market. 
  • For instance, in February 2022, VegaBytz introduced their plant-based, 100% vegan meat products in India. Meat/Chicken/Tuna ready-to-eat meals and curry products are all vegan and made entirely from plants in the VegaBytz product line. In addition, companies operating in the market are focusing on adopting strategic measures to achieve a strong foothold in these countries, driving the market growth.
Ready-to-Eat Food Market: Market CAGR (%), by Region, Global, 2021

Ready to Eat Food Industry Overview

The global ready-to-eat food market is highly competitive, with the presence of key players operating in the market, such as Nomad Foods Ltd, General Mills, McCain Foods, Nestle SA, and Conagra Brands, among others. High industrial profitability has led manufacturers to develop powerful competitive strategies, intensifying competition among the existing market players. Major market players are undertaking product innovation, product launches, mergers and acquisitions, geographic expansion, etc., as part of key strategies to remain competitive in the market. Companies are also positioning their products on different factors, including product offerings, quality, taste, flavors, price, functionality, size, packaging, and marketing activities, to gain a competitive advantage in the market.

Ready to Eat Food Market Leaders

  1. Nomad Foods Ltd.

  2. Conagra Brands, Inc.

  3. Nestlé S.A.

  4. General Mills, Inc.

  5. McCain Foods Limited

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Ready to Eat Food Market News

  • In September 2022, McCain Foods acquired Netherlands-based Scelta Products. This acquisition will strengthen the position of the company in prepared frozen appetizers and will add innovation and capacity to frozen appetizers.
  • In August 2022, General Mills Inc. launched prepared meal kits under the brands of Betty Crocker, Old El Paso, Pillsbury, and Annie's Organic brands. It provides consumers with fully prepared, and ready-to-eat meal options for simple homemade dishes.
  • In August 2021, the Nestlé-owned brand Freshly launched its first fully vegan meal line. Under its new purely plant menu, the chef-prepared meal delivery service will offer six options developed to showcase plant-based foods' nutritional benefits and delectable possibilities. The meals, which are ready to eat in approximately three minutes, are inspired by a variety of cuisines and include, Indian-Spiced Chickpea Curry Bowl with Basmati Rice, Lentils & Veggies; Farmstead Baked Pasta with Melty Cashew Cheeze & Seasonal Veggies (which features a coconut milk-based vegan cheese); Creamy Buffalo Cauli Mac & Cheeze with Garlic-Roasted Broccoli; and Moroccan Herb Falafel Bowl with Garlicky Hummus & Toasted Quinoa.

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 Hypermarkets/Supermarkets

      2. 5.2.2 Convenience Stores

      3. 5.2.3 Online Retail Stores

      4. 5.2.4 Other Distribution Channels

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Spain

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Germany

        4. France

        5. Italy

        6. Russia

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Nomad Foods Ltd

      2. 6.3.2 General Mills, Inc.

      3. 6.3.3 McCain Foods Limited

      4. 6.3.4 Nestlé S.A.

      5. 6.3.5 Premier Foods Group Limited

      6. 6.3.6 Conagra Brands, Inc.

      7. 6.3.7 Amy's Kitchen

      8. 6.3.8 Dr. August Oetker Nahrungsmittel KG

      9. 6.3.9 Campbell Soup Company

      10. 6.3.10 The Kraft Heinz Company

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

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Ready to Eat Food Industry Segmentation

Ready-to-eat foods are foods made for direct consumption and do not require much further processing. They are mostly consumed without prior preparation or cooking. The ready-to-eat food market is segmented by product type, distribution channel, and geography. Based on product type, the market is segmented into instant breakfast/cereals, instant soups and snacks, ready meals, baked goods, meat products, and other product types. Based on the distribution channel, the market is segmented into hypermarkets/supermarkets, convenience stores, online retail stores, and other distribution channels. Moreover, the study analyzes the ready-to-eat food market across geography, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, the Middle East, and Africa. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of 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
Online Retail Stores
Other Distribution Channels
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
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Ready to Eat Food Market Research FAQs

The Ready-to-Eat Food Market size is expected to reach USD 402.90 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 4.94% to reach USD 512.74 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Ready-to-Eat Food Market size is expected to reach USD 402.90 billion.

Nomad Foods Ltd., Conagra Brands, Inc., Nestlé S.A., General Mills, Inc. and McCain Foods Limited are the major companies operating in the Ready-to-Eat Food Market.

South America is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the Asia-Pacific accounts for the largest market share in Ready-to-Eat Food Market.

In 2023, the Ready-to-Eat Food Market size was estimated at USD 383.93 billion. The report covers the Ready-to-Eat Food Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Ready-to-Eat Food Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Ready to Eat Food Industry Report

Statistics for the 2024 Ready to Eat Food market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Ready to Eat Food analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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Ready to Eat Food Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)