Ready Meals Market Size, Share, Growth Report 2032

Ready Meals Market

Ready Meals Market by Product Type (Frozen Ready Meals, Chilled Ready Meals, Canned Ready Meals, and Dried Ready Meals), by Distribution Channel (Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, Convenience Stores, Online Retail Stores, and Others), Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecast, 2020 – 2026

Category: Technology & Media Report Format : PDF Pages: 110 Report Code: ZMR-5867 Published Date: Feb-2021 Status : Published
Market Size in 2019 Market Forecast in 2026 CAGR (in %) Base Year
USD 233.68 Billion USD 387.7 Billion 7.5% 2019

The ready meals market is set for a rapid growth over the forecast period. In terms of revenue, the global ready meals market size was worth around USD 233.68 Billion in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 387.7 Billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 7.5% from 2020 to 2026.

Global Ready Meals Market: Overview

Ready meals are precooked and prepackaged meals that can be consumed with minimum or no preparation. It is readily available in the metropolitan cities around the global. The ease of convenience provided by it in today’s busy lifestyle of people is the major driver for the ready meals market.

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Global Ready Meals Market: Growth Factors

The global ready meals market is anticipated to observe significant growth over the years. The consumer preference for ready meals over home-cooked food is mainly due to its high-speed cooking time, which is the major factor that is driving the market. This growing trend has even compelled the key players in the market to launch new innovative ready meals based products. The inclusion of healthy ingredients in the ready meals has surged its demand from the target audience of health-conscious consumers, who are mostly working professionals. The hectic lifestyle and less time available for cooking food at home have incited the need for ready meals. Moreover, cost-effectiveness, as compared to food from restaurants, is another factor that drives the overall ready meals market. Rapid urbanization in emerging economies such as India, China, Japan, etc. has great opportunities for the ready meals market and will witness humongous growth in the upcoming years.

The ready meals save time which would have been instead used for the preparation of the food. The students all across the globe coupled with the working population have the ease of convenience at their first priority. This changing lifestyle has boosted the overall demand for convenience foods as the ready meals provide ease of convenience and save time. The rising per capita income is one more factor that will augment the overall market for the upcoming years. 

Global Ready Meals Market: Segmentation

Based on product type, the ready meals market is segmented into frozen ready meals, chilled ready meals, canned ready meals, and dried ready meals. The frozen ready meals are high in demand and dominate the entire market with the largest share. Based on the distribution channel, the ready meals market is segmented into the supermarkets/hypermarkets, convenience stores, online retail stores, and others. The hypermarket & supermarket have the largest share of the market in terms of distribution channels of ready meals. Food products come under common household entities and therefore are bought along with the other home essentials from the supermarkets by most of the consumers.

Ready Meals Market: Report Scope

Report Attributes Report Details
Report Name Ready Meals Market Research Report
Market Size in 2019 USD 233.68 Billion
Market Forecast in 2026 USD 387.7 Billion
Growth Rate CAGR of 7.5%
Number of Pages 214
Key Companies Covered Nomad Foods Ltd, Nestle SA, McCain Foods Ltd., Premier Foods plc, Conagra Brands Inc., Oetker Group, Findus Group Ltd.,
Segments Covered By Product Type, By Distribution Channel, And By Region
Regions Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Latin America, Middle East, and Africa (MEA)
Base Year 2019
Historical Year 2015 to 2018
Forecast Year 2020 - 2026
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Global Ready Meals Market: Regional Analysis

Based on regions, the global ready meals market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. The North America region held a notable share in 2019.

The Asia Pacific region is one of the most lucrative regions for market players. This surge is due to the increasing adoption of ready meals in the developing economies such as India, China, etc.

Global Ready Meals Market: Competitive Players

Some of key players in ready meals market are

  • Nomad Foods Ltd
  • Nestle SA
  • McCain Foods Ltd.
  • Premier Foods plc
  • Conagra Brands Inc.
  • Oetker Group
  • Findus Group Ltd.

The global ready meals market is segmented as follows:

By Product Type

  • Frozen Ready Meals
  • Chilled Ready Meals
  • Canned Ready Meals
  • Dried Ready Meals

By Distribution Channel

  • Supermarkets/Hypermarkets
  • Convenience Stores
  • Online Retail Stores
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
    • The U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • France
    • The UK
    • Spain
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Southeast Asia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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FrequentlyAsked Questions

The global ready meals market was valued at USD 233.68 Million in 2019.

The global ready meals market is expected to reach USD 387.7 Million by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 7.5% between 2020 to 2026.


Some of the key factors driving the global ready meals market growth are the preference for ready meals over cooking at home entirely, and rising demand from the Europe. Moreover, extensive promotional activities by market players and growing awareness about the ease of convenience provided by it are further driving the importance of ready meals in Asia-Pacific.

North America region is anticipated to hold a substantial share in the ready meals market. This is attributable to the presence of major players such as McCain Foods, Nomad Foods, and Premium Foods, among others. Asia Pacific region is projected to grow at a significant rate owing to the rising demand for ready meals in developing economies such as China and India.

Some of the major companies operating in the ready meals market are Nomad Foods Ltd, Nestle SA, McCain Foods Ltd., Premier Foods plc, Conagra Brands, Inc., Oetker Group, and Findus Group Ltd. among others.

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