Processed Foods: Commercial Use Prepared Foods: Operating Environment and Background
Expansion in the Home Meal Replacement (HMR) industry
The market for commercial use prepared foods had mostly leveled off, but is beginning to recover moderately.
■Market Trends for Commercial Use Prepared Frozen Foods (Portion produced in Japan)
Restaurant dining is declining, but the HMR industry has grown steadily with changes in lifestyles.
■Market Trends in the Foodservice Industry
Between dining out and home cooking, home meal replacement (HMR) refers to prepared foods, such as ready-to-eat items, boxed meals, or filled bread, purchased at supermarkets or other retail outlets and eaten at home. The HMR market is expanding steadily as a result of social changes such as more nuclear families, trends toward dining alone, and simpler meal preparation, as well as the lower cost compared to restaurant dining.
Source: Website of the Information Service Center for Food and Foodways