The production of frozen food is the chemical or mechanical process in which cooked food or ingredients are modified and frozen at the recommended temperatures. The frozen food production process is completed in three stages such as pre-treatment, freezing and deep-freeze storage. Ready meals, vegetables & fruits, potatoes, meat & seafood, meat products and soups are the goods available at the retail level. In addition, several government agencies are recommending new standards for frozen processed foods. For example, in 2016 the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) proposed standards related to limit values ââfor metallic impurities for frozen processed vegetable and fruit products, canned tomatoes including jams and frozen peas.
The increasing global demand for ready-to-eat meals and the health awareness of consumers are driving the demand for the global market for the production of frozen foods. Less time spent preparing nutritious meals means more consumers are choosing convenient meals. The changing lifestyle of professionals due to busy schedules is driving the consumption of frozen convenience foods around the world. The increasing demand for frozen food in several countries such as the US, China and India is also strengthening the market for frozen food production. However, inadequate facilities and poor maintenance of refrigerators in small retail stores are the major challenges for frozen food management in emerging economies, which in turn affects market demand for frozen food production. In addition, the main players in the market are adopting new technologies for processing frozen food, which may offer lucrative opportunities for the world market during the forecast period.
That global frozen food production market is divided by category, product type, freezing technology, sales channel and region. Based on the category, the world market is divided into ready-to-drink, ready-to-cook, ready-to-eat and others. The product type segment includes frozen snacks, frozen ready meals, frozen desserts, frozen meat and fish, frozen fruits and vegetables, and others. There are various freezing techniques used in the production of frozen food such as belt freezing, shock freezing, individual rapid freezing (IQF) and others. Online channels, convenience stores, supermarkets and hypermarkets and others are the distribution channel segments for the production of frozen foods.
The Europe region is expected to dominate the global frozen food production market and is expected to continue its dominance over the forecast period. Factors such as the increasing purchasing power of consumers and the rising standard of living are driving the growth of the market in this region. Changing consumer eating habits, hectic lifestyles, and increasing demand for ready-to-eat foods are also some of the factors driving market demand for frozen food production. In addition, increasing consumer health awareness will also fuel market growth. In addition, high demand for the frozen food production market is expected for the Asia-Pacific region during the forecast period. This is attributed to the increasing demand for ready meals in this region.
That global frozen food production market is highly concentrated due to the presence of national and international actors. The Kellogg Company, Kraft Heinz Company, Vandemoortele NV, JBS SA, Ajinomoto Co. Inc., General Mills Inc., Associated British Foods plc, Europastry SA, Cargill Incorporated and Aryzta AG are some of the major players operating in the world manufacturing market of frozen food. Companies invest in strategic partnerships to strengthen their market position.
In September 2018, Grupo Bimbo had introduced four production lines in its Argentine plant in San Franscico. This will facilitate export growth to neighboring countries.
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