Refrigerated & Frozen Foods’ annual State of the Industry report is the refrigerated and frozen food industry’s most extensive annual report, covering everything from trends and analysis to product performance and packaging initiatives.

The 2015 State of the Industry report includes:

·         Product category market share reports.

·         Category and consumer purchase trends.

·         New retail product developments.

·         Overview of the refrigerated and frozen foods industry and what’s in store for the remainder of the year.

·         Reader’s Choice Best New Retail Products contest and Q&As with the Top 5 winners.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s inside this year’s State of the Industry report:

Intro to Retail: State of New Retail Products and Trends
When Refrigerated & Frozen Foods polled its readers about what are some key factors that play into the success of the cold food industry in 2015, 40% of the votes outlined new product and/or new category development as being the No. 1 key factor. That’s why this year’s State of the Industry report delves deeper into what new trends are impacting each cold food category and how new product development is shaping the future of the industry.


Intro to Foodservice: State of the Foodservice Industry
When it comes to the refrigerated and frozen foods industry, one thing is for certain—new culinary products continue to prevail. Here’s a breakdown of some of the hot trends impacting today’s restaurant menus.


Top 5 Readers’ Choice Best New Retail Products
Discover who placed in the Top 5 for our 3rd annual Reader’s Choice Best New Retail Products contest.


Meals & Entrées: Ready Meals Dominate Frozen Foods Industry
Find out why today’s frozen entrée producers lead the industry with better-for-you, ready-to-prepare products.


Snacks, Appetizers & Sides: Appetizers Migrate from Restaurant Menus to Consumers’ Kitchens
A study shows that when considering an appetizer, consumers generally looked for easily-shareable finger foods. Here's how this category responded.


Meat, Poultry & Seafood: New Meat, Poultry & Seafood Products Deliver Bold Flavors, Meatless Alternatives
Whether it’s sustainable, spicy or just plain good for you, today’s meat, poultry and seafood items bring a little something extra to the table.


Bakery Foods: Innovation Spurs Growth in Retail Baked Goods
From frozen to refrigerated place-and-bake dough, innovation continues to spur growth within the retail baked goods category.


Dairy Foods: Dairy Aisles Showcase Innovative Flavor Profiles
From yogurt infused with coffee to ice cream made with chef-crafted ingredients, this year’s introduction of new dairy products showcase innovation at its finest.


Fruits & Vegetables: Frozen Fares Best in Healthy Eating
A recent study reveals that the nutritional value of frozen fruits and vegetables are generally equal to—and in some cases better than—their fresh counterparts.


Breakfast Items: How Breakfast Becomes Better for You
Last year, consumers opted for portable, convenience and on-the-go breakfast options. While this trend remains true today, the most important meal of the day is now also better for you.


Dips & Spreads: Dips & Spreads Lift the Lid to Bold, Organic Offerings
Gone are the days of the traditional hummus. Today’s dips and spreads boast a plethora of bold flavor profiles and organic options.


Beverages: Today’s Retail Beverages Re-Energize, Replenish and Renew
From cold-pressed juices to probiotic-rich shakes, today’s beverage options provide a plethora of better-for-you choices.


Desserts: Desserts Deliver Bold New Product Offerings
Gone are the days of a simple slice of frozen pie. Today’s refrigerated and frozen desserts boldly go where no dessert has gone before.