Cooking and preparing meals from home has increased 67% since COVID-19 began. After months of home-cooked meals, families are turning to prepared foods and easy prep meals as a way to save time and spice up their nightly dinner menus. In addition, 60% of home cooks report they rely on Instant Pots or similar appliances for their cooking routine for the simplicity, versatility, and convenience of making, flavorful meals with less cleanup.
Kevin’s Natural Foods, the only natural and health-focused refrigerated entrée brand in the nation, announced the company has experienced exponential growth during its first year of business. Empowering people to eat clean without sacrificing flavor, Kevin’s Natural Foods launched in the fall of 2019 and recorded $4.5 million in sales during its first quarter. Since its inception, the Northern California-based wellness brand has expanded rapidly, adding 6,000 retail locations nationwide in only 12 months. Experiencing a 460% revenue increase in 2020, the company projects to close out the year with $48 million in sales—thanks in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic changing what, how and where consumers are eating.
The headline for last year’s Top 25 Refrigerated Foods Processors Report read, “Refrigerated Foods to Reign Supreme in 2020”. In no other year than 2020 could a headline that bold be an understatement.
The Greencore USA acquisition expands and diversifies the Hearthside network to 38 production facilities in the United States and Europe.
October 17, 2018
Hearthside Food Solutions, Downers Grove, Ill., acquired Greencore USA, a Downers Grove, Ill.-based frozen contract packager and producer of refrigerated, fresh-made sandwiches, entrées and salad kits.
The new Nashville facility will produce branded and private label products for club, retail and foodservice customers.
April 21, 2016
Harry’s Fresh Foods, a Portland, Ore.-based manufacturer of premium refrigerated and frozen soups, entrées, sides and desserts, announced plans to expand operations with a production facility in Nashville, Tenn.
Blount Fine Foods, a Fall River, Mass.-based manufacturer of premium, hand-crafted soups, entrées, sauces and side dishes for retail and foodservice, purchased Food Source LP, a custom food manufacturer based in McKinney, Texas.