The packaged foods industry is a category of the food and beverage industry that involves the production and distribution of packaged food products. Packaged foods are products that are packaged in individual containers or packages and are ready for consumption or cooking. This can include a wide range of products, such as canned goods, frozen foods, dried goods, and packaged snacks. The packaged foods industry is a large and diverse sector of the global economy, and it includes a wide range of companies, from small, local operations to large, multinational corporations. The products produced by the packaged foods industry are typically sold through a variety of retail channels, such as supermarkets, convenience stores, and online retailers.
Packaged foods can be divided into several main categories, including canned goods, which are products that are sealed in airtight containers and preserved through a variety of methods, such as heating, drying, or freezing. Frozen foods are products that are kept at extremely low temperatures in order to prevent spoilage and maintain their freshness. Dried goods are products that have had most of their moisture removed through processes such as dehydration or evaporation, which makes them more shelf-stable and allows them to be stored for longer periods of time. Packaged snacks are pre-prepared, bite-sized foods that are ready to eat, such as chips, cookies, and other snack foods.