There’s an explosion of fresh convenience foods on the market as shoppers looking for easy meal options pick up grab-and-go sandwiches and burritos, hot-table entrees, prepared salads and other healthy, ready-to-eat foods.
28 percent: Projected growth of the fresh convenience-foods category from 2010 to 2014
$22 billion: Total sales of fresh convenience foods in 2009
68 percent: Amount of fresh convenience foods sold through supermarkets and grocery stores, despite inroads from club and convenience stores
50 percent: Portion of total market sales that come from the deli
$6.3 billion: Projected increase in sales of fresh convenience foods by 2012