The global meal replacement product market is currently experiencing strong growth. A meal replacement product is a pre-packaged and calorie-controlled food product that acts as a substitute for a whole food meal. Ready-to-eat foods, shakes, bars and powders are the common types of meal replacement products available in the market. They are rich in essential nutrients, fats, proteins, fibers, vitamins, minerals and complex carbohydrates that aid in replacing unhealthy or high-calorie meals and suppressing subsequent food cravings. These products are also available in a wide variety of flavours, such as vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, blueberry and orange. Owing to this, meal replacement products are considered to be a convenient alternative for a healthy and low-calorie meal that can be consumed at any time.
An alarming increase in the prevalence of obesity and diabetes, along with rising health consciousness among consumers, is one of the key factors driving the growth of the market. Furthermore, growing consumer awareness regarding weight management is also catalyzing the demand for various meal replacement products. Owing to the hectic lifestyles and busy schedules, consumers are increasingly opting for weight management and diet programs that include easy-to-prepare nutritional products. This has provided a significant boost to the demand for meal replacement products across the globe. Additionally, various product innovations, such as the introduction of plant-based and organic meal replacement shakes that are free of gluten, artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives, are acting as another growth-inducing factor. Rising disposable incomes, rapid urbanization, aggressive promotional activities by manufacturers and the development of online retail channels are also projected to drive the market further. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to exhibit a CAGR of around 7% during 2020-2025.
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The competitive landscape of the industry has also been examined with some of the key players being Abbott Laboratories, Blue Diamond Global Ingredients Division, Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods, General Mills, Glanbia Plc, Healthy 'N Fit International Inc., Herbalife International of America Inc., Company, Nestle SA, Nutrisystem Inc., Unilever Plc, Ksf Acquisition Corporation, etc.
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