STUDY SAYS FUTURE OF SHELF-STABLE MEALS HAZY

CHICAGO -- The future of certain shelf-stable meal categories is uncertain as shifting demographics in U.S. households and low-carbohydrate diets threaten to adversely affect the overall segment, according to a new report from Mintel International Group here.In the foreseeable future, households containing baby boomers with an empty nest and young adults without children are expected to multiply.

CHICAGO -- The future of certain shelf-stable meal categories is uncertain as shifting demographics in U.S. households and low-carbohydrate diets threaten to adversely affect the overall segment, according to a new report from Mintel International Group here.

In the foreseeable future, households containing baby boomers with an empty nest and young adults without children are expected to multiply. The lack of children in a home often means less shelf-stable meals like macaroni and che

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