Frozen food products have been growing in popularity and sophistication in recent years, and the global COVID-19 pandemic has further ramped up demand. Frozen food companies have seen an increase in purchases since the start of the pandemic, as consumers dine out less and stock their freezers with extra supplies. According to Mordor Intelligence, the global frozen food market was worth over $290 billion in 2019 and is expected to hit $404 billion by 2027, with increasing opportunities for both top frozen food companies and new entrants to the industry.
There are many food and consumer goods giants involved in the frozen foods industry, offering products from ice cream to pizza to vegetables and more. However, while they may be among the world’s largest companies, they aren’t always the biggest players in the frozen food sector. BizVibe’s list of top frozen food manufacturers is a mix of diversified corporations and specialized vendors, all of whom are leading names in the industry.
Revenue (USD millions)
|Kraft Heinz Company||25,000|
|General Mills, Inc.||17,626|
|ConAgra Foods, Inc.||11,000|
|Nomad Foods Ltd||2,695|
|Wawona Frozen Foods||497|
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Cargill is a global food corporation and one of the largest businesses in the US. It operates in 70 countries around the world in industries such as agriculture, foodservice, food and beverage, and many others. The company’s frozen food products include ready meals, fruit, and other items. It also works with crops and animals.
Cargill’s products and service divisions include:
With over 2000 brands and more than 150 years of experience, Nestlé is one of the biggest food and beverage companies in the world. The company has a presence in more than 180 countries globally, and many of its brands are household names. The company’s milk products and ice cream division alone earns over $14.5 billion, while its prepared dishes and cooking aids segment brings in more than $13 billion.
Nestlé’s frozen food brands include:
Heinz and Kraft merged in 2015 to form the Kraft Heinz Company, one of the largest food and beverage manufacturers in North America and the world. The company controls eight $1 billion+ brands, along with numerous others such as Capri Sun, Classico, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Maxwell House, Oscar Mayer, and Velveeta.
The Kraft Heinz Company produces frozen food products such as:
Another multinational food and beverage corporation, General Mills operates in over 100 countries with more than 100 brands, including eight $1 billion+ brands. Some of its notable product lines are Cheerios, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Old El Paso, and Blue Buffalo. The company produces a variety of frozen foods across several of its brands.
General Mills’ frozen food products include:
ConAgra Brands is a packaged foods company serving supermarkets, restaurants, and foodservice establishments. It operates under three divisions: frozen, snacks, and staples. The company operates 50 locations and sells its products under numerous food brands.
ConAgra’s brands include:
Ajinomoto began as a seasoning manufacturer in 1909 and has grown into an international food manufacturer, with products tailored to both Japanese and international consumers. The company operates 121 factories in 35 countries and regions, and earns more than $2 billion of its revenue from the frozen food sector. Ajinomoto entered the frozen food market in 1972 to launch quality luxury products that filled unmet consumer demand in Japan. It also began exporting its frozen food products to other parts of the world, and has been acquiring companies from other countries in order to expand its global presence.
McCain Foods is a Canadian frozen food manufacturer with operations in numerous countries across 6 continents. The company sells its products in over 160 countries, and accounts for a substantial amount of the world’s frozen potato products. McCain owns 51 production facilities globally. While the company may be best known for the McCain brand and its varieties of frozen French fries, it also produces appetizers, pizzas, desserts, and more. McCain owns a number of other brands in the frozen food market and throughout the value chain.
McCain’s brands include:
Formed in 2015 with the acquisition of iglo Group, Nomad Foods is one of Europe’s leading frozen food companies with a range of products sold across the continent and around the world. The company manufactures, sells, and distributes frozen foods under brands such as Birds Eye, Findus, iglo, and more. Frozen fish are Nomad Foods’ biggest product segment, accounting for 40% of revenues, followed by vegetables at 20%.
Nomad Foods’ product lines include:
Bellisio Foods produces frozen meals under a range of different brands for consumers across North America. The company’s brands include Michelina’s and EAT! Frozen Entrées, and it also licences brands such as Boston Market, EatingWell, and Atkins Frozen. Its products are sold in supermarkets and grocery stores in the US and Canada, and include single-serve entrees, multi-serve meals, snacks, and appetizers. Bellisio also serves private label, foodservice, and co-manufacturing customers through the Overhill Farms brand.
Bellisio’s brands include:
Wawona Frozen Foods is a US company that specializes in frozen fruit products. The company supplies both conventional and organic fruits to food manufacturers, distributors, restaurants, and supermarkets. It offers over 100 different items and ships more than 100 million pounds of food across North America annually.
Wawona’s product segments include:
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