Accession Number : ADA304809

Title :   Industrial Assessment for the Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE),

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Goodman, John ; Meth, Martin ; Kowalczyk, Chester

PDF Url : ADA304809

Report Date : DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 89

Abstract : The Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE) is the Department of Defense's (DoD's) "go to war" ration designed to provide individual meals to troops in austere environments. The actual MRE ration has virtually no commercial market counterpart, since commercial products do not meet the stringent military nutrient, shelf life, and packing requirements. About half of the components in an MRE, however, do consist of commercially developed food components. DoD must therefore retain sufficient industrial capability to meet its requirements. We are employing innovative acquisition and business practices to help lower the cost of MREs. These innovative practices will maintain effective competition, encourage MRE supplier diversification into commercial markets, and fund new technologies to improve production efficiency and response times. As a result, MRE industry production capabilities are, and are expected to remain for the foreseeable future, sufficient to meet both projected peacetime and mobilization requirements.

Descriptors :   *PRODUCTION ENGINEERING, *RATIONS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, COMMERCE, MARKETING, MOBILIZATION, COSTS, MEALS, PACKAGING, MILITARY PROCUREMENT, SHELF LIFE.

Subject Categories : Food, Food Service and Nutrition

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE