SEOUL — To improve food service capabilities, Hyundai Green Food, the food ingredient distribution service arm of South Korea’s Hyundai department store, has launched a subscription meal kit service for diabetes patients. Care Food refers to food products intended for patients or those who need to eat controlled menus due to health issues such as allergies or other illnesses.
Meal packs are ready-to-eat food packages that do not need to be heated or can simply be heated in a microwave oven. They became popular with young workers and housewives after the first wave of a coronavirus pandemic hit South Korea in 2020. Consumers opted to stay at home and eat convenient meal packs or have groceries delivered rather than visit crowded malls to avoid infection.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, South Korea’s nursing care market was worth two trillion won ($1.6 billion) in 2020. The ministry forecast that the market would grow to three trillion won by 2025. The main customers in the nursing care food market are catering service providers in hospitals, care centers and retirement homes.
Hyundai Green Food said the company has launched a monthly subscription service for healthy, home-style meals for diabetic patients. Each meal set contains five dishes, including a main menu and side dishes. The meal kit is used to control a patient’s blood sugar level and can be heated in a microwave oven for about two minutes.
“Healthy eating habits are most important to people with diabetes, but they find it difficult to take care of nutritional values when preparing a meal,” the company said in a March 4 statement. a brand of care food launched in 2020. The food ingredients company would continue to improve the product range of meal kits for diabetes patients and develop other care foods for the elderly and cancer patients.
Hyundai Green Food has diversified its business into niche food markets. The company built a smart food factory with a daily food capacity of 50 tons in 2020, and launched three types of packaged meals in 2021, including 300-calorie low-fat meals and high-protein and low-carbohydrate food packages.
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