he demand for packaged food has been growing steadily over the last decade and more. Need for convenience, hygiene considerations and influx of ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook options, driven by changing lifestyles, growing incomes and increasing mobility are driving this demand. More and more consumers now prefer packaged edible oil, food grains, milk, snacks, mithai, etc. over the traditionally popular loose products. The pandemic has only added to the situation, causing the market to boom further. Today, supermarkets and restaurants too are opting for packaged staples, pre-packaged salads and cut vegetables, etc. Many food sellers are shifting to selling pre-made meals that are then frozen or packaged in film-covered trays.