Sopakco - Meals Ready to Eat
Each Sure-Pak 12 Meal case contains 12 individual
meal kits—two each of six menus. Each
meal kit contains an entrée, side dish, dessert item, cracker or wheat
bread and spread, beverage powder, and a condiment pack with a spoon,
napkin, wet nap, salt, pepper, coffee, creamer and sugar. Sure-Pak 12
menus include these favorites:
Chicken Pesto Pasta
South West Chicken Stew
Sure-Pak 12 menus cannot be specified on a
* Shelf life determined by several factors and can be shorter than 5 years if not stored properly.
** Flameless heaters are not part of the standard case and can be ordered if needed.
1. What are Sure-Pak Meals?
Sure-Pak Meals are fully prepared shelf-stable foods that are
storable for up to five years based on storage conditions. These
convenient, ready-to-eat meals come in delicious favorites like
spaghetti with meat sauce, meatloaf and grilled chicken. No
refrigeration is necessary and self-heating options are available.
2. Who Is SOPAKCO?
SOPAKCO, Inc., is a world leader in the design, processing, and
packaging of processed foods using traditional and emerging packaging
technologies. The South Carolina-based company has been the largest
supplier of Meals Ready-to-Eat (MREs) to the U.S. military for more than
30 years and is a preferred partner to many major international food
3. How are Sure-Pak Meals different from military Meals Ready-to-Eat (MREs)?
MREs contain an average of 1,250 calories per meal. Sure-Pak Meals
contain 900 to 1,250 calories per meal. Military MREs contain extra
items not included in Sure-Pak Meals such as gum, candy, toilet paper,
and hot sauce.
4. How are Sure-Pak Meals used?
Sure-Pak Meals were originally developed for use by the military
for times when formal meal preparation was not possible. The meals are
fully cooked, nutritious, lightweight, and simple to store. This has
made them popular for emergency preparedness meals as well as on-the-go
meals for hikers, campers, hunters, and other outdoor enthusiasts.
5. What are self-heating options?
Sure-Pak Meals can be eaten cold or hot. If a hot meal is preferred,
there are several heating options. Pouches can be placed in direct
sunlight or on a heated surface. The pouches also can be placed in
boiling water. A flameless, self-heating option is available, but is not
recommend for the young or elderly as it does pose a risk of injury due
to high heat.
6. How many calories does each Sure-Pak Meal contain?
Sure-Pak Meals contain between 900 to 1,250 calories per meal, depending
on the entrée and individual components. A minimum of two meals per
person per day is recommended for a 72-hour period.
7. How many meals come in one case of Sure-Pak?
There are 12 individual meals in each case of Sure-Pak.
8. How long will Sure-Pak Meals last?
Sure-Pak Meals can be stored for up to five years based on storage
temperature. This is known as "shelf life." Shelf life may be extended
if stored in a cool temperature. Heat may shorten shelf life. Freezing
is not recommended as it may damage the seal on the pouches used to
package the entrees and side dishes, causing them to spoil. .
|70º Fahrenheit||5.5 years
|80º Fahrenheit||4 years
|90º Fahrenheit||2.5 years
|100º Fahrenheit||1.5 years
In addition, freezing an MRE “retort” (multi layered foil barrier
‘soft-can’) pouch will not destroy the food inside, but repeated
freezing increases the chance that the pouch may cause a pouch
lamination failure. These pouches are made to withstand 1,000 flexes,
but repetitive freezing does increase the failure rate by a small
fraction of a percent.
* Based on NATICK's study of Meals
Ready-to-Eat, which uses packaging and production technologies like that
of Sure-Pak 12. This information is provided as a general indication of
the effects of storage temperature on Sure-Pak Meals and is not a
guarantee of the actual shelf life.
9. What are the weights and dimensions of the Sure-Pak 12 Meals case?
A: Each individual case is 16.75”L x 9.25”W x 11”H. A case of Sure-Pak
12 Meals without heaters weighs 19 pounds. A case of Sure-Pak 12 with
heaters weighs 20 pounds.
A pallet is 44”L x 52”W x 43”H and is stackable. One pallet of Sure-Pak
12 Meals without heaters 962 pounds. One pallet of Sure-Pak 12 Meals
with heaters 1,010 pounds.
*Weights are approximate and may vary.
10. How do I find the expiration date on my Sure-Pak Meal?
Because the shelf life varies based on storage temperature, Sure-Pak
Meals do not have an expiration date. There is, however, a pack date on
the bottom of the case in the form of a four-digit number such as
"5123"; the "5" represents the year "2005"; the "123" represents the
actual day of that year or Julian date; this case was packed on the
123rd day of 2005.
11. How many cases come in a pallet?
There are 48 cases per pallet.
12. How do I order Sure-Pak Meals?
Sure-Pak 12 meals can be ordered in bulk or by the case. To place an order, click here.
13. Do you ship overseas?
Not at this time.
14. How long will it take to receive my order of Sure-Pak Meals?
Orders of less than 24 cases typically ship
via UPS ground. Orders of 24 cases and more are shipped via a freight
carrier. Most orders are shipped within 24-72 hours.
- Each MRE entree meal is pre-cooked, ready-to-eat
- Can be eaten hot or cold straight from the pouch
- No cooking or preparation needed
- Easy to transport in the event of an
- Shelf-life up to 4 – 6 years
- Complete Meal in One Package
- Only water needed is for beverage.
- No dishes or clean-up!
- Cost more than freeze-dried meals
- Requires more space for storage vs freeze-dried foods
- Meal selection limited. Usually 6 to 12 different meals available
at any one given time.
- Some do not like their taste(subjective)
What do MRE's Taste Like?
Opinions very all over the board on this question. Just like
store canned goods, you either like them or not. They taste very
similar to canned foods. We have some customers that love eating MRE’s
so much that they have them for lunch several times a week. Then again,
I've heard military grunts say that MRE's really stand for "Meals-Rejected-by-Ethiopians"
(they probably miss Mom’s cooking).
Are MRE's Dehydrated or Freeze-Dried?
MRE's are totally different. Unlike dehydrated or freeze dried foods
which both require water to reconstitute them, MRE's are precooked "in
the pouch" and retain their full moisture like canned food items, just
with a much longer shelf-life.
Can MRE's be Eaten Cold?
You bet. The main MRE entrees, such as Beef Steak, Chicken with
Noodles, Turkey Breast, etc.(meal varieties constantly change), require
no cooking prior to eating. Each MRE entree can be eaten cold, directly
from the pouch. Now I will admit, eating MRE's cold is like eating from
a store bought canned food item. They are always ‘better tasting’ when
warmed up. Just tear open the pouch and eat straight out of it,
What’s the Best Way to Warm/Heat Up an MRE?
MRE pouches can be heated-up in a variety of different ways. Use your imagination. Here are just a few of the most common ways:
No mater how you heat-up your MRE entree meal, although the foil pouch
is very strong and durable, it can be damaged if too high of a
temperature is applied. NEVER
apply direct flame to the pouch like from a BBQ or campfire. The outer
and inner layers of plastic laminate will melt and contaminated the
- Using Water-Activated MRE Flameless Instant Heater Pads.
- Lay the foil pouch in direct sunlight, allowing the sun to warm it.
- Placed the pouch up against your body, allowing its' radiated heat to warm the food inside.
- Pouch contents can placed squeeze out into a bowl or plate and heated in a microwave oven.
- The pouch can be laid on a warm surface, such as a warm engine block, to absorb the heat from the warm object.
- The sealed pouch can be placed in a pan of warm or hot
water for 5-10 minutes. (If you use hot water, be careful. The foil
pouch can get very hot and cause burns).
What Specs were MRE's Designed to Meet?
MRE pouches have been extensively tested by the U.S. Military and
designed to a higher standard that normal store bought foods. Here are
just some of the rigorous requirement they were made to meet:
- 100% survival rate from a military cargo parachute drop
- A survival rated of at least 75% in the event of a
air cargo parachute failure
- Survive under the harshest of weather conditions
- Withstand extreme soldier field abuse
- Handle outdoor storage anywhere in the world
- Pass 7,000 individual pouch drops from 20 inches
- Be able to withstand a static load of 200 pounds for three minutes.
Is There Some Reason for the Tan & Green Colors of MRE's?
The tan and green colors were selected to help provide low visibility
in the field. Bright colors or shiny packages could unnecessarily
'giveaway' a soldiers position in battle.
Can MRE’s be used for Camping?
Absolutely! The ready-to-eat convenience of MRE's make them ideal for
use while backpacking, camping, hunting, boating and fishing.
Are MRE’s Good for Food Reserves and Emergency Preparedness?
MRE’s are an excellent choice for short term (1-3 months) food
reserves. When is comes to Emergency Food Reserves, several
consideration must be taken into account. The basics considerations are
1) What emergency are you preparing for (power blackout, earthquake,
hurricane, terrorist attack, etc.), and 2) How long do you want to
prepare for? Here are some of the Advantages & Disadvantages to
MRE’s you may wish to consider:
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