The Popularity of Frozen Dumplings in North America: New Trends, Big Names, and Business Opportunities
Top Selling Asian Dumplings in North America01 Feb, 2024
Frozen dumplings are expanding from Asian specialty food marts to supermarkets worldwide, showing that consumer demand and market opportunities are increasing. ANKO will introduce some well-known dumpling brands from the North American market in this issue. By understanding and analyzing the different types of Frozen Dumplings available, ANKO provides business insights into this and other new trends.
According to Business Research Insight, in 2023, the global frozen Dumpling market is estimated to reach $13.946 billion by 2031, growing at an 8.2% CAGR from 2021 to 2031. The key drivers of this market include growing consumer preference for Asian cuisine, increased demand for healthy frozen Dumplings, and global acceptance of multicultural and ready-to-eat meals. Frozen Dumplings are not only distributed in growing numbers of Asian supermarkets and specialty stores such as 99 Ranch, Mitsuwa Marketplace, and H Mart in the United States, but they are also sold in popular nationwide stores like Whole Food Markets, Safeway, and Costco. In this issue, ANKO US-based research analyst will explore the "trends," "big names," and opportunities in the Frozen Dumpling market in North America.
Asia Dumplings are Selling BIG in American Grocery Stores
Pork Gyoza and Chicken Dumplings are more than just side dishes in Ramen shops and Chinese restaurants. Asian Dumplings have become a popular ready-to-eat meal in supermarkets across North America. Frozen Dumplings are becoming so popular, they are slowly taking over freezer space in many Asian grocery stores and other chains. H Mart, one of the largest Asian Supermarkets in the US, was founded in New York in 1982. They have the widest selection of Asian food products from Korea, Taiwan, Japan, China, and Southeast Asia. Many were labeled as "authentic flavors" made in Asia, and recently, more and more products emphasize "Made in the USA" for consumer confidence in food safety and quality assurance.
"Lao Ban" Dumplings is a popular restaurant founded in Washington, DC in 2017. With the guidance of a Michelin-awarded chef, Lao Ban developed a series of frozen Dumplings featuring authentic Chinese flavors such as Mala Beef and Ginger Chicken dumplings. Lao Ban's frozen Dumplings are now available in multiple Costco stores across the US and Whole Foods Markets nationwide. Trader Joe's, a neighborhood grocery store started in California, is known for its outstanding food and great prices. They recently launched their own Trader Joe's brand of Chicken Gyoza Potstickers, which sell at an unbeatable price, bringing their loyal customers back on a regular basis.
Multinational Frozen Dumpling Producers You Need to Know:
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. is a Japanese multinational food and biotechnology corporation best known for its original MSG (monosodium glutamate) product. The company opened its first office in New York in 1917 and has since strategically expanded to a global marketplace. They have been producing frozen dumplings in the United States and marketing their products under multiple brands to steadily increase revenue streams. AJINOMMOTO® promotes itself as Japan's #1 Gyoza brand, featuring authentic Japanese-style Gyoza with delicate skin, juicy filling, and a crispy bottom. The company has recently acquired the well-known Taiwanese American brand founded in the 1970s, "Ling Ling," which features classic Chinese-style Pork and Vegetables and Chicken and Vegetable potstickers. The "Tai Pei" brand is created for "Chinese American" tastes and portion preferences; their products include frozen Honey Sesame Chicken Potsticker Bites, available in 2.9 lbs. family packs. Ajinomoto is also known for its dumpling "dipping sauces" that complement their Frozen Dumplings and are sold separately in bottles.
Yonhap News Agency from South Korea reported that the country's frozen dumpling export in 2020 reached a record high of $50.89 Million US dollars. In 2018, CheilJedang Corporation, a South Korean international food company, began acquiring food manufacturing companies in the United States. Now, it produces Mandu, Mini Wonton, and other frozen foods in the United States under its proprietary brand Bibigo. The brand offers various sizes and types of Dumplings, including bite-sized Crispy Dumplings, wavy-edged Mandu, Steamed Dumplings, pleated Mini Wontons, and Organic Potstickers. The flavor profiles range from Spicy Chicken and beef Bulgogi to Chicken and cilantro, Organic Chicken, and vegetables.
Dumpling Market, Big Potential
In today's competitive Dumpling market, manufacturers are trying to discover consumer preferences based on their cultural and social background, dietary restrictions, and personal tastes. Additionally, companies are working on differentiating their products with brand images that communicate the deliciousness of their products. This is accomplished by introducing new flavors, changing the size and shapes of the dumpling to create shorter cooking times, and producing a better texture. Altering the wrapper and filling ratio can create the perfect bite and a pleasing balance. Producers also target consumers willing to pay more for Dumplings made with healthy, locally sourced meats and vegetables, non-GMO, and organically certified ingredients. Other companies are focused on creating plant-based, vegetarian, and vegan Dumplings, as well as cross-cultural fusion flavors to attract a new generation of Dumpling consumers. Automated production is not only a tool to enhance production efficiency but also allows businesses more time to consider packaging and marketing carefully. Companies must strategically allocate their resources to reduce costs and thus ensure growth and profitability.
ANKO Automated Dumpling Production Lines
The increasing popularity of restaurant-quality Asian Dumplings is becoming a global phenomenon, which has changed dining trends and is reflected in the frozen food sector. Creative chefs and food business entrepreneurs are finding ways to thrive and succeed. But at the core of it all, it is really about "Delicious Dumplings." ANKO offers the HLT-700 Series Automated Dumpling Machines for making Jiaozi, Gyoza, Mandu, and many other products. We also provide customizable forming molds for making different products, production line planning and optimization services. Our professional consultants can assist you with recipe modification and the production solutions you need to ensure your products are made with the best quality and efficiency. Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in ANKO's machines and services; we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Note: The brands mentioned in the above article are market research and analysis conducted by ANKO US-based research analyst.
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