Cost Comparison Guide

Comparing Apples to Apples: We believe in true comparisons. You see many “units” of food with the description “includes 1000 servings.” This is deceiving . This does not mean it includes 1000 meals. A meal typically includes 3-5 servings. A perfectly rounded meal includes 1 serving from each food group. So, by definition, a unit that includes 1000 servings is really only 250 meals, or 83 days' worth of food for one person. Yet, it is marketed like it may feed your family for a year. When we say our Family Unit is "enough food for 4 people for a year," We mean it. It is designed for 3 full meals a day, per person, for an entire year. That's 4 adults, for a year! Here are some true comparisons between Ready Reserve Foods, Wise Foods, and eFoods. The comparisons below are between our #10 steel cans of products versus Wise Foods and eFoods Direct's Mylar pouches.

Wise Foods comparison:
As you may know, Wise Foods specializes in Mylar Bags and plastic totes for their container of choice. In our professional (and experienced) opinion, this type of container does not compare to the quality you receive from steel, double enameled cans. Another major difference is that products cannot be purchased individually through Wise Foods. If you would like to purchase some additional fruits, you must purchase the entire container of various fruits and snacks. The same goes for the vegetables. So, in order to properly compare, we have compiled a reasonable list of ale carte items from our line to their prepackaged variety combos. All information below has been taken directly from their website.
Wise Foods: 
120 Serving Freeze Dried Fruit and Snack Combo 
Product: Servings:  Serving Size: Total: Price:
Bananas 16 11g serving 176g included
Peaches 16 10g serving 160g included
Strawberries 16 5g serving 80g included
Apples 24 5g serving 120g included
Creamy Yogurt 16 12g serving 192g included
Caramel Sauce 16 12g serving 192g included
Vanilla Pudding 16 25g serving 400g included
Total 120 1,320 grams $154.99
Ready Reserve: 
All products shown are from our A La Carte section and are available individually. 
Product:  Servings:  Serving Size: Total Conversion:  Price: 
Bananas 12 3 oz. serving 1020g  $19.25
Peaches 35 1/2 Cup 4140g $57.20
Fruit Cocktail 88 3 oz. serving 7484g $58.10
Apples 44 1/2 Cup 5204g $19.00
No Bake Custard 128 1/2 Cup 15141g $38.25
Total 307 32,989 grams $191.80
On Wise Food's nutritional labels, all product servings sizes are in grams, 
which makes it difficult to compare.  Above, we have converted our serving
sizes to grams to show the true difference between the two.  As you can 
see, there is a 96% gain in servings based on their servings sizes! It's almost
hard to believe.  
Wise Foods: 
120 Serving Freeze Dried Vegetables & Sauces Combo
Product:  Servings:  Serving Size:  Total:  Price: 
Corn 24 13g serving 312g included
Green Peas 16 13g serving 208g included
Broccoli 24 11g serving 264g included
Green Beans 24 4g serving 96g included
Mushroom Sauce 16 8g serving 128g included
Cheese Sauce 8 11g serving 88g included
Cream Sauce 8 8g serving 64g included
Butter Sauce 8 8g serving 64g included
Total 128 1,224 grams $144.99
Ready Reserve: 
All products shown are from our A La Carte section and are available individually. 
Product:  Servings:  Serving Size:  Total Conversion:  Price: 
Corn 45 1/2 Cup 5323g $32.70
Green Peas 43 1/2 Cup 5086g $28.95
Carrot Dices 77 1/2 Cup 9108g $14.40
Green Beans 48 1/2 Cup 5678g $20.25
Cheese Sauce 27 3 oz. Serving 2296g $41.95
Total:  240 27,491 grams $138.25
When converted, there is no comparison.  Again, we have a 96% gain in 
servings, except this time, our products end up being almost $7.00 cheaper!
Wise Foods: 
4320 Serving 12 Month Supply - 3 Servings per day for 4 adults. 
Remember, a balanced diet is a minimum of 9 servings per day, with 12-15
 being optimum.  The Wise Foods 12 Month Supply is specifically based  on
3 servings per day per adult.  So lets do some math…
Servings Adults Serv. Day Total Days
4320 4 3 360
4320 4 9 120
4320 4 12 90
Total Weight:  744 Lbs. Total Cost:  $6,999.00
Ready Reserve: 
Family Unit - 12 Month Supply - 12 Servings per day for 4 Adults
The family unit was designed to be a full value unit.  It may not have a high 
caloric value, but there is a huge difference between good calories, and 
empty calories.  It is still designed to give an adult 12+ servings per day
while receiving all of your daily nutrition.  This fact has been verified by 
numerous independent nutritionists' at Rogue Valley Regional Medical 
Center.
Servings Adults Serv. Day Total Days
17300 4 12 360
Total Weight:  1115 Lbs. Total Cost:  $4,343.75
eFoods Direct Comparison: 
Over the years, eFoods has changed their packaging techniques.  They used 
to only sell the steel cans, but in the last few years, they began selling the 
Mylar pouches.  The below comparisons are between our Steel Double
Enameled Cans versus their Mylar pouches packed in a box. 
Apples
eFoods Direct Ready Reserve
Packaging Type Mylar Bags Dbl Enameled Can
Serving Size 5.5g ¼ Cup
Servings Per Container 8 44
Containers Included 10 1
Total Serving Conversion 440 g 2602 g
Cost Per gram $0.0976 $0.0073
Cost     $42.95 $19.00
Milk
eFoods Direct Ready Reserve
Packaging Type Mylar Bags Dbl Enameled Can
Serving Size 21 g 2 ½ Tbl (Dry)
Servings Per Container 8 80
Containers Included 24 1
Total Serving Conversion 4,032 g 3,000 g
Cost Per gram $0.0297 $0.0121
Cost     $119.95 $36.55
Corn
eFoods Direct Ready Reserve
Packaging Type Mylar Bags Dbl Enameled Can
Serving Size 7.5 g ¼ Cup
Servings Per Container 8 45
Containers Included 10 1
Total Serving Conversion 600 g 2,662 g
Cost Per gram $0.0399 $0.0122
Cost     $23.95 $32.70
Mashed Potatoes
eFoods Direct Ready Reserve
Packaging Type Mylar Bags Dbl Enameled Can
Serving Size 22 g 3 oz. 
Servings Per Container 4 212
Containers Included 24 1
Total Serving Conversion 2,112 g 18,030 g
Cost Per Gram $0.0567 $0.0012
Cost     $119.95 $22.30
Stroganoff Casserole
eFoods Direct Ready Reserve
Packaging Type Mylar Bags Dbl Enameled Can
Serving Size 2.7 oz. ½ Cup
Servings Per Container 4 11
Containers Included 24 1
Total Serving Conversion 259.2 oz. 44 oz.
Cost Per Ounce $0.6170 $0.1806
Cost     $159.95 $7.95
eFoods Direct
1 Year Food Supply - 1 Person - 1928 Servings - 1 Year
The eFoods Direct 1 year Family Pack is designed for 5.28 servings per day
per adult.  Again, the reccommended number of servings per day is a 
minimum of 9 for an adult, with 12-15 servings being optimal.  All of the
goods come packed in Mylar pouches, boxed in 8 plastic totes.  
Servings Adults Serv. Day Total Days
1928 1 5 385.6
1928 1 9 209
1928 1 12 161
Total Weight:  Unknown Total Cost:  $1,999.95
Ready Reserve: 
Modular Unit - 12 Month Supply - 12 Servings per day for 4 Adults
The Modular unit was designed to be a completely rounded unit with high
quantites of fruits, vegetables, and protein.  This unit does not contain high
amounts of grains or sweeteners, so the calories and nutritional value is 
complete with whole foods, rather than empty or useless caloric value.  It
 is still designed to give an adult 12+ servings per day. 
Servings Adults Serv. Day Total Days
4655 1 12 388
4655 1 15 310
Total Weight:  285 lbs.  Total Cost:  $1,533.25
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