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Here goes the MRE taste test

When people call and ask me which MRE do I prefer, I always say pretty much the same thing. I say "they're both major military suppliers and have to be made to the same military specs, I would go with the cheaper one". I say this only about real MRE's such as the two that we sell. There are a lot of emergency meals out there that are presented as MRE's and sell for about $ 50.00. These have a three year shelf life and are not even close in any way to real MRE's. Beware! Still, the more expensive Sopakco MRE is by far our best seller of the two. I have had both of these manufacturers MRE and others, but have never compared them in a taste test, until now.

Our taste test if of course not conclusive or scientific, but I found an MRE from Sopakco with a main entree of "Chicken Noodles, vegetables in sauce" and an International Meals MRE with a main entree of "Chicken noddle stew w/ vegetables" and warmed them both up. The Sopakco is on the left and International Meals is on the right. I am shocked. I could easily tell a difference. The Sopakco main entree was much better. I didn't say anything about my preference and asked Renee, Loree and David to try them as well. Renee is in customer service and Loree and David are in the warehouse. Everyone liked the Sopakco MRE better. I was trying to pinpoint a way to describe why I liked it better and Renee said "it is more like home cooked food". It's that simple. And then I said, "yes it's more like real food, not canned food". I guess that's it. In this case, the Sopakco main entree was just much better. In fact, I offered them to everyone and Loree finished the rest of the Sopakco MRE. I need to do some more taste tests with other entrees, but for now, let's move onto the beverage powders.

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