Ameriqual APack

 

Ameriqual APack MRE Case APack MRE Contents APack Individual MREs
 

Ameriqual is one of the three companies that produce MREs for the U.S. military. In fact, they’re the largest providers of MREs. After years of being out of the civilian MRE market, in 2006, they finally came out with a product called “APack Ready Meals”.

According to Ameriqual’s APack website, their civilian MREs are called “APacks”. But their cases (see below) say “APack”. I’ll stick with what the case and the MREs say for now.

 

Contents

With the exception of the beverage mix, all the food components of the APacks are the same as what is found inside the regular military MREs. The spoon is different from the military MRE spoon – this one is shorter but wider. So wide, in fact, that it is easy to wolf down an entire entree in just a few spoonfuls. See the spoons section on the Civilian MRE Comparison page for more information.

The APacks do not contain an accessory pack – the spoon in wrapped all by itself and the moist towelette, pepper, and drink mix are floating around freely in the bag. Strangely, Ameriqual does not include a napkin in the meal bag. If you are used to using the napkin to protect your hand from the scalding hot heated entree, you will have to improvise something else for protection.

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Heaters

APacks come with a Flameless Ration Heater (FRH) that looks exactly like the military version with the exception that it has to be activated by salt water (a packet of which is included in the meal bag) instead of just plain water. Because the standard FRH can be activated by regular water, they are considered hazardous materials and can only be shipped via ground transport. By changing the FRH formula to require salt and water to activate, the APacks do not fall under those restrictions.

 

Menus

A case of APacks comes with 12 individual meals. There are usually six different menus in each case so you get two of each menu. The menus from Ameriqual appear to be set for now so every case should contain the same menus. Here are the six main entrees: Beef Stew; Spaghetti w/ Meat & Sauce; Chicken, Noodles, & Vegetables; Chicken Tetrazzini; Chili w/ Beans; and Chicken w/ Beans & Rice.

Here’s a full menu listing from a case of APack meals that were packed in April, 2006:

MENU 1 Calories MENU 2 Calories MENU 3 Calories
Beef Stew

Crackers

Peanut Butter

Raisins

Toaster Pastry, Strawberry

Oatmeal Cookie

Beverage Tube, Orange

240180

250

140

210

280

0

Spaghetti w/ Meat & Sauce

Crackers

Peanut Butter

Toaster Pastry, Strawberry

Raisins

Oatmeal Cookie

Beverage Tube, Fruit Punch

240180

250

210

140

280

0

Chicken, Noodles, & Vegetables

Crackers

Cheese Spread

Raisins

Fig Bar

Shortbread Cookie

Beverage Tube, Lemonade

260

180

180

140

210

210

0

total:
1300
total:
1300
total:
1180
MENU 4 Calories MENU 5 Calories MENU 6 Calories
Chicken Tetrazzini

Crackers

Cheese Spread

Raisins

Fig Bar

Shortbread Cookie

Beverage Tube, Orange

270

180

150

250

100

0

0

Chili w/ Beans

Crackers

Peanut Butter

Raisins

Fig Bar

Shortbread Cookie x 2

Beverage Tube, Fruit Punch

230

180

250

140

210

210

0

Chicken w/ Black Beans & Rice

Crackers

Cheese Spread

Raisins

Fig Bar

Shortbread Cookie

Beverage Tube, Fruit Punch

270

180

180

140

210

210

0

total:
1140
total:
1220
total:
1190

Average Calories per MRE:

Total Calories per Case:

1,222

14,660

Where To Buy APacks

While you can find Ameriqual at Ameriqual, the APack civilian MREs can be found at Ready Meal. Official APack picture (this isn’t what my case looked like):

APack Civilian MREs

APacks are available at Ameriqual’s site listed above and also from these two reliable dealers:

Each place sells the same civilian MRE but might offer different pricing and shipping options.

Ameriqual APack Case and MREs Open Ameriqual APack Case