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Civilian MREs

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sopakco case
mpacked case
wornick case

Three companies produce MREs for the U.S. military - Sopakco, Wornick, and Ameriqual. Since the government doesn't allow these companies to sell MREs to the general public, two of these companies (Sopakco, Wornick) have produced a civilian version of the MRE.

There are three major differences between the military MRE and the civilian MRE:

1. Civilian MREs have around 800-900 calories per meal. Military MREs have 1300 calories per meal.

2. Civilian MREs do not contain the Flameless Ration Heaters (FRHs) in the bag. However, most places that sell civilian MREs also sell the FRHs.

3. Civilian MREs have a more limited menu. Whereas current military MREs have 24 menus - 12 different meals per case - civilian MREs typically only have six different menus per box - two of each menu. The menus included in each case will vary based on production runs but they are usually comparable to the military MREs.

There are also a number of minor differences - no tobasco sauce, no hard candy, different spoon (regular picnic spoon as opposed to the nice, long brown military spoon), no toilet paper, etc. Also, whereas the military MRE components vary from menu to menu (one has peanut butter, another cheese spread - one has pound cake, another has a fudge brownie) - the civilian MREs usually all have the same thing - each has peanut butter and each has a chocolate covered cookie. Or each would have strawberry jelly and oatmeal cookies. Military MREs have wide variety of different components and civilian MREs usually have a much more limited variety.

[Spoon Update! I have been informed that the spoons included in the Sopakco Civilian MREs are now the standard long brown spoons found in the military MREs.]

Sopakco produces two different types of MREs - the Sure-Pak 12 and the M-Packed II brands. Wornick produces only one type - the Mil-Spec brand.

Differences between Sopakco and Wornick MREs

Here's a quick run-down between the three types of civilian MREs:

Sopakco Sure-Pak 12 - this is the one civilian MRE that is most comparable to the military MRE. All food components are exactly the same as those in the military MREs. Each Sure-Pak 12 meal containts: 12 main entrees, 12 side dishes, 12 desserts, 12 crackers, 12 spreads, 12 beverage poweders, and 12 coffees.

Sopakco M-Packed II - this is Sopakco's "junior" MRE - fewer items than the Sure-Pak 12 MREs but usually at a little bit lower cost. Each M-Packed II MRE contains: 12 main entrees, 6 side dishes, 12 desserts, 12 spreads, 6 coffees, 6 beverage powders

Wornick Mil-Spec - this MRE is close to Sopakco's M-Packed II - not near as much food as in a military MRE and not as much as in a Sure-Pak 12 - 12 mains, 4 sides, 12 dessert packs, 12 crackers, 12 spreads, 12 beverage powders, no coffee. Additionally, Wornick MRE entrees are packaged differently. While Sopakco uses the standard tan MRE entree box that you find in military MREs, Wornick uses a white box for its civilian MRE entrees.

Civilian MRE contents:
Components
Sopakco Sure-Pak 12 Sopakco M-Packed II Wornick Mil-Spec

Main Entrees

12 12 12
Side Dishes
12 6 4
Desserts
12 12 12
Crackers
12 12 12
Spreads
12 12 12
Beverage Powders
12 6 12
Coffees
12 6 0