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MREStar MREs


MREStar

International Meals Supply is unique in the civilian MRE industry in that they do not produce MREs for the U.S. Government like their competitors do. But IMS is a certified supplier of emergency rations for the Department of Defense/Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Supply Center Philadelphia. The MREStar MREs were introduced in 2006. Even though the product offering is young, it has already set itself apart because of its unique choice of entrees. Four of their six entrees are completely new but even though the other two entrees have familiar names (Beef Stew, Cheese Tortellini), they definitely have improved flavor.

Contents

IMS produces everything inside the MREStar MRE with the exception of the bakery goods (shortbread cookie). The accessory pack is more complete than others in that it contains everything you would expect - spoon, moist wipe, napkin, instant coffee, creamer, sugar, salt, and pepper. The spoon is different from the military MRE spoon - this one is shorter and wider. So wide, in fact, that it is easy to wolf down an entire entree in just a few spoonfuls. According to MREStar, the larger spoon size was actually requested by the DSCP so the food could be consumed faster by military personnel. See the spoons section on the Civilian MRE Comparison page for more information.

Heaters

MREStar MRE's are offered with the option of buying them with or without heaters. When included, the heaters are packaged in the meal bag. These heaters are the same as the military Flameless Ration Heaters that are activated with plain water. The MRESTARs with heaters cost about $8 more than without heaters.

Menus

A case of MREStar MREs comes with 12 individual meals. There are usually six different menus in each case so you get two of each menu. The menus from MREStar appear to be set for now so every case should contain the same menus. Here are the six main entrees:

  • Beef Stroganoff with Egg Noodles
  • Beef Stew with Potatoes and Vegetables
  • BBQ Chicken with Black Beans and Potatoes
  • Chicken Noodle Stew with Vegetables
  • Cheese Tortellini with Marinara Sauce
  • Vegetarian Chili with Beans

Here's a full menu listing from a case of MREStar MREs that was packed in October, 2006:

MENU 1
Calories
MENU 2
Calories
MENU 3
Calories
Beef Stroganoff
Apple Sauce
Nut Raisin Mix
Oatmeal Cookie
Drink Mix, Orange
380
120
400
280
90
Beef Stew
Apple Sauce
Nut Raisin Mix
Oatmeal Cookie
Drink Mix, Orange
220
120
400
280
90

BBQ Chicken
Apple Sauce
Nut Raisin Mix
Oatmeal Cookie
Drink Mix, Orange
290
120
400
280
90

Total:
1,270
Total:
1,110
Total:
1,180
MENU 4
Calories
MENU 5
Calories
MENU 6
Calories
Chicken Noodle Stew
Apple Sauce
Nut Raisin Mix
Oatmeal Cookie
Drink Mix, Orange
200
120
400
280
90
Cheese Tortellini
Apple Sauce
Nut Raisin Mix
Oatmeal Cookie
Drink Mix, Orange
280
120
400
280
90
Vegetarian Chili
Apple Sauce
Nut Raisin Mix
Oatmeal Cookie
Drink Mix, Orange
250

120
310
310
130
Total:
1,090
Total:
1,170
Total:
1,080

Avg. Calories per MRE:
Total Calories per Case:
1,150
13,800


Official MREStar Entree and Side Pictures

Beef Strogonoff
Beef Stew
BBQ Chicken
Chicken Noodle Stew
Cheese Tortellini
Vegetarian Chili

Applesauce
Raisin Nut Mix
Orange Drink Mix
Accessory Pack

Official Website for MREStar

The main MREStar website can be found here: http://www.mrestar.com

Where To Buy

MREStar MREs are available at their site listed above but better prices can be found through their dealers online:

The Epicenter
MREFoods.com
MREDepot.com

Brigade Quartermasters
Emergency MRE
CampingSuvival.com
Allied Surplus
Vermont's Barre Army Navy
BuyMREMeals.com

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