If you have done a bunch of searches looking for survival food online distributors/retailers you will know there are quite a few specialty sites in this area. There are also quite a few blogs like this one and forums focused on preparedness or survivalism.
One way to gauge how significant and trustworthy these sites are and their relative online presence, is checking to see how popular they are. I am doing this for online stores first since that is mostly what visitors to this site are looking for. Compete.com provides a website analytics tool that helps gauge how much monthly traffic a site gets. This is a good measure of popularity.
Below is a graph of the Top 5 or what I call “first tier” survival food distributors. The monthly site visitors are listed in thousands (K).
The “first tier” top 5 Survival Food sites as of May 2008 updated each month automatically;
- Emergency Essentials (beprepared.com)- Sells both commercial MRE & Freeze Dried, and dehydrated food mostly “À la carte”. Some mixed food reserves with a mix of long life freeze dried food and bulk foods.
Nitro-pak – Sells both commercial MRE & Freeze Dried Food, variety of bulk 3 month and one year freeze dried food reserve units, wide variety of preparedness products (Note: We have an affiliate partner relationship with Nitro-pak).
- The ReadyStore – Sells both commercial MRE & Freeze Dried Food, variety of bulk 3 month and one year freeze dried food reserve units. (Note: We have an affiliate partner relationship with The ReadyStore).
- Long Life Food Depot – Sells mainly commercial MRE
- The Epicenter -Sells both commercial MRE & Freeze Dried Food in pouches (recently stopped selling most #10 cans due to availability), camping gear.
The “second tier” top 5 Survival Food sites as of May 2008 updated each month automatically;
- MRE Depot – Sells non-military surplus MRE, canned staples, freeze dried staples.
- Survival Acres - Sells Freeze dried food and dehydrated food.
- MRE Foods - Sells commercial MRE. Lowest delivered price for an MRE case I have found online.
- Are You Prepared – Sells commercial MRE and freeze dried food.
- Meyers Custom Supply – Sells commercial MRE, also has an AlpineAire page but no products on it at the time of this post
There are other sites, some I listed below that had significant monthly traffic, but their product focus was not centered MRE and freeze dried food, but more on either other survival products or survival information in general.
Camping Survival - Wide variety of survival & camping gear, some MRE.
Captain Dave’s Survival Center – Wide variety of survival gear, some MRE
The Survival Center - preparedness books, food storage advice, canned food and also some MRE & freeze dried food.
AAOOB Storable Foods – specialize in grain mills, other bulk food storage equipment, but some MRE and freeze dried.