Not long after reports of Amazon filing trademarks for a meal-preparation service, it appears the retail giant may consider another service using an experimental method for prepackaged meals that come ready-to-eat.
Using a technique called microwave assisted thermal sterilization (MATS), Amazon is looking into selling already-cooked dishes that do not require refrigeration, according to a report from Reuters.
Designed primarily for military use, MATS puts sealed food in pressurized containers of water that are then heated using microwaves for several minutes until cooked and sterile.
These sealed packages can then be stored on shelves for up to a year without refrigeration.
The MATS technique could be especially advantageous for Amazon, which could save a hefty sum not paying for refrigerated transport or storage, helping it grab a bigger cut of the US grocery industry following its $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods earlier this year.
While the report claims that the company could be selling pre-made beef stew and veggie frittata packages as soon as next year, Amazon has not yet confirmed either its home preparation kits or its ready-to-eat meals.