About Wise Food Storage
The company was founded in 2008. A partnership with Food For Health International was disbanded, and Wise Food Storage was created. At that time most prepper food companies presented their offerings in #10 cans. As a change from the traditional process, in a move which helped the company save money while still delivering long-lasting food, Wise Food was delivered in metallic mylar designed pouches. This packaging process is now commonplace in the industry, and Wise was the innovator that developed it. These mylar pouches are packaged in small portions to reduce waste, so you only have to open what you need to use. The pouches are packed within food grade buckets that easily stack for convenient storage that does not require shelving. The buckets also include sturdy handles for easy transporting, and effectively protect the food pouches from becoming pierced or damaged.
The Wise Company is more than a reseller. Their success allowed them to become involved in their own manufacturing, allowing them more control regarding the quality of ingredients used in their products as well as oversight concerning the availability of these ingredients through the supply chain. Their contributions to the manufacturing process have also supported expansion with product development as well.
The company boasts shelf life up to 25 years, some of the highest customer ratings for quality and convenience in the survival food marketplace, and a “Made in the USA” designation. Such notables in the survival and emergency preparedness fields as survival specialist Ruth England and National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers give their backing to Wise Food products. They have also received endorsements from Marie Osmond and Dave Ramsey.
Products and Services
As was mentioned above, Wise is basically a “food only” disaster preparedness retailer. In recent years they have added some emergency supplies. But the meat of the website, pardon the pun, is long-term, freeze-dried and dehydrated food for emergency preparedness and outdoor use. The majority of products are extremely easy to prepare by just adding water. With limited resources during a survival situation, simplicity is your friend.
From the top of any web page you see the following 4 product tabs:
Long-Term Food Kits
- 1 Month Food Supply
- 3 Month Food Supply
- 6 Month Food Supply
- 12 Month Food Supply
Grab & Go Emergency Food Kits
- 72 Hour Food Kits
- 7 Day Food Kits
- 1 Month Food Kits
Meats, Fruits and Vegetables
- Freeze-Dried Meats
- Freeze-Dried Fruits
- Freeze-Dried Vegetables
- Dairy and Eggs
- Survival kits
- Water storage and filters
- Fuel sources
- Nonhybrid seeds
The food products offered include 72 hour food supply packages, Grab and Go food kits for 7 days for 2, 3 or 4 adults, as well as 84 and 152 serving packages, and various long term food kit solutions. Here are a few more Wise Food examples:
- 120, 240, 360 and 480 serving Freeze-Dried Vegetables and Sauces
- Freeze-Dried Meat in 60 through 1,080 serving packages
- 12 Month Emergency Food In a Box for 1 Person
- 4,320 Serving Entrée Package
There is an extremely wide variety of selection here. Wise Food also offers a free sample if you sign up for their e-mail newsletter.
Quality, Value & Ease of Use
This area is where you have to do some thinking if you are comparison shopping. Many online disaster prep food retailers list their products by the number of calories they provide per package or unit. Wise mentions the number of servings you can expect to get from each of their offerings.
For example, the company sells a 7 Day Ultimate Emergency Meal Kit for 2 Adults which packs 116 total servings. The product details reveal that this is 3 big meals per day for 2 people for 1 week, providing more than 2,000 calories and 100 grams of protein per day. Using their math (42 meals), this comes to a little more than $6 per meal per person.
Not bad value, considering the shelf life of 7 years and the easy to stack square bucket design. Several shipping options are included, which obviously drives your overall price up just a bit. Pricing is in line with other survival and outdoor food suppliers, higher than some and lower than others.
Promotions and Offers
From time to time, Wise runs promotions on pricing and shipping. For instance, one month you may receive free extra items when you order certain packages. Other months, free shipping is a handy bonus. At any time you can request a free sample, and call the company’s toll-free number to speak with a food storage expert. The company also offers a 100% quality guarantee, as well as promotions which can drop your per serving cost to as low as $1.
All Wise Food products are shipped through either FedEx or LTL carriers. You receive an e-mail regarding your delivery schedule when you place an order. Shipping costs vary according to your location, shipping options you choose, and obviously the weight of your product. Comparatively, Wise shipping costs run about the same as the other top disaster survival and emergency food retailers online.
- Huge time saver – purchase a long-term solution once, instead of shopping and buying multiple times
- Convenient – shop from your home computer or smartphone
- Multiple food solutions for 72 hours through 1 year
- Quick and easy – just add water
- Costs as little as $1 per serving
- Made in the United States
- Shelf life up to 25 years
- 100% quality guarantee
- Plenty of price points
- Free sample available
- Some meals not as tasty and flavorful as canned goods
- Pretty much food only, limited gear options
- Packages cannot be customized
- You pay for shipping unless there is a special promotion