I think there are a lot of benefits to something of this type...
1 - Nothing that will burst/leak if it freezes and thaws a few times
2 - Calorie-heavy, yet lightweight
3 - Requires a stove, fuel, and water to boil
While it may not be as convenient as an MRE, it's well thought out for the climate. Most cold-ass places have plenty of snow/ice you can melt and boil for food prep, rather than carry water with you(8#/gal). So far, I endorse JetBoil as a companion cooker, it works great in the cold, and fuel is lightweight and used efficiently
If storing this in a car over winter, SmartWater could be handy, too. The bottles freeze and stretch, but don't burst!