I wasn't around for the older Mealtime Set, so I can't compare it with the older version, but DD loves her Mealtime Set.
The Mealtime Set consists of an embroidered bib, two jars of pretend food (peas and peaches) and a snack container.
The snack containers lid is removable but has a plastic covering so the snacks inside cannot be removed. I understand why they decided to enclose these little pieces and despite that, DD still enjoys playing with it and feeding her Bitty from it.
Again, the pretend jars of food do not have removable lids and are made of lightweight plastic.
The embroidered bib is cute, the fabric is a little thin, IMO, and a tad snug on Bitty but DD doesn't seem to notice or mind.
Overall, a cute set that DD likes to play with, I just wish there was a little more to it. Rating: A-