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The Meals Delivery/Kit Business
The online meals delivery or “meal-kit” business has exploded over the past few years with companies popping up all over the internet. Meal-kits can be found for just about any dietary need a person has; from full meal planning that takes up to an hour to prepare with blueapron.com to fully prepped sliced and diced meal systems such as TheChateauAtHome.com or meal shake/blender systems that include daily-harvest.com among many more. These meal-kit systems via online ordering that are shipped to your door-step via FedEx, UPS or US Postal services will only grow in the coming years as the millennials look for new technologies and meal systems to fit their lifestyles. What’s does this mean for the grocery store businesses? Well, perhaps they will fill their isle with the many different meal kit systems, being the middle person/retailer that distributes the many meal systems to the end consumer or perhaps grocery stores will be diminished to local farmers markets that cater to their micro-communities. Regards to the many options that are availble; two things are certain (1) many more will come (2) the grocery store chain business will be disrupted just as brick and mortar retailers were with the coming of amazon and other online consumer goods retailers.
One Size Fits All?
Currently, there is no one-stop-shop for the meals delivery (meal-kits) business, this market is very niche driven and will likely continue to be so for the foreseeable future. Perhaps a new term will suit a better understanding of where the meal-kit business is going, “Micro food systems”, benefiting the end consumer with the focus on executing specific niche food categories with local sustainable farming ultimately eluding the one size fits all business model of large food retailers. In fact, more than likely the food meal-kit food business will grow into the thousands as local community eateries enter the space to serve their clientele both at brick and mortar and at home. Which is exactly the intent of Chateau at Home? We wish to serve a limited customer base that frequents our restaurant and looking for an extended experience at home. As well, serve those customers that can’t frequent The Chateau, due to geographic location. The Chateau At Home meal-kit system started off with a much larger more national approach through plateprep.com, to only be refocused to be more local and focused and extended our Chateau brand from the restaurants into the home, creating a more intimate meal system, we believe will benefit our clients with fresh local sustainable foods while allow the Chateau to be first in our clients minds when it comes to healthy eating whether at home or in our restaurant.
Top Meal Sites
If you’re looking for another meal system that The Chateau At Home does not satisfy here are some other sites you may want to consider.
Blue Apron Inc. is an American ingredient-and-recipe meal kit service. It exclusively operates in the United States. The weekly boxes contain ingredients and also include suggested recipes that must be cooked by hand by the customer using the pre-ordered ingredients.
Plated is an American ingredient-and-recipe meal kit service that has been acquired by Albertsons. The company was founded in 2012 and became well-known through its participation in Techstars in 2013, Shark Tank in 2014 and Beyond the Tank in 2015.
Home Chef is a Chicago, Illinois-based meal kit and food delivery company that delivers pre-portioned ingredients and recipes to subscribers weekly in the United States. According to the company it delivers three million meals monthly to its subscribers.
HelloFresh SE is an international publicly traded meal-kit company based in Berlin, Germany. It is the largest meal-kit provider in the United States, and also has operations in Canada, Western Europe, New Zealand, and Australia. It has been listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since its IPO in November 2017.
Sun Basket is a San Francisco-based subscription meal delivery service that ships members fresh organic and sustainable ingredients and recipes every month, allowing them to cook their own meals. It is part of the growing meal kit segment.
Diet-to-Go is a privately held company that was founded in 1991 by Hilton Davis. Diet-to-Go is a service that offers a national diet delivery food product and local food pickup meals. The company was formed originally as a local diet delivery company in Virginia
Plateprep.com is a privately help company and subsidiary of BL Chateau, LLC. Plateprep offers 5-star romantic meal kits focused on the east coast. While the company does ship throughout the USA, shipping can get expensive to states outside the East coast. The most unique benefit to Plateprep.com is the simplicity of their meal kits. 15 minutes from box to plate for dinners you would find in award-winning culinary kitchens. Plateprep.com operates locally in the Adirondacks as TheChateauOnTheLake.com. Be sure to review their wine pairings and dinner party in a box.