Have You Tried Any Meal-Kit Delivery Services?
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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Are you one of those people who are short on time and yet still want to be able to cook fresh, nutritious meals for yourself or your family at home, without the hassle of grocery shopping or meal planning? When there is such a demand, the American food industry is surely going to fill it. From Plated, Blue Apron, to Hello Fresh, Green Chef, Good Eggs, The Fresh Diet, Munchery, and Home Chef, etc. There are now over 150 meal-kit delivery services in what Associated Press called the “Hamburger Helper for the Amazon.com era” segment of the meal-kit industry. It is not surprising to find the existence of such an industry when American consumers are now spending more on food at bars and restaurants than at grocery stores. This phenomenon occurred for the first time in March of 2015 since the U.S. Commerce Department began tracking the data in 1992. In the next decade, this segment of the industry is expected to reach $3 billion to $5 billion, according to food consulting firm Technomic Inc.
I grew up from/in a time when most, if not all meals, were prepared at home, often with very fresh ingredients from farmer’s markets cooked on the same day. So, the idea of meal delivery kits out of a box is quite foreign to me. I am concerned with several issues:
- Freshness (nutritious value) of the food
- Economic Feasibility
- Time Feasibility
In the videos below, let’s take a look at some evaluations and comparison of different meal-kit delivery services.
After careful reviews, I have to admit that there is an added positive with regard to this type of service that I did not anticipate: dramatic decrease of food wastage. For some one who is very concerned with climate change and optimizing our planetary energy and natural resources, I have to give this type of meal-kit delivery service a Big Thumb-Up! Furthermore, this is a great way to help to teach many of our millennials who do not know how to cook. Even though I still enjoy strolling through our local farmer’s markets and grocery stores for the sight and scent of fresh produce and relish the process of picking and choosing what I think is the best for my family, I am open to the idea of occasional meal-kit delivery service during a specially busy week.
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