Meal kits: from delivery to grocery stores and more!

Posted by: Ellen Schuster on Monday, August 10, 2020

Meal kits: from delivery to grocery stores and more!

Just 3 years ago I looked at meal kits. How times have changed!  The focus then was on-line subscription delivery services. Though still around, meal kits are also now available from grocery stores and other locations. Read on...

Why meal kits are taking over supermarkets notes that meal kits in grocery stores may be cheaper than others and they provide same-day availability. Existing partnerships between meal delivery services and grocery stores are listed.

Meal kits in grocery stores notes that these meal kits have boomed in recent years after virtually no presence two years ago.  Two surveys find that millennials are wanting home-cooked meals. And subscription meal delivery services have experienced problems that have forced them to re-evaluate their model.

Meal kits evolve to retail and restaurants notes the move from delivery services to new options: shelf-stable, refrigerated, frozen and various cuisines. 

In-store meal kits poised for a rebound. After a rocky start, in-store meal kits saw a resurgence due to the pandemic. Yet, as consumers have reduced their grocery store visits, these options may see lower growth with fewer consumers in the aisles. Two factors going forward will be important for meal kits: freshness and shelf life. And although consumers see these in-store options as a good value, cost will continue to be a concern.

Fast/food casual meal kits...

Need help comparing meal kits...

  • Buyer’s guide - meal delivery kit services rates/scores each service and provides the many options available in different categories (vegan, diet, diabetic, healthy, vegetarian and more).
  • Compare meal kits provides a limited review of delivery meal kits but shares what to consider when choosing this option as well as pros and cons.
  • Best meal kit delivery scores options and what to consider when choosing an option.
  • 11 best healthy meal delivery services reviewed by RD includes price, pros and cons of each option. 

Nutrition/labeling info...

And some unique takes on meal kits...