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Deli

Meal kits 2.0
BY RYAN ATKINSON

Why the supermarket can succeed
What makes the supermarket perhaps the ideal provider
of meal kits? For starters, their versatility.
"Stores are multi-purpose, they serve as a place to
shop as well as inventory for delivery to consumers,"
Jones says. "The progress that grocery has made now in
a very short period of time will activate their stores in a
new way of shopping and delivery for consumers."
David Kamen, assistant director of consulting for the
Culinary Institute of America, based in Hyde Park, New
York, says retailers already have the shopper's attention
and they provide a much more reasonable delivery option than the meal kit companies generally offer.
"I think it was a great introductory business model
to say 'Hey you can do this and we can provide it,'" he
says. "There are some challenges in ordering online, in
advance, and having things shipped to you via UPS and
dealing with all kinds of Styrofoam packaging. And what
happens if you're not there on a summer day and the
package has to sit out all day in the heat?"

Just 5% of
shoppers
ordered or
subscribed
to a meal
kit delivery
service
(FMI)

While consumers have
cooled on subscriptionbased meal kit services,
there is still a growing
need for meal kits
at the retail level.

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What challenges retailers face
While supermarkets may be the perfect medium for today's meal kits, it's not something most chains can jump
into quickly and easily, especially if they try to take on
production themselves.
For one, producing meal kits requires a lot of labor
and a lot of space, especially when it comes to smaller,
regional chains.
"They don't really have the infrastructure," Kamen
says. "Just foodservice at retail in general is a lot of work.
They're expanding the deli counters, but they don't
really have the infrastructure to offer the wide range of
prepared foods that some of the other more upscales
markets do. With the exception of some of the larger,
slightly more upscale retailers, the challenge has really
been just availability and variety."
But even when retailers do find an option that works
with them - either in producing their own or partnering
with a supplier - another giant hurdle presents itself -
one that has proven difficult to clear.
"Retailers were all experiencing good sales but due
to short shelf life were experiencing 30%-plus in spoils,"
Jones says. "This amount of spoils could not be priced
into the product as it would make the price of meal kits
in retail not affordable or commercially viable."

TRUE FOOD INNOVATIONS

THE DAY OF THE MEAL KIT IS NOT GONE, and it likely won't be for a long
time. It just looks a bit different now.
Direct-to-consumer meal kits are being answered, in varying forms of
success, by retailers offering their own take on the product.
"Meal Kits 1.0 were a pioneering product that has already evolved," says
Robert Jones, president of Newport Beach, California-based True Food
Innovations. "Grocery stores are finally addressing eCommerce and last
mile delivery options, and there is no closer more efficient last mile option
than the grocery store down the street."



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019

Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019
Editor's Note - Ready to rumble
Contents
The Wire - Supermarket customer satisfaction sinks
Nearly half of consumers to increase organic consumption
United Fresh unveils plans for 2019 convention
Corbion ingredient receives innovation award
To serve or not to serve?
GOING PREMIUM
Thrifty, but willing to spend
Getting up to speed
Bakery - Branded goods
Bagels - What makes the perfect bagel
Deli - Meal kits 2.0
Hot entrees
Meat & Poultry - Heat-and-eat meats
Beef - Confident consumers, better quality drive big gains at retail
PRODUCE - PREVENTING SHRINK
Produce - Blueberries
Seafood - Poke power
Food Safety - Tamper-evident delivery
COMMISSARY INSIDER - Fresh-cut fruit
PACKAGING - FUNCTIONAL DESIGN
OPERATIONS - ORGANICS
FOOD SAFETY - INCREASING SHELF LIFE
Product Showcase
Advertisers
FRESH TAKES
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Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019
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Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - Editor's Note - Ready to rumble
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - Contents
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 5
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - Corbion ingredient receives innovation award
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 7
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - To serve or not to serve?
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 9
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 10
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 11
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - GOING PREMIUM
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 13
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - Thrifty, but willing to spend
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 15
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - Getting up to speed
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 17
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - Bakery - Branded goods
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Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 20
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 21
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - Bagels - What makes the perfect bagel
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Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 24
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 25
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - Deli - Meal kits 2.0
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 27
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 28
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 29
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - Hot entrees
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - Meat & Poultry - Heat-and-eat meats
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 32
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 33
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - Beef - Confident consumers, better quality drive big gains at retail
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 35
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 36
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 37
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - PRODUCE - PREVENTING SHRINK
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 39
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 40
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 41
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - Produce - Blueberries
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 43
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - Seafood - Poke power
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Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - Food Safety - Tamper-evident delivery
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 49
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Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 52
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - COMMISSARY INSIDER - Fresh-cut fruit
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 54
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 55
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - PACKAGING - FUNCTIONAL DESIGN
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 57
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - OPERATIONS - ORGANICS
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 59
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 60
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 61
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - FOOD SAFETY - INCREASING SHELF LIFE
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - 63
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - Advertisers
Supermarket Perimeter - March 2019 - FRESH TAKES
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