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Meal delivery services, how do they work?

Updated on May 25, 2016

What is a meal delivery service?

Apparently it's all in the name, is it? Well if you say "meal delivery service" you can think of all kind of services with in common that they deliver meals. But with meal delivery service we are not talking about take always or those catering services, we are actually talking about the delivery services that work with these so called food subscription boxes.

Companies like Blue Apron, Plated, HelloFresh and Marley Spoon are just a few examples of the maybe hundreds companies in the US that have this service. I you never heard about these names mentioned above, here is it in a nut-shell.

They offer a food box that goes with a weekly subscription where you get a number of meals for a number of persons delivered right at your door step, those boxes contain al necessary ingredients in the right amount of portions including easy to follow recipes for easy home cooking.

The ingredients are more than fresh only, the unique selling points of these services are that they use farm-fresh often organic ingredients, grass-fed beef, and work with companies that produce their products in a sustainable way.

It's a service that does everything for you: meal planning, groceries en delivery, all you have to do is to cook the meals with the easy to follow instructions. Next to this these meal boxes are not just a easy service, but they also offer you healthy meals, this way you will not only save a lot of time in cooking and doing groceries, but you will also have a much more healthier eating pattern.

Which ones are good?

A well placed question! Now that you know what these services do and how they work, you are ready for the next step, but where can you find them and more important which ones are the best meal services and what are the differences? Again a lot of good questions asked by you ;-)

In the US only there are maybe hundreds if not over thousand of these kind of services, they go from nation wide to very regional and with some only delivering in parts of states or cities. When you look at the biggest players in this market who are delivering nation wide you are definitely naming, Blue Apron, Marley Spoon, HelloFresh, Plated, Home Chef and so on. These are the biggest ones but also the ones that have a excellent customer service, work with the best farmers for fresh food and so on.

Between these big players there are also a lot of differences, to much to write them al down here in one article, but a few examples in these differences are, with some you can choose a meal box from a variety of a family box, a vegetarian box or normal classic box, but you will get the meals that are meant to be in the box, with others for an example Marley Spoon and Plated the offer you the option where you can choose yourself which meals comes in you preferred box. The give you new chef designed meals every week where you can choose from, some delivery special boxes for people with diets or allergens, and others are more organic or just focused on meat or special cuisines.

As you can see there are a lot of differences and there is a lot of variety to choose from, because there are som many of these meal delivery service it get's very hard to find them all and to see what they offer. There for i stumbled up on this website that lists all these meal delivery services, and where you can search for these based on your area.

What is your experience?

Myself i have been fascinated by these food subscription boxes for a long time, from the first time tried a meal box i was hooked! Nowadays I'm using Marley Spoon a lot because their recipes are very special and unique, next to that the option to choose from 7 new meals every week is very great and fits my needs.

It would be awesome if we could share some experiences here, if you have one please feel free to reply and let me and other readers of this hub know what you think of a particular service or in general.

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