The fresh food meal-kit industry in Canada has doubled since 2014 and is expected to exceed $400 million in the next year as the industry continues to experience dramatic growth. Services like Chefs Plate, Goodfood, and Hello Fresh offer hectic households another option for solving the nightly dinner dilemma.
During these unprecedented times, Montreal-based Goodfood Market has seen rapid growth and is now expanding the meal kit delivery biz by opening a 42,000-square-foot fulfilment facility in Mississauga, as reported by Danny Kucharsky on RENX.
According to Roslane Aouameur, director of investor relations at Goodfood, growth has been so significant that they wanted to have something available in the GTA to be able to respond to demand and be closest to their largest market. He added that the new facility is “quite an opportunistic move”, given that it already had the refrigeration and production line equipment Goodfood uses. Goodfood has seen its share price increase by 42 per cent this year during the pandemic.
Desjardins analyst Frederic Tremblay noted in a report that consumer habits will likely change permanently as a result of the pandemic. “Overall, we expect that COVID-19 will accelerate the adoption of online grocery,” Tremblay noted. People are looking for healthy options without having to leave their homes.
Goodfood is expanding into grocery delivery alongside its meal kits and ready-to-eat options and aims to sell as many as 4,000 items, including private-label products. Each item will be available in only one size and one brand.
But as meal kit and grocery business continue to grow, so do the issues with delivery, especially for multi-residential residents. As businesses are about to reopen and people are geared up to go back to work, chances are residents won’t be home during the time their healthy food kit being is delivered. In the meantime, most fresh foods must be stored in the refrigerator to help maintain their freshness.
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