Grocery stores owned by Albertsons will stock the kits on shelves and deliver via Instacart.
Last September, Albertsons Companies quietly acquired meal kit service Plated, and now shoppers will finally be able to reap the benefits of the partnership: Plated meal kits are now available on grocery stores shelves and through Instacart’s delivery service.
For now, the meal kits are only available at 40 grocery stores—20 locations of Safeway in Northern California and 20 locations of Jewel-Osco stores in Chicago and the surrounding area—but Albertsons Companies has plans to expand the meal kit service to almost all of its stores by the end of the year.
Shoppers will also soon be able to purchase the meal kits through Albertsons Companies’ two-hour Instacart delivery service (Aldi also delivers groceries through Instacart). Amazon recently launched a similar service, which provides two-hour Whole Foods delivery for Prime members.
The move comes nearly a year after Amazon—probably the biggest competition out there for brick and mortar chain grocery stores at the moment—launched its own line of meal kits.
However, in order to survive these tumultuous times in the food industry, more and more meal kit services are turning to brick and mortar stores to stay afloat. Chef’d sells its meal kits at nearly 300 grocery stores, including Costco and Food Lion. Meanwhile, Blue Apron announced earlier this year that it plans to begin selling its meal kits in grocery stores, though the company has yet to specify which stores it will choose.
Here’s the full list of meal kits—created by the head chef at Plated, Elana Karp—you can find at Albertsons Companies stores:
- Crunchy chicken Milanese with honey mustard and arugula
- Roasted Chicken Au Jus with orzo and peas
- Beef noodle bowls with dinosaur kale and mushrooms
- Steak Frites with creamy shallot sauce and sautéed spinach
- Skillet Grandma Pie with parmesan-kale salad
- Pine nut–crusted salmon with creamy tomato farro and roasted green beans