We’ve been watching meal kits evolve in the past few years, with many grocery stores, including Walmart and H-E-B, opting to make their own meal kits.
Albertsons took a different strategy last year by acquiring Plated, one of the largest meal kit delivery services on the market, for roughly $300 million. It’s no surprised that we’re starting to see Plated meal kits being sold in many chains owned by Albertsons, including Randalls, Safeway, Vons and Tom Thumb.
The company announced this week that the kits, designed by head Plated chef Elana Karp, are already available at four Austin-area locations, with more stores being added each week. The local Randalls stores that currently sell the Plated meal kits include 9911 Brodie Lane, 1400 Cypress Creek Road, Lakeline & Crystal Falls Parkway in Leander and 5721 Williams Drive in Georgetown. All of the local Randalls stores will carry Plated meal kits by July, the company said in a press release. Randalls offers delivery and curbside pick-up, too.
The ingredients are pre-measured and serve about two people. Of the more than 2,200 meal kits in Plated’s database, the current meal kit options include:
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
Fresh Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce and Burrata
Pine Nut–Crusted Salmon with Creamy Tomato Farro and Roasted Green Beans
The kits cost between $14.98 to $18.98 in the stores, and you can also still order Plated meal kits via subscription model on the website.