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Chick-fil-A Set to Trial Meal Kits in Atlanta

Chick-fil-A Set to Trial Meal Kits in Atlanta

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Lovers of Chick-fil-A and meal kits, rejoice! According to Business Insider, the fast food chain is trialing a meal kit program—Mealtime Kits—at 150 restaurants in the Atlanta area. This move would make the chain the first fast food restaurant to offer a meal kit service. Like traditional meal kits, Chick-fil-A’s varieties will include fresh, pre-measured ingredients. But these kits can be bought at the restaurant's drive-thrus, counters, or the company’s app.

Michael Patrick, Innovation Program Lead, Chick-fil-A"We designed our offering so our guests don't have to order ahead, subscribe to a service, or make an extra stop at the grocery store," Michael Patrick, an innovation program lead at Chick-fil-A, said in a statement. "They simply pick up a Mealtime Kit at their convenience—for example, when they're already at a Chick-fil-A restaurant grabbing a breakfast or lunch, or in the drive-thru on their way home."

Chick-fil-A chicken parmesan meal kit features garlic-lemon pasta and fresh vegetables

As we’ve continued to report, competition in the meal kit game is serious. Once news broke of the restaurant’s decision to trail a meal kit program, Blue Apron’s shares dropped 2.57 percent.

The five meal kits offered include: chicken parmesan, chicken enchiladas, crispy Dijon chicken, pan-roasted chicken, and chicken flatbread. Each serves two people, costs $15.89, and is meant to take only 30 minutes to prepare.

Selling Mealtime Kits makes the chain the first fast food restaurant to offer a meal kit service

The kits will be available only in the Atlanta area until mid-November, though it's possible Chick-fil-A may roll them out more widely in the future.

With Blue Apron's shares dropping after this announcement, what does this mean for the meal kit business? Will other fast food chains follow in Chick-fil-A’s footsteps? Deli Market News will continue to report.