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FYI – Plated Meal Kit Subscription Ending

FYI – Plated is ending their subscription:

We’re sad to announce the closing of Plated’s subscription business. We will continue to serve you until our last box ships on November 26 – just in time to help you and your family enjoy Thanksgiving.

Please log into your account to manage your subscription at any time. If you have any outstanding credits, they will be refunded to your card on file.

We want to thank you for welcoming us into your homes and for the opportunity to see up chef-designed recipes for the last seven years. We’ve loved being able to serve you.

Forever grateful,

The Plated team

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Comments (39)

  1. Just found out and could just cry. You folks at Plated are super special; I have not seen customer service like this for years outside of local mom and pop type stores. If I could, I;d make sure personally every one of you went on to the most terrific jobs possible that you’d love. Best wishes!

  2. Sooooooooooo bummed. Plated was something I looked forward to every week. I’ve been subscribing since the beginning. Tried ALL the others and nothing compared. It’s taught me cooking skills, introduced me to new ingredients and spices…I seriously shed tears when I got the email. Will try Marley Spoon if it will deliver to me in Colorado.

    • Thank you for that. Good to know you can still get Plated kits delivered through Safeway or other stores. I know Target has rolled out some meal kits in their supermarket area and they had done pretty well.

  3. Marley Spoon would probably be the best substitute. There are some really great recipes that I’ve cooked again. They also have some delicious, more adventurous options that I wouldn’t be able to replicate without the provided spice packs etc.

  4. Such a bummer, I was just singing their praises to my cousin. Long time customer, 3 meals per week. Found some fantastic recipes and rarely had a miss. It really took so much stress out of planning meals for the week, and grocery shopping. Produce never went bad. What a shame.

  5. Is anyone able to order the Thanksgiving box? I’ve been putting it off and it seems like you can no longer order it 🙁

  6. Noooo…I really enjoyed Plated. I find Blue Apron to be good but not always adventurous. I figure if I am going to pay for a subscription, it has to be ingredients or recipes that are outside of my wheelhouse. I am super bummed to hear this – didn’t see this coming at all.

  7. Albertsons pulled the plug. One reason is because Plated wasn’t profitable (I don’t think any meal kit business is, it’s a tough biz model), I also think they want to take the brand they have built, there’s more on their plans. But I’m beyond devastated. Plated was one of the things that brought me the most joy. I feel a hatred growing for Albertson. The people at plated were so dedicated and the service so exceptional and they are now out of a job. This is so awful.

  8. Such sad news today. I’ve been a Plated customer for just over a year, but I ordered 4 meals every week, it was my staple! I tried Blue Apron and Hello Fresh but both paled in comparison for truly chef-inspired recipes. Plated was so good at introducing unexpected ingredients and different regional cuisines. Like others have said in the comments, I re-make so many of the Plated recipes because they are THAT good. Now I’m not sure what to try next. Sun Basket seems “ok”, but I’ve never been wowed by their menu. 🙁

  9. Also a Plated fan here, a little bummed about this news. I have tried pretty much all of the other meal kit brands. Plated has some of the most elevated, complex but easy to understand recipes with good ethnic flavors unlike the others. I have one coming Monday (assuming they don’t shut down early), one last hoorah. Homechef is my next favorite box but their multi-cultural options/recipe complexity is not as strong.

    • Home Chef recipes look SO BORING on their website, is it even worth a try? All I see is standard protein separated by side of carbs and a bit of salad. Wtf. Where else other than played could we experiment with super tasty dishes like Persian chicken and jewelled rice?? So sad!

      • I was alternating between Plated and Home Chef, so I’m super sad it’s shutting down. I do find Home Chef to be a bit less adventurous than the Plated meals, but I think Blue Apron has the ethnic variety you might be looking for.

      • Blue apron is like bad ethnic fusion to me. I don’t care for most of their versions of ethnic options, and I don’t like how they package things in comparison to the other boxes (more work usually). It also has less options to choose from. Homechef has a huge menu at least so I can always find a couple things I like.

  10. Just received my first box today and was already impressed with my dinner 🙁
    Was going to decide between this and Sun Basket.. Easy win for SB I guess

    • I’ve gotten Sunbasket and Daily Harvest for several years now. I love them both!

      • I have gotten Sun Basket before and really like it! The fresh pasta and high quality produce always makes it worth it for me.

      • Ha. Just don’t ever try to cancel Sunbasket. It’s impossible to cancel.

    • I tried a few weeks of Sunbasket, and I was under-impressed. Mainly about the cooking steps. Maybe it is better now, but that was over a year ago and I canceled after a couple of boxes.

      Plated cooking steps were SO specific…and I adored that. I seriously did not have a single meal turn out poorly except for user error (me — like not reading the recipe all the way through before starting). I felt like everything was tested rigorously before they even used those recipes/meals.

  11. I was also shocked by the news. I have gotten Plated delivered once a month for the past three years – I counted after the news came and it included over 100 recipes – some of which as my favorites.

    I have tried Sunbasket but both times had an issue with my order… may try Hello Fresh next. I like that Plated pushed me to try new ingredients and cuisines I was not as familiar with cooking.

  12. This is very shocking. And so vague. We did try plated but liked Hello Fresh and Gobble a little more. The Safeway where I live closed down due to homeless thefts so we don’t have a grocery store in walking distance anymore. I live in downtown San Jose CA and tend to try to walk everywhere as I hate the traffic and meal sub boxes are a nice treat when we want to cook at home.

  13. So sad I loved this box and had some amazing meals.

  14. Wow, this is a shock. Were there any clues this was happening?

    • Albertsons pulled the plug. One reason is because Plated wasn’t profitable (I don’t think any meal kit business is, it’s a tough biz model), I also think they want to take the brand they have built, there’s more on their plans. But I’m beyond devastated. Plated was one of the things that brought me the most joy. I feel a hatred growing for Albertson. The people at plated were so dedicated and the service so exceptional and they are now out of a job. This is so awful.

  15. Too bad, this one along with green chef was my favorite for vegetarian meal kits. It was a little more challenging to cook then the other boxes but always enjoyable. If I was able to bring the box price per meal down more, I would have used it more often. No Albertsons near me either.

  16. I have been with Plated for 3 years. I feel like they just broke up with me. Come back to me Plated, I’ll change!

    • This is so sudden. Is it because I burnt the parsnips?? I can be better!

    • I’ve been with them over 5 years. Yes they cost more but they are the ONLY subscription that I remade the recipes on my own. My husband and I can recall all of our favorites over the years from memory. This box helped me grow my skills and always gave us new things to try. Back to Homechef.

  17. Didn’t Albertsons Companies (Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, etc.) buy Plated in September 2017?

    • Yes, they did.

  18. I found this one to be too expensive for what you get. Others are expensive (Sun Basket comes to mind), however, they are worth it.

    • We are really bummed! Plated was great, tasty, always delivered on time and rarely had any issues with quality of ingredients or damage. Like others posting here, we feel like we’ve been broken up with. It’s become a part of our life and how we eat as a busy family. Anyone have any recommendations on a replacement? We’ve tried Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, and much preferred Plated.

      • Marley Spoon is pretty good i do Home Chef too. Trying Everyplate for the first time tonight.

      • I agree with Marley being similar. They often have great international recipes with spices that are hard to find.. I think of homechef as basic recipes but done very well. I like that they have several low carb options each week. They used to be my regular until Albertsons bought them. Their protein sizes did get larger, however.

      • Try HomeChef. I’ve been a regular for over a year and have yet to encounter any issues. Servings are a bit more generous than Hello Fresh and the options for family meals are much wider. We did Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and then Home Chef, and have stuck with Home Chef the longest.

      • Home Chef seems very family friendly with standard proteins and sides, but from the website examples, it lacks any “chef” inspired ingredients. Do you find that once subscribed it’s a bit more adventurous than what their marketing would suggest? That was the greatest advantage of Plated honestly.

      • Home chef does not compare to Plated in terms of originality or that “Chef-inspired” feel (at least for the vegetarian boxes that i buy). Home Chef gets a lot of good reviews, which confuses me because its the only box where I actually threw out meals due to inedibility and the only kit that I have noticed uses garlic and onion salt regularly rather than the real thing like the other kits. Sunbasket is the closest to Plated in terms of flavor complexity. Marley Spoon is close too, but since they try to keep the number of ingredients low, that kit is not exactly like Plated. Gobble is close too, but aims for more convenience and quick cooking so alot of food arrives precooked and you won’t learn as many new techniques and sauces as with Plated.

      • MSA filtered out my longer comment on this, so for a shorter answer; Home chef is not going to compare well to Plated on being adventurous.

      • I really enjoy Sunbasket. It’s a little pricier but the ingredients are always super fresh and organic and their CS is really good.

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