A recent Business Insider report estimates the food and beverage industry to be worth $600 billion. The market had seen the least disruption due to the growth of the Internet, but all that is changing now. The report estimates that from 2013 through 2018, online grocery sales will grow 21% annually to be worth $18 billion by 2018, compared with the 3% growth in offline grocery sales during the same period. The huge untapped market is being eyed by giants like Amazon and eBay, who are experimenting with same-day delivery options and grocery etailing for their customers. Meanwhile, Billion Dollar Unicorn club member Blue Apron is already making a mark in its own niche in the market. Blue Apron’s Offerings. New York-based Blue Apron was founded in 2012 by Matthew Wadiak, Matt Salzberg, and Ilia Papas. As an undergrad at Harvard, Matt had already run a successful student-run laundry business. It may not have been a glamorous business, but the experience helped nurture the spirit of entrepreneurship in him. Even after he became a successful venture capital investor at Bessemer Venture Partners, he still wanted to set up a business that would provide a service that people needed. Matt integrated this desire with his love to cook and launched Blue Apron with his partners Ilia Papas and chef Matthew Wadiak in 2012. The company was set up to help simplify cooking by delivering all the ingredients for gourmet meals at home. To order meals from Blue Apron, a consumer has to subscribe to their service, post which they are able to receive ingredients and recipes for up to four meals per week. Ingredients are delivered twice a week in refrigerated boxes that are packed with ice packs and insulated liners so that ingredients remain fresh for the entire day. Blue Apron ensures that the meals delivered cater to any dietary restriction that the subscriber may have. Their recipes are created by their culinary team and guest chefs and use seasonal products. The ingredients shipped are fresh and perfectly measured so that there is no waste. They have a broad selection of recipes so that they are never repeated in the same year. The recipes sent are easy to follow and provide 500-700 calories per serving and need 35 minutes to prepare. Within a year and a half of the launch of their service, Blue Apron expanded their operations from delivering a few orders out of a kitchen in Long Island City, Queens to. Source: www.linkedin.com
Note: If the sweepstakes entry link doesn't work for you, try entering through the home page and looking for a link to the sweepstakes. House & Garden Sweepstakes , Medium Sweepstakes, One Entry Sweepstakes. Eligibility:. Start Date:. May 18, 2015. End Date:. July 27, 2015 at 11:59 p. m. ET. Entry Frequency:. One time per person/email. Sweepstakes Prizes:. Grand Prize: Nine kitchen essential prizes including a Gourmet Pro Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set, an Anchor Hocking Isabella White 32pc Service for eight, an Oneida 13pc Stainless Steel Set, an Anchor Hocking Reality 16 pc Beverageware... (ARV: $1,250). 2nd Prizes (3): A Gourmet Pro Stainless Steel 10 Piece Cookware Set, an Anchor Hocking Isabella White 32pc Service for eight, an Oneida 5pc Prep Cutlery Set, an Anchor Hocking Reality 16 pc Beverageware Set, an Oneida Professional 5... (ARV: $850). Source: contests.about.com
WICHITA FALLS, Texas - LUBBOCK, Texas — The United Family is donating more than $4,200 in Lodge Cookware and Bakeware to West Texas and Dallas-Fort Worth charities chosen by guests voting on the Facebook pages of each of the company’s five... Guests can chose between The Kitchen, First Step, ARC of Wichita Falls or Faith Refuge in Wichita Falls. They can vote by selecting one of four eligible charities in each of The United Family’s service areas of Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas-Fort Worth, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, San Angelo and Wichita Falls through Friday. “We have many holiday initiatives, and the great thing about this one is that our guests have the ability to decide the outcome. Their vote will advocate for the local charity they feel is most deserving,” said Shelby Crews, senior community relations manager. “Many worthy charitable organizations have an effort underway during the holiday season centered around providing meals. We welcome the chance to reward some of them with new cookware to make their efforts a little easier. Guests are eligible to participate via Facebook with one vote per day in each region. The charity receiving the most votes in each of the eight regions will win a nine-piece Lodge cast iron cookware and bakeware set with the total value of the donation to the eight communities exceeding $4,200. Source: www.timesrecordnews.com
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