Meal Kits in Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon

Meal kits in Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, and the rest of the prairies are changing the way rural folks and small-city residents get their groceries.

Residents of larger cities in Canada are fortunate in that all of the Canadian meal kit delivery companies are now likely to deliver in their area. There are at least four major meal kit delivery companies with service to Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon, and a number of smaller local options as well.

That said, of all the places in Canada, the rural parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba actually have the most to gain from this unique way of approaching dinner.

Best Meal Kits in Manitoba and Saskatchewan – August, 12th, 2020

#1
Overall rating 98.2%
Hello Fresh Review
Plans for
  • Singles
  • Vegetarians
  • Novice cooks
  • Picky eaters
Price range/ week
$78 – $165
$29 – $115
Pros and cons
  • Large variety of meals
  • Wide delivery service area
  • Easily skip weeks as needed
  • Individual packaging – environmental concern
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#2
Overall rating 96.2%
Chefs Plate Review
Plans for
  • Singles
  • Vegetarians
  • Novice cooks
  • Picky eaters
Price range/ week
$26 – $72
$13 – $36
Pros and cons
  • Lowest priced meal kit
  • Wide variety of meals
  • Super easy meal organization
  • Portion size and veggie / meat balance
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The tradeoff with meal kits is that you pay a bit more than you would groceries in order to get all of the super tasty, convenient benefits. But when you’re discussing meal kits in Manitoba and Saskatchewan (outside the bigger cities) this tradeoff is not nearly as large due to the fact that groceries are more expensive AND less fresh because of their distance from major grocery warehouses.

This rural reality makes meal kits an excellent value. By chopping out all of the middlemen and supply chain logistics that major grocers and supermarkets have to deal with, companies like Hello Fresh, Chefs Plate, and Goodfood can get produce from farm-to-table much faster. This means that rural people get access to the same super-fresh food that their urban counterparts enjoy!

See our Hello Fresh Review, Chefs Plate Review, and Goodfood Review for a more in-depth look at those companies.

Regardless of where you live, here’s what you can expect from your meal kit:

  • More time and energy to focus on fun and family as opposed to meal planning and grocery shopping!
  • Less guilt about the calories and money spent on restaurant food.
  • Healthy recipes (created with the help of nutritionists) that don’t sacrifice taste.
  • Hundreds of new ideas to add to your “supper rotation” going forward.
  • Way less rotting food to clean out of your fridge on garbage day.

Background on Manitoba and Saskatchewan Area and Meal Kits Industry

ValueRank (of 10)
Population2,528,819
Food stores per 100,000 ppl647 – 10
Farms per 100,000 ppl19501 – 2
Average family size31
Experience difficulties with food budget40%6 – 7
Eating fruits/vegies 5+ times a day25%5 – 9
Time spent eating per day847
Vegans and vegetarians6.7%4
Berry Pie. Source: WikiMedia

Two central Canadian provinces, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, have over 2.5 million people living there. There are a lot of farms in the area, 1950 per 100,000 people, the highest number in Canada. However, there are only 64 stores per 100,000 residents, one of the lowest numbers in the nation. To fill in the gap, meal kit companies in Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon are doing a great job delivering food to the customers’ homes and offices.

The average family size in Manitoba and Saskatchewan is three people, the same as in Alberta. Forty percent of the families experience difficulties with the food budget. Having that in mind, meal kit companies like Chefs Plate design their meal recipes with low prices of $5 per serving.

Almost seven percent of Manitoba and Saskatchewan residents are vegetarians or vegans. For them, most of the meal kit companies design plant-based meals in regular plans, and some offer vegetarian-only plans with an option to add proteins.

What Does a Meal Kit Look Like?

With several different national and local meal kit companies available from Winnipeg to Saskatoon and Regina, the choices involved can be a bit overwhelming. Many people want to try all of the major options to take advantage of the first-week meal kit promo offers and compare the services directly to their area.

That said, the “Big 3” food subscription box companies tend to deliver a very consistent product across Canada. Your meals for the week will arrive in an insulated box that keeps your meats cool with frozen ice packs, and the rest of your meal comes in self-contained bags. Simply store in your fridge, and when supper time arrives, pluck out the bag, and get cooking!

The engineering behind these boxes is excellent. Everything (including the ice packs for Hello Fresh) is 100% recyclable. It will keep your meat and produce cool no matter how hot and humid the Saskatchewan and Manitoba summers get!

Your meal kit delivery box will arrive on your step, parcel delivery room, place of work, or friendly neighbor’s house (however you choose to receive your packages) in a single box. Within your box, the meat will be separately packed for maximum chill factor and can go right into the “meat” section of your refrigerator. The rest of the meal will be in color-coded handy bags, ready to be individually placed in your fridge—and completely forgotten about until 30 minutes before supper needs to be on the table!

The meal kit box will also come complete with super-simple, picture + step-by-step recipe cards that have been tremendously helpful not only to the novices in the kitchen but also to some of us who have already had experience in cooking. Still, there is so much more to learn.

Global Canadian Meal Kit Companies Servicing Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon

The most popular meal kit provider in Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon (as well as the rest of Canada) is Hello Fresh. The company has recently purchased the second-largest meal kit company in Canada (Chefs Plate) and dominates the Canadian food subscription box market.  

Hello Fresh is not the absolute cheapest option for meal kit delivery, but they are competitive on price, have the widest delivery map, and really try to outdo their competitors when it comes to overall quality and portion size.

Our team can vouch for Hello Fresh, as we’ve enjoyed having the premium meal kit delivered right to our small-town Manitoba doorstep for over a year now. There are many reasons to love meal kits, but for us personally, by far the biggest value is the mental space that has been freed up by not having to constantly think about the infamous, “What’s for dinner?” question every day.

The Hello Fresh App makes choosing next week’s meals a fun meal planning experience, as opposed to a never-ending chore. All of our recipes are saved on the app for future reference if we wanted to create them from scratch. It’s also two-click easy to skip a week or two if we’re on vacation or just need to save a buck.

Chefs Plate is the low-cost little brother of Hello Fresh. The company was started back in 2014 by Canadian entrepreneurs Patrick Meyer and Jaime Shea, before being purchased in 2018 by Hello Fresh.

All signs point to Chefs Plate being run as a completely separate brand and a company that targets “value customers” looking to try the meal kit world for as low a price as possible, or for whom cost is the top priority. Chefs Plate is generally the low price leader among the large national meal kit companies. They also specialize in 15-minute supper creations to try to appeal to the extra time-crunched Canadian cook.

The largest Canadian-owned meal kit company and based out of Quebec, Goodfood’s commercials refer to the company as “Canada’s #1 Meal Kit.” Known for their Canadian-centric marketing strategy, Goodfood has teamed up with Canuck celebrities such as media personality Anne-Marie Withenshaw and professional snowboarder Mark McMorris to bring their meal kit across the Great White North.

Goodfood would be more of a direct competitor to Chefs Plate when it comes to a price point, specialization in quick meals, and serving size. They also pay particular attention to low-carb options on their menu.

The fourth most popular meal kit provider in Canada is Miss Fresh. Miss Fresh is unique in that after selling the company to the Metro grocery empire, they are now able to leverage all of those brick-and-mortar locations into pickup points for their meal kits going forward. Additionally, the company is obviously experimenting with adding other types of groceries to the new meal kit model, as you can see by their healthy breakfast and premium snack add-on options.

**Given that there are no Metro Grocery stores in the prairies, this probably isn’t my first choice for Saskatchewan and Manitoba residents. Miss Fresh might still deliver to you if you live in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, or Regina, however.

Local Meal Kit Companies in Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Zesty Kits

While there are a few ready-made meal delivery services in Manitoba and Saskatchewan (which we’ll get to shortly) the only real direct comparison meal kit provider is Zesty Kits (great name!)

Zesty Kits was created by sisters Catherine and Annie Beaudoin, who wanted to share their passion for healthy eating with others. They currently bring locally-made meal kits to Regina, Saskatoon, White City, Pilot Butte, and Emerald Park, with plans to expand to Winnipeg in the near future.

Their three main plans are the:

  • Clean Food Plan
  • Plant-Based Plan
  • Vegan Plan

Clearly the Beaudoin sisters are devotees of whole food and ultra-clean living. In an interview they revealed some background of Zesty Kits practices and food philosophy saying: 

“We believe that food should be an experience rather than a chore. We want people to slow down and enjoy the cooking process. Wine pairing contributes to this so that everyone can enjoy the activity.” And, “ZestyKits is more than food. Once you teach someone to cook a healthy meal, they always have that skill. ZestyKits is a teaching subscription.” 

In addition to Zesty Kits, there are a few local places that will make you meals to go including Bestfoodforward and Gainz Locker in Saskatchewan, as well as Prairie Box and 204 Meal Prep in Winnipeg.

Overview of the Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon Meal Kit Scene

If you live outside of the main cities on the prairies, Hello Fresh might be your only option if you want a meal kit delivered to your door. We can 100% support this company as we’ve been eagerly opening their food subscription boxes for over a year now and have only good things to report.

If you live in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, or Regina (as well as a few of the other larger hub cities on the prairies) and find that cost is the foremost factor in your meal kit search, then we’d recommend giving Chefs Plate and/or Goodfood a try.

Finally, if you’re all about the 100% commitment to whole food and clean eating, plus enjoy supporting local entrepreneurs, it would be worth your time to see if Zesty Kits’ offerings tickle your taste buds!

With our exclusive promo offer codes, you can try a week of many of these meal kit options for a price that is cheaper than groceries—so why not check out a couple and see for yourself which meal kit company in Manitoba or Saskatchewan is the best fit for you?