If a company wants to create change, its leaders have to be unafraid of emerging trends, Jen Trompeter said as Happy Food Co. serves up a strategy that could help the company cook up new business with modified meal kits.
“People are doing keto or they’re doing Whole 30,” Trompeter, said. “We have some [meal kits] that fit into this pattern of categories already.”
Designed with an array of lifestyles in mind, Happy Food Co. meal kits — ready to cook, chef-created meals sold at local grocery stores — can now be modified to fit nutrition guidelines outlined in nine specific diet plans; paleo, Whole 30, keto, dairy-free, gluten-free, low carb, heart healthy, vegan, and the Mediterranean diet, Trompeter explained.
“We got with our registered dietitian and were like, ‘You know what? If you were just to take out maybe one or two ingredients, then a lot of our meals — literally a ton of our [almost 80] meals — would fit into these categories,” Trompeter said of the weeks-long process that went into adapting the Happy Food Co. menu for flexible foodies.
The company identified the nine eating plans as emerging or current food trends, but doesn’t consider them fads, Trompeter added.
Embracing modified lifestyles has become key for Happy Food Co. — now in its third year of operation under the leadership of founders Chef Kiersten Firquain and Jeff Glasco — as the company looks for ways to stand out in the meal kit space, said Christine Lau, creative marketing strategist.
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“The beauty of our business is that we package everything separately. So if you have cilantro, mint, or cheese — it’s all packaged in its own way [and you can leave it out without sacrificing flavor],” Lau said.
While Happy Food Co.’s staff has whittled recipes down to exact dietary science that complies with each of the nine specific lifestyle plans, their meals are not officially endorsed by companies such as Whole 30 — which distinguishes products and foods as either Whole 30 approved or Whole 30 compliant, Trompeter noted.
“Maybe there were a lot of customers that we weren’t hitting before because they thought, ‘Oh, I need this meal and you only have one of those,’” she said. “Now we can go, ‘Oh wait, I can intercede now.’ There’s four or five meals that [customers] can look at and go after. I think that shows that we can improve our sales and improve the customer experience as well.”
Click here to find Happy Food Co. meal kits in local grocery stores.