Good Foods Grocery has purchased local healthy meals preparation business Daily Jars that was founded in 2015 to help people with food allergies and food intolerances.
Daily Jars makes and delivers meals that meet various dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, dairy-free, peanut-free and refined sugar-free.
Customers place orders online by midnight Wednesday for types and quantity of meals, selecting from a menu that changes weekly. The prepared meals are delivered to customer’s homes or to central drop off-collection locations.
“It has a nice synergy with Good Foods Grocery,” said Donnie Caffery, owner of Good Foods Grocery, who announced the addition to his business.
“It helps us in the sense that we’ve never been in the dinner business, so to speak. We serve lunch and we have grab-and-go at our deli. With Daily Jars we are in the dinner business, too," he said.
Everything is made from scratch. "Every sauce. Every dressing,” McCaffery said.
The meals preparation service previously took place in a commercial kitchen where Daily Jars staff assembled on Sundays to make the meals.
Caffery bought the business from Jessica and Steve Godfrey, who in 2017 bought the business from the original owner and founder, Liz Fishman, a mom with two kids with food allergies. The name Daily Jars is from the original presentation of the meals which were packaged in glass jars.
Caffery said all of the Daily Jars employees were offered jobs. He declined to say how much he paid for the business.
The meal preparation was done previously at a local commercial kitchen one day a week and delivered the next day.
Caffery has moved production operations to Good Foods Grocery’s kitchen at its store in the Stony Point Shopping Center in South Richmond. Good Foods Grocery has prepared deli items such as chicken salad and pimento cheese in house for years.
“We did our first production yesterday," Caffery said Monday.
"We put a few of the meals out on the grab-and-go case." He plans to spread out meal preparation to over several days.
“The bottom line is these meals are just knockout delicious and they are unbelievably fresh,” he said.
Home delivery is available to ZIP codes neighborhoods in the Fan District and near West End. Other customers’ meals are dropped off to a central location.
“On the Southside the pickup spot has been Good Foods Grocery. We are not going to change any of that right now. We are going to look into home delivery on the Southside but I have to run the numbers,” Caffery said.
Daily Jars meals typically cost $9.95 to $11.95. There in no minimum order dollar amount but there is a delivery fee if an order is less than $60, Caffery said.