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Bob Evans Announces Mail Order Food Delivery

This week, Columbus-based restaurant and food products company Bob Evans, which runs 564 restaurants in 18 states announced that it is testing home delivery this holiday season and into 2012. The test menu will offer five frozen choices:

  • Homestyle breakfast, including bacon, sausage, hash browns and biscuits, serving between 12 and 15 for $77.95.
  • Farm-grill favorites with bratwurst and Italian sausage, serving between 12 and 15 for $95.
  • Savory dinner with a 3.5- to 4.5-pound turkey breast, meant for four to eight diners at $95.
  • Ham feast with a 8.5- to 9.5-pound spiral-sliced ham for between 12 and 15 at the table for $170.
  • Turkey feast with a 10- to 12-pound smoked turkey for 12 to 15 is $170.

If the test menu performs well, the company expects that it could be open to the public in time for Easter 2012. While it is hard to argue with the convenience of direct-delivery service, dietitians and nutrition experts have some concerns about the nutritional quality of the meals.


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Trim360 Meal Delivery Service to Close by End of 2011

In recent years the meal delivery segment within the diet industry has exploded, with more and more brands trying to break off their piece of the fresh-frozen pie. Some cater to customers on a national level, while others try to keep customers satisfied in their own backyards. While some have been around for decades, Trim360 came on the scene in 2006 and quickly became a popular choice for dieters. The DIR community gave it a 95% User Approval Rating, something brands with longer histories strive to have.

In a message to DIR on December 22 directly from Trim360′s Anna Rachman, RD, she let us know that Trim360 “will no longer be selling meal replacements,” a service that will end before the close of 2011.

However, it’s not a full closure for Trim360. Rachman assured there are plans to continue. “We are restructuring and will be an information web site providing nutrition advice by doctor and dietitian.”
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Nutrisystem Success Launches Today

Nutrisystem sample foodsThe popular meal delivery program Nutrisystem will be launching a new program this evening, called Nutrisystem Success. Details of the program are still forthcoming, however, it appears that a major feature on the program will be improved physical activity plans and transition support. Nutrisystem Success focuses more on helping clients transition off the diet and maintain their weight loss. Sustaining weight-loss is often a weak point for meal delivery programs, because many people have a hard time continuing to make healthy choices once they stop receiving daily meals. The new program will also help clients exercise more, with “My Daily 3″ personalized activity plans.

The company is also touting fresh-frozen Chef’s Table entrees, created by “award-winning” chefs. Meals will cost about $9.00 each, with over 130 options from which to choose. Meal replacement bars and shakes are a staple of the Nutrisystem’s weight loss plan, which has announced a newly re-formulated protein shake.


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NutriSystem Flex Offers Dieters A Flexible Meal Delivery Diet

For those who want to lose weight, but still enjoy some flexibility in your diet, NutriStystem Flex could be the answer for you. This new program from NutriSystem offers you five days of prepackaged meals each week. The other two days are your flexible days, making it the most convenient and lowest price program that NutriSystem offers.

On the days that you eat the prepackaged meals, you will be eating breakfast, lunch, dinner and a dessert. You can select your own meals, or choose to have some of the most popular items sent to you. A lot of the guesswork is eliminated because you will receive a Flex Meal Planner with your food. This planner will tell you what to eat, when to eat and how to balance NutriSystem meals with your own recipes.


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Zac Efron’s ZEN Diet

Zac Efron Meal Delivery DietIt looks like Hollywood heartthrob Zac Efron may be trying to lose weight, now that shooting for The Lucky One has wrapped. Besides getting a buzz cut, Efron gained about 18 pounds to play a veteran of the Iraq War. “I was just eating, eating, eating,” he said of preparing for the role.

Efron was recently spotted carrying a cooler bag from Z.E.N., a California meal delivery service that specializes in healthy and convenient diet plans. Z.E.N. offers several programs, including one for weight loss, one for maintaining a healthy weight, and a cleanse program for rapid weight loss. Z.E.N. stands for “Zero Effort Nutrition,” and provides its clients with three fresh meals per day, plus dessert and a snack. The company also offers a totally personalized program, so customers can tailor their diets to their tastes and needs.


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