In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns in 2020, the meal prep industry went from being a niche service for the health and fitness world to becoming a mainstream food service.

Now, a local meal prep business in South Jersey is taking the next step and opening their own restaurant as well.

According to data researched by The Washington Post, there was a 68.5% growth for the meal prep/kit market in 2020 with national companies such as Hello Fresh and Blue Apron gaining millions of new subscribers for their services.

These companies allow people to customize food orders to their dietary needs and bypass traditional food shopping.

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, supermarkets are still having supply-chain issues while the meal prep/kit industry has now reached $17 billion in worldwide revenue.

Meal Kit Box Stock Photo from Canva
Meal Kit Box Stock Photo from Canva

Here in South Jersey, the grand opening of the brick-and-mortar location of Prepped by Prevail Nutrition is Saturday, November 11th from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Ashlee Meneely is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Nutritionist who originally started her service to help her personal training clients.

When the pandemic hit (and) all the gyms closed, I thought 'This is it, I’m done, I’m going down with the gyms.' But the opposite happened! I had a few really great customers stumble upon my company via Instagram and they spread the word like wildfire. It was so many meals, I was extremely pregnant (with my second child) and I knew I had to throw my all into it. I started upgrading the website, the menus the serving sizes. I started catering to all dietary needs. Anything I could to keep the customers coming and it worked.

Since 2020, Prevail Nutrition has grown into a 7 days a week small business that Ashlee runs with her partner, Charles Franklin, in which they receive online orders and deliver meals to customers' homes or businesses.

The new home of Prevail Nutrition is on South Main Road, near the intersection with Magnolia Road.

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