Jan 22, 2019

Meal delivery startup Munchery shuts down

Rosemary salmon quinoa bowl. Photo: Munchery

Munchery, an eight-year-old San Francisco meal delivery startup, announced its shutdown on Monday, becoming the latest to succumb to the harsh realities of the business.

The bigger picture: A number of companies have attempted to cook and deliver their own meals (or meal kits), but most have shuttered or struggled.

Some of the startups that have attempted to cook and deliver meals, and shut down:

Meanwhile, some meal kit startups like Plated and Home Chef sold to large grocers as a way to survive. Presumably, this enables them to tap into their parent companies' supply chains and lager customer reach.

The bottom line: Shuttling meals from restaurants to customers' doors is no easy business (as a slew of companies are finding out), but preparing food and getting it to customers comes with a whole host of additional challenges — often much more than startups can handle.

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What we know: Deadly Storm Dennis whips at England, Wales and Ireland

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At least two deaths are being attributed to Storm Dennis on Monday as it continues to strike at parts of England, Wales and Ireland, per AccuWeather.

The big picture: Dennis is the second-strongest nontropical storm ever recorded in the North Atlantic Ocean. Its hurricane-force winds and heavy rains have caused widespread flooding across the United Kingdom. The army has been deployed in the U.K. to help with flood relief.

Coronavirus cases rise as 14 American evacuees infected

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

14 Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for the novel coronavirus before being flown in a "specialist containment" on a plane repatriating U.S. citizens back home, the U.S. government said early Monday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China.

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The cost of going after Bloomberg

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Here's the growing dilemma for 2020 Democrats vying for a one-on-one showdown with frontrunner Bernie Sanders: Do they have the guts — and the money — to first stop Mike Bloomberg?

Why it matters: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren all must weigh the costs of punching Bloomberg where he looks most vulnerable: stop-and-frisk, charges of sexism, billionaire entitlement. The more zealous the attacks, the greater the risk he turns his campaign ATM against them.