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Melanie Wong | Oct 3, 201608:30 PM    

"...Blue Apron isn’t the only food processing facility in Richmond, nor is it the only meal-kit business bringing the on-demand model and venture-backed expectations to warehouses and food processing plants. But it is the only major player with such a history of health and safety problems. HelloFresh, which is one of Blue Apron’s biggest competitors, opened a 100,000-square-foot facility in Richmond in 2015. That facility, which currently has a staff of over 250, has so far received zero citations from Cal/OSHA (although an inspection at the company’s call center in New Jersey did lead to $4,420 in penalties following an appeal). Neither have Blue Apron’s other, smaller neighbors, including the Delmonte Fresh warehouse that neighbors Blue Apron’s facility, the nearby Grace Baking facility, the Richmond Wholesale Meat warehouse, and the Costco Wholesale facility, which in 2014-2015 had slightly more employees than Blue Apron. Safeway Bread, which abuts Blue Apron’s facility, does have some violations on its record dating to 2012, but fewer than Blue Apron. Blue Apron’s other competitors in the meal-box space — Chef’d, Plated, Purple Carrot, and the like — are smaller and slower-growing, but none have a workplace accident in the federal government’s database. Only one other leading meal-kit delivery service — Gobble, which promises a meal in 10 minutes — has had a food processing facility cited for workplace safety violations..."

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