Groceries delivered – A Frankfurt perspective
With the coronavirus lockdown still partially in force, many people – especially if one does not speak German – are wondering how to get food delivered. So we took up this special topic for a Blogpost here at Startuprad.io. You will find a list of food and drink delivery services active in the Rhine-Main area. We are aware this list is not exhaustive. If you feel we missed your preference service or even your own little company, let us know in the comments. Thank you for the input Frankfurt Valley and HalloFrankfurt.de
Upfront: Most people would look for Amazon Fresh for Groceries, but they are not available in the Rhine-Main area. They tried it out but shut down the service here.
Local food (delivery)
- First the important stuff: Coffee: There is a Frankfurt-based online shop for it, called Roastmarket https://www.roastmarket.de/
- As far as we know the only plastic-free online store is offered by Frankfurt-based food startup Grammgenau https://shop.grammgenau.de/ If you ever get the chance stop by their cafe, they are located near Leipziger Straße – Bockenheimer Warte
- Querbeet (delivers organic food) https://www.querbeet.de/ – Note they will deliver only on certain days according to their delivery schedule.
- Venos is a local story in Bockenheim with amazing seafood, they even have lobsters. They also have an amazing collection of Italian food like noodles, sauces and everything even an Italian restaurant would need https://www.venos.de/de/ Note: They are not the cheapest, but if you want to give yourself or your family a treat … 🙂
- Lebegesund https://www.lebegesund.de/ The service mails food, but it is ökozertifiziert, so all foods are organic. Headquartered is the company close to Würzburg in a small town.
- MyHamsterkauf https://www.myhamsterkauf.de/ Is a company based in Frankfurt, which is a very recent project due to Coronavirus.
Special note: They also have a Ramadan section: https://www.myhamsterkauf.de/collections/ramadan
- Update on May 26th: There is a wine taxi in Wiesbaden, delivering wine from local vineyards. https://www.weintaxiwiesbaden.de/
To other cities in Rhine-Main:
- Delivers locally bought groceries (e.g. Wiesbaden): https://www.kiezkaufhaus.de/
- Heimatschatz works in Mainz, but there you will only find local wine producers and the like, not a supermarket offering https://mainz.heimatschatz.de/
Grocery Stores Delivering to your doorstep
- REWE is an established large player in the German grocery market. They have a big presence with their stores all over Rhine-Main. They also offer a delivery service – maybe you have seen the trucks before? REWE Lieferservice (https://shop.rewe.de/)
- EDEKA is also a large brick and mortar grocery retailer. They are a little bit more upscale than REWE. They offer their groceries via EDEKA 24 (https://www.edeka24.de/)
- Part of Metro Group is real, which has been known to run large stores – almost like Walmart in the US – they also offer deliveries via real Drive (https://www.real.de/lebensmittelshop/)
- Netto is part of Edeka and operates mostly in the south and west of Germany. Their name translates to brand discount. They are selling well-known brands (as opposed to the discounters Aldi and Lidl). You can find them here https://www.netto-online.de/
- Lidl is the second-largest discounter, as they are sometimes called, in Germany. They offer good quality groceries – frequently with their own branding, but you will also find brands there. You can find them here https://www.lidl.de/
- Aldi is the largest of Germany’s discounter and has also a presence in other markets in the US and Europe. They are known for good deals and their own brands – which are frequently manufactured by known brand companies – but sold under Aldi’s brands https://www.sued.aldi-liefert.de/, For example, do they have a cheap gin, which won an award as one of the worlds best: https://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/article167161068/Gin-von-Aldi-gehoert-zu-den-besten-der-Welt.html
- Kaufland a hypermarket chain, is Part of the Lidl Group. They also offer an online store https://www.kaufland.de/aktionen/kaufland-bringts.html
- Penny is another discount chain, which offers online shopping https://shop.penny.de/versand-lieferung
- Frischeparadies is a specialist market for food, originally set up to deliver to restaurants. They are more on the high quality, high price end of the spectrum https://www.frischeparadies-shop.de/
Established frozen food direct distribution companies
This is big business in Germany, the owner of Bofrost (Germany’s No1 in this market became a billionaire with his stake in the company). They drive around with small trucks – all cooling units – and sell them directly at your doorstep.
- The No 1 in the market is Bofrost https://www.bofrost.de/
- But also the No 2 in the market Eismann is doing business in Rhine-Main https://shop.eismann.de/
Startups Delivering Food (including online stores delivering via mail)
- Picnic was founded in the Netherlands in 2015 by the four entrepreneurs and started in Germany in 2018. Similar to the milkman back then, but now online, they are always on your street at fixed times https://www.picnic.app/de/ This is one of the companies you would hear about in our podcast.
- Getnow was founded in Berlin in early 2015, but now with headquarters with approx. 35 employees and located in Munich.They deliver from the wholesale markets of Metro, with an inventory of more than 10.000 products. The online store only started in November 2018 https://www.getnow.com/ This is one of the companies you would hear about in our podcast.
- Bringmeister (part of EDEKA) https://www.bringmeister.de/. The company cooperates closely with Alnatura stores, who are also focused on ecological food, headquartered in Darmstadt.
- Food.de https://food.de/ Is a German startup, founded by two entrepreneurs in Leipzig. They don’t belong to a larger group of companies.
- myTime is part of Bünting group of companies, based in northern Germany. They are delivering food and drug store products to your doorstep https://www.mytime.de/
- Allyouneedfresh http://www.allyouneedfresh.de/ Is the online supermarket of Delticom AG, which is listed in Hannover, Germany and part of SDAX. You may have never heard of Delticom, but they are running 140 online stores in 42 countries.
Delivery service beverages
- Schluckspecht – established player with brick and mortar stores (beverages only, like water, wine, beer, and spirits) https://www.schluckspecht.com/
- Startup Flaschenpost (message in a bottle) delivers depending on ZIP Code (Postleitzahl) https://www.flaschenpost.de/
- AZ Getränke Lieferserivce is a local outlet, which delivers around Frankfurt and Offenbach https://www.a-z-getraenke.de/
- From the Frankfurt borough of Bornheim is Getränke Quell. They deliver around Frankfurt and may do so further out for larger orders https://www.getraenkequelle-bornheim.de/
- Durst is a company, which specializes in beverage delivery – You also have to check your Zip Code if they deliver to your home https://www.durst.de/getraenke-lieferservice-frankfurt/
- Wassermann – a Frankfurt-based delivery service, which usually delivers to law firms, offices and so on, but they have a broad selection (more than 200 beverages) http://www.wassermann-frankfurt.de/
- IXI Getränke, also a Frankfurt-based outfit, which prides itself on its beer selection. YOu have to order at least 5 boxes: https://www.ixi-getraenke.de/162/unsere-serviceleistungen
- Getränke Heber – an established Frankfurt company, which still takes new clients, but they insist on cash payment. https://getraenke-heber.de/
- GetränkeProfi.com is a German online store catering the Rhein-Main (Frankfurt, Darmstadt) and Rhine-Neckar area (think Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Heidelberg, Speyer, Frankenthal) https://www.xn--getrnkeprofi-jcb.com/liefergebiet/
- Getraenkeheroes.de is also a Frankfurt-based company, which has a very … essential … website. None-the-less they have a long list of products and prices readily available and the only website – where we could find – English (limited, as the whole website). https://www.getraenkeheroes.de/
- Elbo Getränke is yet another Frankfurt-based company, which offers delivery of beverages: http://www.elbo-getraenke.de/
Meal Kit Services
- Hellofresh https://www.hellofresh.de/ This is a clone of Blue Apron, delivering meal boxes you cook yourself at home, as a subscription. The company was started in 2011 as a Rocket Internet startup.
- Marley Spoon https://marleyspoon.com/ Another Berlin-based startup, with a subscription service for meal kits. They operate in many international markets. They became famous for working with Martha Steward.
Drug Stores – for everything else you may need
Delivery from Restaurants
- There is one large player in a formerly crowded field. Remember Foodora, the guys on the bicycles and Delivery Hero? They are all now part of Lieferando, as well as Pizza.de.
- Also struggling regional hero Vapiano offers a delivery service: https://www.vapiano-lieferservice.de/de/city/12/frankfurt-am-main
No delivery in Frankfurt anymore
- Tegut (HQ in Fulda) cooperates with Amazon for food delivery and Amazon Fresh does not deliver in Frankfurt anymore.