Set Boxes are changing: price & contents

March 17, 2022

Set Boxes are changing: price & contents

Dear Food Connectors, 

On Thursday 24 March we’ll be slightly increasing the price (and contents) of our set boxes for the first time in over 2 years.

Rest assured it’s not about the floods or Ukraine (we’ve been thinking it over for a long time) and it doesn’t mean less bang for your buck (you’ll actually be able to get more meals out of each box).

What’s changing (and why)

The cost of produce and food production has steadily crept up in the last few years, and it’s been increasingly tricky for us to balance variety and quantity while sticking to those price points. 

So, from next week the boxes will get a bit of a rejig. The prices will increase by a few dollars, but those few dollars will let us keep doing what made you choose us in the first place - paying our farmers a fair price for their hard work. It’ll also give us the wiggle room we need to bulk up some quantities and make the boxes more practical for meal planning - less ‘handful of this, small bunch of that,’ more substantial servings.

For example, there won’t be as much variation in the types of products between the Large and Small Veg Boxes as there is now - they’ll have fairly similar contents, with the large veg having bigger quantities of the staples like spuds and carrots to feed a hungry family or keep meal preppers happy. 

Don’t forget, you can always pick and mix other produce if you want to jazz up your order.

Now, the really good news

Our way of doing business means that we’re pretty well insulated against market forces.

Something that’s always been at the core of Food Connect’s DNA is looking at how we decouple from fossil fuels - both for the environment, and for resilience against the impacts of their inevitable price rises and scarcity.

While we’re not there yet, we’re doing better than most. Our warehouse within the Food Connect Shed is 100% renewables powered (by a rooftop solar set-up, and top-up from Enova Energy), we’re moving towards an electric fleet, and our fuel spend is only 2.77% of our total sales - the latest stats released show it’s about four times that for major supermarkets.

We keep things agile and local, working with smaller businesses and shorter distances where we can. As a result, those in our value chain network also have lower fuel bills compared to the conventional crowd. They don’t have the same wages and overheads associated with bloated, storage-and-freight-heavy systems. In not using chemicals, organic and sprayfree farmers have much lower input needs.

The prices and environmental costs of all of these things are rising, the national health budget isn’t far behind, and the true price of food - what it costs to grow, transport and sell it - is really starting to come through. Even in the more traditionally “cheap” places.

And while they stall and adapt? More resilient, localised systems like ours will be holding steady and showing the way. 

As always, thank you for your support and role in showing a fairer, regenerative food system is possible - and bringing it about.

Yours in ethical eating, 

Food Connect