MINNEAPOLIS, May 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Local-first food company Local Crate announced today that it launched their locally sourced retail meal kits in 200+ California and Minnesota stores, while also expanding its direct-to-consumer business to the state of California, continuing to build out its vision to become the first locally-driven food platform on a national scale.

“Local Crate works with award-winning local chefs, local farmers, and local makers in each growing region to create inspired recipes with the freshest ingredients.” said Frank Jackman, Local Crate’s co-founder and chief executive officer. “Consumers deserve to know the story behind who is making and growing their food. With Local Crate, you don’t have to trade off integrity for convenience.”

Said Mike Stalbaum, Local Crate’s co-founder and chief culinary officer, “Local Crate is honored to partner with regional chefs and growers. Our culinary team worked closely with Chefs Tim McKee and Yia Vang in the Upper Midwest, and Chefs Deuki Hong and Daniel Tellez in Northern California to deliver regional flavors in this batch of deliciously, seasonal meal kits.”

The new retail meals are as follows: In California: Chipotle Chicken with Mexican Street Corn and Cilantro-Lime Rice, Mozzarella Chicken with Bruschetta and Roasted Parmesan Potatoes, Bibimbap, Korean Fried Chicken with Sweet Gochujang Sauce, and Carne Asada Tacos with Poblano Crema. In Minnesota: Char Siu Chicken Tacos with Sesame Slaw, Carne Asada Bowl with Chimichurri and Grilled Zucchini, Spanish Steak Skewers with Saffron Rice and Yogurt Sauce, Roasted Chicken Shawarma Bowl with Tzatziki, and Lemon Parmesan Chicken with Asparagus and Mashed Potatoes.

California is the second growing region and third state for Local Crate. Local Crate meal kits can be found in more than 200 California and Minnesota Target stores, Target.com, and in select Minnesota Co-Op grocery locations. For a full store location list, please visit https://localcrate.com/in-stores.

The company first entered the Minnesota market in 2015, followed by Illinois earlier this year. Local Crate retail kits are also available for additional retail distribution in California, Illinois and Minnesota. Additional markets and retail partners are planned for 2018 and beyond.

About Local Crate

Local Crate delivers fresh, delicious, seasonal meal kits in partnership with award-winning chefs, local farmers, and passionate makers. Easy-to-make recipes and pre-portioned ingredients are sourced locally by growing region, reducing food and packaging waste by up to 80% versus the nationally delivered services. Additionally, Local Crate nourishes communities by giving back to hunger relief efforts. Good things come to those who Crate. For more information, please visit www.localcrate.com.

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-- Local Crate Carne Asada Tacos with Poblano Crema by Chef Daniel Tellez -- Local Crate Char Siu Chicken Tacos with Sesame Slaw by Chef Yia Vang Meal Kit

Erin Newkirk Local Crate 612-554-1856 erin@localcrate.com Eva Goellner Local Crate 612-594-4423 eva@localcrate.com