Green Bean Delivery Online Grocery Service Shuts Down – Indianapolis Business Journal

Online grocery service Green Bean Delivery plans to cease operations, the Indianapolis-based company announced in an email to customers late last week.

The 15-year-old company said it will close permanently from Friday, November 18, after deliveries this week.

“We will not be delivering for Thanksgiving week,” the email reads.

Green Bean was founded in 2007 by organic farmer Matt Ewer and nutritionist Beth Blessing, a husband and wife team who met at Indiana University, as a family business that would help farmers and food artisans to distribute their organic and natural products to consumers. . The company eventually expanded its services from Indianapolis to more than two dozen markets in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee.

The Company’s operations include a 60-acre farm and warehouse/head office near the Interstate 70/Emerson Avenue interchange.

Initially, Green Bean had only a few competitors, but the online grocery delivery market has exploded in recent years, with almost all major retailers offering the service themselves or through third parties. Green Bean said his “small but mighty team fought hard amid fierce competition”.

“It’s been a tough road for small, independent food retailers over the past few years,” Green Bean said in its letter. “With the complex challenge of costs having increased rapidly across all aspects of the business, we are unfortunately at a point where it is no longer sustainable for us to continue the service.”

Green Bean’s parent company, BEAN LLC, announced plans for a $3.84 million expansion in 2014, which would increase employment from 75 to 180 by 2023. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered the company up to $700,000 in tax credits based on those job creation plans, but the company has only received $6,323 from those incentives so far, according to the IEDC website.

Green Bean said it was doing an inventory closing sale for its last week of delivery.

Ewer and Blessing could not immediately be reached for further comment on the closure.

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