Calgary has upped its food delivery game in the last few years, making cooking for the week just a little bit easier. In addition to restaurant delivery services such as Uber Eats, DoorDash and Skip the Dishes, there are several supermarket grocery delivery services that deliver big-name, local and even organic produce or vegan products right to your door. Here are some of the grocery delivery service options in Calgary.
Alberta Grocery is a group of food manufacturers and distributors who normally deliver fresh food to businesses such as restaurants, schools and offices. When those shutdown, they shifted their business model to deliver essentials, and now artisanal products, from their warehouses to homes across the province instead. There is an order minimum of $40 with a $10 deliver fee, or opt for free delivery with an order of $75 or more (pickup is always free.) Delivery dates and times vary based on location.
Bessie works with Alberta farmers and fishermen across North America to deliver boxes of beef, chicken and seafood (or a combination of the three) for free to Calgary, Cochrane, Airdrie, Chestermere and Okotoks. You can subscribe or do a one-time purchase. There is an order minimum of $65, delivery is contactless and they happen on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
This owner-operated delivery service showcases food products from 24 local businesses on one website and delivers orders directly to Calgary homes. The full vendor list includes Glamorgan Bakery, Gull Valley Growers, Lambtastic Farms and more. $10 delivery is available from 3 p.m to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Friday at 11:59 p.m. is the order deadline to get delivery the following week.
Costco members can take advantage of the store’s same-day delivery service — powered via Instacart — for groceries, fresh food and household supplies (with a minimum order of $35) if they are present at home for the delivery. If you’d prefer a little more flexibility, there is also the two-day delivery service available on weekdays for household items, non-perishable food and specifically marked products (check its website for updates on any delivery delays). And if you spend $75 or more, there’s no delivery fee.
This local, farm-fresh delivery service offers both one-time and subscription-based deliveries of natural and antibiotic- and hormone-free food products from Thursday through Sunday. The flat rate delivery fee is $10, or free with orders of $50 or more. Place your order by 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday for Saturday or Sunday delivery, and by 10:30 a.m. on Saturday for delivery on Thursday or Friday.
This local grocery delivery service lets you place an order at one of nine grocery stores (including Superstore, Save-On-Foods, M&M Food Market, Walmart and more), then delivers it within a two-hour span on weekdays. Deliveries are made to your door from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and they are closed on weekends and statutory holidays. The base rate for regular delivery service is $19.99, plus discounted programs for seniors and those with limited access, as well as packages of delivery credits to save on multiple orders.
With Inabuggy, personal shoppers select items for you from multiple big-name stores, including Walmart, Costco, PetSmart, Rexall Pharma Plus, Safeway and M&M Food Market and more. The delivery fee is $19.98 and there’s an additional fee of $9.99 per store if there are multiple stops. The biggest bonus is you can order in as little as an hour in advance (or up to three days) and earn rewards to use as a discount toward future orders.
Instacart offers delivery from a wide range of stores, including BulkBarn, Staples, Walmart, Real Canadian Superstore and more. Plan ahead by placing an order in advance or get a last-minute delivery within an hour. The service uses your delivery time and order size to determine the delivery fee.
The Organic Box, which delivers to Calgary, Bow Valley, Central Alberta and Edmonton on select days, focuses on locally-sourced and/or organic food. Choose from curated, customizable boxes that can be scheduled weekly or bi-weekly, or build your own box with items ranging from soap to produce to baked goods. Calgary orders are delivered on Tuesdays.
This family-operated market in Willow Park Village delivers fresh, seasonally-available produce from local Alberta farmers to you. Delivery is $5 for locations that aren’t nearby (call to confirm your location) and there’s a minimum $50 purchase. This spot is particularly good if you’re struggling to find meat in big-box grocery stores. Check its Facebook page to see what it has in stock.
Order from Save-On-Foods at least a day in advance or up to 30 days before delivery. Delivery fees are based on your chosen time slot but range between $7 to $10 and there is a minimum order of $40. Through your account, you can create and save shopping lists and add notes to specific items like if you want a ripe avocado or a green banana.
Spud members get boxes of local, organic produce once a week on a designated delivery day based on neighbourhood. If you fulfill the minimum order of $125 in Calgary, your groceries will be delivered for free (orders below the minimum amount are subject to tiered fees). Spud members always get free delivery (an annual membership is $8.25 per month). Choose what goes in the box or go with the Weekly Staples Box, which features $70 worth of products for just $40 with vegan and gluten-free options.
Calgary entrepreneur Jenna Kopperson launched Square Rooted in April in response to Covid-19. You can order customizable boxes and bags ranging from $20 to $64, which are filled with fresh vegetables grown in southern Alberta and are available for weekly delivery. There are also snack packs, a limited number of single fruits, herbs and vegetables, and a local pasta sauce by chef Mike Pigot available to order.
Sunterra delivers groceries for $8 with a minimum order of $50. In addition to everyday groceries, you can also have Sunterra’s daily features delivered as well like its three-course feast, a selection of three-course meals from $16.99 to $20.99. Voila, dinner is served.
Food wholesaler Sysco has launched Sysco at Home, which allows you to order restaurant-quality groceries online. Many of the items available are made in Alberta and other parts of western Canada and you can find things like cleaning products, masks and gloves too. Pickup is free and delivery within Calgary is between $22 to $32, or free for orders of $200 and over.
T & T Supermarket, which has three locations in Calgary, is another major grocery store chain offering home delivery. Shoppers can place orders for Asian snacks, groceries, household items and beauty/health products. Orders will arrive within three to five days through Canada Post.
If you’re looking for authentic Latin foods such as tortillas, salsas or dried chiles, you can order groceries online from UniMarket. You can get next-day delivery and delivery is free if your order is more than $60. You can also order ready-to-eat meals such as taco kits.
2405 Edmonton Trail N.E., 403-984-3373; 128 50 Ave SE; 403-255-4479; unimarket.ca