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May 18, 2016 08:00 ET

Instacart Announces Two New Options for Chicago Area Residents: Strack & Van Til and Ultra Foods

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - May 18, 2016) - Instacart (www.Instacart.com), the fast-growing retail delivery service whose personal shoppers hand pick and deliver items from trusted local stores, today announced two new grocery options for Chicagoland residents. Beginning today, customers in Chicago can order trusted national brands and local meat and produce from Strack & Van Til, while residents of Downers Grove and the surrounding area can order fresh grocery items at a value from Ultra Foods, and have them delivered straight to their doorsteps in as little as one hour. Strack & Van Til join a growing list of Instacart partners that are part of the Independent Central Grocers Co-Operative.

"We're very excited about being able to offer home delivery," said Brian Fitzpatrick, Chief Operating Officer at Strack and Van Til and Ultra Foods. "Instacart is an industry-leading delivery option for shoppers and this is a new space for us. Shoppers are looking for ways to make the shopping experience more convenient and we know that home delivery is another way to help with that. We wanted to make sure that we partnered with a company that has a proven record of doing it right."

"Partnering with both Strack & Van Til and Ultra Foods stores offers our customers new grocery delivery options in Chicagoland from great stores," said Andrew Nodes, Head of Retail Accounts at Instacart. "We are excited to continue to provide excellent customer service and build a variety of grocery options in our Chicago retail marketplace."

Instacart's initial delivery area for Strack & Van Til Local Foods will be in the Northside neighborhoods of Chicago, while Ultra Foods will be available to suburban customers in Downers Grove, Westmont and nearby cities.

Originally launched in San Francisco, and since expanded into many other cities, Instacart has fundamentally changed the traditional grocery delivery space by connecting customers with personal shoppers who shop for and deliver grocery orders in as little as one hour. This eliminates the need for costly infrastructure such as inventory, warehouses and trucks. In January 2015, Forbes named Instacart "America's Most Promising Company."

How Instacart works: Customers go online to www.Instacart.com or open the Instacart mobile app on their iPhone or Android device, select their city/store, add items to a virtual cart, and then choose a delivery window (within one hour, within two hours, or some scheduled time in the future) and check out. An Instacart Personal Shopper accepts the order on his/her smartphone, uses the Instacart Shopper app to guide them through shopping, and then delivers the order to the customer in the designated delivery timeframe.

New customers can open an account at www.Instacart.com. The first delivery is free and future orders cost just $5.99 for two-hour delivery or $7.99 for one-hour delivery for orders over $35. The minimum order size is just $10. Instacart also offers Instacart Express -- an annual membership that eliminates delivery fees for all orders of $35 or more. The cost is just $149 per year. For other FAQs, visit https://www.instacart.com/faq.

About Instacart
Instacart allows people to order groceries online by connecting them with personal shoppers who hand pick items at customers' local, favorite stores and deliver straight to their doors. Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Instacart has quickly scaled to 22 metropolitan areas across the U.S. and partnered with dozens of grocery retailers, including popular national chains (Whole Foods Market, Costco, Petco) as well as local, regional grocers (Marsh Supermarkets, Bi-Rite, Cub Foods). By combining a personal touch with cutting-edge technology, Instacart offers customers a simple solution to save time and eat fresh food from the grocery brands they trust. Instacart is the only grocery service that can meet today's on-demand lifestyle by delivering in as little as one hour. First delivery is free at www.Instacart.com.

About Strack and Van Til/ Ultra Foods
Founded in 1960 Strack & Van Til is a grocery retailer focused on providing high-quality products in a unique and inviting atmosphere with a high level of customer service. The company currently operates 37 stores in 2 states (Illinois and Indiana) under the banner names Strack and Van Til, Ultra Foods and Town and Country Market. Strack and Van Til is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information about Strack and Van Til, please contact Chris Bengtson, Vice President of Public Relations at 219-237-5027 or by email at BengtsonC@s-vt.com

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