‘I feel like I was ripped off!’ The Fresh Diet closes without alerting employees, clients

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In an abrupt decision, Miami-based The Fresh Diet, a gourmet food delivery service, closed shop Friday without informing most employees and clients, many of whom paid for the service months in advance.

The national company had been sold back to founder and Miami food entrepreneur Zalmi Duchman in March. He tried to turn the business around, but it was too late, said Daniel Gielchinsky, Duchman’s general consul.

Previous owner Innovative Food Holdings had driven the company to financial ruin, Gielchinsky said, taking on too many employees and attempting to grow too quickly without a set expansion plan.