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Chef'd to sell meal kits at Walgreens

California-based meal-kit company Chef'd will offer meal kits in 30 Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Duane Reade stores in New York, CNBC reported June 13.

The expansion is part of a partnership with WH Group Ltd.'s meat products company Smithfield Foods Inc.

Chef'd will offer three different meals at the stores, according to the report. The meal kits can be prepared in 10 to 30 minutes.

The partnership marks one of the first between a drugstore chain and meal-kit business, the report noted. Recently, a number of meal-kit companies have partnered with retailers to sell their products.

German meal-kit provider HelloFresh SE on June 4 teamed up with Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize NV to sell meal kits in the U.S. In May, meal-kit maker Blue Apron Inc. began selling its products at Costco Wholesale Corp., while in April, Idaho-based Albertsons Cos. Inc. was reportedly planning to roll out products from meal-kit service Plated to its stores.

In addition, The Kroger Co. said in May it will buy Illinois-based meal-kit delivery company Home Chef, while Walmart Inc. will start offering meal kits at more than 2,000 stores this year, following its entry into the meal-kit business in 2017.