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Culinary convenience has been the focus of ongoing grocery wars between traditional retailers such as Kroger and online competitors such as Blue Apron and Amazon.

On Wednesday, the Cincinnati-based food giant announced that he would be adding Chicago-based Food Kit Delivery Company, Home Chef, to his arsenal of products designed to bridge the gap between home-cooked meals and take-away.

But the PET A $ 200 million acquisition that could be incentivized to $ 700 million is just one part of Kroger's strategy to increase market share by making grocery shopping more convenient for customers.

"Kroger is trying hard to overcome competition and an advertising environment, and a dominant position among the country's largest grocery retailers allows Kroger to increase its market share by launching new items, digital coupons, on-line store pick-up and smart shopping lists ['] Zacks Investment Research recently wrote in a report to investors.

The motivation for grocers to add food kits is clear.

The industry has exploded in recent years, with the US market estimated at 4 in 2017 $ 65 billion, compared to $ 1.5 billion in 2016, so packaged facts, market researchers in the food, beverage and packaging industries] By 2022, sales are projected to be close to $ 12 billion. [19659008] These numbers are compared to the total sales of food indu in the United States, which, according to Packaged Facts, reached $ 800 billion last year.

But food kits still have the potential to shop in grocery stores and other grocery stores that do not offer that convenience.

Kroger, who operates 2,793 grocery stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia, hopes Home Chef meals and delivery anywhere in the United States as soon as possible after closing.

Home store offerings at the store would complement Kroger Prep + Pared meal kits, which are already available in more than 525 Kroger stores.

"This merger will introduce Kröger's 60 million buyers to Home Chef, improve our ship-to-home and subscription capabilities, and replenish Kroger," said Yael Cosset, Chief Digital Officer Kroger. 19659008] Cosset was referring to Kroger's own home delivery service tested in select markets, as well as with the new Restock Kroger program to adjust assortments in each store based on customer demand.

Kroger said the acquisition of Home Chef would have none Impact on earnings in 2018.

Kroger shares were traded at just over $ 24 in action late Thursday morning, essentially flat versus Wednesday's close to $ 24.57.

The cook for the heckling on the heels of one new partnership comes announced this month, formerly based in the UK Ocado, where Kroger hopes to lever Ocado's advanced digital and robotic capabilities to the V Improvement of warehouse automation.

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