New: Mariner Organic Little Dippers® Club House & Thin Wheat. Made Simple. Made Right.
Lactose-Free Bries
Kroger Express and Home Chef Meal Kits Hit More Walgreens Stores

Kroger Express and Home Chef Meal Kits Hit More Walgreens Stores

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

The grocery giant and the pharmacy leader combined forces in early October of this year, hoping to become a on one-stop shop for all things grocery. But that’s not the only trick the two have up their sleeves. Its latest initiative, Kroger Express—a curated assortment of 2,300 products—will soon be offered at the 13 Walgreens test stores in Northern Kentucky.

Robert Clark, Senior Vice President of Merchandising, Kroger"We are redefining the customer experience in a variety of ways through Restock Kroger, including innovative partnerships like our test-and-learn pilot with Walgreens. We are excited to enter the next phase of the pilot," said Robert Clark, Kroger's Senior Vice President of Merchandising. "The Kroger Express concept creates easy access to our most popular Our Brands products through a fill-in grocery shopping experience for Walgreens customers, and our Home Chef Express meal kits provide customers with an on-demand solution for tonight's dinner."

Select Walgreens in Chicago will offer three Home Chef Express meal kit options, with recipes rotating bi-weekly

The selection of products in Kroger Express will include Home Chef meal kits, national products, and Kroger’s Our Brands products. It will also include dairy, meat, produce, frozen, and meal solutions. According to a press release, the first concept store is operational in Florence, Kentucky. The remaining 12 pilot stores will be operational early next year.

Richard Ashworth, President of Operations, Walgreens"We're pleased to continue working together to explore new concepts that expand product selection to provide a better shopping experience and greater value for our customers," said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens President of Operations.

In addition to expanding this pilot program, Kroger also launched its Home Chef Express meals in 65 Walgreens locations in the Chicago area. Now, these select Walgreens will offer three Home Chef Express meal kit options, with recipes rotating bi-weekly.

Kroger and Walgreens continue to build on the exploratory pilot they announced in early October of this year, combining forces to offer customers a one-stop shop for all things grocery

"Customers have responded favorably to the retail meal kits at our Mariano's stores in the market and other Kroger Family of Stores located in different cities. The Walgreens expansion provides more Chicagoans convenient access to a quick, simple meal," added Clark.

Pat Vihtelic, CEO, Home ChefPat Vihtelic, Home Chef CEO and Founder added, "Making Home Chef Express meals available at Walgreens is another way Home Chef is making meal time easy. The Express recipes, which cook in 15 minutes, are meals anyone can cook and everyone will love."

Deli Market News will continue to report updates of Kroger and Walgreen’s latest pilot.


New: Mariner Organic Little Dippers® Club House & Thin Wheat. Made Simple. Made Right. Lactose-Free Bries

Have a new product, press release or story idea?

Let us know

In This Story

The Kroger Co. spans many states with store formats that include grocery and multi-department stores, convenience stores and mall jewelry stores. We operate under nearly two dozen banners, all of...

Walgreen Co. is the leading U.S. drugstore chain. The company's strategy is to be the nation's most convenient healthcare provider. Walgreens operates over 7,500 stores nationwide.

Marin French Cheese Introduces Petite Mustard Brie

The cheesemaker's latest line extension embraces a piquant flavor trend.
View Press Release

Specialty Food Association Winter Fancy Food Show Features Innovation and Disruption

The fastest-growing segment of the food industry, specialty food, is gathering in San Francisco, California, for another great show.
View Press Release

Ithaca Cold-Crafted Closes $2.7 Million In New Growth Capital From LiDestri Food and Drink

The brand is currently available at more than 3,000 retail doors across the U.S., including Wegmans, Publix, Stop & Shop, Shoprite, and The Fresh Market.
View Press Release

Califia Farms Further Diversifies Plant-Based Offerings With Launch Of New Oatmilk Line

The plant-based beverage company deepens its commitment to craft and plant-based nutrition.
View Press Release

Dewey's Bakery Expands Product Portfolio

The company introduces its new Tiki Bar collection, which brings the excitement of the seasons to the cookie aisle.
View Press Release

Brand Spankin’ New: Cypress Grove Launches Fresh Goat Cheese Cups and “Cheeseboards for Dinner” Campaign

The Humboldt County-based cheese producer making award-winning and world-renowned cheeses since 1983, will be showcasing a new addition to its fresh goat cheese line at this year’s Winter Fancy Food Show.
View Press Release