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Albertson’s buys home-delivery meal kits company

The Albertsons grocery chain has bought a company that saves shoppers trips to the store with home-delivered meal ingredients.

Albertsons announced the purchase of New York-based Plated in a statement Wednesday. The transaction is expected to close later this month. A purchase price was not announced.

Plated offers a subscription to customers that start at $9.95 a serving, according to its website. Insulated boxes with ingredients and recipes are delivered to subscribers’ homes.

The purchase will eventually put Plated meal kits on Albertsons shelves, according to the statement. Plated will also have access to the Albertsons distribution network. Albertsons also owns Vons, but it’s not known if or when Vons will stock Plated meals.

Albertsons has 27 namesake locations around Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, four in Henderson, one in Pahrump and one in Boulder City, according to its website.

The company also has seven Vons around Las Vegas and three Vons in Henderson.

The battle over the grocery delivery market has spilled into the Las Vegas Valley, which has recently seen home delivery service from Instacart open locally.

Following online retail giant Amazon’s purchase of the Whole Foods grocery chain, other grocery chains have announced technology investments in their stores.

Kroger-owned grocery chain Smith’s expanded its home delivery service to select stores in the valley. In a statement Thursday, the company announced the home delivery service will come to the Smith’s at 2211 N. Rampart Blvd. in October.

Wal-Mart has expanded its online ordering and pickup service to select local stores.

Contact Wade Tyler Millward at wmillward@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-4602. Follow @wademillward on Twitter.

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