• The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports that Publix “is expanding its meal kit pilot, offering the kits at another store in the Tampa Bay region … It is only the third Publix store to sell the kits; the other stores are in Tampa and Orlando, which debuted the kits earlier this year. The kits are offered in three levels of complexity: simplest, which requires heating the food; simpler, which could mean up to four steps; and simple, a meal that takes up to six steps.”

The retailer has said that the meal kit sales thus far have been “promising,” but that the program is still in a test phase.


Bloomberg reports this morning that “Canadian grocer Metro Inc. agreed to buy pharmacy chain Jean Coutu Group Inc.” for the equivalent of $3.6 billion (US), in an effort “to diversify its business in an industry under increasing threat from Amazon … The deal links two giants from Quebec and gives Montreal-based Metro an expanded foothold in the drug business, mirroring Loblaw Cos.’ purchase of Shoppers Drug Mart four years ago.”