Supermarket chain Kroger has expanded its Home Chef retail meal kits to 500 additional stores across the US.

Kroger also launched a customisable meal kit feature for online orders on Called Customize It, this new feature allows consumers to change and upgrade recipe ingredients in their meal kits.

Customize It offers more menu choices to customers such as no-cook five-minute meals and smoothies.

In June last year, the supermarket acquired Home Chef for $200m and merged the company into its operations.

“Kroger continues to redefine the customer experience and provide new ways to shop for, prep and cook meals.”

The weekly rotating in-store meal kits were revealed last year in select locations, and limited market testing began for the new Home Chef Express kit.

Kroger merchandising senior vice-president Robert Clark said: “Kroger continues to redefine the customer experience and provide new ways to shop for, prep and cook meals through exciting brick-and-mortar and digital experiences.

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“Last October, Kroger introduced Home Chef retail meal kits, and we’re now expanding to add the easy-to-prepare recipes to hundreds of new locations, providing convenient access to the meal solution at more than 700 stores.

“We look forward to the continued growth of Home Chef in 2019 through expansion and new products.”

Kroger is offering its meal kits for pickup and delivery at participating locations.