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Walgreens adding fresh, prepared food

Time to get your munchies on

Walgreen Co. is looking to drive more shoppers to its more than 7,000 stores nationwide by offering fresh foods and prepared meals.

The drugstore chain, which has 24 Birmingham-area locations, is in talks with food manufacturers including Unilever NV, Nestle SA and Sara Lee Corp. about creating private-label and branded products, said a report by Bloomberg. Walgreen (NYSE: WAG) will first have to test the concept in target markets before introducing items such as salads, fruit and ready-to-bake pizzas into more stores, Bloomberg said.

The company hopes to use these sales along with the sale of beer and private-label wine to boost revenue. The nation’s largest drugstore chain reported fiscal 2009 sales of $63 billion and operates 7,149 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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