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• The Austin American-Statesman reports that Amazon now is offering restaurant delivery there, "providing one-hour delivery from more than 60 restaurants and food trucks through its Prime Now service ... The Prime Now service offers two-hour delivery of thousands of goods for no extra charge, and one-hour delivery for a $7.99 fee. It’s only available to Amazon Prime members, who pay $99 a year for fast delivery and access to other perks like movie and music streaming."

• Retail delivery service Instacart yesterday announced a partnership with Pantry, the Boston-based recipe and ingredient kit company. Boston customers now will be able to order ingredients for recipes via Instacart and have them delivered within an hour.

The recipe kits, the announcement said, are "pre-portioned and designed for both novice and advanced chefs, including recipe cards (with full color photographs), videos, kitchen essentials, pre-packaged spices, and farm fresh produce. All recipes can be prepared with basic kitchen tools in 20-45 minutes."
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