29 Kroger and Murray’s Cheese team members named Certified Cheese Professionals® by the American Cheese Society

NEW YORK and CINCINNATI, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ —  The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) and Murray’s Cheese announced today ( Sept. 13, 2016) that 29 team members have been named Certified Cheese Professionals® by the American Cheese Society (ACS). They are part of an elite group of 155 individuals who passed the 6th ACS Certified Cheese Professional® Exam on July 27, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. ACS CCPs® now total 740 individuals in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

The ACS Certified Cheese Professional® Exam is the first and only exam of its kind. It was launched by the ACS in 2012 to encourage high standards of comprehensive cheese knowledge and service for all areas of the industry. Testing encompasses a broad range of topics, including raw ingredients, the cheesemaking process, storing and handling cheese, marketing and communications, nutrition, regulations and sanitation.

“We congratulate these individuals on this tremendous professional accomplishment. We are incredibly proud of the cheese professionals who have earned the designation of Certified Cheese Professional,” said Nora Weiser, Executive Director of the American Cheese Society. “The level of understanding and professionalism that ACS CCPs bring to the industry benefits everyone from the cheesemaker to the consumer, and elevates an already thriving artisan cheese industry to an entirely new level.”

“I’m so proud of our new CCPs for their dedication and thankful to Kroger for their support of our team members across the country,” said Rob Kaufelt, Murray’s Cheese Owner and President. “The ACS has taken tremendous steps to create opportunities for growth and enhancement among cheese professionals. It’s truly rewarding and we’re all grateful for this recognition.”

This year’s Certified Cheese Professionals® from Kroger and Murray’s Cheese are:

Audrey Aponte – Murray’s Cheese, New York City Nathan Larsen – Kroger, Columbus, OH
Jean Bollinger – Kroger, Cincinnati, OH Stephen Lindley – Murray’s Cheese, New York City
Janice Bonner – Kroger, Nashville, TN Becky Nawrocki – Murray’s Cheese, New York City
Lisa Calkins – Fry’s, Phoenix, AZ Wendy Reichenbach – Ralph’s, Los Angeles, CA
Christine Clark – Murray’s Cheese, New York City Spencer Riggan – Fred Meyer, Bothell, WA
Liam Devlin – QFC, Kirkland, WA Ezekial Rodriguez – King Soopers, Littleton, CO
Zach England – King Soopers, Littleton, CO Patrick Rooney – Dillons, Wichita, KS
Chad Farmer Davis – Kroger, Cincinnati, OH Diane Rudolph – Kroger, Atlanta, GA
Ashley Fisher – Fred Meyer, Bothell, WA Sabrina Simpson – Murray’s Cheese, New York City
Adam Goddu – Murray’s Cheese, New York City Timothy Stauffer – QFC, Kirkland, WA
Denise Graziani – Kroger, Michigan Meghan Stone – Kroger, Cincinnati, OH
Daniel Helm – Kroger, Louisville, KY Greg Trevino – Fred Meyer, Bothell, WA
Seth Johnson – King Soopers, Littleton, CO Douglas Vaughn – Kroger, Cincinnati, OH
Sara Knickerbocker – Dillons, Wichita, KS Marta Zubar – Kroger, Michigan

To learn more about the Certified Cheese Professional® Exam, visit www.certifiedcheeseprofessional.org.

About Murray’s Cheese:
Founded in 1940 in the heart of Greenwich Village, Murray’s Cheese is New York’s most beloved cheese shop. The mission of Murray’s Cheese is to bring the best cheese selection to the United States and to educate customers about cheese. Murray’s flagship stores on Bleecker Street and at Grand Central Terminal offer hundreds of domestic and imported artisan cheeses, along with a large selection of specialty goods. Follow Murray’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MurraysCheese.

About Kroger:
Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,778 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,230 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,400 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

About the American Cheese Society (ACS)
ACS is the leading organization supporting the understanding, appreciation, and promotion of artisan, farmstead, and specialty cheeses produced in the Americas. At nearly 1,700 members strong, ACS provides advocacy, education, business development, and networking opportunities for cheesemakers, retailers, enthusiasts, and extended industry. ACS strives to continually raise the quality and availability of cheese in the Americas.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

American Cheese Society: 20 Kroger associates and 8 Murray’s Cheese associates have been named Certified Cheese Professionals™

CINCINNATI, OH, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) and Murray’s Cheese announced today that 20 Kroger associates and eight Murray’s Cheese associates have been named Certified Cheese Professionals™ by the American Cheese Society.

This breaks both company’s previous records of 13 Kroger associates and four Murray’s Cheese associates who achieved the ultimate in cheese recognition last year. There are now 52 Certified Cheese Professionals in the Kroger and Murray’s family.

This year, all 28 associates have joined the ranks of an elite group of individuals who have passed the Certified Cheese Professional™ Exam. The exam was created by the American Cheese Society to promote the large and comprehensive world of cheeses and encourage food industry professionals to master the knowledge.

“We are not only proud of these distinguished individuals and their professional achievement, but also of the industry’s adoption of the ACS CCP designation as the standard for cheese professionals,” says Nora Weiser, Executive Director of the American Cheese Society. “The entire cheese industry – from cheesemaker to consumer – benefits from the understanding, education, and professionalism of ACS CCPs. They are a testament to the growth, quality, and passion of today’s American cheese scene.”

Passing the American Cheese Society’s CCP exam is no small feat. Before being allowed to sit for the exam, cheese people must have 4,000 hours of work and/or formal education in the cheese-field under their belt.

“When I started on the counter at Murray’s 25 years ago, the job of cheesemonger didn’t formally exist,” said Rob Kaufelt, Murray’s owner and president. “And if it did, it was certainly not at the level of a chef or sommelier. That is, we were not a profession at all back then. Now I’m proud to say that Murray’s, with the help of the ACS and Kroger, is well on its way to establishing a proud, new, traditional line of work in the food industry. We are leading the country toward a new and respected profession with a formal certificate of recognition.”

Through an exclusive partnership with New York City’s Murray’s Cheese, the Kroger family of stores features 210 Murray’s counters in stores from coast-to-coast.  Featuring more than 175 cheeses and specialty goods from all over the world, the Murray’s counters are staffed by associates who have been trained by the Murray’s experts in New York.  For a list of Murray’s in Kroger locations, please visit www.murrayscheese.com/locations.

For more information about ACS CCPs™, please visit www.cheesesociety.org.

Congratulations to our latest CCPs™:

Stephanie Boyd, Kroger (Nashville)
Aaron Bronson, Kroger (Indianapolis)
Glen Christensen, Kroger (Houston)
Susan Cohen, King Soopers (Denver)
Summer Coulter, Murray’s Cheese NYC
Beth Ann Coulton, Murray’s Cheese NYC
Rachel Freier, Murray’s Cheese NYC
Blanche Ghaleb, Kroger (Houston)
Lisa Griffin, Murray’s Cheese NYC
Carol Johnson, Murray’s Cheese NYC
Kathy Kennedy, Kroger (Cincinnati)
Shelley Knowles, QFC (Seattle)
Jessica Kohl, Kroger (Louisville)
Monty Laursen, Fred Meyer (Portland)
Alyssa Lewis, QFC (Seattle)
Deanna Lewis, Kroger (Columbus)
James Mares, Kroger (Michigan)
Miranda McQuillan, Bakers (Omaha)
Caitlin O’Neill, Murray’s Cheese (Portland)
Audrey Patterson, Kroger (Louisville)
Connor Pelcher, Murray’s Cheese NYC
Shawn Pieper, Kroger (Houston)
David Rich, Kroger (Memphis)
Alexi Sandoval, King Soopers (Denver)
Nicole Smock, Ralphs (Los Angeles)
Michael Veach, Kroger (Atlanta)
Jillian Wilber, Murray’s Cheese (Los Angeles)
Melissa Wood, Kroger (Cincinnati)

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs nearly 400,000 associates who serve customers in 2,626 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s.  The company also operates 780 convenience stores, 327 fine jewelry stores, 1,342 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S.  Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and community organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber’s Million Dollar Club.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.