Ralphs Grocery Company keeps its commitment of giving; donated more than $6 million to communities and charitable causes in 2015

Company also Donates 3.4 Million Pounds of Fresh Food to Feeding America Partner Agencies

LOS ANGELES, 2016-Jan-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ralphs Grocery Company believes in giving back to the communities its store serve. In keeping with its commitment of giving, the supermarket company today announced that it contributed more than $6 million to local communities and charitable causes in Southern California, as well as 3.4 million pounds of fresh food to its Feeding America partner agencies.

These donations – which include donations made by Ralphs, the company’s charitable foundation, associates and through in-store fundraising – provided much-needed financial support to thousands of local schools, hunger relief agencies and non-profit organizations in Southern California communities where the company operates stores.

“Ralphs recognizes the importance of investing in the communities where our associates and customers live and work,” said Donna Giordano, president of Ralphs. “Giving back to our communities is an important part of Ralphs culture and social responsibility in Southern California.”Ralphs focuses its charitable giving in five key areas: hunger relief; K-12 education; advancement of women and minorities; women’s health; and grassroots opportunities. Among the charitable programs that Ralphs supported last year:

  • Fundraising for schools and local organizations – Ralphs donated $2.5 million to local schools and charitable organizations through our Community Contribution Program, which provides Ralphs Rewards Cardholders with the opportunity to have a percentage of their purchases donated to the non-profit of their choice.
  • Hunger relief – More than $400,000 and over 3.4 million pounds of fresh product were donated to local Feeding America-affiliated hunger organizations.
  • Breast Cancer Research – More than $240,000 was contributed to local breast cancer awareness programs.
  • Children’s Hospitals – Ralphs supported six children’s hospitals in Southern California.
  • Military Veterans Organizations – Proudly supporting the USO throughout Southern California.
  • Ralphs Volunteers – Ralphs’ charitable efforts were supported by more than 1,000 of its associates, who volunteered more than 2,500 hours to make our communities better.

About Ralphs
Ralphs Grocery Company was founded in 1873 and currently operates 204 supermarkets from its headquarters in Los Angeles. Last year, Ralphs contributed more than $6 million to support education, hunger relief, women’s health and local nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the company’s stores. Ralphs is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the world’s largest retailers, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more about Ralphs, please visit our web site at www.ralphs.com.SOURCE Ralphs Grocery Company

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Ralphs Grocery Company to carry new line of corporate brand products — HemisFares Brand

LOS ANGELES, 2015-10-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ralphs Grocery Company is pleased to announce that its stores will carry a new line of corporate brand products, imported directly from the most food-rich regions of the world.

Ralphs parent company, The Kroger Co, developed the new brand called HemisFares™.  HemisFares is a guided tour of the best-of-the-best tastes the planet has to offer – found exclusively at the Kroger family of stores, including Ralphs stores in Southern California.

Kroger introduced the brand with 27 authentic Italian products currently on shelves in Ralphs stores and plans to add more products and countries soon.

“Just like American barbeque can mean many different flavors: spicy, smoky, more of a vinegar base, Italian food changes considerably as you travel across the country,” said Gil Phipps, Kroger vice president of Corporate Brands. “Imagine landing in Italy and getting an in-depth, guided tour from village to village, experiencing the single best example of the most beloved foods from each region. Our goal with HemisFares is to bring only the best food finds to our customers.”

Kroger is working side-by-side with the best food connoisseurs, some with decades of experience, to identify the most delectable, regional culinary treasures from around the world. Kroger’s Corporate Brands team travels to those regions, diving into what makes each edible treasure and locality unique. Gelato, for example, originated in Sicily. HemisFares Sicilian Gelato is made from grass-fed cows who roam the Sicilian countryside. These cows are milked daily and provide the fresh cream used to make the rich and creamy HemisFares Sicilian Gelato that is sold on Kroger shelves.

The packaging on each product is also unique, as it tells the story of the food find. It takes customers on a journey, explaining precisely where it came from and what makes that product the best-of-the-best. Each HemisFares item has a “find number” on the packaging to direct customers to other similar products in the HemisFares brand that they may enjoy.

Customers can expect additional HemisFares products over the next year, from regions including Spain, Japan and others.

“Whether you’re epi-curious or just like eating and sharing incredibly tasty food, when you see our HemisFares brand, you can trust the product within is the best this planet has to offer – bar none,” said Phipps. “We’re sure customers will enjoy them as much as we enjoy finding them. So, join us on ‘A Journey of Epicurean Proportions.'”

About Ralphs
Ralphs Grocery Company was founded in 1873 and currently operates 209 supermarkets from its headquarters in Los Angeles. Last year, Ralphs contributed more than $6 million to support education, hunger relief, women’s health and local nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the company’s stores. Ralphs is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest food retailers, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more about Ralphs, please visit our web site at www.ralphs.com.

About Kroger
Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs nearly 400,000 associates who serve customers in 2,623 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 781 convenience stores, 327 fine jewelry stores, 1,350 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: Ralphs Grocery Company

Ralphs Grocery Company re-opened its newest remodeled store in Westwood Village

WESTWOOD, Calif., 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ralphs Grocery Company has announced the grand re-opening of its newest remodeled store at 10861 Le Conte in Westwood Village on Friday, September 18. To celebrate, Ralphs is hosting a grand re-opening ribbon cutting on September 18 at 8 a.m. The new store at 10861 Le Conte Avenue is open 24 hours.

The remodeled Westwood Village Ralphs is approximately 93,400 square feet, including an expansion of more than 50,000 square feet to allow for a larger selection of products and services for customers. The store is the largest Ralphs in Southern California and will employ approximately 340 full- and part-time associates, including 150 newly-hired associates from the community.

In addition to providing top-quality grocery selections, the remodeled store provides a unique shopping experience, including:

  • A food court-style restaurant area with cafe seating where shoppers can choose from fresh-made entrees and desserts including made-to-order burgers, handcrafted sandwiches, fresh Italian and Mexican foods, pizza, salads, sushi, desserts and more. There is also a juice bar offering natural and organic smoothies and juices.
  • A sit-down wine and beer bar, called the Cork & Tap, featuring premium wines and local craft beers by the glass.
  • A Murray’s Cheese Shop offering more than 175 types of cheese – including dozens of local varieties — plus a wide selection of specialty items including crackers, dried fruit, and an olive and antipasto bar.
  • An expansive “wellness center,” called Live Naturally, with more than 3,500 natural items from vitamins to body care products.
  • A large natural foods area offering bulk dry goods, gluten-free items and other specialty, dietary-specific items.
  • A 24-hour pharmacy providing prescription services, back-to-school immunizations, adult hepatitis shots and flu shots. Free blood pressure and blood sugar testing are also available.
  • A Starbucks with a seating area and free Wi-Fi.
  • A “Money Shop” offering customers a wide variety of financial services, including money transfers, money orders, payroll and government check-cashing, bill payment, pre-paid debit cards, and pre-paid phones.

“We could not be more excited to celebrate the grand re-opening of our Westwood Ralphs,” said Don Jansen, Westwood store manager. “At Ralphs, we focus on friendly service and fresh products, and it will be my pleasure to show our Westwood shoppers our renovated and expanded store and all it has to offer.”

In keeping with Ralphs’ commitment to the community, the store’s grand re-opening celebration will include the presentation of a $42,000 donation to Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Other special grand opening events include character appearances, product giveaways and samplings, and raffle drawings throughout the weekend

About Ralphs
Ralphs Grocery Company was founded in 1873 and currently operates 209 supermarkets from its headquarters in Los Angeles. Last year, Ralphs contributed more than $6 million to support education, hunger relief, women’s health and local nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the company’s stores. Ralphs is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest food retailers, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more about Ralphs, please visit our web site at www.ralphs.com.

SOURCE Ralphs Grocery Company