Kroger: Ralphs now offers home delivery service in Southern California through partnership with Instacart

CINCINNATI, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ralphs Grocery Company, a division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), today (Nov. 7, 2017) announced it is offering home delivery in select locations in Southern California through a partnership with Instacart, the technology-driven, nationwide on-demand retail delivery service.

This pilot in Southern California supports two key drivers of the company’s Restock Kroger Plan: Expand Partnerships to Create Customer Value and Redefine the Food and Grocery Customer Experience.

“Kroger’s success has always depended on our ability to evolve with our customers. Offering home delivery powered by Instacart in Southern California is another way we are accelerating our digital and ecommerce efforts to create new and highly-relevant customer experiences,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Restock Kroger builds on our strengths, including our incredibly convenient locations and platforms for pickup and delivery within one-to-two miles of our customers.”

“The Kroger Co. is leading the way in ecommerce grocery adoption, enabling consumers across the country to have access to fresh, quality food at the push of a button,” said Apoorva Mehta, CEO of Instacart. “I’m proud that by partnering with Kroger, Instacart is solving the last frontier for the customer.”

For the past several years, Kroger has been actively experimenting with numerous digital and ecommerce models, and applying its data and customer insights expertise through 84.51°, with a focus on delivering a differentiated and personalized experience to its customers. Today across the country Kroger offers home delivery from nearly 200 store locations in partnership with service providers including Shipt, deliv, Roadie, Uber, and others. This is in addition to the company’s ClickList and Harris Teeter ExpressLane locations – Kroger’s personalized, order-online service – now available to customers in more than 900 stores. This service will be available in more than 1,000 locations by the end of the year. In Kroger’s third quarter, reported on September 8, 2017, digital revenue was up 126%, driven by ClickList sales.

The company plans to pilot Ralphs delivery Powered by Instacart in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, Thousand Oaks and Beach communities by the end of November.

About Kroger
At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are 450,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers daily in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our 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. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

About Instacart
Instacart helps people cross grocery shopping off their to-do lists with just a few clicks. Customers use the Instacart website or app to fill their virtual shopping cart with items from their favorite, local stores and Instacart connects them with shoppers who hand pick the items and deliver them straight to their door. Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Instacart has quickly scaled to over 150 markets nationwide and partnered with retailers across the United States, including popular national chains as well as local, regional grocers. By combining a personal touch with cutting-edge technology, Instacart offers customers a simple solution to save time and eat fresh food from the most trusted grocery brands. Instacart is the only grocery service that can meet today’s on-demand lifestyle by delivering in as little as one hour. First delivery is free at www.instacart.com.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger: Mike Donnelly Named Executive VP and COO; Fred Morganthall retires

  • EVP of Retail Operations Fred Morganthall to Retire;
  • EVP of Merchandising Mike Donnelly Named EVP and COO

CINCINNATI, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced its executive leadership team to support the company’s Restock Kroger Plan.

“Kroger is fortunate to have a leadership team that combines deep experience with creative new talent as we strategically reposition the company through our Restock Kroger Plan,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO.

Fred Morganthall, Kroger’s executive vice president of retail operations, will retire after 31 years of distinguished service, effective November 30. Mike Donnelly, currently Kroger’s executive vice president of merchandising, will assume responsibility for both operations and merchandising as executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective November 1.

Kroger’s key lines of business continue to be led by three executive vice presidents who are driving execution of Restock Kroger: Mr. Donnelly, Mike Schlotman, who serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer, and Chris Hjelm, who serves as executive vice president and chief information officer.

Fred Morganthall to Retire after 31 Years of Service
Mr. Morganthall will retire from the company after 31 years of service, and 44 years in the food industry.

“There are few people in our industry as widely respected as Fred,” said Mr. McMullen. “He worked tirelessly to establish the Harris Teeter brand and, after our merger, to help position Kroger for future success. We’ve all benefited from Fred’s passion for grocery retail and operational excellence. We are grateful for Fred’s distinguished service and many contributions to Kroger and Harris Teeter, and we wish him and his family all the best.”

Mr. Morganthall’s professional life began at Procter & Gamble in 1973. His career in grocery retail began in 1978 at Spartan Stores in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he was responsible for grocery, frozen and dairy purchasing as well as general merchandise and beauty care. In 1986, he joined Harris Teeter as director of grocery merchandising. With Harris Teeter, Mr. Morganthall served in a number of executive management positions, including vice president of merchandising, vice president of distribution and vice president of operations before being named president in 1997. Under his leadership, Harris Teeter grew and firmly established its identity as a retailer that provides exceptional customer service and in-store experience.

After the 2013 merger of Kroger and Harris Teeter, Mr. Morganthall was named Kroger’s senior vice president in June 2015. He was promoted to his current role, executive vice president of retail operations, in September 2015.

Mr. Morganthall has been an active leader in industry organizations, including serving as chair of the Food Marketing Institute. In 2016, FMI honored him with its most prestigious leadership recognition, the Sidney R. Rabb Award.

Mr. Morganthall and his wife, Judy, plan to spend time with family, especially grandchildren, and look forward to traveling together.

Mike Donnelly Named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Donnelly, Kroger’s executive vice president of merchandising, will assume responsibility for the company’s operations and merchandising as EVP and COO, effective November 1.

“Mike and his team will help us redefine the food and grocery experience for customers and drive sales,” said Mr. McMullen. “By bringing merchandising and operations together under Mike’s leadership, we will build synergies between our teams and accelerate our efforts to establish a truly seamless customer experience.”

Mr. Donnelly began his career at Fry’s Food Stores in California in 1978. He advanced to several leadership positions at Fry’s, including district management. He was named vice president of merchandising for Fry’s in 1995 and promoted to president of the Fry’s division in 2000. He has served as Kroger’s senior vice president of drug/GM, president of the company’s Ralphs division, and senior vice president of merchandising before being promoted to his current position in 2015.

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritTMWe are 450,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers daily in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our 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. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

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Kroger Central division President Katie Wolfram to retire; Pam Matthews to succeed

CINCINNATI, 2017-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (Oct. 17, 2017) announced the retirement of Central division President Katie Wolfram and the promotion of Pam Matthews, currently the QFC division president, to succeed her. Suzy Monford will join the company to serve as the president of the QFC division.

“We are grateful for Katie’s nearly 40 years of dedicated service to our associates and customers, and we are excited to have Pam and Suzy take on these indispensable leadership roles in our company,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Both leaders bring successful and distinguished retail experience to the roles and will help with the execution of the Restock Kroger Plan that will bring valuable changes to our customers, associates, communities and shareholders.”

Katie Wolfram to Retire after 38 Years of Service 
Ms. Wolfram will retire from the company after 38 years of distinguished service, effective November 4.

“Katie has accomplished much in her career with Kroger and has always been passionate about creating an inclusive and diverse work culture,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “She has been a valued leadership partner across the company and Central division. We truly appreciate the many contributions Katie has made to Kroger, and we wish her and her family the best in retirement.”

Ms. Wolfram was named to her current role in 2016 and has been spearheading an aggressive growth strategy in the Central division since joining the region as the vice president of merchandising in 2014. In the last two years, the company has invested nearly $329 million in the central Indiana market, adding five new Marketplace stores and 12 new gas stations, remodeling and/or expanding 14 existing stores, building a regional training center and adding more than 1,400 new jobs to the region. The Central Division operates 138 stores with more than 19,500 associates.

Ms. Wolfram began her career with Kroger in 1979 as an assistant store manager in the Cincinnati-Dayton division. She went on to serve in several leadership positions at Kroger’s corporate office in Cincinnati and with Kroger’s Manufacturing division. In 2005, she moved to Denver to join the King Soopers division as vice president of merchandising, before joining the Central division in 2014 to serve in the same role.

Ms. Wolfram was a leader for the first Cultural Council, a team development and culture-building group, started at the corporate office, and she started the Reach Higher initiative in Kroger Manufacturing. Additionally, Ms. Wolfram represented Kroger as a leader in the Network of Executive Women, Denver.

In retirement, she plans to move back to Denver to be near her daughter and grandson.

Pam Matthews Promoted to President of Central Division 
Ms. Matthews, currently president of the QFC division, succeeds Ms. Wolfram as president of Kroger’s Central division, effective October 23.

Ms. Matthews started with the company in 1980 in the Fred Meyer division. She has held a variety of leadership roles in her 25-year career with Fred Meyer, including store management, training, corporate brand development, and merchandising for deli-bakery, drug-general merchandise and grocery. Ms. Matthews also served as director of deli-bakery merchandising and director of floral merchandising and procurement at Kroger’s corporate office in Cincinnati before being promoted to vice president of merchandising for the Central division in 2006. She moved to the Delta division as vice president of merchandising in 2014 and was named vice president of operations in 2015. She was named president of the QFC division in 2016.

Suzy Monford Named President of QFC Division 
Ms. Monford joins the company to succeed Ms. Matthews as president of QFC, effective October 23. Ms. Monford is the former CEO of Andronico’s Community Markets, a Bay Area chain acquired by Albertsons in early 2017.

Prior to Andronico’s, Ms. Monford was the head of innovation for Woolworths Supermarkets in Australia, after spending 10 years as an executive for H-E-B Central Market and H-E-B Grocery Company in Texas.

Passionate about creating healthy communities, Ms. Monford is an internationally-certified group exercise instructor and health coach. She’s been recognized as a Top Woman in Retail Tech by Retail Info Systems (RIS), Top Woman in Grocery by Progressive Grocer and a Top 25 Technological Disruptor by Supermarket News.

She will be based at the division office in Seattle and oversee QFC’s 65 stores in Washington and Oregon.

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are 450,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers daily in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our 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. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger launches new initiative to end hunger and eliminate waste

Kroger launches new initiative to end hunger and eliminate waste

 

“Moonshot” Initiative Aims to End Hunger in Communities and Eliminate Waste in the Company by 2025

CINCINNATI, 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (Sept. 19, 2017) announced a new, national effort aimed at ending hunger in the communities Kroger calls home and eliminating waste across the company by 2025.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8164551-kroger-zero-hunger-zero-waste/

“No family in a community we serve should ever go hungry, and no food in a store we operate should ever go to waste,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO.

Across the United States, 42 million Americans struggle with hunger. At the same time, an estimated 72 billion pounds of food ends up in a landfill every year.

“More than 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. each year goes unconsumed, while one in eight people struggle with hunger. That just doesn’t make sense,” Mr. McMullen said. “As America’s grocer and one of the largest retailers in the world, we are committing to doing something about it.”

Kroger’s visionary Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan includes the bold commitments outlined below, in keeping with the company’s Purpose to Feed the Human Spirit™.

Kroger is also crowdsourcing for solutions, asking communities, partners and other stakeholders to help provide ideas, feedback and best practices as the effort evolves.

“We don’t – and we won’t – have all the answers,” said Jessica Adelman, Kroger’s group vice president of corporate affairs.  “While we are clear about our vision, we are flexible about how to get there. We are working closely with both Feeding America and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), our longstanding partners, to develop transparent metrics to track our progress.”

“And we are inviting everyone who is passionate about feeding people and protecting the planet to join us in our mission to end hunger in our communities and eliminate waste across our company by 2025,” Ms. Adelman added.

“Hunger exists in every county and affects every demographic group in this country,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America®. “If we are to succeed in creating a hunger-free America, it will take the combined efforts of a variety of groups – policymakers, nonprofits, individuals and corporations – working together with the 200 network member food banks. Kroger is stepping up to the challenge and we look forward to working with them on their Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan.”

“The production and consumption of food has the largest environmental footprint of any human activity. By wasting less food, we can reduce the environmental impact of food production while also conserving biodiversity and wildlife habitat,” said Sheila Bonini, Senior Vice President, Private Sector Engagement, WWF. “Kroger’s zero waste commitment sets a new standard for food waste reduction goals and will have a ripple effect across their supply chain and industry.”

Zero Hunger | Zero Waste: A Plan to End Hunger In Kroger Communities 
and Eliminate Waste In The Kroger Co.

  • Establish a $10 million innovation fund within The Kroger Co. Foundation to address hunger, food waste and the paradoxical relationship between the two.
  • Accelerate food donations to provide three billion meals by 2025 to feed people facing hunger in the places Kroger calls home. In partnership with its customers, associates and other partners, Kroger has donated one billion meals via combined food and funds donations since 2013.
  • Donate not just more food, more balanced meals via Kroger’s industry-leading fresh food donations program. Kroger has been feeding people facing hunger since the company’s inception in 1883, and as a founding partner of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, Kroger has longstanding partners with food banks across the country. Today, Kroger store associates are empowered to identify meat, produce, dairy and bakery items for donation that remain safe, fresh and nutritious. Last year, Kroger donated the equivalent of 46 million fresh meals to local food banks in addition to dry goods and shelf-stable groceries.
  • Advocate for public policy solutions to address hunger and to shorten the line at food banks, lobbying for continued funding of federal hunger relief programs, and for public policies that help communities prevent and divert waste from landfills, including recycling, composting and sustainability programs that can be scaled for maximum impact.
  • Achieve all Zero Waste 2020 goals outlined in the annual Kroger sustainability report.
  • Eliminate food waste by 2025 through prevention, donation and diversion efforts in all stores and across Kroger. Develop transparent reporting on food loss and waste.
  • Join forces with both new and longstanding partners to identify opportunities, leverage data, and determine where by working together Kroger can help the most.
  • Transform communities and improve the health of millions of Americans by 2025 by making balanced meals more readily available, sharing scalable food waste solutions with other retailers, restaurants and local governments, and working within Kroger’s supply chain to reduce farm-to-fork food loss.

“Zero Hunger | Zero Waste is a vision for the America we want to help create with our associates, customers and stakeholders,” Mr. McMullen said. “This is our moonshot.'”

“We recognize we have a lot of work to do,” he added. “But we know when Kroger’s more than 443,000 associates put their passion to work to make something happen, we can uplift our communities, the planet and each other.”

Follow our journey and join the conversation at thekrogerco.com and #ZeroHungerZeroWaste.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About WWF
WWF is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, working in 100 countries for over half a century. With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt the degradation of the environment, and combat climate change. Producing enough food while limiting our impact on the environment is one of the biggest challenges of our time, and WWF is working to drive sustainable food systems to conserve nature and feed humanity. Visit www.worldwildlife.org to learn more and follow our news conversations on Twitter @World_Wildlife.

About Kroger
At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed The Human Spirit™.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

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Kroger names Liz Ferneding to Ruler division president

CINCINNATI, 2017-Jul-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today (July 12, 2017) the appointment of Liz Ferneding to Ruler division president, effective July 31. Ms. Ferneding succeeds Paul Bowen, who retired in May.

Ms. Ferneding is a graduate of the Farmer School of Business at Miami University and joins Kroger from ALDI, where she has served in a variety of leadership roles for the last 11 years, including an international assignment in Australia. Upon her return to the U.S., Ms. Ferneding was promoted to marketing director and then earlier this year, she was promoted to director of corporate buying.

“Liz’s extensive grocery retail experience in procurement, marketing, advertising, management and operations will be an asset to our Ruler associates, customers and community,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “We have a lot of respect for the Ruler format and the customer it serves. Liz’s talent and insights will help us sharpen our value-centric, small-format store.”

The Ruler division is headquartered in Seymour, Indiana, with 48 stores operating in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee. Ruler stores, which average 19,000 square feet, offer low prices and an expansive selection of Our Brands foods. Ruler will open two new stores later this year.

“I’m excited to join the Ruler team to help further develop the format, grow the brand and enhance customer engagement,” said Ms. Ferneding. “I have admired the Kroger Co. both as a consumer and a competitor and have looked to the company throughout my tenure in the industry as a benchmark in grocery retail.”

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritSM. We are 443,000 associates who serve eight and a half million customers every day in 2,792 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,255 pharmacies, 782 convenience stores, 311 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,453 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been 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. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Round table.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger: Jay C and Ruler President Paul Bowen to retire

CINCINNATI, 2017-May-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today (May 23, 2017 ) the retirement of Jay C and Ruler division President Paul Bowen after 46 years of dedicated service, effective June 21. His successor will be named at a later date.

Mr. Bowen began his career with Jay C in 1971 as a produce department manager before taking a military leave of absence to serve in the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1976. He returned to Jay C in 1976 and advanced to hold a number of leadership positions.  In 1988, Mr. Bowen was promoted to director of training and development for the division. He was instrumental in leading Jay C’s merger with Kroger in 1999, spending two years as the transition project leader. In 2001, Mr. Bowen was named vice president of operations before being promoted to senior vice president in 2002. Mr. Bowen has held his current role since 2003, where he oversees 71 Jay C and Ruler stores operating in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee.

“For more than four decades, Paul’s leadership, vision and passion has helped Jay C and Ruler create customer-first shopping environments that have shaped the way we do business across our business,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “I salute Paul for his years of service to our associates and customers as both a leader and veteran. The entire Kroger family wishes Paul and his family all the best in retirement.”

Mr. Bowen and his wife, Margaret, look forward to traveling to new places and spending time with their two grandchildren.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 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 our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 1,445 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.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger SVP of retail divisions Sukanya Madlinger to retire; Calvin Kaufman to succeed

CINCINNATI, 2017-May-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced the retirement of Sukanya Madlinger, senior vice president of retail divisions, and the promotion of Calvin Kaufman to succeed her. Mr. Kaufman currently serves as president of Kroger’s Louisville division.

Kroger today (May 16, 2017) also announced the promotion of Ann Reed to serve as president of Kroger’s Louisville division. Ms. Reed currently serves as vice president, Customer 1st Promise at the company’s general office. She succeeds Calvin Kaufman.

Sukanya Madlinger to Retire after 31 years of Service

Sukanya Madlinger will retire from the company after 31 years of service, effective June 19.

“Throughout her accomplished career, Sukanya has exemplified true leadership,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Sukanya’s focus on developing future talent and fostering strong partnerships helped build a deep bench of leaders to sustain Kroger’s future growth. The entire Kroger family wishes her and her family the best in retirement.”

Ms. Madlinger joined Kroger in 1986 as a store management trainee in the Cincinnati/Dayton division and has held a variety of leadership positions in stores and merchandising throughout her tenure. In 2003, she was named vice president of drug/general merchandise/pharmacy merchandising and procurement for Kroger’s corporate office in Cincinnati. Ms. Madlinger returned to the Cincinnati/Dayton division in 2008 as vice president of merchandising, and was promoted to lead the division as president in 2010. She was promoted to her current role as senior vice president of retail stores in 2015.

Calvin Kaufman Promoted to Senior Vice President

Kroger promoted Calvin Kaufman to serve as senior vice president of retail stores.

“Calvin is an unwavering advocate for improving the customer and associate experience in ways that will accelerate growth and create shareholder value,” said Mr. McMullen. “His passion for strengthening our corporate culture and clarifying our company purpose makes him a natural fit for our leadership team.”

Mr. Kaufman joined Kroger in 1994 in the Fred Meyer Logistics group in Portland, Ore. He served Fred Meyer in several different logistics roles, including group vice president of Fred Meyer Logistics. Mr. Kaufman went on to serve in several leadership roles with Kroger’s logistics team before being named president of Kroger Manufacturing and Corporate Brands in 2008. He was named to his current role as president of the Louisville Division in 2013.

Mr. Kaufman has previously represented Kroger on the boards of the International Dairy Foods Association, American Baker’s Association, and the Kentucky Retail Federation.

He and his family will be relocating to the Cincinnati area.

Ann Reed Promoted to President of the Louisville Division

Kroger promoted Ann Reed to serve as president of the company’s Louisville division.

Kroger’s Louisville division is based in Louisville, KY and operates stores across Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

“Ann has shown tremendous leadership in driving our Customer 1st Promise and company purpose into our business strategy,” said Mr. McMullen. “Ann brings to our Louisville division team her dedication to and deep understanding of our customers, associates and communities.”

Ms. Reed began her career with Kroger as a co-manager in the company’s Central division in 1993. She has served in a number of leadership positions in divisions and at Kroger’s general office, including store manager, category manager, deli/bakery merchandiser, director of deli/bakery and director of fresh ready meals. Ms. Reed was promoted to vice president of merchandising at Fry’s in 2010, followed by vice president of merchandising at Fred Meyer in 2013. She was named to her current position in 2015.

Ms. Reed and her family will be relocating to the Louisville area.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 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 our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,445 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.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger declares quarterly dividend of 12¢ per share and announces incremental $500 million share repurchase program

CINCINNATI, 2017-Mar-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co.’s (NYSE: KR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 12¢ per share to be paid on June 1, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 15, 2017.

Kroger today (3/9/2017 ) also announced an incremental $500 million share repurchase program, supplementing the current authorization, which has approximately $120 million remaining as of March 8, 2017.

“Kroger’s share repurchase authorization reflects our Board of Directors’ confidence in our long-term strategy and our ability to generate value for shareholders,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “We remain committed to delivering value to shareholders. Over the last four quarters, the company has returned more than $2.2 billion to shareholders through share buybacks and dividends combined.”

Kroger has delivered double-digit compound growth in its dividend since it was reinstated in 2006. The company expects, subject to board approval, to have an increasing dividend over time.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 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 our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 1,445 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.

This press release contains a forward-looking statement, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, about the future performance of the company. This statement is based on management’s assumptions and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it. Such statement is indicated by the word “expect.”  Our ability to continue to increase our dividend over time, will be affected by our inability to generate free cash flow at the levels anticipated and our failure to generate expected operating results.   This forward-looking statement is subject to uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially. We assume no obligation to update the information contained herein. Please refer to Kroger’s reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

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Kroger Reports Market Share Gains for the 12th Consecutive Year

  • Q4 EPS of $0.53 and Full Year 2016 EPS of $2.05 (Adjusted EPS of $2.12)
  • Q4 ID Sales Without Fuel -0.7% and 2016 ID Sales Without Fuel 1.0%
  • 2017 Net Earnings Per Diluted Share Growth Guidance of $2.21 to $2.25, Including a 53rd Week

CINCINNATI, 2017-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ —

Fiscal 2016 Highlights

  • 12th consecutive year of market share gains
  • Added more than 420 ClickList locations for 640 online ordering service locations
  • Record high unit share for Corporate Brands
  • Created 12,000 new supermarket jobs in 2016

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (March 2, 2017) reported net earnings of $0.53 per diluted share and identical supermarket sales, without fuel, of -0.7% in the fourth quarter of 2016, which ended on January 28, 2017.

Fiscal 2016 net earnings were $2.05 per diluted share and identical supermarket sales growth, without fuel, was 1.0%.  The company’s fiscal year net earnings per diluted share included charges related to the restructuring of certain multi-employer pension obligations to help stabilize associates’ future benefits.  Excluding the effect of these charges, Kroger’s fiscal year adjusted net earnings per diluted share were $2.12.

Comments from Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen

“True to our history, we will continue making proactive investments in our Customer 1st Strategy to maintain our strong competitive position. We are lowering costs to invest those savings in our people, our business, and technology. This approach will enable us to deliver on our long-term net earnings per diluted share growth rate target of 8 – 11%, plus an increasing dividend, as it has in the past.

“In 2016, Kroger grew market share, increased tonnage, and hired more than 12,000 new store associates. For 2017 and beyond, we will continue delivering for our customers while also setting the company up for our next phase of growth and customer-first innovation.”

Details of Fourth Quarter 2016 Results

Net earnings for the fourth quarter totaled $506 million, or $0.53 per diluted share. Net earnings in the same period last year were $559 million, or $0.57 per diluted share.

Total sales increased 5.5% to $27.6 billion in the fourth quarter compared to $26.2 billion for the same period last year. Total sales, excluding fuel, increased 4.4% in the fourth quarter over the same period last year. Recent mergers with Roundy’s and ModernHEALTH contributed to this growth.

Gross margin was 22.2% of sales for the fourth quarter. Excluding fuel, recent mergers and the LIFO charge, gross margin decreased 22 basis points from the same period last year.

Kroger recorded a LIFO charge of $0.2 million in the fourth quarter, compared to a $30 million LIFO credit in the same quarter last year.

Operating, General & Administrative costs as a rate of sales – excluding fuel, recent mergers, and a $30 million contribution to the UFCW Consolidated Pension Plan in the fourth quarter of 2015 – declined by 11 basis points; rent and depreciation with the same exclusions increased by 24 basis points.

Fiscal 2016 Results

Net earnings for 2016 totaled $1.98 billion, or $2.05 per diluted share.  Excluding the restructuring of certain multi-employer pension obligations, adjusted net earnings totaled $2.05 billion, or $2.12 per diluted share.  Net earnings in 2015 were $2.04 billion, or $2.06 per diluted share.

Total sales increased 5.0% to $115.3 billion in 2016 compared to $109.8 billion in 2015.  Excluding fuel, total sales increased 6.7% in 2016 compared to 2015. The company’s mergers with Roundy’s and ModernHEALTH contributed to this growth.

Gross margin was 22.4% of sales in 2016.  Excluding fuel, recent mergers and the LIFO charge, gross margin decreased 7 basis points compared to 2015.

Kroger’s LIFO charge for 2016 was $19 million, compared to a $28 million LIFO charge in 2015.

Operating, General & Administrative costs as a percent of sales – excluding fuel, recent mergers, the 2016 restructuring of certain multi-employer pension obligations, and the 2015 contributions to the UFCW Consolidated Pension Plan – declined 5 basis points; rent and depreciation with the same exclusions increased by 12 basis points in 2016.

FIFO operating margin for 2016 decreased 14 basis points compared to the prior year, with the following exclusions: fuel, recent mergers, the 2016 restructuring of certain multi-employer pension obligations and the 2015 contributions to the UFCW Consolidated Pension Plan.

Financial Strategy

Kroger’s long-term financial strategy is to use its financial flexibility to drive growth while also returning capital to shareholders.

The company’s net total debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio increased to 2.31, compared to 2.08 during the same period last year (see Table 5). This result is due to the merger with ModernHEALTH and changes in working capital.

In 2016, Kroger used cash to:

  • Repurchase $1.8 billion in common shares,
  • Pay $429 million in dividends,
  • Invest $3.6 billion in capital, and
  • Merge with ModernHEALTH for approximately $390 million.

Capital investments, excluding mergers, acquisitions and purchases of leased facilities, totaled $3.6 billion for the year, compared to $3.3 billion in 2015.

Return on invested capital for 2016 was 13.09%. This result was affected by current year results and recently-merged companies.

2017 Guidance

Kroger anticipates identical supermarket sales, excluding fuel, to range from flat to 1% growth for 2017.

The company expects net earnings to range from $2.21 to $2.25 per diluted share, including an estimated $.09 for the 53rd week.

Kroger expects the operating environment in the first half of 2017 to be similar to the second half of 2016. The company’s results in the second half of 2017 are expected to show improvement as the company cycles the previous year.

The company expects capital investments, excluding mergers, acquisitions and purchases of leased facilities, to be in the $3.2 to $3.5 billion range for 2017.

Over the long term, Kroger is committed to achieving a net earnings per diluted share growth rate of 8 – 11%, plus a growing dividend.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 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 our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 1,445 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.

Note: Fuel sales have historically had a low gross margin rate and operating expense rate as compared to corresponding rates on non-fuel sales. As a result Kroger discusses the changes in these rates excluding the effect of fuel.

Note: Kroger discusses the changes in operating results, as a percentage of sales, excluding recent mergers due to them affecting comparability to last year.

Please refer to the supplemental information presented in the tables for reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release to the most comparable GAAP financial measure and related disclosure.

This press release contains certain statements that constitute “forward-looking statements” about the future performance of the company. These statements are based on management’s assumptions and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it. These statements are indicated by words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “guidance,” “committed,” “goal,” “target,” “will,” and “continue.” Various uncertainties and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. These include the specific risk factors identified in “Risk Factors” and “Outlook” in Kroger’s annual report on Form 10-K for the last fiscal year and any subsequent filings, as well as the following:

  • Kroger’s ability to achieve sales, earnings and cash flow goals may be affected by: labor negotiations or disputes; changes in the types and numbers of businesses that compete with Kroger; pricing and promotional activities of existing and new competitors, including non-traditional competitors, and the aggressiveness of that competition; Kroger’s response to these actions; the state of the economy, including interest rates, the inflationary and deflationary trends in certain commodities, and the unemployment rate; the effect that fuel costs have on consumer spending; volatility of fuel margins; changes in government-funded benefit programs; manufacturing commodity costs; diesel fuel costs related to Kroger’s logistics operations; trends in consumer spending; the extent to which Kroger’s customers exercise caution in their purchasing in response to economic conditions; the inconsistent pace of the economic recovery; changes in inflation or deflation in product and operating costs; stock repurchases; Kroger’s ability to retain pharmacy sales from third party payors; consolidation in the healthcare industry, including pharmacy benefit managers; Kroger’s ability to negotiate modifications to multi-employer pension plans; natural disasters or adverse weather conditions; the potential costs and risks associated with potential cyber-attacks or data security breaches; the success of Kroger’s future growth plans; and the successful integration of Harris Teeter and Roundy’s.  Kroger’s ability to achieve sales and earnings goals may also be affected by Kroger’s ability to manage the factors identified above. Kroger’s ability to execute its financial strategy may be affected by its ability to generate cash flow.

Kroger assumes no obligation to update the information contained herein. Please refer to Kroger’s reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties.

Note: Kroger’s quarterly conference call with investors will be broadcast live online at 10 a.m. (ET) on March 2, 2017 at ir.kroger.com. An on-demand replay of the webcast will be available at approximately 1 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, March 2, 2017.

4th Quarter and Fiscal Year 2016 Tables Include:

  1. Consolidated Statements of Operations
  2. Consolidated Balance Sheets
  3. Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
  4. Supplemental Sales Information
  5. Reconciliation of Net Total Debt and Net Earnings Attributable to The Kroger Co. to Adjusted EBITDA
  6. Net Earnings Per Diluted Share Excluding the Adjustment Items
  7. Return on Invested Capital

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New York’s most iconic cheese shop purchased by The Kroger Co.

CINCINNATI and NEW YORK, 2017-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today  (Feb. 7, 2017) announced it has purchased the equity of Murray’s Cheese, as well as its flagship location on Bleecker Street in New York City, to form a merger of the two companies.

“For cheese lovers and connoisseurs, it doesn’t get more authentic than Murray’s,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Our customers are excited to buy the unique offerings of Murray’s Cheese right in our stores, and we’re excited to ensure this iconic cheese shop will remain a part of the Kroger family for many years to come.”

New York’s most iconic cheese shop, opened in 1940, Murray’s has been delivering the finest selection of cheese, meat and specialty food items to New Yorkers, chefs and cheese lovers nationwide through a robust online business. Since the two companies formed a unique partnership in 2008, Murray’s has offered the same fine foods and cheese expertise to the Kroger family of stores.

“When the Kroger and Murray’s relationship started in 2008, we wanted to figure out how to bring the finest cheese and charcuterie to more people,” said Daniel Hammer, Kroger’s vice president of culinary development and deli/bakery merchandising. “Today, we have more than 350 Murray’s Cheese shops in Kroger locations from coast to coast – and that is thanks to the incredible passion and commitment of the team at Murray’s to empower associates to share their love of cheese with customers. We look forward to learning from the very talented team at Murray’s and working together to grow the business and build the iconic Murray’s brand.”

Murray’s former owner and president, Rob Kaufelt, will remain affiliated with the business as a strategic adviser. Nick Tranchina will continue to lead the Murray’s Cheese team in New York and will report to Daniel Hammer at Kroger.

“Rob’s dedication to his craft has placed Murray’s on the map among the culinary elite while also making specialty cheese more accessible to mainstream consumers,” said Mr. McMullen. “We look forward to Rob’s continued influence on the business, helping to tell the Murray’s Cheese story and building its brand.”

“It has been my honor and privilege to work with so many tremendous, talented people over the course of my 45-year career in food retail, especially the last 25 years at Murray’s here in New York City,” said Mr. Kaufelt.  “When I set out on this journey, my goal was simply to run the best cheese shop in Greenwich Village. I’m proud that we’ve been able to maintain the spirit and service of a mom-and-pop neighborhood shop amidst our growth into the national market. I am pleased to pass the torch to our able staff, who will carry Murray’s into the future.”

Murray’s Cheese shops in Kroger stores replicate the same experience customers enjoy at its Greenwich Village flagship store. Each shop carries hundreds of cheeses, charcuterie, olives, crackers and specialty food items from all over the world. Murray’s is deeply involved with product selection, staff training & development, merchandising and promotions.

Other highlights of the special partnership between Murray’s Cheese and Kroger include:

  • In December 2016, Kroger and Murray’s Cheese opened their 350th store location in Bloomington, IN. At the time, Mr. Kaufelt said: “This is an exciting milestone for Murray’s and the specialty cheese industry. In 2008, we pioneered a store-within-a-store concept at a handful of Kroger stores. Between 2008 and 2012, we opened 38 stores, and in 2016 we opened nearly 100. This partnership has exceeded our wildest expectations.”
  • Murray’s staff has trained thousands of Cheese Mongers and Certified Cheese Professionals through its relationship with Kroger. Between the two companies, the American Cheese Society named as Certified Cheese Professionals 29 team members in 2016, 20 in 2015, and 13 in 2014.

Financial terms of the merger were not disclosed.

About Murray’s Cheese:
Since its founding in 1940, 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 Bleecker Street and Grand Central Terminal flagship stores offer hundreds of domestic and imported artisan cheeses, along with a large selection of charcuterie and specialty goods. Follow Murray’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MurraysCheese. For a list of locations, visit murrayscheese.com/locations.

About Kroger:
Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 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 2,253 pharmacies, 787 convenience stores, 324 fine jewelry stores, 1,439 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.

Media Contact:
Keith Dailey
Director, Media Relations/Corporate Communications
Office: 513-762-1304
Cell: 513-257-4955
Email: keith.dailey@kroger.com

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger announces election of Mark S. Sutton to its Board of Directors

CINCINNATI, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (Jan. 12, 2017) announced that Mark S. Sutton has been elected to the Company’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Sutton is chairman and chief executive officer of International Paper, a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as president and chief operating officer with responsibility for running the company’s global business. Mr. Sutton joined International Paper in 1984 as an electrical engineer. He held roles of increasing responsibility throughout his career, including mill manager, vice president of corrugated packaging operations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, vice president of corporate strategic planning, and senior vice president of several business units, including global supply chain, before being named CEO in 2014.

“We are delighted to welcome Mark to Kroger,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Mark’s deep experience in an end-to-end business and global perspective make him a valued addition to Kroger’s Board of Directors.”

Mr. Sutton is a member of The Business Council and the Business Roundtable. He serves on the boards of the American Forest & Paper Association and the International Advisory Board of the Moscow School of Management – Skolkovo. He also serves on the boards of Memphis Tomorrow and the New Memphis Institute.

Mr. Sutton is elected to serve until Kroger’s annual meeting of shareholders in June 2017. At that time, he will stand for election by the shareholders.

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 2,796 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 2,253 pharmacies, 787 convenience stores, 324 fine jewelry stores, 1,439 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.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger to hold its investor conference on November 2, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio

CINCINNATI, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) will host an investor conference on November 2, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The following Kroger executives will address investors: 

  • Rodney McMullen, chairman and chief executive officer
  • Mike Schlotman, executive vice president and chief financial officer
  • Mike Donnelley, executive vice president of merchandising
  • Fred Morganthall, executive vice president of retail operations
  • Stuart Aitken, group vice president and CEO of  84.51°
  • Mary Ellen Adcock, group vice president of retail operations
  • Jessica Adelman, group vice president of corporate affairs

A webcast, including slide presentations, will be broadcast live online November 2 from 8:00 a.m. (ET) to approximately 11:45 a.m. (ET) at ir.kroger.com.  Click on “Events, Presentations and Webcasts”  to access the event.

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 2,781 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 2,240 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,423 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.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger declares quarterly dividend of 12¢ per share

CINCINNATI, 2016-Sep-16 — /EPR Retail News/ —  The Kroger Co.’s (NYSE: KR) Board of Directors today (Sept. 15, 2016) declared a quarterly dividend of 12¢ per share to be paid on December 1, 2016, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 15, 2016.

Kroger today also announced an incremental $500 million share repurchase program, supplementing the current authorization, which has $392 million remaining as of September 14, 2016.

“Kroger’s share repurchase authorization reflects our Board of Directors’ confidence in our Customer 1st Strategy and our ability to create value for shareholders,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “We are committed to delivering long-term growth investors can count on.”

In June, Kroger’s Board raised the quarterly dividend by 14 percent. Kroger has delivered double-digit compound growth in its dividend since it was reinstated in 2006. The company continues to expect an increasing dividend over time.

Over the last four quarters, the company has returned more than $1.5 billion to shareholders through share buybacks and dividends combined.

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 2,781 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 2,240 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,423 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.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, about the future performance of the company. These statements are based on management’s assumptions and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it. Such statements are indicated by the words “expect” and “continues.”  Our ability to continue to repurchase shares, fund dividends, and increase our dividend over time will be affected by our ability to generate free cash flow at the levels anticipated and our ability to generate expected operating results. These forward-looking statements are subject to uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially. We assume no obligation to update the information contained herein. Please refer to Kroger’s reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger announces management changes in Ralphs

CINCINNATI, 2016-Jun-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced the retirement of Ralphs division President Donna Giordano, and the promotion of Valerie Jabbar to succeed her. Ms. Jabbar currently serves as vice president of merchandising for Ralphs.

Donna Giordano will retire from the company after 44 years of service, effective July 23.

“Donna’s distinguished leadership has helped Ralphs continue to grow, serve more customers in the highly-competitive Southern California market, and help Kroger across our business,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “She is respected throughout the industry and among our associates for her strategic leadership and engagement in the communities we serve. The entire Kroger family thanks Donna for her many contributions and wishes her and her family all the best in retirement.”

Ms. Giordano joined the company’s King Soopers banner as a courtesy clerk in 1972, while still in college. She was named store manager at King Soopers in 1982, and later held various director-level positions in key areas, including advertising, bakery, general merchandise, grocery, and pharmacy.  In 1999, Ms. Giordano was promoted to vice president of sales & marketing of King Soopers.  She was promoted to president of QFC in 2002 before being named to her current role in 2011.

Ms. Giordano volunteers with the Network of Executive Woman and is a past board member of the Orange County Girl Scouts. She is currently president of the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC), where she has been a board member since 2005.

Ms. Giordano and her husband, Mario, plan to travel and spend time with their daughters Amber and Aubrey who reside in Seattle.

Valerie Jabbar Promoted to President of Ralphs

Kroger promoted Valerie Jabbar to serve as president of the company’s Ralphs division, effective July 23.

“Valerie is an exceptional leader who is passionate about developing associates and serving our customers and communities,” said Mr. McMullen. “She brings to her new role broad retail experience and a deep commitment to putting our customers first. We look forward to her continued leadership at Ralphs.”

Ms. Jabbar began her career with the company in 1987 as a clerk in the Fry’s division. She held numerous leadership roles at Fry’s, including assistant store director, category manager, and drug and general merchandise coordinator.  From 2002 – 2010, she served in a variety of drug and general merchandising leadership roles at Kroger’s general office in Cincinnati and in the Fry’s division. She was named Fry’s district manager  in 2010, and was promoted to serve as vice president of merchandising to the Mid-Atlantic division in 2012. Ms. Jabbar was promoted to her current role in the Ralphs division in 2013.

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.

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Kroger Technology made Computerworld’s Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT list for 2016

Launches New Recruiting Website: www.kroger.com/livekt/

CINCINNATI, 2016-Jun-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced that Kroger Technology has been named to Computerworld’s Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT for 2016.  This is the first time Kroger’s technology department has been named to this annual list. Kroger ranks #45 among large organizations.

Also today, Kroger Technology also launched a new website, www.kroger.com/livekt/, designed to connect with and recruit top talent from around the world to join the growing and innovative company.

“We are thrilled that Kroger Technology has been named one of Computerworld’s Best Places to Work,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “One of the things that makes Kroger Technology such a great place to work is that it provides an opportunity to directly improve the lives of more than 8.5 million customers every day – whether they are ordering online, visiting our stores, or engaging with our mobile app.”

Kroger Technology employs nearly 2500 associates and contractors throughout the United States and around the globe. Kroger Technology is responsible for industry-leading new tools like ClickList – Kroger’s order online, pick up at the store service, mobile app innovations like personalized shopping lists and store maps to locate products, and money-saving digital coupons powered by the company’s proprietary technology and personalization platforms.

“The Computerworld Best Places to Work in IT recognition emphasizes the welcoming, innovative culture we strive for,” said Chris Hjelm, Kroger’s executive vice president and CIO. “Kroger Technology is committed to exceeding customer expectations, investing in quality, and creating innovative solutions that are changing the way we connect with customers.”

Mr. Hjelm was named to the list of Computerworld Premier 100 Technology Leaders for 2016.

The Best Places to Work in Information Technology (IT) list is an annual ranking of the top 100 work environments for technology professionals by IDG’s Computerworld. The list is compiled based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, career development, training and retention. In addition, Computerworld conducts extensive surveys of IT workers, and their responses factor heavily in determining the rankings. More information is available at: www.computerworld.com/category/bestplaces2016.

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 our 2,231 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,387 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.

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Kroger to present at BAML Consumer & Retail Technology Conference and Barclays Emerging Payments Forum

CINCINNATI, 2016-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced that Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO, and Mike Schlotman, Kroger’s executive vice president and CFO, will address investors at the following conferences next week:

Tuesday, March 15:
2:40 pm ET     BAML Consumer & Retail Technology Conference Q&A

Wednesday, March 16:
11:20 am ET    BAML Consumer & Retail Technology Conference Panel Discussion
1:45 pm ET     Barclays Emerging Payments Forum Q&A

These presentations will be broadcast online at ir.kroger.com.  Click on “Events, Presentations & Webcasts” to access the event.  The presentation will be available in an archived format for one week following the conference.

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 our 2,231 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,387 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.

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Kroger declares quarterly dividend of 10.5 cents per share to be paid on June 1, 2016

CINCINNATI, 2016-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co.’s (NYSE: KR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 10.5 cents per share to be paid on June 1, 2016, to shareholders of record on the close of business on May 13, 2016.

Kroger has delivered double-digit compound growth in its dividend since it was reinstated in 2006. The company continues to expect an increasing dividend over time.

Kroger today also announced a new, $500 million share repurchase program, supplementing the current authorization, which has $175.6 million remaining as of March 9, 2016.

“We are committed to delivering value that shareholders can count on,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Kroger has repurchased nearly half of the shares of the company, and has returned approximately $12 billion to shareholders through share repurchases since January 2000.”

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 our 2,231 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,387 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.

This press release contains a forward-looking statement, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, about the future performance of the company. This statement is based on management’s assumptions and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it. Such statement is indicated by the word “expect.”  Our ability to continue to increase our dividend over time, will be affected by our inability to generate free cash flow at the levels anticipated and our failure to generate expected operating results.   This forward-looking statement is subject to uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially. We assume no obligation to update the information contained herein. Please refer to Kroger’s reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties.

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Kroger’s SVP for Retail Operations and Strategic Initiatives Marnette Perry to retire

CINCINNATI, 2016-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced that Senior Vice President for Retail Operations and Strategic Initiatives Marnette Perry plans to retire on April 29, after 44 years with the company.

“Marnette’s story is one we can all be proud of: she joined Kroger for a job as a part-time cashier while in college, and stayed for a remarkable career that spanned operations, merchandising and executive leadership,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Marnette’s significant contributions will leave an indelible mark on Kroger. The entire Kroger family thanks Marnette for her years of service and we wish her and her family all the best in retirement.”

Ms. Perry joined Kroger in 1972 as a part-time cashier in Portsmouth, Ohio, in the Columbus division. She went on to serve in leadership positions with increasing responsibility. At Kroger’s general office, she served as director of produce merchandising and procurement. She was later promoted to president of the Michigan division in 1997, and named president of the Columbus division in 2001. Ms. Perry was promoted to group vice president of perishables for The Kroger Co. in 2003. In 2004, she was named senior vice president of retail divisions, where she was responsible for eight supermarket operating divisions and more than $40 billion in annual revenue. She took on her current role, overseeing strategic initiatives and operations for Kroger, as well as the company’s value formats, in 2012. She also serves as a member of the board of directors of Kroger Personal Finance and The Kroger Co. Foundation, and is a past board member of the Network of Executive Women.

Ms. Perry helped establish Kroger’s now-ubiquitous Natural Foods centers and Floral departments in the early 1980s. Today, Kroger is a top seller of natural and organic foods and is the world’s largest florist. More recently, as vice president of operations, Ms. Perry championed the teamwork that led to Kroger’s innovative QueVision technology, which has dramatically reduced Customers’ time spent waiting in line at checkout.

Ms. Perry has been an active leader in the communities in which she has lived. She is a member of the board of directors of Grange Insurance, the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, and Richard J. Solove Research Institute Foundation. She has also supported the Nationwide Children’s Hospital and United Way in Columbus, Ohio; Ohio University; Central Michigan University; the YWCA; and Detroit Head Start.

Her successor will be named at a later date.

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 422,000 associates who serve customers in 2,774 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 35 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, Mariano’s, Pick ‘n Save, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 326 fine jewelry stores, 1,360 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.

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Keith Dailey
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Email: keith.dailey@kroger.com

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Successful completion of Kroger’s tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of Roundy’s common stock

CINCINNATI, OH and MILWAUKEE, WI, 2015-12-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) and Roundy’s, Inc. (NYSE: RNDY) today announced the successful completion of Kroger’s tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of Roundy’s common stock for $3.60 per share in cash. The tender offer expired at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on December 17, 2015.

Kroger expects to complete the acquisition of the remaining eligible Roundy’s shares not acquired in the tender offer later today through a merger under Section 251(h) of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware.

“This merger blends Roundy’s complementary markets with Kroger’s strengths in scale and merchandising. Our future together is bright, and we look forward to learning from each other as partners,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Most of all, we want to welcome each of Roundy’s more than 22,000 associates to the Kroger family of stores.”

“We look forward to bringing together the best of Roundy’s and Kroger for our customers and associates,” said Bob Mariano, who will continue to lead Roundy’s as president and CEO. He has served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Roundy’s since 2002. “Our merger with Kroger will help us continue to exceed our customers’ expectations.”

Additional Details of Tender Offer
As of the expiration of the tender offer, approximately 33,144,128 shares were validly tendered and not withdrawn in the tender offer, representing 67.138 percent of Roundy’s outstanding shares, according to the depositary. The condition to the tender offer that a majority of Roundy’s outstanding shares on a fully-diluted basis be validly tendered and not withdrawn has been satisfied. As a result, Kroger has accepted for payment and will promptly pay for all validly tendered shares. The depositary has also informed Kroger that Notices of Guaranteed Delivery have been delivered with respect to 1,409,042 additional shares, representing approximately 2.854 percent of Roundy’s currently outstanding shares.

As a result of the merger, all remaining eligible Roundy’s shares will be converted into the right to receive $3.60 per share in cash, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes, the same price that was paid in the tender offer (eligible shares exclude (i) shares owned by Kroger, KS Merger Sub Inc. or Roundy’s, (ii) shares held by any subsidiary of Roundy’s or Kroger (other than KS Merger Sub Inc.) and (iii) shares held by Roundy’s stockholders who properly demand appraisal under Delaware law).

Following completion of the merger, Roundy’s shares will cease to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange, which is expected to take effect later today.

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 422,000 associates who serve customers in 2,774 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 35 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, Mariano’s, Pick ‘n Save, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 326 fine jewelry stores, 1,360 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 theBillion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber’s Million Dollar Club.

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Anne Gates elected to Kroger’s Board of Directors

CINCINNATI, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced that Anne Gates has been elected to the Company’s Board of Directors.

Ms. Gates is president of MGA Entertainment, Inc., a privately-held developer, manufacturer and marketer of toy and entertainment products for children. Prior to her current role, she held roles of increasing responsibility with the Walt Disney Company from 1992 – 2012. Her roles included executive vice president, managing director, and chief financial officer for Disney Consumer Products and senior vice president of operations, planning and analysis. Prior to joining Disney, Ms. Gates worked for PepsiCo and Bear Stearns.

“We are delighted to welcome Anne to Kroger,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Anne’s broad expertise in consumer products and strategy will be a tremendous asset to Kroger’s Board and our shareholders.”

Ms. Gates is chairwoman of Big Sunday and a member of the Boards of Columbia University School of Engineering, Cadre and PBS SoCal (KOCE-TV Foundation). She received a master’s degree from Columbia University School of Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California-Berkeley.

Ms. Gates is elected to serve until Kroger’s annual meeting of shareholders in June 2016. At that time, she will stand for election by the shareholders.

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 400,000 associates who serve customers in 2,620 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 786 convenience stores, 326 fine jewelry stores, 1,360 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’sMillion Dollar Club.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

Jessica C. Adelman to serve as Kroger’s group VP of corporate affairs

CINCINNATI, 2015-9-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today named Jessica C. Adelman to serve as Kroger’s group vice president of corporate affairs, effective November 1.

“Jessica brings a wealth of public affairs leadership experience and deep knowledge of the food supply chain,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We look forward to welcoming her to our senior leadership team.”

Ms. Adelman, 40, has 20 years of experience as a public affairs executive in the food industry, most recently as senior vice president of corporate affairs for Syngenta North America, a leading agriculture company, since 2008. In this role she was responsible for corporate brand oversight, government affairs, media relations, crisis and issues communications, litigation communications, internal communications and employee engagement, corporate social responsibility and giving. Ms. Adelman has held several strategic leadership roles with other companies, including director of Cargill Government Solutions.

Ms. Adelman graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College as a Russian Area Studies major and lived in the former Soviet Union for several years in the 1990s. She earned an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and an M.A. in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an executive certificate in trade policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

As group vice president of corporate affairs, Ms. Adelman will focus on reputation management, including external communications and brand public relations; media; government and regulatory affairs; corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability; community relations; crisis management; cause-marketing and corporate philanthropy.

Ms. Adelman will relocate with her husband and three children to Cincinnati from greater Washington, D.C., where she currently resides.

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.

The Kroger Co. announces the establishment of two new supermarket divisions in Texas, Dallas and Houston divisions

New Structure Will Support Significant Investment in Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston Markets 

CINCINNATI, OH, 2015-8-19— /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced the establishment of two new supermarket divisions, a Dallas division and a Houston division. Previously, both markets were served as part of Kroger’s Southwest division.

Kroger also announced that Dana Zurcher has been promoted to serve as president of the company’s new Dallas division. Bill Breetz, who has been serving as president of the Southwest division since 2002, will continue to oversee operations in Texas and Louisiana for the remainder of the year, and serve as president of the new Houston division.

“Kroger is committed to growing and serving our customers in the great state of Texas, and in our important Louisiana markets,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO.

The company has previously outlined capital investment plans of approximately $700 million in Dallas-Fort Worth and $500 million in Houston over the next three years.

“We see opportunities for growth in both Dallas and Houston thanks in large part to Bill’s leadership the past 13 years,” Mr. McMullen added. “This move will bring resources closer to our store teams, customers, and communities.”

Kroger’s new Dallas division includes 105 stores in the Dallas and Fort Worth markets and in the Shreveport and Alexandria, Louisiana area. The new Houston division includes 109 stores in the greater Houston region, as well as stores in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Dana Zurcher Named President of New Dallas Division

Dana Zurcher, currently vice president of operations for the Southwest division, has been promoted to president of Kroger’s Dallas division, effective October 1.

“Dana’s experience spans several retail divisions, and she understands nearly every aspect of our business,” said Mr. McMullen. “She is an exceptional leader who is known for helping associates discover their full potential. We are excited to have Dana lead our team in Dallas.”

Ms. Zurcher brings 30 years of leadership experience to her new role. She began her Kroger career in Indianapolis store management in 1985. She served in a number of leadership roles in the Central division, including store manager and district coordinator. In 2002, she was named a district manager in the company’s Fry’s division in Phoenix. In 2008, she was promoted to director of operations for the Ralphs division in Los Angeles, where she served until she was promoted to vice president of operations for Kroger’s Mid-South division in 2011. She has served in her current role since 2013.

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.

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