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Kroger opens two-level urban store

Kroger opens two-level urban store

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. opened a new, 52,000-square-foot urban format store in its hometown here on Wednesday. The store in downtown Cincinnati includes the retailer’s first-ever food hall, called On The Rhine Eatery. The food hall showcases the grocer’s own food restaurant concept, Kitchen 1883 Café and Bar, as well as the outposts of a

Kroger reduced food waste footprint in 2018

Kroger reduced food waste footprint in 2018

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. said Monday  that the company’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste efforts reduced its supermarket food waste footprint – the overall food waste it produced – by 9% in 2018. Kroger’s progress was outlined in its 2019 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report, also released on Monday. This is the company’s 13th

Embracing Change

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. is rolling out a new merchandising vehicle to highlight its highly successful private brands, chairman and chief executive officer Rodney McMullen revealed at the grocer’s recent annual meeting here. The concept, dubbed Treasure EmporiYum, will present a curated collection of trend-inspired private label (which Kroger terms Our Brands) items in almost

Kroger picks two new Ocado sites

Kroger picks two new Ocado sites

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. and Ocado said Tuesday that their next two customer fulfillment centers will be located in central Florida and in the Mid-Atlantic region. “Kroger is excited to partner with Ocado — one of the most innovative, advanced companies in the world — to redefine the grocery shopping experience for customers along the

Kroger’s McMullen makes five predictions at NRF

Kroger’s McMullen makes five predictions at NRF

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. chairman and chief executive officer Rodney McMullen provided his outlook on the future of retail at the NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show in New York City during a  keynote presentation called “Restocking the future: Kroger’s insatiable appetite to play and win the long game.” CNBC “Squawk on the Street” and “Closing Bell” anchor Sara Eisen moderated the 30-minute

Kroger, Ocado pick site for automated warehouse

Kroger, Ocado pick site for automated warehouse

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. has chosen a suburb of its hometown as the site for its first automated customer fulfillment center (CFC). The facility, which is planned for the Cincinnati suburb of Monroe, Ohio, will be the first of 20 that Kroger and partner Ocado plan to build to support the retailer’s online grocery business. “Kroger

Kroger to phase out single-use plastic bags

Kroger to phase out single-use plastic bags

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. said Thursday that it will phase out single-use plastic bags and transition to reusable bags by 2025. The move will take effect at all of the retailer’s supermarket divisions, beginning with Seattle-based QFC, which is expected to complete the transition away from single-use plastic bags next year. “As part of our

Kroger on Fortune magazine’s Change the World 2018 list

Kroger on Fortune magazine’s Change the World 2018 list

CINCINNATI — The Kroger Co. announced  it has been named to Fortune magazine’s Change the World 2018 list, debuting in the sixth spot. The company was recognized for its bold social impact plan Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, which aims to end hunger in the communities Kroger calls home and eliminate waste across the company by 2025.

Kroger’s earnings, sales beat analyst expectations

Kroger’s earnings, sales beat analyst expectations

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. posted a $2 billion profit in its first quarter, largely on a windfall from the sale of its convenience stores. On the operations side of the business, online sales jumped 66% as overall sales rose 3.4% to $37.5 billion. Comparable-store sales increased 1.4% in the period ended May 26. Kroger raised

Kroger takes aim at hunger

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. has announced an effort to end hunger in the chain’s markets and eliminate waste across the company by 2025. Some 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% of the food produced

Kroger makes bid to cut back staff

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. announced last month a one-time Voluntary Retirement Offering for certain non-store associates. Eligibility for the offering will generally include administrative associates who meet certain criteria related to age and years of service as of December 1, 2016. The offer does not include store and district associates, senior officers, and supermarket division