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Kroger to Acquire Harris Teeter for $2.5 Billion

The Kroger Co. reached a deal yesterday to acquire regional grocer Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. in a $2.5 billion deal, the latest in a string of grocery industry consolidations. The deal, approved by the boards of both companies, is expected to boost Kroger’s presence in the U.S. southeast. Competitors there include Publix and Wal-Mart Stores

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Turkey Hill Inks Distribution Agreement with Core-Mark

Turkey Hill, a subsidiary of The Kroger Co. which operates 268 convenience stores across Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, has signed a three-year distribution agreement with Core-Mark, one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America. “Kroger is an industry leader in our channel and we

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Kroger Commits $3 Million for Breast Cancer Awareness

Award-winning cause marketing campaign features Kroger associates who are breast cancer survivors. For the sixth consecutive year, The Kroger Co. Family of Stores, in partnership with key suppliers, has committed $3 million in donations for local breast cancer initiatives across the country to support National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. At the end of

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Kroger Debuts Turkey Hill Market Store

The new location boosts a 75% larger footprint, plus grab-and-go favorites and more grocery items. Kroger’s Turkey Hill Minit Markets division has opened its first Turkey Hill Market, a larger version of its c-store concept, at 1621 Cobblestone Way in Marysville, Ohio. The new store is meant to represent a contemporary version of a corner

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Kroger Expected To Build Gas Station In Michigan

Kroger aims to clean up a Michigan township by adding new business to the area. Kroger is expected to open a new gas station by the end of 2012 on a property it owns in Ypsilanti Township, Mich., according to Ann Arbor digital media company news. The new gas station will measure nearly one acre on a

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Americans Favor Fuel From Grocery And Wholesale Markets, Study Finds

Traditional gasoline and c-store brands continue to sell the most gasoline, but consumers are increasing their tendency to fuel-up at grocers or warehouse retailers. A survey of 4,500 consumers, completed by Market Force Information, reports that Costco and Kroger are consumers’ favorite places to fill their gas tanks as of April 2012. The survey found

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Kroger Brings Hope To Hungry Families

Kroger contributes more than $30 million in food and funds to local food banks through charity since 2006. The Kroger Co. commits to bringing hope and help to hungry families throughout the year, but from May 27 through June 9, the company plans to participate in the annual “Bringing Hope To The Table” campaign. “Bringing

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Kroger Receives Black Pearl Award For Food Safety

“Every day, 339,000 associates work to ensure the safety of the food products manufactured in our plants and sold in our stores,” says Kroger spokesperson. The Kroger Co. has been named the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Black Pearl Award for advancing food safety and quality. The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) names one

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Kroger Creates Director of Sustainability Position

Kroger Co., the Cincinnati-based operator of 791 convenience stores, 1,100 supermarket fueling stations and 2,435 grocery stores, has hired Suzanne Lindsay as director of sustainability, a new position leading the grocer’s sustainability initiatives. Lindsay, who previously created and led the sustainability efforts at PetSmart Inc., will lead Kroger’s Sustainability Leadership Team. “We have made substantial

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Kroger Sponsors Honoring Our Heroes Campaign

Kroger associates to present USO with $1.5 million donation at Daytona 500. The Kroger Co. and the USO are strengthening their partnership with a fresh campaign to support men and women in the armed forces and their families. In conjunction with the Daytona 500 celebration on Sunday, Feb. 26, Kroger will launch Honoring Our Heroes,

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Shell Bolsters Loyalty

The Fuel Rewards Network, an extension of its Grocer Rewards program, is enhancing the brand proposition for Shell marketers and wholesalers. By John Lofstock, Editor. The competition for customers has never been so furious. Consumers have more and more choices every day, and the right customer loyalty program has the power to make or break

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What’s On Your Customer’s C-Store Shopping List?

Jeff Weghorst, director of merchandising at dunnhumbyUSA. One of the primary drivers behind a customer’s willingness to transact with a retailer is product selection. If a customer does not encounter an appealing assortment of products in-store, they are highly unlikely to engage even once with the retailer, and much less likely to become a loyal

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Award-Winning Rice

RiceSelect is causing consumers to think twice about which rice they buy with its unique Texmati Rice. Similar to basmati, the award-winning Texmati has a nutty flavor, delightful aroma, unique texture and easy cooking characteristics that set it apart from all other aromatics. Texmati Rice is produced by American family farmers; packed in reusable, re-sealable

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Kroger’s Smith’s Food and Drug Centers Debut Solar Panels

Each store’s solar system will generate over 160,000 kilowatt-hours of clean electricity annually and provide significant savings in energy costs.   The Kroger Co. has tapped Affordable Solar to install two solar systems on the roofs of Smith’s Food and Drug Centers Inc., a division of Kroger.  These projects are part Kroger’s solar pilot program

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C-Stores Partner With Nexxus

Convenience stores look to Nexxus Group solutions for category visibility via scan based trading. Kroger, Holiday Stationstores and GasAmerica all recently separately partnered with Nexxus Group to utilize its scan-based trading programs. Kroger enlisted Nexxus to provide the systems and customer service for scan based trading at its 786 c-stores in 18 states under five

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Gourmet Popcorn

Oogie’s Snacks, makers of Oogie’s Gourmet Popcorn, launched new Kettle Corn flavors at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in May. Oogie’s Popcorn is best known for its savory pre-popped popcorn flavors made with distinctive cheese and spices. Now the two new Kettle Corn flavors— Orginal and Sticks & Stonez—are set to start shipping in August.

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Kroger Makes Strides In Sustainability

“In 2010, Kroger stores saved enough energy to power the city of Fort Worth for a full year,” says Kroger president. The Kroger Co. has released its fifth annual Sustainability Report, showing it continues to meet annual sustainability benchmarks, including reducing in-store energy consumption by 30% since 2000. “Kroger associates have worked hard to integrate

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Kroger Announces New Hire

New external corporate communications director joins the Kroger team. The Kroger Co. welcomes Keith Dailey as director of external corporate communications. In his new role, Dailey will be responsible for national media corporate communications, and will serve as the company’s spokesperson. Dailey served as communications director and was senior staff member for former Ohio Governor

This March, several c-store chains inspired customers to buy paper Shamrocks to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

Industry Steps Up to Support Japan, Charitable Causes

Convenience stores continue to play an important role in raising much-needed funds in times of trouble. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. When disaster strikes, convenience stores are often at their best stepping up to support the community. But what makes the industry so special is that it often continues to give back long after the

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Kroger Joins UnitedHealth Group

Community-based Diabetes Control Program at select Kroger stores aims to help patients better control their diabetes and reduce its devastating complications. The Kroger Co. is joining the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, expanding access to the Alliance’s community-based programs that use proven approaches to help prevent and control diabetes. The retail grocery chain, which has

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Reese’s, NCAA Partner On Perfect Play Promotion

Lucky fan to have a shot at winning $1 million. College basketball fans love picking the perfect play, and doing so could win them $1 million, now that the Reese’s brand, a corporate partner of the NCAA for the third consecutive year, has begun its “Perfect Play” promotion. The promotion gives fans the opportunity to

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Kroger Mourns Death of Executive Vice President

Donald Becker leaves behind a legacy of enthusiasm and passion for doing what’s right for customers and associates, says CEO. Donald Becker, executive vice president of The Kroger Co., has passed away unexpectedly  in Cincinnati after suffering an aneurysm. He was 62 years old. “We are deeply saddened to lose Don, our dear friend and

Egg Lawsuit Filed in Pennsylvania Court

A group of grocery and convenience store chains, including Kroger, Walgreens, Safeway and Albertsons have filed a lawsuit claiming many of the nation’s largest egg producers, egg processors and their trade groups have engaged in a decade-long price fixing conspiracy for eggs sold to stores and restaurants nationwide, the Hoosier AG Today reported. The grocery

Kroger Names President of Cincinnati/Dayton Division

The Kroger Co. has named Sukanya Madlinger president of Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton Division, replacing Geoff Covert, who has been named senior vice president, retail operations for the company. “Sukanya focuses every day on ways Kroger can best serve our customers and their families,” said Rodney McMullen, president and chief operating officer of Kroger. “Her experience and

Kroger Provides Free Flu Shots

The Kroger Co. is bringing free flu shots to thousands of eligible individuals. Beginning today, Kroger is making free flu shot vouchers available to The Salvation Army and to Feeding America, a domestic hunger relief organization. Uninsured or underinsured shoppers in areas with a Kroger or a Kroger banner pharmacy such as City Market, Dillons,

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