CINCINNATI, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For the fifth consecutive year, The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) was honored to be named one of the "Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities" by DiversityBusiness.com.
Kroger was selected by more than 1.3 million women and minority-owned business owners who voted to name the Div50 – a listing of the top 50 corporate and organizational buyers of diversity products and services throughout the U.S.
"This recognition means a lot to Kroger because it is a reflection of how we are viewed by diversity business owners in the U.S.," said Reuben Shaffer, Kroger's chief diversity officer. "We thank the more than 1,000 minority and women-owned businesses that are part of our supplier network for their commitment to our shared goals to continue growing and responding to our customers."
Kroger currently spends nearly $2 billion annually with diversity businesses.
The full list of the Div50 can be found here: http://www.diversitybusiness.com/Resources/DivLists/2014/DivTop50/2014Div50C.htm.
Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs more than 368,000 associates who serve customers in 2,641 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, 327 fine jewelry stores, 1,218 supermarket fuel centers and 38 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 grassroots organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 80 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.