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    Kroger Recognized for Hispanic Supplier Diversity

    The retailer is named "Best of the Best" by Hispanic Network Magazine.

    CINCINNATI -- The Kroger Co. has been named one of the country's 2013 "Best of the Best" by Hispanic Network Magazine for top supplier diversity programs for Hispanics.

    The magazine surveyed hundreds of Fortune 1,000 companies for its 2013 diversity evaluations. This is Kroger's first time making the "Best of the Best" list. The retailer is already a member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber's Million Dollar Club.

    "We are honored to be included in Hispanic Network Magazine's 'Best of the Best' list," said Reuben Shaffer, Kroger's chief diversity officer. "Kroger's commitment is to identify, create and develop sustainable business partnerships with minority-owned and women-owned businesses that support our growth and business objectives, and help us consistently meet the needs of our customers."

    Cincinnati-based Kroger operates 784 convenience stores, along with 2,419 supermarkets and multidepartment stores in 31 states under two dozen banner names. The company also operates 322 fine jewelry stores, 1,182 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the United States.

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