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LOS ANGELES - Ralphs Supermarkets has been named "Retailer of the Decade" by the Mexican American Grocers Association (MAGA), the nation's largest Hispanic food retailing trade organization.
Ralphs, a division of The Kroger Co., was honored for "25 years of outstanding service" to MAGA and the Hispanic community at MAGA's 25th Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet at Los Angeles' Millennium Biltmore Hotel on Dec. 5.
"Ralphs has been a key partner to MAGA and our scholarship foundation and to the success we have had over the past 25 years," said Steven A. Soto, MAGA's president and CEO. "Ralphs, in fact, was our first retail member. Ralphs has participated in every event and endeavor we have undertaken -- our conferences, banquets, meetings and legislative efforts. And Ralphs has an enviable record regarding its hiring and diversity policies."
John Burgon, president of Ralphs Supermarkets, accepted the award on behalf of Ralphs.
"Ralphs is proud of its longtime association and support of MAGA," said Burgon. "We share in MAGA's commitment to the Hispanic community. At Ralphs, we take pride in the diversity of our suppliers, our products, our customers and our most valuable asset -- our people. We believe in MAGA's philosophy that our business activities must make good social sense and our social activities must make good business sense."
This marks the second time MAGA has recognized Ralphs' efforts on behalf of the Hispanic community. In 2000, Ralphs received MAGA's "Commitment to Excellence" award.
Ralphs was founded in 1873 and currently operates more than 350 supermarkets under the Ralphs, Cala Foods and Bell Markets banners in California from its headquarters in Los Angeles.