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The Kroger Co. has secured membership in the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Million Dollar Club for the fifth consecutive year.
Introduced by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) in 2010, the USHCC Million Dollar Club recognizes corporations that are leaders in supplier diversity and integrating Hispanic Business Enterprises into their strategic sourcing and procurement process. Corporations qualify by spending between $25 million to over $500 million with Hispanic suppliers in the previous year.
Kroger was inducted in the $250 milion to $500 million annual expenditure category.
"Kroger is honored to be selected as a Million Dollar Club member," said Reuben Shaffer, Kroger's chief diversity officer. "We value our partnerships with diversity-owned suppliers because their products and services meet the needs of our customers, and because their businesses provide employment opportunities in our local communities."
Kroger has been a leader in supplier diversity in all aspects of its business for more than 30 years. Kroger currently spends nearly $2 billion annually with diversity businesses and remains a member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.
Cincinnati-based Kroger operates 2,638 supermarkets and multidepartment 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.