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KROGER NAMES NEW HEADS OF CINCINNATI DIVISION AND CO. MANUFACTURING

KROGER NAMES NEW HEADS OF CINCINNATI DIVISION AND CO. MANUFACTURING
 CINCINNATI, April 20 /PRNewswire/ --- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today that Robert J. Hodge has been named President of the Company's Cincinnati/Dayton Marketing Area, which operates 89 stores in southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and eastern Indiana. Hodge succeeds J. Wayne Harris, who has resigned to pursue other interests.
 Kroger also announced that Ronald R. Rice has been elevated to the position of Group Vice President, with responsibilities for all of the Company's 37 food processing facilities. Merchandising and procurement functions will report directly to Richard L. Bere, president and chief operating officer.
 Since 1988, Hodge has been Senior Vice President responsible for Kroger's merchandising and manufacturing operations. A 28-year Kroger veteran, Hodge joined Kroger as a management trainee in St. Louis. He served as a meat buyer and merchandiser for Kroger marketing areas in St. Louis and Cleveland. In 1979, he moved to Florida as general manager of the Company's SupeRx Food and Drug operation, and in 1981 he became Vice President of deli/bakery merchandising for Kroger Food Stores. He subsequently served as Vice President in charge of Kroger marketing areas in Atlanta and St. Louis and as Vice President of Dillon Companies, Inc., a wholly-owned Kroger subsidiary based in Hutchinson, Kan. In 1988, he returned to Cincinnati as Senior Vice President-merchandising and manufacturing.
 Rice has been President of Kroger's Dairy/Bakery Division since 1986. He joined Kroger in 1957 after graduating from Purdue University with a B.S. in Agriculture. He served in several dairy division positions before becoming Vice President in charge of the division in 1974. Rice is involved in a number of industry associations and is the former chairman of the International Dairy Foods Association.
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 /CONTACT: Paul Bernish of The Kroger Co., 513-762-1304/
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