Kroger named as top company for inclusion

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Grocery retailer Kroger is one of the best companies in the U.S. for inclusion, according to a new ranking.

The Cincinnati-headquartered company ranked 8th for inclusion by Omnikal, formerly known as Diversity Business. Kroger was selected by the Omnikal community, which is made up of more than 2 million women-and-minority-owned business owners.

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Kroger is important to job growth in the Dayton and Cincinnati communities, and the company employs more than 443,000 workers nationwide. The supermarkets and grocery industry have a major impact on local economies, and brought in $612 billion in revenue nationwide last year.

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More than 2.6 million people were employed by the industry in 2016 as well.

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“Across the Kroger family of companies, we are committed to creating business opportunities for women-and-minority-owned businesses,” said Reuben Shaffer, Kroger’s chief diversity officer. “We are especially honored by this recognition because it is directly selected by diversity business owners in the U.S.”

The ranking showcases the top 50 corporate buyers of multicultural products and services throughout the U.S. Kroger has locations across the Dayton, Springfield and Cincinnati areas. A new Kroger is set to open by late May or early June in Centerville.

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