From THE KROGER COMPANY The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today it will phase out single-use plastic bags and transition to reusable bags across its Family of Stores by 2025. Seattle-based QFC will be the company’s first retail division to phase out single-use plastic bags. The company expects QFC’s transition to be completed in 2019. “As part of our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste commitment, we are phasing out use-once, throw-it-away plastic bags and transitioning to reusable bags in our stores by 2025,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “It’s a bold move that will better protect our planet for future generations.” Some estimates suggest that 100 billion single-use plastic bags are thrown away in the U.S. every year. Currently, less than five percent of plastic bags are recycled annually in America, and single-use plastic bags are the fifth-most common single-use plastic found in the environment by magnitude. Kroger will solicit customer feedback and work with NGOs and community partners to ensure a responsible transition. “We listen very closely to our customers and our communities, and we agree with their growing concerns,” said Mike Donnelly, Kroger’s executive vice president and COO. “That’s why, starting today at QFC, we will begin the transition to more sustainable options. This decision aligns with our Restock Kroger commitment to live our purpose through social impact.” Kroger’s announcement follows several other Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiatives at scale, including: Kroger’s goal to divert 90% of waste from the landfill by 2020. Of the waste diverted today, 66.15 million pounds of plastic and 2.43 billion pounds of cardboard were recycled in 2017. Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue Program sent more than 91 million pounds of safe nutritious food to local food banks and pantries in 2017. Kroger provided more than 325 million meals to families in need last year, in food and funds combined. Earlier this week, Kroger was named to Fortune magazine’s Change the World 2018 list, debuting in the sixth spot. The recognition highlights the work of 57 big companies across the world using their resources to solve societal problems. The company was recognized for its social impact plan Zero Hunger | Zero Waste. To learn more about Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative and the phaseout of single-use plastic bags, visit krogerstories.com. At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritTM. We are nearly half a million associates who serve over nine million customers daily through a seamless digital shopping experience and 2,779 retail food stores under a variety of banner names, serving America through food inspiration and uplift, and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025.
To the Editor: The Black Swamp Arts Festival Committee would like to express its appreciation for the $2,000 donated to the festival by Kroger during its grand opening of the Kroger Marketplace in Bowling Green. We are honored to be included along with Wood County Humane Society and The Cocoon. The Kroger donation will help us continue to present high quality entertainment and art to the community. On Sept. 8. 9 and 10 the festival will mark its 25th year with a weekend full of art, music, activities for kids, beverages, and food. Black Swamp Arts Festival committee
This May, The Kroger Company designated $10,000 to be split among three deserving local nonprofits as part of the Grand Re-Opening Event for its recently remodeled and expanded Bowling Green location. All three of the recognized nonprofits—The Black Swamp Arts Festival, The Cocoon, and The Wood County Humane Society (hereafter The WCHS)—make valuable contributions to this community and we at The WCHS count ourselves lucky and proud to stand beside our peers in those organizations and be recognized for the important work that all of us do in and for this community. We also count ourselves incredibly fortunate to live in a community with such generous support from community partners like The Kroger Company. The WCHS is a private, non-profit, managed admission shelter providing care for homeless and abused pets and investigating cruelty complaints in Wood County. Our organization receives no funding from government organizations, The United Way, or national humane organizations, instead relying on the generosity of community partners and individual supporters to fund our programs and to allow us to provide care for hundreds of animals each year until those animals can find their forever homes. In 2016, for instance, our amazing staff managed to place 825 animals thanks to the donations of our individual members and our community partners. On behalf of all of our staff and the animals at The WCHS, we would like to whole-heartedly and sincerely thank The Kroger Company for its altruism and for its very generous donation to our mission of bringing about the best possible treatment and quality of life for all animals in Wood County. Dr. Heath A. Diehl, Board President Erin Moore, The WCHS Shelter Manager And The WCHS Board of Directors (Editor’s note: Between 2006 and 2016, the Wood County Commissioners gave the humane society $282,500 to help fund the humane agent position.)
By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News The Kroger store in Bowling Green will be closed overnight after a fire started in the expanded area of the store. The small fire on the roof of the grocery store on North Main Street in Bowling Green this evening led to the store being evacuated. Bowling Green Fire Chief Tom Sanderson said it appeared the fire may have been started by welding in the area. The portion of the store affected is on the northeast corner of the building, in an area that it still incomplete and not open to the public. There was no danger to those in the store, the chief said. But to be safe, the store was evacuated. The fire call came in at 5:50 p.m. Two fire engines, the ladder truck and 11 firefighters responded to the scene. The fire was being fought by firefighters inside spraying water and firefighters outside pulling off the roofing material. A person answering the phone in Kroger around 8 p.m. said the store would be closed overnight until 6 a.m. on Friday. No additional information was available.