COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) associates working at Kroger stores in Toledo have ratified a new labor agreement with UFCW Local 75. "We are pleased to reach an agreement that is good for our associates. It provides a solid compensation package of wages and benefits, including affordable health care," said Bruce Macaulay, president of Kroger's Columbus Division. "This agreement is the outcome of thoughtful, respectful and productive work by both the company and union bargaining committees. I want to thank our associates for supporting this agreement, as well as for the excellent service they provide every day to our customers and company." The one-year contract covers more than 3,000 associates working in 26 stores in the Toledo area. Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs 343,000 associates who serve customers in 2,424 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 328 fine jewelry stores, 1,169 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 160 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber's Million Dollar Club. SOURCE The Kroger Co.