LOS ANGELES, May 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ralphs Grocery Company, a division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) operating in Southern California, today announced that associates have ratified a new labor agreement with UFCW Locals. "We are pleased to reach agreements that are good for our associates. These agreements provide our associates a solid compensation package of wages, health care and retirement benefits," said Donna Giordano, president of Ralphs. "These agreements come after thoughtful and productive work by both the company and union bargaining committees. I want to thank our associates for supporting these agreements and for the excellent service they provide to our customers every day." The contracts cover approximately 18,000 associates working in 228 stores in Southern California. The contracts are with UFCW Locals 8GS, 135, 324, 770, 1167, 1428 and 1442. Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,640 supermarkets and multi-department 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. The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 320 fine jewelry stores, 1,240 supermarket fuel centers and 38 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 200 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.