The Kroger Company is one of the nation's largest grocery retailers, with fiscal 2004 sales of more than $56 billion. The company has locations in more than 30 states with store formats that include grocery and multi-department stores, convenience stores and mall jewelry stores including, Dillions, Bakers, Ralphs, Fred Meyer and Littman Jewelers. The Kroger Company is recognized as one of the world s largest florist with more than 2,000 floral shops throughout the country. The company employs approximately 290,000 full and part-time associates. It was founded in 1883 and incorporated in 1902. David B. Dillon has been the chief executive officer of Kroger for more than three years. He has been with the supermarket giant for over 30 years. Dillon earned a BS degree from the University of Kansas, and a JD degree from Southern Methodist University. The Kroger Company is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.