Kroger started as a neighborhood grocery in 1883 in Cincinnati. The success of that tiny store began a process of growth and expansion that today boasts 2,700 retail locations in 35 states, generating annual sales of well over $100 billion. Kroger’s Kentucky presence totals more than 100 stores statewide, most in Louisville division. Kroger reflects the size and product diversity demanded by today’s shoppers, offering spirits, fuel, pharmacy products and much more. One of the company’s recent areas of focus is its buy local program. There are now sections and display racks that promote locally-grown produce and meats from individual producers and regional co-ops. Kroger is a major economic force in Kentucky and Indiana employing 431,000 workers who serve their 8 million customers a day.
Past Agribusiness of the Year Award Winners
1993 Central Farm Supply of Kentucky
1994 Feeder’s Supply
1995 Walther’s Farm Service, Inc.
1996 Paul’s Fruit Market
1997 Dr. Hugh Sam Williams
1998 Philip Morris USA
1999 Shuckman’s Fish Co. & Smokery
2000 Stockyard Farm & Dairy Supply, Inc.
2001 Kentucky Bison Co.
2002 A Taste of Kentucky
2003 Bagdad Roller Mills
2004 Swift & Company
2005 Monty’s Plant Food
2006 Producer Feeds
2007 Caudill Seed
2008 Churchill Downs
2009 Boone Gardiner Garden Center
2010 Koetter and Smith
2011 Gallrein Farms
2012 Whayne Supply
2013 Farm Credit Mid-America
2014 George Gagel Truck Farm
2015 Kentucky Derby Museum
The Agribusiness Industry Network in partnership with Greater Louisville Inc, the Louisville area Chamber of Commerce, annually honors a local business with the Agribusiness of the Year Award.
To qualify as an agribusiness, a company must provide agricultural services or buy, sell, process or utilize farm products. They must also be doing business in the Kentuckiana market.
Anyone may nominate a company for consideration. Criteria for the award include: sustained financial growth, overall contribution to our community and excellent employee relations. Nominations for 2017 will be accepted starting January 1st. Deadline for the 2017 nominations is August 7th. You may email firstname.lastname@example.org your nominee. We need: name of company, address, contact name and telephone number.
Nominated firms will be contacted by the judging committee and asked to complete a formal application. The committee will then select from among those who complete the application process.