2016 Agribusiness of the Year

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

​2016 Kroger

Greater Louisville Agribusiness of the Year Award

24th Annual | Presented at the Farm City Luncheon

The voice of the diverse agribusiness industry | A Local Economic Engine

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 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.