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Section 1: DEFA14A (DEFA14A)

DEFA14A

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington D.C. 20549

 

 

SCHEDULE 14A

Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

 

Filed by the Registrant                               Filed by a Party other than the Registrant  

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  Preliminary Proxy Statement
  Confidential, for Use of the Commission Only (as permitted by Rule 14a-6(e)(2))
  Definitive Proxy Statement
  Definitive Additional Materials
  Soliciting Material Under Rule 14a-12

THE KROGER CO.

(Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

(Name of Person(s) Filing Proxy Statement, if other than the Registrant)

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*** Exercise Your Right to Vote ***

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the

Shareholder Meeting to Be Held on June 28, 2018.

 

THE KROGER CO.

 

 

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THE KROGER CO.

 

1014 VINE STREET

 

CINCINNATI, OH 45202

 

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Meeting Information

 

Meeting Type:        Annual Meeting

 

For holders as of:

       May 2, 2018

 

Date:    June 28, 2018           Time:  11:00 AM, Eastern Time

 

Location:    Music Hall Ballroom

                     1241 Elm Street

                     Cincinnati, OH 45202

 

 

You are receiving this communication because you hold shares in the company named above.

 

This is not a ballot. You cannot use this notice to vote these shares. This communication presents only an overview of the more complete proxy materials that are available to you on the Internet. You may view the proxy materials online at www.proxyvote.com or easily request a paper copy (see reverse side).

 

We encourage you to access and review all of the important information contained in the proxy materials before voting.

 

 

See the reverse side of this notice to obtain proxy materials and voting instructions.

 

 


  Before You Vote  —

How to Access the Proxy Materials

 

 

         

 

 

Proxy Materials Available to VIEW or RECEIVE:

 

 

COMBINED NOTICE, PROXY STATEMENT, AND ANNUAL REPORT

 

 

How to View Online:

 

Have the information that is printed in the box marked by the arrow LOGO (located on the following page) and visit: www.proxyvote.com.

 

 

How to Request and Receive a PAPER or E-MAIL Copy:

 

If you want to receive a paper or e-mail copy of these documents, you must request one. There is NO charge for requesting a copy. Please choose one of the following methods to make your request:

 

1) BY INTERNET:

  

www.proxyvote.com

 

2) BY TELEPHONE:

  

1-800-579-1639

 

3) BY E-MAIL*:

  

sendmaterial@proxyvote.com

 

 

*   If requesting materials by e-mail, please send a blank e-mail with the information that is printed in the box marked by the arrow LOGO (located on the following page) in the subject line.

 

 

Requests, instructions and other inquiries sent to this e-mail address will NOT be forwarded to your investment advisor. Please make the request as instructed above on or before June 14, 2018 to facilitate timely delivery.

 

—  How To Vote  —

Please Choose One of the Following Voting Methods

 

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Vote In Person: Many shareholder meetings have attendance requirements including, but not limited to, the possession of an attendance ticket issued by the entity holding the meeting. Please check the meeting materials for any special requirements for meeting attendance. At the meeting, you will need to request a ballot to vote these shares.

  

 

Vote By Internet: To vote now by Internet, go to www.proxyvote.com. Have the information that is printed in the box marked by the arrow LOGO (located on the following page) available and follow the instructions.

  

 

Vote By Mail: You can vote by mail by requesting a paper copy of the materials, which will include a proxy card.

 


 

 

Voting Items

     
 

The Board of Directors recommends that you vote FOR the following:

  
 

 

1.     

 

 

Election of Directors

  
   

 

Nominees:

  
   

 

1a.  

  

 

Nora A. Aufreiter

  
   

 

1b.

  

 

Robert D. Beyer

  
   

 

1c.

  

 

Anne Gates

  
   

 

1d.

  

 

Susan J. Kropf

  
   

 

1e.

  

 

W. Rodney McMullen

  
   

 

1f.

  

 

Jorge P. Montoya

  
   

 

1g.

  

 

Clyde R. Moore

  
   

 

1h.

  

 

James A. Runde

  
   

 

1i.

  

 

Ronald L. Sargent

  
   

 

1j.

  

 

Bobby S. Shackouls

  
   

 

1k.

  

 

Mark S. Sutton

  

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The Board of Directors recommends that you vote FOR proposals 2, 3, 4 and 5.

  
 

 

2.

 

 

Approval, on an advisory basis, of Kroger’s executive compensation.

  
 

 

3.

 

 

Approval of an amendment to Kroger’s Regulations to adopt proxy access.

  

4.

  

Approval of an amendment to Kroger’s Regulations to permit Board amendments in accordance with Ohio law.

  

 

5.

  

 

Ratification of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, as auditors.

  

 

The Board of Directors recommends that you vote AGAINST proposals 6, 7 and 8.

  

 

6.  

  

 

A shareholder proposal, if properly presented, to issue a report assessing the environmental impacts of using unrecyclable packaging for private label brands.

  

 

7.

  

 

A shareholder proposal, if properly presented, to issue a report assessing the climate benefits and feasibility of adopting enterprise-wide, quantitative, time bound targets for increasing renewable energy sourcing.

  

 

8.

  

 

A shareholder proposal, if properly presented, to adopt a policy and amend the bylaws as necessary to require the Chair of the Board to be independent.

  

 

NOTE: Holders of common shares of record at the close of business on May 2, 2018, will be entitled to vote at the meeting. To receive directions to the annual meeting please call 513- 762-1220.

  

 

ADMISSION TICKET - If you plan to attend the annual meeting of shareholders, please bring this notice with you as it serves as your admission ticket. This ticket admits only the shareholder(s) listed on this notice and is not transferable.

  
 


 

 

 

 

   

 

 

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