Kroger Announces First Fleet of Liquid Natural Gas Trucks
CINCINNATI, May 6, 2014
CINCINNATI, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today
announced that it will be the first in Oregon to deploy a fleet of heavy-duty
trucks that run on Liquid Natural Gas (LNG). The 40 trucks will replace 40
diesel trucks currently in use, and are expected to start making store
deliveries in the Portland metropolitan area by the end of 2014.
The use of natural gas fuel not only reduces operating costs for vehicles, but
also reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 23 percent in medium- to
"This is the first step in Kroger's effort to transition our fleet to
alternative fuels," said Kevin Dougherty, Kroger's group vice president and
chief supply chain officer. "Converting to LNG trucks will allow us to
reinvest savings into lower prices for our customers while also benefitting
The trucks will make deliveries to about 50 Fred Meyer and QFC stores as far
south as Corvallis, OR and as far north as Longview, WA., averaging
approximately 175 miles per day, six days a week, 52 weeks a year. They are
expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 755 metric tons
per year, which equates to removing approximately 159 passenger cars from the
road annually. The fleet will be fueled at a new, private LNG fueling station
at Kroger's Clackamas Distribution Center, which will be designed and
engineered by Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE).
"These trucks are nearly identical to our diesel fleet, which allows us to
have minimal impact on operations and still achieve the same caliber and
standard of performance," said Matt Hoffman, Kroger regional logistics
director, based in Portland. "They are truly the prototype truck of the future
– the safest, cleanest and quietest way for our hard-working drivers to
deliver product to the stores."
More information about Kroger's transportation sustainability efforts can be
found at http://sustainability.kroger.com.
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.
Contact: Media: Keith Dailey, Kroger, (513) 762-1304; or Melinda Merrill, Fred
Meyer, (503) 797-3830; Investors: Cindy Holmes, (513) 762-4969
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