Kroger, the nation's largest traditional supermarket retailer, is offering specials on fresh pork cuts at great prices throughout its family of stores through Nov. 7.

"Customers today are looking for affordable, nutritious options to create convenient meals at home and pork offers shoppers great variety and value," said Mark Van Buskirk, vice president of meat and seafood for Kroger.

In addition to special prices, The Kroger Company is offering a $1 coupon off any package of fresh pork at the point of sale and from meat department associates. The Kroger Company's marketing activities were integrated into a national fall marketing campaign by the National Pork Board. In October, Kroger promoted the value of pork in observation of National Pork Month.

"We are aware that the national recession has caused consumers to squeeze more value from their food budget,” says Chris Novak, chief executive officer of NPB. “Pork has always been a great value, but Kroger's ability to extend that value through roughly 2,470 supermarkets during October is greatly appreciated by pork producers, who have been experiencing an extended period of economic distress. We have great retail partners across the country, but we are especially appreciative and fully supportive of Kroger's activities," Novak said. "We expect them to have a very positive impact."

The Kroger Co. operates 2,470 stores in 31 states under nearly two dozen banners.

Kroger stores by Region

East:  Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Gerbes, Hilander, Jay C, King Soopers, Owen's, Pay Less, Scott's
West: Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Ralphs, OFC, Smith's, Foods Co.

At year-end 2008, Kroger operated in 42 major markets and held the number 1 or 2 position in 39 of those markets. The top five major markets are Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Seattle, and Phoenix.

Source: NPB