Washington, DC 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
                         Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                       Date of Report: September 30, 2002

                                 THE KROGER CO.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

       An Ohio Corporation              No. 1-303              31-0345740
  (State or other jurisdiction      (Commission File         (IRS Employer
        of incorporation)                Number)                 Number)

                                1014 Vine Street
                              Cincinnati, OH 45201
                    (Address of principal executive offices)

                 Registrant's telephone number: (513) 762-4000

Item 9.   Regulation FD Disclosure

          On September 30, 2002, the Company filed with the SEC its quarterly
          report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended August 17, 2002. This filing
          was accompanied by the certifications attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.
          Neither this disclosure nor the certifications attached as Exhibit
          99.1 hereto will be deemed to be filed pursuant to Section 18 of the
          Exchange Act or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section
          unless we expressly incorporate it by reference into a filing made
          under the Securities Act or the Exchange Act.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereto duly authorized.

                                              THE KROGER CO.

September 30, 2002                     By: /s/ (Paul Heldman)
                                              Paul Heldman
                                              Senior Vice President, Secretary
                                              and General Counsel

                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit No.    Exhibit
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99.1           CEO and  CFO certifications.