UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 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: March 19, 2003 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 March 19, 2003, Kroger representatives spoke at the Merrill Lynch Global Retail Leaders Conference in New York City. A copy of their remarks is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1. SIGNATURE 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. March 19, 2003 By: (Paul Heldman) Paul Heldman Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel EXHIBIT INDEX Exhibit No. Exhibit 99.1 Remarks from Merrill Lynch Global Retail Leaders Conference.