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: June 26, 2001

                                 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 5.     Other Events
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                     On June 26, 2001, the Company released its earnings
                     for the first quarter of 2001. Attached hereto as
                     Exhibit 99.1 is the text of that release.

Item 7.     Financial Statements, Pro Forma Financial Information and Exhibits
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                     (c)      Exhibits:

                              99.1    Earnings release for first quarter 2001.



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.

June 26, 2001                      By:   (Paul Heldman)
                                         Paul Heldman
                                         Senior Vice President, Secretary
                                         and General Counsel


                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit No.                       Exhibit
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99.1                  Earnings release for first quarter 2001.