Mr. Rice is Group Vice President of The Kroger Company,
headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also President of the
company's manufacturing operations, which includes nine dairy,
nine bakery, four ice cream, two cheese, and five grocery product
processing facilities that produce everything from pet foods to
peanut butter. These facilities not only supply products for the
1280 Kroger food stores but also market their products to dozens of
other national food companies.
Mr. Rice, a native of North Manchester, Indiana, started with
Kroger as a management trainee shortly after graduating from
Purdue. He was made a general foreman at the company's Dayton
dairy in 1960 and also worked as a sales coordinator. In 1965, he
became production superintendent at Kroger's new dairy in
Springdale, Ohio. Two years later, he was promoted to plant
manager of the company's Indianapolis dairy and was instrumental
in Kroger's decision to replace the old dairy with a new, state-ofthe-
art dairy plant in 1971.
In 1973, Mr. Rice became Director of Operations of the Dairy
Foods Division and a year later was promoted to Vice President of
the division. His duties expanded in 1986 when he assumed the
position of Vice President of the Dairy/Bakery Division. In 1991,
he was named President of the division and a year later was
promoted to Group Vice President for all of Kroger's manufacturing
Mr. Rice is a leader, not only within his own company, but as an
active affiliate of food industry professional and trade organizations.
He has served as president of the Midwest Dairy Products
Association, secretary and board member of the Milk Industry
Foundation, and vice chairman of the International Ice Cream
Association. Mr. Rice currently serves as chairman of the International
Ice Cream Association. He is also the founder and chairman
of the newly created International Dairy Foods Association.