Introduction to KAGRO International

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KAGRO International is a global organization dedicated in furthering the interests of the grocers and food distributors of Korean descent around the world.


  • In 1987, two groups (chapters) of grocers located in California and Philadelphia collaborated to form KAGRO in 1989.

  • By 1991, six additional chapters (Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, New York, Seattle, and Washington D.C.) were included within KAGRO.

Role in the Market

  • Currently 21 chapters make up KAGRO International across the North American hemisphere, representing roughly 20,000 members, with purchasing revenue of roughly $30 billion.

  • Ability to reach roughly 20,000 members (along with families, friends, associates) to communicate information on products, distributions, and surveys.

KAGRO International Meetings


Board Meetingsactivity_board

  • Takes place every April and

  • 45th KAGRO International
    meeting was held in Las Vegas
    on November 2011


Chapters Meetingactivity_business

  • Takes place every month.

  • Sharing of information and


 Small & Medium 
Business Assistance


  • Occurs every year.

  • Assists small businesses in
    initiating and applying for
    import & export programs.

KAGRO International Journal (est. 1991)


  • Published bi-monthly.
  • Caters to those who are inexperienced 
    with the internet.

  • New product marketing 


 Website:  kagro.org (est. 1999)


  • Central location for quick and up-to-date information.
  • Ability for retailers to share and distribute merchandise interests.
  • Website Board to discuss and share new products.



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  • Partners and sponsors mentor the next generation of college-bound leaders in our communities.

  • Over $300,000 of scholarship funds are provided to 30 chapters throughout North America every year.

  • Nominations for scholarships is directly linked to community involvement.