CINCINNATI — The Kroger Co. is exploring strategic alternatives for its Turkey Hill business, including a potential sale. Kroger has owned the company since 1985.

"We believe it is in the best interest of our associates, the Turkey Hill business, and our shareholders to explore this course of action,” said Erin Sharp, group vice-president for Kroger Manufacturing.

Turkey Hill manufactures a line of iced teas, fruit drinks, milk, frozen dairy treats and a variety of ice cream from its manufacturing and distribution facility in Conestoga, Pa. The company employs about 800, and its products are sold in 45 states.

“Turkey Hill is a unique C.P.G. food business within Kroger Manufacturing as it is a strong, nationally-known brand,” Ms. Sharp said. “Turkey Hill’s successful and recognizable ice cream and beverage products have the potential for greater growth outside of our company. We want to ensure Turkey Hill has every opportunity to meet its full potential.”

Kroger owns 38 food manufacturing plants, including 19 dairies, that make Our Brands products for Kroger stores as well as Turkey Hill branded products sold nationwide.