Food Waste

As part of Kroger's Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan, we are committed to eliminating food waste across our company by 2025. As a food retailer and manufacturer, Kroger sits at the center of the value chain – sourcing from farms and food manufacturers to deliver nutritious food to our customers – that produces food waste that can and should be prevented. Reducing and recovering edible food waste has multiple benefits, including reducing hunger and food insecurity, building efficiency and reducing environmental impacts.

In 2018, Kroger and World Wildlife Fund began work to establish food waste metrics and a goal baseline, starting in our stores. We used the World Resources lnstitute's Food Loss & Waste Protocol to guide our food waste measurement. Our 2017 baseline footprint showed that 27% of food waste was diverted from landfill in our stores. Due to our focus on improving execution of our food donation and recycling programs, our stores increased their food waste diversion rate to about 40% in 2018.

Store Engagement

Our store associates are valuable partners in helping us reduce wasted food and diverting it from landfill through food rescue and recycling programs.

Food Rescue Program
Food Rescue Program

We partner with Feeding America-affiliated food banks across our communities to direct safe, wholesome food to people in need. In 2018, we increased food donations by 10%.

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Food waste recycling
Food waste recycling

We now have food waste recycling programs in 2,039 stores. Thanks to the hard work of our associates, we increased food waste recycling by 26% in 2018

Food Donation
Continuous improvement

Thanks to an emphasis on awareness building, Store 534 in Lewisburg, Tenn., increased its diversion rate from 49% in 2017 to 73% in 2018—a huge leap.

Customer Engagement

According to research, approximately 40% of food waste happens at the consumer level—in our customers’ homes. As a result, we consider our customers key partners in our vision to achieve zero waste.

Stop Food Waste Day
Food education

Kroger participated in Wolfgang Puck’s Stop Food Waste Day to educate children about food waste reduction and the importance of healthy eating.

Customer resources

In 2018, we launched a series of resources to help our customers reduce waste at home, like kitchen tips for storing food, how to start composting and recipe ideas for often-wasted foods.

Zero Hunger | Zero Waste

We invite our customers to join us in envisioning a world with Zero Hunger | Zero Waste.

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Value Chain Engagement

Food waste happens all the way up the supply chain, at the farms that produce food down through the transport and production of food for sale at our stores. Our vendors can be some of our greatest partners in our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan. In summer 2018, we hosted a summit to gather feedback and input from our suppliers on what a meaningful partnership should look like. We are finalizing a framework in 2019 which we will extend to our valued partners.

We are also looking within our own supply chain—our manufacturing plants and distribution centers—to increase food waste reduction and diversion. To start, we are increasing attention to our existing food waste donation program to improve data tracking and improve donation. In 2018, our Supply Chain network donated more than 14.8 million pounds of food to local food banks, while our plants divert significant amount of food waste to animal feed and land application.