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.