Our commitment to achieve zero food waste by 2025 starts with understanding Kroger’s current food waste footprint. After introducing Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan, we began an engagement with World Wildlife Fund to study our retail supermarket food loss and waste. Our Manufacturing and Logistics teams have achieved zero waste with 90%+ diversion from landfill, so the scope of this project was food waste in our retail operations.
Our Sustainability and Retail Operations teams worked with World Wildlife Fund’s Food Waste Program leaders and analysts to:
Finalize the current state of food waste in our retail stores with year-end 2017 food loss and waste data;
- Set a baseline for achieving zero food waste by 2025;
- Establish a roadmap to 2025 with achievable milestones;
- Establish a framework for transparency in food waste reporting;
- Create internal dashboards to report progress and celebrate achievements; and
- Identify priorities for deep-dive work and pilot projects to reduce food waste.
We completed the first phase of work and outlined the results in the Food Waste section of this report. Please see the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste section of the full report for additional details.
We sincerely thank World Wildlife Fund for their expertise and leadership, and we appreciate the support of our Retail Operations partners and associates who are eager to help eliminate food waste across our company.
Key focus areas for 2018 include:
We know it will take transformational ideas to end hunger and eliminate waste. We don’t have all the answers, so we’re inviting our experts, our partners and others to help find solutions that work. Part of our commitment includes test-and-learn projects, where we’ll find new ideas, launch pilots and look for scalable results.
Key focus areas include:
Projects to address areas of opportunity: We are using our food loss and waste data to identify the areas of biggest opportunity to increase food rescue donations and prevent and reduce food waste. We believe opportunities include improving store execution of our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue program, and focusing additional work on food waste reduction in store departments like Deli, Seafood and Produce.
Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue certification: To increase donations, we are creating a store certification program to help retail associates implement our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue program and to recognize and reward progress.
Zero Waste Toolkit: We will create and share best practices to help our retail store teams understand how to move farther down the path to zero food waste by 2025.
Supply Chain innovation: We will explore opportunities to reduce food waste at key points along our value chain, particularly in our distribution centers and transportation.