News Roundup: Food Industry Giants Join U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions
March 2, 2022
It’s not a secret that the United States is a major creator of food loss and food waste. In fact, we discard more food than any other country in the world. There have been recent pushes to emphasize food waste as a major lever in reaching our climate goals, but the government can’t do it alone.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency created the U.S Food Loss and Waste Champions in 2015 to get private businesses on board with public commitments to reduce food waste in their U.S. facilities by 50% by 2030.
On February 22nd, they announced 7 new members that have promised to make the necessary changes to help protect our planet.
Danone North America, Albertson’s Company, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Smithfield Foods, Starbucks, Sysco, and Tyson Foods now join the ranks of over 30 companies that are making the commitment to reduce their food loss and waste.
From this point forward, these organizations will be included in the USDA and EPA’s quarterly reporting of the businesses’ progress towards their goals and the impact of their actions. By joining this group, these organizations will be held publicly accountable for their actions in reducing waste, and consumers can have the benefit of being more informed about the impacts of the companies they use.
Looking through the list, there are several popular methods corporations are now using to help reduce waste. Some are choosing to change their inventory management process, as well as their operations and supply chain processes to avoid food loss from excess at the source. Others are choosing to donate the excess foods to recovery organizations (like us!) across the nation to help feed both people and animals.
Commercial composting is being integrated for organic waste, and some corporations are also finding new ways to use byproducts. From reutilizing the scraps to create entirely new products, to creating more biodegradable byproducts, there are several ways many of these corporations are finding creative new solutions.
One notable mention would be the inclusion of Danone North America, the parent company of Two Good Yogurt, and an incredibly valuable partner of We Don’t Waste! For every cup of yogurt purchased, 2 cents is donated to We Don’t Waste, as well as City Harvest out of New York. Through this initiative, Two Good Yogurt is helping us recover hundreds of thousands of pounds of food each month! You can shop for some delicious yogurt to enjoy at several local grocers.
On top of Two Good’s donations, Danone North America is working to reduce waste on its operations and supply chain, in addition to ongoing efforts in its manufacturing facilities.
We are excited to see this list grow, and look forward to watching as new methods for reducing waste are created and implemented across all of the food industry.
And please, eat more Two Good yogurt – the environment (and We Don’t Waste) will thank you!