Cincinnati-based retailer The Kroger Co. was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts around sustainable food management.
Kroger participated in the EPA’s 2016 Food Recovery Challenge and was named Region 5 Winner in the Grocers category, according to a news release.
“We remain committed to our goal of meeting and exceeding the EPA’s zero-waste threshold in our facilities by 2020,” Suzanne Lindsay-Walker, Kroger’s director of sustainability, said in the release. “This is just one more step as we continue to look for new opportunities to help us reach that goal.”
Kroger has increased food donations and is diverting food waste from landfills.
In 2015, Kroger expanded its Perishable Donations Partnership, through which 56 million pounds of fresh food — the equivalent of more than 46 million meals — was donated to local food banks.
In 2016, Kroger’s distribution centers launched efforts to become zero-waste, as well. The company said 32 of its manufacturing facilities are zero-waste.
“Kroger reduced its carbon footprint and helped communities by donating more than 50 million pounds of food and diverting more than 150,000 tons of food waste from landfills in just one year,” said Robert Kaplan, EPA acting administrator for Region 5, in the release.