Kari Armbruster is speaking at the first Sustainable Produce Summit. ( Photo courtesy Kroger )

Kari Armbruster, program manager for Kroger’s sustainability initiative Zero Hunger|Zero Waste, will be one of the keynote speakers at the first Sustainable Produce Summit.

Armbruster’s address takes place at 10 a.m. CST on Sept. 23, the second day of SPS. The free virtual event is hosted by The Packer and Trust in Food in partnership with Apeel Sciences. SPS is an education-focused event devoted to sharing industry best practices in sustainability and looking ahead to next steps for produce.

Kroger’s annual progress report on its Zero Hunger|Zero Waste program includes information on the company’s meal donations, diversion of various materials from landfills, climate impact, water reduction, sourcing, packaging and more. Kroger’s goals are designed to align with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals including zero hunger; responsible consumption and production; good health and well-being; decent work and economic growth; and climate action, among others.

Armbruster will speak about the genesis of the Zero Hunger|Zero Waste initiative; the milestones reached so far and what’s ahead, particularly for areas most relevant to the produce supply chain; the company’s 2030 packaging goals and what Kroger needs from the supplier community to meet them; and other sustainability topics.

Other SPS educational sessions Sept. 23 will include the following:

  • Bonus keynote from Rabobank’s Roland Fumasi on the economics of sustainability
  • Research-based panel on sustainable packaging featuring panelists including Cal Poly’s Jay Singh
  • Consumer focus group led by Measure To Improve’s Nikki Cossio
  • Case study on Raley’s featuring senior category manager for produce and floral Michael Schutt and director of sustainability Mark Koppang

Registration for SPS is available here.