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15 huge U.S. companies sign up to cut their food loss waste by half

USDA and EPA announce list of 15 American businesses pledging to reduce their food waste and food loss by 50 percent by 2030.


November 28, 2016
by Canadian Packaging staff

United Sates secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and United States Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy have released the first 15 company names of the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions, a grouping of companies pledging to cut their food loss and waste within their respective businesses by 50 percent by the year 2030.

These companies are:

  • Ahold USA;
  • Blue Apron;
  • Bon Appétit Management Company;
  • Campbell Soup Company;
  • Conagra Brands;
  • Delhaize America;
  • General Mills;
  • Kellogg Company;
  • PepsiCo;
  • Sodexo;
  • Unilever;
  • Walmart;
  • Wegman’s Food Markets;
  • Weis Markets;
  • YUM! Brands.

Because there are multiple ways to define food loss and waste and thus to measure it, companies interested in participating in the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions challenge, can check out a Food Loss and Waste Protocol for information on defining and transparently measuring food loss and waste.

The EPA estimates that more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in our everyday trash—some 21 percent of everything thrown out. Food waste in the U.S. is estimated to be $370 per person per year.

By reducing food waste, the USDA says it can help impact climate change, noting that 20 percent of methane emissions in the U.S. are from its landfills.

To to join the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions challenge, visit www.usda.gov/oce/foodwaste/ and www.epa.gov/sustainable-management-food.

For companies not yet in a position to make the 50 percent reduction commitment, you can still make a difference – see the U.S. Food Waste Challenge.

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