USDA Lauds Grocers for Cutting Waste
Ahold USA received a 2030 Food Loss and Waste Champions award for initiatives that include a processor that turns inedible food into biogas fuel for an energy turbine. Delhaize America, which is merging with Ahold, was recognized for diverting unsold food away from landfills and into charitable programs. Walmart was recognized for, among other things, standardizing Best If Used By dating on its private label foods and educating consumer on actions that can be taken in homes to reduce food waste. Wegmans is routing food scraps for composting and animal feed and is contributing unsold products daily to food banks and pantries. Weis Markets got the nod for composting food waste and recycling cooking and waste oils into energy through anaerobic digestion.
Other companies receiving recognition from the Food Loss and Waste Champions program include Kellogg Co., PepsiCo, General Mills, Campbell Soup and Unilever.