Consumer Brands Association, FMI – The Food Industry Association, and the National Restaurant Association make up the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA), an industry-led initiative focused on reducing food waste by increasing food donation and sending unavoidable food waste to productive use (energy, composting) and away from landfills.
As industry leaders committed to improving our environment and our communities, the members of the Food Waste Reduction Alliance are taking on the challenges of food waste to shrink our environmental footprint, and simultaneously address hunger in America. We will achieve these objectives by addressing the root causes of food waste within our own operations and securing pathways to donate or recycle unavoidable food waste.
An estimated 25-40% of food grown, processed and transported in the U.S. will never be consumed.
Some generated food waste is safe to eat, and can be donated to food banks and anti-hunger organizations, providing nutrition to those in need.
For food waste, a landfill is the end of the line; but when composted, it can be recycled into soil or energy.
"Tackling food waste reduction is a business, moral and sustainability imperative... we are fully committed to a zero-waste culture that uses resources wisely, minimizes our waste stream, reduces costs, maintains the support of the communities in which we operate and earns the trust of customers and employees."
“When we work with the farmer to determine what we're going to need, there isn't going to be more grown than is used. Right off the bat we're eliminating food waste as much as possible, before it even enters our doors.”
"Wegmans has been tackling the issues of hunger and food waste in our communities for many years. Both present complex challenges that certainly can't be solved overnight, but as a food company, we know we can make a positive impact, and we are committed to doing so."