On April 19 Walmart announced the company pledges to attain zero food waste in its Canadian operations by 2025. Additionally, in their efforts to support the country’s research and initiatives to reduce food waste along the food chain, $15 million USD in funding is being donated by the Walmart Foundation.
Between 2015 and 2017 food waste in Walmart’s Canada operations has been reduced by 23%. Walmart is using a three-part strategy in its efforts to achieve zero food waste by 2025 in Canada. This strategy includes:
Expanding food donations
Enhancing customer value while refining operational efficiencies
Providing philanthropic support
Surplus food products will be donated so that fresh food is provided to the charitable meal system through a pairing of Walmart Canada stores and local food banks; about 85% of stores will donate surplus food on a regular basis.
338 Canadian Walmart stores and distribution centers will implement organic recycling programs so that these facilities can recycle and make compost, animal feed and energy from unsold or unsaleable food items. Walmart Canada will also enhance value to the customer by lowering prices on foods nearing best-before dates such as bakery, produce, dairy and fresh meat products for quick sale in their Customer Value Program.
Walmart Canada president and CEO Lee Tappenden said in the press release that, “We are stepping up in the fight against food waste and hunger.” Tappenden went on to say that he was proud of the company’s extensive 360 degree approach to tackle waste issues.
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