On Oct. 16, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue welcomed Amazon as a new member of the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions.
According to the EPA, champions are U.S. businesses and organizations who pledge to reduce food loss and waste in their own operations by 50 percent by the year 2030. The commitment and action of these businesses will help the U.S. move closer to the national goal, protect and save valuable resources and improve food system efficiencies while reducing waste.
“The Trump administration is leading the way in combating food waste, and the addition of Amazon to our Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions will go a long way toward us reaching our 2030 goals,” said Wheeler. “Currently, over one-third of all food goes uneaten through loss or waste. That amount of loss is just too high, and as this Champions list expands, we will start to see real improvements in the way America manages its food.”
Amazon joins a list of existing champions, which includes: Ahold Delhaize, Aramark, Blue Apron, Bon Appetit, Browns Superstores, Campbells, Compass Group, ConAgra, Farmstead, General Mills, Giant Eagle, Hello Fresh, Hilton, Kellogg’s, Kroger, Las Vegas Sands, Marley Spoon, MGM Resorts, Mom’s Organic Market, Pepsico, Sodexo, Sprouts, The Wendy’s Company, Unilever, Walmart, Walt Disney World, Wegmans, Weis, Whitsons and Yum! Brands.
“Whether shopping in our physical stores or online, we know that access to fresh groceries and low prices is more important than ever to our customers and their families, especially in these challenging times,” said Amazon Worldwide Vice President for Grocery Stephenie Landry. “By committing to reducing our food waste and loss within our U.S. operations by 50 percent by 2030, we can continue to build on our internal food waste reduction processes as well as grow our partnerships with food banks and food recovery organizations across the country to ensure that all communities have access to fresh food.”