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Organizations representing the grocery, restaurant and food product industries signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday afternoon with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, to formalize collaboration efforts designed to reduce food waste in the U.S. by 50% by 2030 — a goal established by the Obama administration and carried on by the Trump administration.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Food Marketing Institute and National Restaurant Association, all founding members of the industry-led Food Waste Reduction Alliance, signed onto the MOU at the ReFed Summit in San Diego. ReFed is a nonprofit organization focused on a data-driven approach to reducing food waste. The EPA, FDA and USDA signed a two-year agreement with ReFed in April.
This new level of formality builds on existing programs and commitments from the Trump administration including the ReFed agreement, the Food Recovery Challenge and the 2030 Champions program, wherein companies like Ahold Delhaize, Aramark, Blue Apron, Campbell’s, Yum! Brands, Walmart, Unilever and more have formally committed to the 2030 goal.