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There’s no hiding the fact that food waste in the US is a staggeringly large issue. The USDA estimates that 30% to 40% of the country’s food supply goes to waste, with 31% of food loss occurring at the consumer and retail level. What’s more, a recent study found that grocery shoppers often overestimate the amount of fresh food they will consume, with 97% saying they would eat all their meat but only 50% finishing it.
According to an analysis from the Center for Biological Diversity, only three of the top 10 US grocers have made commitments to achieve zero food waste by 2025, including Kroger, Ahold Delhaize and Walmart. Other grocers have made less ambitious commitments to reducing food waste, while others still lack such commitments and transparency about tracking and prevention strategies.