Why grocers need quick wins with sustainability

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A report by management consultant Alvarez & Marsal outlines actions grocers can take within three to six months that can help kick-start their sustainability journeys.

Inside the global effort to keep perfectly good food out of the dump

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Around the world, lawmakers and entrepreneurs are taking steps to tackle two of humanity’s most pressing problems: hunger and climate change.

How Feeding America is using inventory visibility tools to improve the flow of donations

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Smarter Sorting is working with Feeding America through its MealConnect digital platform to help retailers more seamlessly move their excess food to the nonprofit, the tech company announced last month.

The consumer goods data company will integrate its data-intelligence software with Feeding America’s platform to speed retailers’ sorting process, while providing real-time updates about donation packages to improve visibility, according to the release.

Costco, a Feeding America partner, helped to pilot the new service and is expected to scale the technology across its warehouses early next year, Smarter Sorting CEO Jacqueline Claudia told Supply Chain Dive.

Free virtual event: Sustainable Refrigeration Summit (Oct 24-28, 2022)

This free virtual summit will bring together the stakeholders needed to solve the puzzle of sustainable refrigeration in supermarkets – including food retailers, manufacturers, service contractors, engineers, consultants, government agencies, policymakers, utilities, energy, and environmental stakeholders.

Hear the latest regulatory and industry trends and learn from leading food retailers, industry experts, and policymakers.

Visit the summit website for the full agenda and to register.

Dented, dated, discontinued? At the salvage grocery, it’s called a deal

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Salvage food stores have long been a lure for the frugal and the intrepid. But inflation, environmentalism and some clever rebranding are expanding the fan base.

IGA, Ratio Institute partner to offer sustainability education, certifications

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The Independent Grocers Alliance and Ratio Institute, an independent nonprofit dedicated to sustainable efficiencies, have partnered to offer food retailers a sustainability program. This program offers food retailers education, a nationally recognized certification program and the marketing materials needed to create awareness around their sustainability initiatives.

You wouldn’t believe how many different things in this grocery store are reused

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When the Vancouver-based grocer Nada set out to open its first store, founders Brianne Miller and Alison Carr knew the design couldn’t just be something off the shelf. As a packaging-free grocer, where customers use empty pickle jars and salsa tubs to bring home the goods they buy, Nada’s ethos of reuse had to be integrated into the way the store looked and felt.

“We are big proponents of making use of things that already exist. It’s one of the best things we can do for the planet,” Miller says. “We really wanted everything we did to reflect that.”

So along with designers from the firm ZAS Architects, they began scouring the market for secondhand materials to outfit the space. At the same time, a Sears department store in the area went out of business. Suddenly the market was flooded with retail store furnishings.

Food waste: Retailers remove indicative dates from fruit, veg and dairy

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In an effort to limit the amount of food wasted in households across the UK, supermarket retailers are taking action.

Food waste to feed and biogas at dairy farm

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Ar-Joy Farms in southeastern Pennsylvania receives produce for animal feed and source separated organics and high strength liquids for anaerobic digestion.

Target, CVS testing reusable bag rental system in New Jersey

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Target and CVS are testing a reusable bag rental system called Goatote at select stores in New Jersey, following the state’s ban on single-use paper and plastic bags that went into effect earlier this month, according to a press release last week.  

Shoppers use their smartphones to scan a QR code at a Goatote kiosk to take as many bags as needed and then return them within 30 days to any kiosk. 

The pilot comes at a time when retailers are trying to find alternatives to single-use bags as a growing number of cities and states look to curb their use.