CINCINNATI, April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) family of stores, recently recognized by the U.S. EPA for its efforts to reduce food waste, today launched a microsite – Kroger.com/earthday -- to inspire customers to live green, save money and reduce waste at home.
Kroger partnered with Seventh Generation and Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Products to provide simple tips and money-saving tricks to help fruits and vegetables stay fresh longer, to use natural cleaning methods to complete household chores, and to offer digital coupon savings for Seventh Generation products by visiting Kroger.com/earthday.
"We are committed to reducing food waste because it is good for our business, our communities and the environment," said Suzanne Lindsay-Walker, Kroger's director of sustainability. "We also want to make it easy for our customers to take simple steps at home to live greener and reduce household food waste."
As part of the company's food recovery strategy in grocery stores, Kroger's Perishable Donations Partnership donated the equivalent of 43 million meals of healthy, perishable food to local Feeding America food banks to help feed hungry families last year.
Kroger's retail operations team has implemented an organic recycling program in 1,000 stores across the country. This program utilizes composting and animal feed to limit the amount of food going into landfills.
Kroger was the first major retailer in the U.S. to develop a clean energy production system that converts food that cannot be sold or donated into clean energy. The facility provides a quarter of the power needed to run the company's Ralphs/Food 4 Less distribution center in Compton, CA.
Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs nearly 400,000 associates who serve customers in 2,625 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 782 convenience stores, 326 fine jewelry stores, 1,330 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and community organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber's Million Dollar Club.