BUILDING UP A FOUNDATION FOR MAXIMUM CONSUMPTION AND MINIMUM WASTE

2020: A PANDEMIC YEAR

Earlier 2020, a piece of breaking news surfaced the world that a lethal disease named as Covid-19 has killed a lot of people around the globe, causing the government to make temporary lockdowns in their respective states and countries. Needless to say, everybody was shaking to their core because nobody ever even considered something this serious ON THE LOOSE.

Around the world, people suffered. Some lost their jobs, some of their homes, and some of their loved ones. It was difficult for people to keep their stomachs full even. 2020 was and in my opinion, WILL ALWAYS remain THE MOST hardest year any person or any country could’ve faced.

So people have started to rethink how to manage their homes and work in such a tight notice. They have stopped producing waste and started consuming and saving most of the food. (Things only a pandemic can do!)

Role of Kroger in the world of a pandemic:

Kroger initiated to make a foundation back in 2017 when its main reason back then was to simply eradicate waste by the year 2025.

But since 2020 took a major turn, it got successful. A recent survey proved that now more people especially employees at Kroger are now eating meals at their homes.

Kroger’s help for its customers:

The customers can recycle almost anything and everything. From a cereal box to wrapping papers to plastic bags. EVERYTHING! This has also helped in reducing the chances of pollution.

You can also recycle from home. Yes! You heard it right. People can join its recycling program and recycle food at home. terraCycle.com/SimpleTruth

Kroger and its subsidiaries in ACTION:

Humans, no matter how much he denies that he is better off alone, always need someone to back up for him. The same is the case with big companies. Sometimes they merge and sometimes they increase their branches.

You might be wondering what those branches might be. ALLOW ME. Some of them are Ralphs, Hormel Foods, Food 4 Less, Tayler farms.

Recently Kroger announced that they all join its foundation Zero Hunger/Zero Waste initiative and they’ll try to reduce waste as well. And if you ask me, THAT is one of the amazing news that I have heard all year because let’s be real we all haven’t heard that much of good news in 2020. And whats better than unity? NOTHING.

What is the Zero Hunger/Zero waste?

It’s a found that Kroger introduced it to the world in September 2017. Its function was to eradicate waste and well the pandemic fastened the process for it. Achieving zero waste in such a big company that has more than 2500 stores worldwide is a big initiative. But just as big it is, it’s also hard. But I guess Kroger never disappoints us and that’s what makes it THE BEST RETAIL COMPANY.

In my opinion, everyone should take a little authority and we all should start saying food rather than wasting it. We should recycle all the products that can be recycled and we should stay at home for meals as well. (Ain’t nothing better than a good meal at home in front of a television with your loved ones.)  This would not only eradicate the environmental issues but it will also allow us to have nutritious food without any food waste. A positive outlook, nevertheless.

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How Kroger Produce Organic Electricity by using Unsold Organics?

How Kroger Produce Organic Electricity by using Unsold Organics

Waste is a bad thing:

In our daily life, we normally waste a lot. We throw things away and waste them but do not reuse them even if they can be reused. We do not use thing again if they look old fashioned, a little fade.  Everyone one know that wasting is a bad thing but still we do not act upon it when it comes to practical life. It’s a human nature to waste things but now there should be a little awareness. It’s time to change and make awareness regarding recycling things. Kroger is actually working on such program and trying to reduce wasting of products and bringing the recycling and reusing trends to the world.

Who is Reyan?

Technology plays an important role in recycling. It has become impossible to live without technologies now a days. Kroger started working on recycling and helped to stop wasting products. Reyan along his team worked with Kroger and starting opening ways to stop wasted food as it cannot be served to others and neither be donated. He is always against of wasting and always thought where this household waste will go when it fills up to the land. As they also threw their garbage on the land. So he decided to find out the solution.

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Reverse Logistics:

His theme and goal of life is to do productivity by using science and technology and make the world a better place. He studied Electrical Engineering and started working on processes for creating energy by pulling apart water molecules. At start he worked for an established company and used his abilities and refined his engineering skills. Lately he joined a small group and came up with an idea of turning organic material into energy. Immediately he started collecting trash and organics from supermarkets. His goal was to eliminate all the trash so he started working on it. They began with a model and placed small digester or processors behind the grocery stores but it proved to be more expensive and inefficient. The process became more difficult than it would be s they never wanted to make store’s employees jobs more difficult and create extra work for them. So, FEED started focusing on a process called “reverse Logistics,” or “backhauling.” Reverse logistics refers to a process by which unused goods, materials, and products are moved away from their usual destinations (in many cases this means the landfill) and instead resold, reused or recycled. Grocers such as Ralphs / Food4Less operated by Kroger and others used reverse logistics have to recycle unsold organics. Ralph’s waste was collecting and shipped to composting facilities in Northern California before FEED reached them. The aim will be to centralize this process and create a streamlined mechanism for the capture and use of unsold organics.

What are Unsold Organics?

Unsold organics are those items that are not sold on time, remained on the back of the grocery store, get expire and cannot be donated. Over the years, Kroger’s involvement with local food banks and catering firms has doubled. For e.g., if you have a jar that holds any of the strawberries, the government would not approve the selling of these strawberries because of food safety concerns. They do not head out in front of the supermarket and do not run to the nearest food bank. Stale bread, wilted lettuce, overripe bananas, these get culled and thrown in a bin and will go to the landfill.

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How FEED works?

Therefore, for FEED, their first and foremost step is to make people understand to change the vocabulary used for the project. Some people just call it garbage,” says Ryan, “but it’s really unsold food. It’s about introducing people to the concept that they can save money and resources and actually create energy by rethinking resource management.” After positive conversations and successful piloting, things started falling into place. But for this purpose you need a strong internal stakeholder to make this happen so one of those stakeholders from Kroger was Mike Vriens. Mike saw the opportunity and began to drive us to comply with his problems. Mike knows trade, the dynamics and the value of making economic choices. The concept was tested, perfected and then eventually passed to senior management at Kroger over a one-year cycle. Kroger and FEED had the idea to collaborate on the Ralphs campus, a very unheard of initiative, with their very own Anaerobic Digester. In Europe and Asia, anaerobic digesters are very common but they only start catching in America. In this vacuum, Kroger chose to be a leader.

What is an Anaerobic Digester and how does Kroger’s work?

  • Unsold organics are collected from all the centers by using bins and brought to the Digester by the trucks.
  • There is a processor on the front end of the Digester that liquefied the organics and screen out inorganic materials.
  • The liquefied organic slurry is slowly fed into the bowels of the Digester along with reused process water from Ralphs’ creamery.
  • All of that microbial flatulence builds up and builds up until bubbles of methane and carbon dioxide begin to float to the top of the large tank
  • The gas is collected and compressed to about 40-90 psi and
  • Pushed through energy producing micro turbines
  • That energy is put back into the grid. Indeed, 20% of the energy requirements on the 49 hectares of Ralph’s campus was fulfilled with unsold organics that would otherwise have gone into dumps. The digestive system also generates mineral and nutrient amounts that are converted into a manufacturer of organic fertilizer.

FEED Resource Recovery does not just decrease the energy bill. They decrease the need for waste shippers from more than 150,000 to mere hundred truck miles by centralizing food waste management. According to their website, they process 300,000+ pounds of organics every day, eliminate 500,000+ diesel truck miles annually and provide an 18.5% ROI for Kroger. A giant company, with over 400,000 employees and locations all over the country, is harnessing the power of tiny, infinitesimally small bacterium, that eat infinitesimally smaller fatty acids, which produce renewable energy. This process diverts waste away from landfills, lessens the amount of methane gas being released into the atmosphere, reduces the number of trucks on the road, and therefore decreases the amount of diesel fuel burnt and released into the atmosphere. The impact, not only on Kroger’s bottom line, but on the environment’s safety and security, is compounding.

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Food Waste Control Since COVID19

Most of the Kroger shoppers eat more food as a family together and are more mindful of food waste than one in three. The Data Analytics subsidiary of Kroger reported that food waste reduction is a top priority for many households, as many people want to eat more food together in their homes.

Close to 3 out of 4 consume foods cooked at home many times a day, with over half of these foods needing low to high preparation. 35% firmly believe that after the launch of COVID-19 they are more mindful of food waste. Almost half note that food expiry after the pandemic is the main source of food loss.

Keith Dailey, Company Vice President and Chief Support Officer for the Sustainability Company, said: “The past few months showed how much meals matter, particularly when they are eaten and shared together with family and friends.

COVID19 changed the people

Until we were closed or you can say locked down, most of us were used to shopping everywhere. Remember back in all types of ways you may eat? Everywhere was food for anyone with means – and everywhere we ate, too. We leaned against a wall with a box with slow-cooked pork from a street food store. They say that in the towns and cities of England, you are only 6 ft away from a mouse, but we’re only farther from a snack, too. It was gone in a moment. Nationally, we purchased much more than we really needed for food: pre-lockdown figures found that from our own kitchens, 50 % to 70% of all food lost in the UK – 6,6 m tonnes, for the sum of £ 500 every household per year. The estimates were absurd: 800,000 apples and 4.4 m potatoes tossed into the garbage each day; the drain came down to a sixth of all the milk we bought.

The store no longer is such an enticing location with crowds to join, masks, and this slow-motion dance we all do in order to maintain compulsory distance. Given the obvious – food is finite – we deem this a far more desirable product. Hubbub, a UK charity for sustainability, has recently surveyed 57% of us who trust diet more than pre-coronavirus. The rest of us shop and carry on more than what we spend now: recent Wrap research, an organization that is aiming to minimize waste, reveals that waste potatoes, bread, chicken, and milk at home are 34% lower; it also shows that people strive less aggressively to waste – food with what they have, sample, leftovers, menus before shopping. Most family dinners are now guided by what we need to eat: roasted or fried peppers, the potatoes my children avoid by night mixed with mayo and cabbage by the day after. Now, many people are taking care of food waste at Kroger company.

Kroger sales in COVID 19

Sales except for fuel in stores open for a minimum of 15 months, which is around 14.6% higher than in a year ago, were forecast by the nation’s biggest foodstuffs firm on Friday. For the quarter ended August 15, Kroger generated $819 million profit. Total revenues grew to $30.5 billion by 8 percent.

Kroger and other grocery stores have been growing their profits since the coronavirus pandemic remains at home and eats more. That growth continues to decrease as people store up less, while prices remain considerably higher than before the pandemic in the US. In the previous year, Kroger posted a 19% rise in equivalent Kroger shop revenue.

In America, the largest cause of food waste is in homes where wilts, dairy spoils, and remains are lurking in the refrigerator until they are dumped. Today, nervous customers who hack food can have no way to eat something they’ve purchased. They can’t feed and waste on lockdown at the same time. So people are learning to store and use food cautiously.

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INSIDE THE WORLD OF KROGER

Zero Hunger/ Zero Waste Foundation

It is crazy inside The Kroger World. This world has ups, it has downs but it never fails to stand firm on its ground. Almost every single day media is filled with breaking news caused by The Kroger Co. and this time it is something as big as a FOUNDATION. Yes, you heard it right! The bold plan of a foundation that Kroger took back in September 2017 has now made a huge impact on people’s lives and mind, now that a pandemic has taken over the world by a storm, the Zero Hunger/ Zero Waste foundation has helped in eradicating a lot of food waste. Since people are made to re-think that what they have is limited and they can re-use the waste, it now has changed the whole perspective. This foundation was made to eradicate waste by the year 2025. A recent survey has proved the foundation to be a huge success in the year 2020 and it is for following reasons:
  • The shoppers get to enjoy meal with their loved ones. Meals at home? Never not, better!
  • Nearly 3 out of 4 people are at home, making meals for themselves and THAT TOO easy to make.
  • 35% of people strongly agree that they are conscious of food. (Things only a pandemic could do.)

CUSTOMERS HELP

In my opinion, it is beautiful when people collaborate and help each other especially when it is such a huge project that helps millions. I guess that is the main secret to success – TOGETHERNESS. Well, the customers can help Kroger by rounding up their payments every time they purchases things from their store, they can also donate whatever amount of money they want to. (There is not term like too much money.) Kroger Related Posts:

Kroger’s help to its Customers

Kroger is a reliable organisation. That also provides help to its customers (no wonder why it is so successful.) Keeping its customers hand in hand, Kroger is there TO SAVE THE DAY. It has launched helplines where people can call up for free advices. The tips include fridge organising, waste-free meals and planner also; we can extract online help from Kroger.co , CONVENIENT, RIGHT?

Supplier’s help

With food industry being in under a lot of stress, the food world has arranged things for its own benefit. A recent pandemic has shown the world that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. Therefore, for the sake of filling their stomachs people have started taking precautions along with big companies as well. Kroger announced that 16 of its suppliers have joined the program, to cut food waste and reduce food loss. These are BIG companies. In addition, you know what happens when big companies merge, right? Well, it sure is a sight to see. Some of them are:
  • Amy’s
  • Chobani
  • Driscoll’s
  • Flower Food. Inc.
  • High liner foods
  • Impossible foods
  • Rich products corporation
More Kroger Reads: All these companies and many other who have collaborated with Kroger have targeted 50% of a reduction rate.  They are making strategies to reduce any further waste in the future. Well, THE FUTURE DOES SEEM BRIGHT, DON’T IT? Food is one of the major things that a human has to have for a survival. If there is no food, there is no mark of humans. Therefore, it is important for us to reduce food waste and re-use it if or whenever we can. In addition, in my opinion, Kroger has done absolutely the best with this campaign. With the other big names combined with it, I think this world can now be a better place to live. Related Kroger Posts: