Food Waste & Recovery
ALDI is the place for simply smarter shopping. To us, being smart means more than just providing high-quality products at low prices; it means working every day to help create a better world. Our long-time business model is inherently designed to create efficiency and reduce waste.
In Partnership with the EPA, ALDI is proud to participate in the Environmental Protection Agency Food Recovery Challenge, which encourages participants to follow the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy to prioritize actions around preventing and diverting food waste.
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Smaller Footprint, Less Waste. At 12,000 square feet, our typical store is much smaller than the majority of grocery retailers and we only fill our shelves with the most popular products in the most popular sizes, display groceries right in their shipping boxes, encourage the use of reusable bags and avoid non-essential grocery store services. Not only does this translate into big savings for our shoppers, but it means that, right from the start, ALDI is producing less waste by simply not selling as many products in the first place.
Efficient Ordering. At ALDI, we have a computer-generated ordering system in place that calculates product orders for the freezer, cooler and grocery areas of our stores. We also use a separate program for ordering perishable items, such as bread, meat and produce, to optimize product quantities in an effort to reduce potential waste caused by over-ordering and to control costs.
Standardized Date Labeling. We adhere to the standardized product date labelling system developed by the U.S. Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, by using "best is used by" and "use by" phrasing on our packaging. This helps reduce the unnecessary waste of products that are still safe to consume.
We strive to never let good food go to waste. With this in mind, all of our stores are partnered with a local Feeding America member food bank to redistribute unsaleable products still safe for consumption, to limit food waste and address food insecurity in our communities. This partnership has allowed us to make a positive local impact while also supporting our goals to limit our environmental impact. In 2018, we donated more than 28 million pounds of food to help combat hunger. Learn more about our community efforts and partnership with Feeding America.
As part of our commitment to the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy, which prioritizes actions around preventing and diverting food waste, we view composting as a lower priority strategy for reducing food waste. Nonetheless, we have begun piloting in-store composting programs in our Moreno Valley, CA division. In addition, in 2018, our corporate office in Batavia, IL diverted more than 64,000 pounds of food waste from landfill to composting.