Food Waste Reduction

As a global food company, we play a significant role in helping to end hunger and create sustainable food systems to feed a growing population. We recognize that our work can support food security and help eradicate hunger by eliminating food waste from our value chain, while helping to ensure there is enough nutritious food for all.

Our Commitment

As part of our Kellogg’s Better Days Promise goal to create better days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030, we aim to reduce organic waste, including food waste, when making our food by 50% across our global Kellogg-owned manufacturing facilities by the end of 2030.

Our Approach

To achieve our goal, we are focused primarily on measuring food waste and loss in our facilities and implementing solutions to eliminate waste in our processes when making food. For example, we have modified equipment to enhance production efficiency for several foods, including Pringles®.

In 2016, Kellogg was one of the first companies to join a group of global leaders from government, business, research and farming communities committed to working together to meaningfully reduce food loss and waste by the end of 2030. This group, Champions 12.3, is named for United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (U.N. SDGs) target 12.3, which calls for “cutting in half per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer level and reducing food losses along production and supply chains (including post-harvest losses) by 2030.” Yet, our commitment goes further than the Champions 12.3 definition of food waste, as it includes organic materials captured under the 8 destination categories1 to maximize our impact and make sure the food we use gets to people through our sales and donations.

Also, as part of our commitment to transparency, Kellogg was an early adopter of the World Resource Institute (WRI) Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard and was one of the first companies to report global food waste data by destination.

As of 2022, we are revamping our waste commitments. As part of this process, we aim to sunset our organic waste commitment and install a food waste commitment. This new food waste commitment will be aligned with the food waste definition of the Food Loss and Waste protocol from World Resources Institute, and therefore will exclude animal feed material. This new commitment will be better aligned with the industry and other peer measurements.

We also contribute in other important ways:

  • Farming – Working with partners to reduce pre and postharvest loss on farms to ensure that more of the food that is grown is consumed. For example, in Mexico we partnered with the Mexico Food Bank Network to rescue fruits and vegetables from agricultural lands to provide people with fresh fruit and vegetables that were at risk of being lost but able to be consumed.
  • Reaching out to consumers – Standardizing our food date labels and educating consumers if food is safe to consume, as well as delivering tips and packaging innovation to help them reduce unnecessary food waste at home.
  • Sharing with communities – While it doesn’t contribute to our food waste metrics, we donate food to help feed people in need either due to natural disasters or chronic hunger in communities we support around the world. 

More information is available in the Food Loss and Waste Position and Methodology.

Our Progress

Since 2016, we’ve reduced our organic waste by 3.3% and our food waste by 22.8% across our Kellogg-owned manufacturing facilities.

 

[1] Animal feed, bio-based materials/biochemical processing, co-digestion/anaerobic digestion, composting/aerobic processes, controlled combustion, land application, landfill, and wastewater treatment.