Our minimal, fresh cut processing allows us to reduce waste at the source with precision cuts that utilize every edible cut of the high quality produce brought in from our farmer and grower partners. Because it is being processed, we are also able to fully incorporate produce that still meets our quality standards for taste and freshness but may have superficial imperfections–further reducing waste.
After reducing waste at the source, we prioritize donations to recover food before it goes to waste, which aligns with our overall company commitment to support our local community. We have developed strong community partnerships with organizations addressing food insecurity and increasingly donate to partners who distribute meals and donations to community members throughout Illinois and Wisconsin.
Processing inherently produces small amounts of food waste that cannot be donated to people. Our industry-leading program diverts all remaining food waste to both industrial use and compost, avoiding landfills and incineration and reducing our environmental impact. Since implementing composting at our Kenosha facility in 2021, we have diverted an additional 1.5 million pounds of food waste from landfill!
Certified at the Platinum level by the Green Business Bureau and active member of the International Fresh Produce Association’s inaugural Sustainability Council, we are committed to being held accountable to our goals and being inspired in community with other sustainability leaders.