Meijer prevents 1 million pounds of food from going to waste

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — To date, Meijer has saved more than a million pounds of food from landfill.

Instead, good food nearing its sell-by date has been sold at reduced prices, part of a company-wide effort to both promote sustainability and create value for Meijer customers.

Using an app called Flashfood, customers can purchase meat, produce, seafood, deli meats, dairy, and baked goods at a discount. Customers can then collect their groceries from a special fridge placed at the front of some Meijer stores.

“Reducing food waste is a priority for us at Meijer and we are constantly looking for ways to reduce the use of landfills and the production of greenhouse gases,” said Erik Petrovskis, Director of Environmental Compliance and sustainability at Meijer. “Flashfood has been an exciting addition to our stores and I’m glad to see the program is so effective in benefiting not only the environment, but our customers as well.”

Meijer introduced the Flashfood program to a limited number of Detroit stores in November 2019. The program resulted in a 10% reduction in food waste for these test stores, and the program was expanded to all Meijer locations in 2021 .

Meijer estimates that 255 supercenters participate in the Flashfood program.

The grocer has also demonstrated its commitment to sustainability in other ways. Meijer recently declared its intention to halve carbon emissions by 2025. Meijer has also invested in renewable solar energy.

To learn more about Meijer’s green initiatives, visit here.

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