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GLRPPR Sector Resource: 2014 Case Study: Dillons Food Stores

Title:
2014 Case Study: Dillons Food Stores

Abstract:
An estimated 50 million Americans are food-insecure, yet food waste makes up the largest percentage (21%) of waste sent to the landfills. In an effort to address this issue, Dillons partnered with the Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute (PPI) for a second year, hosting a food-recovery intern. In 2013, Dillons implemented source-reduction recommendations across most stores, reducing production of bolilo rolls and rotisserie chicken, and increasing donations to the Kansas Food Bank (KFB). In late 2013, Dillons began contracting with Quest, a service that diverts food trimmings and wastes to animal feed programs. The 2014 intern was assigned to work with two different stores in the Wichita area, studying and identifying source-reduction and food redistribution opportunities. Through waste assessments, observations, and interviewing store associates, the intern was able to identify the following:

  • Source reduction opportunities for the deli, bakery, and produce departments of both stores;
  • A 95% increase in food donations to the Kansas Food Bank (KFB) from all perishable food departments; and
  • Increased food trim and waste diversion from produce departments to Quest, an animal feed program.
Dillons implemented some of the 2014 intern's recommendations immediately, and the estimated annual environmental impact and cost savings can be found in a table at the end of this case study.

URL:
http://www.sbeap.org/files/sbeap/publications/2014_Dillons_FRC_Bintou_Bayo.pdf

Source:
Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute P2 Program

Resource Type:
Case study/success story

Date of Publication:
2014

Associated Sectors:

GLRPPR is a member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange, a national network of regional information centers: NEWMOA (Northeast), WRRC (Southeast), GLRPPR (Great Lakes), ZeroWasteNet (Southwest), P2RIC (Plains), Peaks to Prairies (Mountain), WSPPN (Pacific Southwest), PPRC (Northwest).

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