Reducing food loss and waste


According to the World Food Programme, we produce enough food for everyone, yet almost 800 million people go hungry. And the Food Aid Foundation estimates that one-third of all food is wasted. Along our value chain – primarily on farms, in our own operations and with consumers – Kellogg is reducing food loss and waste to ensure that food grown and made goes to human consumption whenever possible. Doing so is a win-win. We help meet public health needs and, at the same time, reduce the natural resources needed to feed the world’s population.

As a leader addressing food security, Kellogg was one of the first companies to join Champions 12.3, named for SDG target #12.3 that specifically addresses food loss and waste. This group of leaders from government, business, research and farming communities aims to meaningfully reduce food loss and waste by 2030. As a part of this initiative and others, by 2030 we are committed to doing our part to halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer level, and to reduce food losses along the production and supply chains including post-harvest losses.

In 2016, we piloted the World Resource Institute Food Loss and Waste Standard reporting methodology and are one of the first companies reporting global food waste data by destination.

In 2017, we achieved an overall 4.7 percent reduction in food waste within our Kellogg manufacturing operations, measured by the Food Loss and Waste Protocol.

  • For several years, our Postharvest Loss Reduction Program has partnered with groups like TechnoServe (an organization that provides business solutions to poverty) to help farmers – especially smallholders – reduce food loss on farms by providing training on improved agricultural practices through post-harvest storage technology.
  • We’re in the process of standardizing the date labels on our U.S. food packages to “BEST if used by,” helping to reduce food waste and giving people details to make more informed decisions. In 2017, we made the change on 50 percent of our packages and are continuing this work.
  • Resealable packaging also helps reduce food loss and waste. In the U.S., our Kashi®, Keebler®, Special K® and MorningStar Farms® brands use resealable packaging, and in many countries our cereals are packaged in resealable pouches.
  • We’ve invited others to join our journey to reduce food loss and waste when our regional business presidents have spoken at highly-visible global events including Sustainable Brands, Business Climate Summit, COP23 and Champions 12.3 held in conjunction with the U.N. General Assembly and Climate Week.