Kroger sets water conservation goal with the release of its eighth annual sustainability report
- Last year, Kroger's family of stores contributed nearly 73 million pounds of food and other products to more than 100 local food banks. Between food and cash donations, Kroger contributed more than 200 million meals to families in need in 2013;
- In 2013, the Kroger family of stores provided $46 million to more than 30,000 schools and charitable organizations participating in Community Rewards, a sales-based community fundraising program that enables shoppers to select a cause Kroger should support;
- More than 45,000 employees participated in walking and weight loss challenges in 2013. Kroger associates walked 35.7 billion steps and collectively lost 36,214 pounds. Kroger also invested more than $27.5 million in incentives to associates that met health screening targets;
- At the end of 2013, 27 of the company's manufacturing facilities had achieved a "zero waste" benchmark. Across the company's retail locations, Kroger added 200 more stores with organic recycling programs, totaling 988 locations;
- Since 2000, Kroger has reduced energy consumption by nearly 35%. The Kroger family of stores has 557 ENERGY STAR certified store locations, as well as 517 that are eligible to become certified; and
- Kroger spends nearly $2 billion annually with minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises. Kroger is a member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber's Million Dollar Club.
Policy expert Jim VandeHei to headline CRN conference
WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday announced that Jim VandeHei, named one of the 100 most powerful thinkers of the “Information Age” by Vanity Fair, will kick off the conference "CRN’s Annual Symposium for the Dietary Supplement Industry," taking place in Dana Point, Calif. Nov. 5 to 8.