Kroger’s New Goal Aims To Protect Pollinators

Protecting pollinators and supporting biodiversity are part of Kroger’s latest efforts to create a more sustainable world. The newest initiative impacts the grocery retailer’s fresh produce supply chain, requiring medium- to large-scale growers to use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices by the end of 2028, while smaller growers must meet the same requirements by 2030. Using fewer pesticides can improve pollinator health. Kroger has partnered with the Sustainable Food Group, a branch of IPM of North America, to establish the goal and determine the necessary steps to reach compliance.  

“We depend on a healthy and resilient agriculture supply chain to keep bringing fresh, affordable food to more of America. This new goal reflects Kroger’s evolving approach to sustainability and resource conservation, including setting clear expectations with growers to support the transition to more sustainable fresh food production,” says Lisa Zwack, head of sustainability for Kroger. 

Suppliers can demonstrate compliance by earning at least one of 12 certifications ranging from Certified Sustainably Grown to Sustainable Food Group Sustainability Standard. Kroger continues to work toward protecting biodiversity under its community impact strategy, Thriving Together. 

Learn more about Thriving Together in Kroger’s 2023 Environmental, Social & Governance report.  

 

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