The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many dairy farmers to dump gallons of milk, and in an effort to ensure this product is not wasted, Kroger has expanded its Dairy Rescue Program to redirect this surplus of dairy to those in need, including local restaurants, hotels, school, and food banks, among other organizations.
“Kroger recognizes the growing need for fresh, highly nutritious food in our community, especially for children as schools remain closed during the pandemic to flatten the curve,” Erin Sharp, group vice president of manufacturing at Kroger, said in a statement. “At a time when dairy farmers have surplus raw milk, we’re doubling down on our mission to reduce hunger and waste.”
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Kroger Expands Dairy Rescue Program to Redirect Surplus Milk
1. Surplus Milk Donations - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Developing innovative distribution channels and technologies to efficiently redirect surplus milk to those in need.
2. Dairy Rescue Program - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Implementing advanced inventory management systems and data analytics to optimize the allocation of surplus dairy products.
3. Reducing Hunger and Waste - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Creating sustainable solutions, such as food processing technologies or alternative dairy products, to minimize food waste and alleviate hunger.
1. Food Distribution - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Leveraging blockchain technology to enhance traceability and transparency in the distribution of surplus milk.
2. Agriculture - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Developing smart farming technologies to increase milk production efficiency, reduce waste, and improve sustainability.
3. Food Processing - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Utilizing advanced processing techniques, such as milk powder production or fermentation technologies, to extend the shelf life of surplus dairy products.