HELPING COMMUNITIES MAKE IT
At US Foods®, we believe in the power of food to give people a chance at a better future. As one of the largest food distributors in the United States, we’re privileged to be able to give back to the communities in which we live and work – empowering people with both nourishment and opportunity. US Foods is committed to:
To help ensure populations in need have access to safe and nutritious food, we support food banks and other nonprofits through product and financial contributions. As a Feeding America Mission Partner, US Foods has donated more than 79 million pounds of food since 2013. Our employees also donate their time and talent to volunteer at local food banks and other food-related causes across the country.
In 2017, US Foods donated $2 million of food to Feeding America to support relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Through this partnership, 40 truckloads of food were delivered to food banks to feed those impacted by the storms.
CULINARY EDUCATION FOR underserved YOUTH
We proudly support programs that prepare underserved youth for culinary careers. In August 2017, we launched our US Foods Scholars program in Chicago and Arizona through a partnership with Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). The program awards financial support and professional development opportunities to outstanding students who plan to pursue an education in the culinary arts and enter the restaurant industry. In August of 2018, we named our first six US Foods Scholars. Learn more about these future culinary professionals here.
Safeguarding the Environment
US Foods® is committed to continually improving the efficiency of our facilities and our fleet. Through the implementation of operational best practices and the use of innovative technology, we strive consistently to reduce the environmental footprint of our operations.
We’re increasing the energy efficiency of our facilities through a comprehensive energy program focused on implementing building management best practices and innovative technology solutions. This commitment includes installing more efficient lighting with occupancy sensors in many of our facilities and regularly conducting energy tune-ups to optimize the operation of refrigeration systems.
In addition, we utilize refrigeration systems with the latest measures to reduce outside air infiltration, such as vertical store dock plates or fast-acting insulated doors between temperature zones. Using Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) on condensers and evaporators allows motors to run at variable speeds to better match cooling loads, also reducing energy use.
As we add new facilities to our operations, US Foods has constructed several distribution centers certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). We have three LEED Silver-certified facilities located in Seabrook, New Hampshire; Flowood, Mississippi and Buda, Texas.
At the same time we’re increasing energy efficiency in our facilities, we’re working to reduce the overall miles driven by our fleet through optimized routing and right-sizing our vehicles by route type to improve our transportation efficiency.
Additional fleet enhancements include the installation of SmartWay verified tires and tire inflation systems that help with fuel efficiency, as well as trailer skirts that help with wind resistance. Extended oil drain schedules reduce oil use and create less oil waste, and the utilization of lighter weight oil in our vehicles helps improve fuel economy.
As we continue to update and add to our fleet, we have selected new vehicle models that feature an aerodynamic design for better fuel efficiency and engines that run at a lower RPM to reduce emissions. In addition, the new vehicles include state-of-the-art diagnostics that connect to the engine and monitor performance in real-time, as well as onboard computer monitoring systems that are used to report fuel economy and idle time. This data is used to drive continuous improvement and higher efficiency.
As fleet technology continues to evolve, we’re also testing new, innovative approaches such as the 55 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles we have in our fleet today in Texas and Oklahoma City, which allow us to save fuel and reduce truck emissions.
Sustainable Foods & Supplies
At US Foods, we value the opportunity to make a positive impact in the food industry and our communities through the innovative products we offer our customers. We aspire to become leaders in sustainable sourcing, equipping restaurant operators with products that are responsibly sourced or contribute to waste reduction.
RESPONSIBLE SOURCING POLICY
Our commitment to high sourcing standards begins with our Responsible Sourcing Policy, which sets forth the principles that we expect all of our suppliers to meet. This Policy covers critical topics such as legal compliance, food safety, human rights, physical safety, and the environment. We ask that suppliers train their employees to understand and comply with these standards.
The cornerstone of our commitment to offering sustainable products is our Serve Good™ program, which features products that are responsibly sourced or contribute to waste reduction. These products are developed in partnership with manufacturers who share our commitment to Serve Good™ program standards and, where applicable, come with verification by third-party certifiers. You can learn more about Serve Good program requirements here.
Since launching the program in 2016, we’ve continued to grow our Serve Good™ portfolio to more than 300 food and non-food products providing restaurant operators with a wide array of products to meet the growing demand for sustainable menu items. Products like our Rykoff Sexton Non-GMO Canola Oil, compostable Monogram All-Purpose Flax Towels made 100% from sustainable plant-based material and Marine Stewardship Council certified Beer Battered Alaska Cod are just a few examples of how we’re helping customers bring innovative, sustainable solutions to their restaurant operations.
In 2017, US Foods was announced as the winner of KKR’s Eco-Innovation Award for our Serve Good™ program. Launched in 2016, KKR's Eco-Innovation Award recognizes an innovative project by one of KKR's global portfolio companies that is driving meaningful business and environmental benefits.
As the global demand for seafood continues to grow, we believe we can play an important role in supporting the long-term health of fisheries and aquaculture through the distribution of responsibly sourced seafood.
We are working to continually improve the sustainability and traceability of our seafood supply chain, starting with a focus on our Exclusive Brand seafood products. The cornerstone of these efforts is our Responsibly Sourced Seafood Policy. This policy outlines measurable, timebound commitments that address all species within our Exclusive Brands seafood portfolio and each stage of our supply chain. In addition, this policy leverages our partnerships with best-in-class industry organizations at the forefront of seafood sustainability standards.
As responsibly sourced seafood practices continue to vary across countries and organizations, US Foods is working to make seafood choices easier and more transparent for our customers through our Serve Good™ and Progress Check™ programs.
Our Serve Good program, dedicated to products that meet responsible sourcing claims and adhere to strict Serve Good packaging standards, includes seafood products that are certified sustainable to leading industry recognized standards with chain of custody where applicable.
Farmed Species carry a Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) 4 star, or have the highest level of BAP available for the species or equivalent Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) benchmarked certifications where US Foods has the associated chain of custody certification.
Wild Caught species carry a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and MSC Chain of Custody certification or equivalent Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) benchmarked certifications where US Foods has the associated chain of custody certification.
Our Progress Check program recognizes seafood products and vendors that have made significant progress towards meeting our Serve Good program standards.
Wild Caught species carry a GSSI benchmarked certification where US foods does not have an associated chain of custody certification; or Fishery Improvement Project rated, “A, B or C” by FishSource of Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP); or Low risk as advised by FishSource of SFP.
Farmed Species carry BAP 1 Star, 2 Star or 3 Star recognition; or Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Certified without associated ASC Chain of Custody certification; or GSSI benchmarked certification where US Foods does not have an associated chain of custody certification; or Participant in the Aquaculture Improvement Project (AIP); or Equivalent certification or improvement projects will also be considered.
Because ongoing dialogue is critical to supporting sustainable seafood practices, we actively participate and partner with leading organizations dedicated to informing seafood sustainability best practices. We are a founding member of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, we sit on the Board of the National Fisheries Institute, we are an active member of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and the first American foodservice distributor to join the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI). In 2015, US Foods was the first nationwide foodservice distributor in the United States to earn the Marine Stewardship Council Chain of Custody certification, a certification that requires, among other things, the implementation of extensive traceability procedures within our distribution centers.
We are proud of our efforts around sourcing sustainable seafood and are committed to continually reviewing and implementing best practices across our seafood supply chain.
Given the potential environmental and social risks associated with palm oil production, we began working with our suppliers in 2017 to transition the palm and palm kernel oil used in US Foods Exclusive Brand products to responsibly sourced palm oil. Our palm oil policy lays out our commitment to source 100% of the palm or palm kernel oil used in US Foods Exclusive Brand products through certified sustainable sources such as RSPO Mass Balance, Identity Preserved or Segregated Supply Chain or equivalent standard by December 31, 2019. If a physical supply is unavailable, RSPO Credits will be required to cover that material to support the production of CSPO.
Cage Free Eggs
US Foods is committed to providing restaurant operators with products that are responsibly sourced. In conjunction with our Serve Good program, in June 2016 we became one of the first broad line distributors to introduce a nationally available Cage Free Pasteurized Liquid Whole Egg product under a private label brand. This product, which is American Humane Certified by the American Humane Association, combines the safety of pasteurization with the humane treatment of hens raised in a cage-free environment.
In July 2016, we began informing all of our key egg suppliers of our goal to source only cage-free eggs by 2026. We will collaborate with our suppliers throughout this process to assess availability, affordability and customer demand.