Food Waste

FWRA LogoFMI collaborates on the issue of food waste with the industry through the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA). This initiative of FMI, Grocery Manufacturers Association (representing food and beverage companies), and the National Restaurant Association (representing the foodservice industry) was established in 2011 and as already engaged more than 30 leading companies and stakeholder partners, including Feeding America and Waste Management, Inc.


FMI Food Waste Resources 

  • Analysis of U.S. Food Waste Among Food Manufacturers, Retailers and Restaurants

    This is the third report of from the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA), which analyzes food waste data gathered from Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), and National Restaurant Association (NRA)members to improve understanding of the scale and nature of food waste generation and disposal and to spur knowledge, innovation, and action to reduce food waste in the food supply chain. Full Report
  • Best Practices Guide Highlights Ways the Food Industry Reduces Food Waste

    The Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA) released an updated guide with practical steps and examples to help food manufacturers, food retailers and restaurants cut food waste. The second annual Best Practices and Emerging Solutions guide highlights ways companies can begin or expand their food donation or food waste diversion programs. The second volume provides additional insight; revisiting model practices and emerging solutions compiled from more than 30 FWRA member companies and expert partners from the hunger relief and waste management sectors; and featuring new real-life examples and case studies.

  • 2014 Analysis of U.S. Food Waste Among Food Manufacturers, Retailers and Restaurants

    This is the second report of the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA), a collaborative effort between the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), and National Restaurant Association (NRA) to assess, analyze, and reduce food waste both collectively and individually. This report analyzes survey data on food waste donation, reuse and recycling, and disposal.
    Download the free food waste report
  • Food Waste Reduction Alliance Best Practices Toolkit

    The Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA) created a toolkit to help businesses cut down on the estimated 80 billion pounds of food waste that ends up in landfills every year in the U.S. The best practices cover topics including technologies for recycling food, plans for avoiding food waste and strategies for overcoming obstacles such as supply chain issues that get in the way of food donations.

    Download the free FWRA Best Practices Toolkit
  • 2013 Analysis of U.S. Food Waste Among Food Manufacturers, Retailers, and Wholesalers

    This report is the first-ever analysis of food waste data collected directly from food manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers. The Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA) sought BSR’s support to analyze food waste data gathered from food manufacturers, grocery retailers, and wholesalers. This data was collected through a survey developed by the FWRA and sent to companies by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). 

Outside Resources


USDA Food Waste Challenge

Developed by USDA and EPA, the U.S. Food Waste Challenge recognizes organizations and businesses that demonstrate their commitment to reducing food waste, helping to feed the hungry in their communities, and reducing the environmental impact of wasted food.  

EPA Food Recovery Challenge

As part of EPA's Food Recovery Challenge, organizations pledge to improve their sustainable food management practices and report their results.