Kroger is still on track to meet its latest sustainability goal, this time through its deli-minded production company, K.B. Specialty Foods. The company began constructing a new anaerobic wastewater treatment system at its Greensburg, Indiana, location.
"This is one more step toward meeting our goal of becoming a zero waste company by 2020," said Suzanne Lindsay-Walker, Kroger's Director of Sustainability.
The modification, according to a press release, will transform food production byproducts into energy, in addition to improving air quality in the area. The new system will feature a dome to capture biogas from the plant’s food byproducts, and then use the collected biogas to generate electricity.
The facility’s new system will be implemented by ADI Systems. ADI Systems stated that the new treatment will rely on anaerobic digest to transform food byproductions into the biogas. Electricity created this way will be sent to the plant’s electrical grid. According the company this will provide "a source of renewable energy that can be used to displace fossil fuels."
K.B. Specialty Foods’ current wastewater treatment system is open to the air, so this is a marked step up to Kroger’s sustainability goals. K.B. Specialty Food employs 270 associates, and produces deli salads, cake icing, and refrigerated side dish products, nationwide.
Kroger and K.B. Specialty Foods expects the new system to become operational next summer.