Reducing Food Waste


Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, calling on producers, processors, manufacturers, retailers, communities and other government agencies to join the effort to reduce, recover and recycle food waste.

In response to this challenge, FreshPoint – a Sysco company – introduced the innovative UBU Program, where we partner with produce growers to take “ugly” or “imperfect” produce that might otherwise go to waste and find customers interested in utilizing the product. Since our customers often chop or slice produce like peppers, carrots or whole tomatoes as part of a recipe, taking advantage of the UBU Program is a great way to reduce costs and the food waste often caused by cosmetic imperfections. The UBU program reduces not just organic waste, but also results in the avoidance of waste of all the inputs used to grow the produce, such as vital water and energy resources, as well as other inputs such as pesticides and fertilizer.

FreshPoint Quality Assurance holds the same high standards for the UBU Fruits and Veggies Program. Good Agricultural Practices are required for all of our produce and each grower must submit an acceptable audit that meets our requirements. In addition, we have the largest food safety and quality staff in the industry to monitor and ensure that our strict quality and safety standards are met.

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