Furthering its focus on reducing food waste, and in support of its commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, Del Monte Foods, Inc. announced that two more of its products — Del Monte Gut Love and Boost Me Fruit Infusions — have been Upcycled Certified by the Upcycled Food Association, the world's only third-party certification program for upcycled food ingredients and products.
Del Monte Fruit Infusions provide a full serving of fruit and are rich in antioxidant vitamin C. Made with real fruit juice, they do not contain added sugar, artificial sweeteners, artificial certified colors or GMO ingredients. The product line's Gut Love and Boost Me are the two flavors that have been Upcycled Certified by the Upcycled Food Association.
Through these two products, Del Monte Foods is re-directing approximately 130,000 pounds of pineapple juice each year, helping to provide nutritious and affordable food, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
"As Growers of Good, Del Monte Foods is focused on producing nutritious food while also protecting the health of our planet," said Greg Longstreet, president and CEO of Del Monte Foods. "The food industry has a huge opportunity to reduce food waste and Del Monte Foods is committed to playing a leadership role through our expanded focus on upcycling."
"Cutting food waste is the single-most effective thing companies and people can do to address climate change," said Turner Wyatt, co-founder and CEO of the Upcycled Food Association. "As a household brand, the early leadership that Del Monte Foods is showing in the upcycling space will have an important impact on consumer awareness of reducing food waste for a healthier planet and future."
As part of Del Monte Foods' mission to nourish people and communities with earth's goodness, the company has been focused on reducing all forms of food waste across its supply chain. Over the past 24 months, the company has diverted more than 25 million pounds of food from landfills through a focus on upcycling and food donations. Last year Del Monte Foods announced the industry's first canned vegetable product to be Upcycled Certified by the Upcycled Food Association. The company's Del Monte Blue Lake Petite Cut and Blue Lake Farmhouse Cut Green Bean products are 100% upcycled and sustainably grown green beans from Wisconsin and Illinois.
About Del Monte Foods
For more than 130 years, Del Monte Foods, Inc. has been driven by our mission to nourish families with earth's goodness. As the original plant-based food company, we're always innovating to make nutritious and delicious foods more accessible to consumers across our portfolio of beloved brands, including Del Monte, Contadina, College Inn, S&W and Joyba. We believe that everyone deserves great tasting food they can feel good about, which is why we grow and produce our products using sustainable and earth-friendly practices for a healthier tomorrow.