We work hard every day to make certain that what you find in our stores – from the foods we carry to the services we offer – demonstrates our connection with local farmers, suppliers and manufacturers, and our stewardship for our planet's natural resources.
Zero Food Waste to Landfills Achieved!
We've reached our goal of sending no food waste to landfills. That amounted to 65 million pounds in 2020! Of that, more than 25 million pounds of nutritious and completely safe to eat food – like fruit and veggies, pasta and eggs – went to local hunger relief organizations. To achieve our goal, all Hannaford stores first focused on preventing food waste, then prioritized reuse and recycling methods.
Where does it all go?
Fighting Food Insecurity
As a Feeding America partner, Hannaford donates as much safe and nutritious food as possible to a network of community pantries, soup kitchens, and food banks.
When food isn't suitable for human consumption, Hannaford stores donate it to local livestock farmers who can use these items as feed for animals like cows, sheep, and pigs.
Hannaford works with its partner Agri-Cycle to turn food waste into energy using anaerobic digesters, machines that transform inedible food into electricity that's sold back to the grid.
Greater Than Groceries
What's important to you is important to us. From carrying 100% sustainable seafood and achieving zero waste goals in our stores, to fighting hunger in our communities and supporting local farms, we share your passion and commitment to making the world a better place. Together, we're Greater than Groceries.
You might be surprised to learn...
100% of the seafood we sell comes from sustainable sources
Hannaford will only sell products harvested using legal methods in regulated environments and encourage our suppliers and the fishing community to invest in gear and farming technologies that reduce adverse seafood production impact on the environment. We have an extensive program and work proactively with reputable groups.Hannaford Seafood Sustainability
We donated over 25 million pounds of food to hunger relief in 2020
When we have safe, edible food that we can't sell in our stores, our highest priority is donating that food to people in need. These donation efforts provided 20 million meals for people in our communities and helped reduce food waste by over 44%. We're proud to partner with several hunger relief agencies in our communities.Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger
We recycled 81.7% of our waste in 2020
We recycled 101 million pounds of cardboard and 3.3 million pounds of plastic. We diverted 32.7 million pounds of food waste to biodigesters, creating clean energy at Exeter Agri-Energy (EAE).
"Hannaford is a national leader in the supermarket industry for managing sustainability across a large number of stores."
– Peter Cooke, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
100% of our stores are certified as stewards for sustainability
Our stores are audited annually for environmentally preferred practices. We review water use, energy use and storm water run-off practices to ensure we operate with minimal impact to the environment. All of our stores meet or exceed the standards set by the Ratio Institute's Grocery Stewardship Certification Program and we work to continually improve our score year after year.
We saved 7 million kilowatt hours of energy by switching to LED lighting
We use high-efficiency overhead lighting in our stores that can help us save up to 500,000 kWh annually. That's enough to power 46 homes for a year.
100% of our store brand coffee is Fair Trade Certified
Last year, the Global Fair Trade movement empowered 975,000 farmers and workers across Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean to reach better terms with their trading partners. Fair Trade Certified products are produced according to rigorous standards that protect farmers, workers, fishermen and the environment.
Genetically Modified Food Policy
At Hannaford, we're passionate about providing our customers with nutritious and affordable products. We want customers to have confidence in the products we sell and access to foods that fit their dietary needs and lifestyles. Hannaford understands that navigating genetically modified foods (GMOs) can be a complex issue for customers. Our goal is to ensure customers have consistent and easy to read information about GMOs right on products.
As a result, Hannaford is choosing the most transparent labeling option to make it easier for customers to understand what's included in the products they love by requiring all private brand products to have clear on-pack Bioengineered Food disclosure. We are working to complete this well ahead of the Federal Bioengineered labeling deadline of January 1, 2022. Read the full policy here.
Farm Animal Welfare Policy
Hannaford is a passionate supporter of the well-being and welfare of farm animals. We are continuously refining our approach and seeking to improve sustainability and transparency within our supply chain. Hannaford looks to partner with suppliers who are committed to sound, science-based animal care practices and the elimination of animal cruelty, abuse and neglect. We believe that an animal's welfare at all phases of its life should be considered in terms of the globally recognized "five freedoms" of animal welfare. Click here to read the full policy, including requirements for suppliers and issues statements on topics within animal welfare such as cage free eggs, animal testing, growth hormones and more.