Our Approach To Sustainability

The food system remains one of the primary drivers of climate change and environmental degradation. AWG plays an important role in developing solutions to these challenges and  AWG must integrate sustainability into strategy and action. AWG is incorporating sustainability into everyday operations, making environmental improvements that positively impact member retailers, promote a sustainable future and lead to social and economical improvements in the communities in which it operates. AWG teams are working to reduce contributions to climate change through operational excellence practices such as implementing sustainable procurement methods, reducing consumption of energy, reducing waste, increasing recycling and investments in clean energy.

Responsible Partnerships – No one company can address these issues alone. AWG knows that continuous environment improvement stretches beyond just its walls so fostering partnerships that enhance a cleaner operation are vitally important. 

2023 Sustainability Statistics

Food Donations

AWG is dedicated to providing food for our communities. In 2023 AWG donated 1,225,823 meals.


AWG Partnerships

AWG is proud to partner with organizations who align with our sustainability goals.  In 2023 in partner collaboration 1,720 conservation trees were planted in the heart of our communities, right in the midwest. Conservation trees benefit both people and animals. They shade and shelter homes, reduce soil erosion, protect crops and livestock, provide food and cover for wildlife, buffer noise, provide valuable products and add beauty to the landscape.


Distribution Center Waste – Landfill Diversion

In 2023, AWG diverted 32,430,794 pounds from landfills into environmentally friendly options such as recycling, reuse, energy, composting and land application. AWG’s 2024 goal is less than 5%. Here are some of AWG’s environmental impacts:

  • Barrels of oil from plastics-298,235
  • Gallons of water from paper – 122,703,367
  • Tons of CO2 from paper – 17,529
  • Electricity from paper – 98,863,856
  • 2,309,414 pounds recycled of polyethylene plastic film