Compass Group USA and California Growers’ Hone in on Imperfect Produce

July 23, 2015

Compass Group’s Imperfectly Delicious Produce (IDP) program, developed in partnership with subsidiary Bon Appetit Management Company, launched in 2014 to fight food and water waste by “rescuing” or purchasing imperfect fruits and vegetables from growers and distributors—produce that might have languished in fields or been sent to composting or a landfill simply for not meeting an artificial standard of attractiveness.

To date, 221,000 pounds of produce have been saved during the onboarding phase. It’s estimated that every pound of vegetables saved keeps up to 20 gallons of water from being wasted. There was 4.4 million gallons of water saved before…