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General Mills & Walmart to Accelerate Regenerative Agriculture Adoption
The food giant is collaborating with Walmart on the project.
Powder Bulk Solids Staff
October 18, 2023
2 Min Read
The joint venture will allow each company to work toward its goals of sustainability.Images courtesy of General Mills and Walmart
General Mills, Walmart, and Sam’s Club are collaborating to help accelerate the adoption of regenerative agriculture on 600,000 acres in the US by 2030. This represents the approximate number of acres General Mills engages to source key ingredients for its products sold through Walmart and Sam’s Club.
Initial projects will be supported through grants administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and seek to advance regenerative agriculture outcomes across a variety of crops, including wheat, in the Northern and Southern Great Plains.
“Through this partnership, we will work hand-in-hand with Walmart and Sam’s Club to help regenerate the acres of land in the key regions where we source ingredients for our shared business,” said Jon Nudi, group president, North America Retail at General Mills. “We are excited by the opportunity to bring our products, including Pillsbury refrigerated dough and Blue Buffalo pet food and treats, to Walmart shelves more sustainably, with the help of our merchants and farmer partners.”
General Mills, Walmart, and Sam’s Club share a belief that regenerative agriculture can help address climate change and create positive outcomes for both people and our planet. Recognizing their shared footprint within the industry, this collaboration exemplifies both companies’ intention to build on organizational commitments and leverage collaboration to help spur industry-wide change.
Efforts will target seven US states in the Northern and Southern Great Plains: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Minnesota, which is home of General Mills’ global headquarters.
Through the program, NFWF will provide financial assistance to local grantee organizations, building out the education and coaching resources needed to help accelerate regenerative agriculture. The objective is twofold: support the transition to regenerative agriculture production in the US through systems change and elevate the potential for more resilient yields for farmers through efforts that will help improve soil health, watersheds, biodiversity, climate change and farmer economic resilience.
“We’re committing to making the everyday choice the more sustainable choice for consumers,” said John Laney, executive vice president, Food at Walmart US. “This collaboration is an example of how we are working across our value chain on intentional interventions to help advance regenerative agriculture and ensure surety of supply for these essential food products for the long term.”
This collaboration also marks continued progress toward both company’s individual sustainability goals, provides a roadmap for future collaboration across organizations and industries, and ensures both companies can continue to offer the quality products their customers love.
It puts General Mills on pace to exceed its goal of advancing the adoption of regenerative agriculture on one million acres by 2030 under its G Stands For Good program. And it contributes to Walmart’s journey toward regeneration, in collaboration with the Walmart Foundation, to protect, more sustainably manage or restore at least 50 million acres of land by 2030.
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