Expanding rapidly in the last decade, the company has boasted rising net sales, bringing in over $16 billion in 2017, the same year Amazon purchased Whole Foods. However, this increasing demand has brought about a key issue needed to be addressed—food waste. Aside from food donation and redistribution, many of Whole Foods’ stores also participate in food waste diversion and recycling programs such as composting, anaerobic digestion (AD) to create renewable energy and animal feed programs. For example, dairy farmers in Massachusetts use this food waste as feedstock for on-site AD treatment plants using projects and technology from ABC members Vanguard Renewables and Emerson/Grind2Energy. More >>