USA – Specialty & fresh products distributor to chains and independent groceries, KeHE has announced its multi-year partnership agreement with Spoiler Alert aimed at reducing food waste in its supply chain.

Spoiler Alert is a venture-backed, technology company, helping the grocery supply chain manage unsold inventory more effectively.

The Boston-based company has developed sales management and analytical tools, along with a scalable, proprietary business-to-business trading platform that increases its partners’ performance.

KeHE and Spoiler Alert have created a mutually beneficial partnership that will support KeHE’s U.S. distribution centers with inventory management, waste prevention, and sustainability.

“We are committed to reducing excess inventory through our investment in supply chain technology with Spoiler Alert,” comments Michael Don, Executive Director in Supply Chain at KeHE.

“The platform, not only enhances the efficiency of processes, but also leverages data to analyze trends and opportunities in surplus inventory, increases sales velocity, and reduces food waste.”

Food waste reduction is one of the key solutions to impact climate change, and KeHE says that it is committed to moving the needle towards a sustainable future through its collaborations with organizations like Spoiler Alert and Climate Collaborative.

By teaming up with Spoiler Alert and Climate Collaborative KeHE is able to leverage on both companies’ innovative solutions creating actionable propositions for limiting waste in the food and beverage industry.

Laura McCord, Executive Director of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility stated: “Our partnership with Spoiler Alert not only impacts our environment but it also impacts communities throughout the US.

“Since the start of our pilot program with Spoiler Alert, we were able to donate over 1.5 million meals over the last year.

“Our contributions align with KeHE’s core purpose of serving to make lives better, by getting nutritious, better-for-you and affordable food to under-served communities and non-profits throughout the U.S.”

By working with some of the world’s largest food brands and a national network of discount retailers and hunger relief organizations, Spoiler Alert has offered a best-in-class, enterprise software solution and suite of B2B sales management tools.

The company claims that the solutions allow suppliers to strengthen their relationships with their customers, bring greater efficiency and accuracy to their surplus inventory management, and keep good food from going to waste.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the results of our partnership with KeHE, most notable of which are increased food recovery rates and a more efficient inventory management process,” said Ricky Ashenfelter, CEO and Co-Founder of Spoiler Alert.

“KeHE sets a great example for the whole industry of what is possible by coupling technology with intentionality around waste reduction.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to partner with such a mission-driven company that shares our values. Major kudos are extended to their team’s leadership on these fronts.”

In March, KeHE partnered with Clean Energy Fuels Corp to add low-carbon emission trucks fueled with renewable natural gas (RNG) to their California fleet in 2020. 

By swapping five diesel trucks with natural gas trucks, KeHE expects an annual carbon reduction of 674 metric tons, the equivalent of planting 11,120 trees and recycling 235 tons of landfill waste.