Starting this month, Kum & Go will move toward environmentally friendly and compostable food and beverage packaging as part of its commitment to sustainability.
Products will include salad bowls, lids and cutlery made with renewable resources. Kum & Go is also planning to convert to a BPI certified straw and birch wood stir stick for coffee in the coming months.
“Supporting sustainability efforts is important throughout our business,” said Vice President of Food Service Jeff Shamburger. “By switching our food packaging, we’re reducing waste and better presenting our premium products.”
This comes on the heels of Kum & Go’s newly announced partnerships with Clif Bar and Boxed Water — both of which are in support of reforestation efforts around the country — as well as a creative campaign with Dr Pepper providing silicone straws to &Rewards customers to celebrate Earth Day on April 22.
For the Clif Bar promotion, a portion of the purchase of any $1.99 bar in the month of March will go toward American Forests whose mission is to create healthy and resilient forests. Kum & Go is also continuing its successful partnership with Boxed Water’s Better for Our Planet campaign, which resulted in 8,000 trees planted in needy forests in 2019 — and aims for another 5,000 this year.
“Kum & Go is proud of these partnerships,” said Samantha Overmohle, Director of Category Management – Beverages at Kum & Go. “With 400 stores in eleven states, we have seen firsthand how small changes like these can make real and lasting impacts in our communities.”
For 60 years, Kum & Go has been dedicated to the communities it serves, sharing 10 percent of its profits with charitable causes. For four generations the family-owned convenience store chain has focused on providing exceptional service and delivering more than customers expect. Established in Hampton, Iowa, in 1959, the chain has since grown to employ nearly 5,000 associates in 400 stores in 11 states: Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming.