US Foods to use Renewable Diesel for fleet at California Distribution Fleet

March 7, 2022
By the end of this month, the firm will complete the transitioning to RD fuel at the Corona, Livermore and La Mirada broadline distribution centers. It will also use RD fuel at its new distribution center in Sacramento, which will open later in 2022

US Foods Holding Corp. will transition to renewable diesel for its fleet at its California broadline distribution centers by mid-2022.

The firm will add 30 electric trucks at its La Mirada distribution center in California by the end of 2023.

By the end of this month, the firm will complete the transitioning to RD fuel at the Corona, Livermore and La Mirada broadline distribution centers. It will also use RD fuel at its new distribution center in Sacramento, which will open later in 2022.

The La Mirada onsite fueling station will provide the RD fuel needed for foodservice operators across the West Coast. The firm also plans to install smart charging infrastructure at the facility by the end of 2023.

US Foods is among the early adopters of RD fuel in the foodservice industry. It completely transitioned its fleet at the Vista distribution center in California to RD fuel in 2021. The efforts at La Mirada will be one of the largest single-site deployments of electric trucks in the industry.

Existing environmental sustainability programs have resulted in a 7.3% decrease in Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions intensity since 2015 and another 6.9% reduction in the amount of fuel used per case. RD fuel is a more sustainable alternative to traditional diesel with a more than 65% lower carbon intensity rating.

“At US Foods, delivering products by truck is core to our business and we continually work to improve the transportation efficiency of our fleet,” said Gautam Grover, senior vice president of operations excellence for US Foods. “Fleet sustainability projects like our RD fuel conversions and electric truck integrations directly contribute to our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint and we look forward to expanding these efforts.”