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Target celebrates offering healthier food, using less energy

"We are proud about the progress we have made so far, and committed to continuous improvement."

This week, Target released a report on how it did in terms of reaching its goals last year. And the Minnesota-based company was happy to say it did pretty well.

A lot of the goals involved offering healthier foods and conserving energy.

"We are proud about the progress we have made so far, and committed to continuous improvement," the company said in a statement.

You can read the full report here.

Healthier food options

Target wanted to increase its organic food offerings by 25 percent by 2017 – and it exceeded that goal with a 139 percent increase.

By 2018, the company wants to cut artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners and colors from all its owned-brand children's products. That goal hasn't been reached – but it's at least 68 percent there.

Better for the environment

Target has also been working to be more environmentally friendly.

Like it's been adjusting packaging to make it more sustainable. And last year, it exceeded its goals with 162 enhanced packaging designs. That means there's either less packaging, or it's recyclable/made from recycled materials.

It's exceeded goals for using less water and reducing the amount of waste it sends to landfills.

Target is also well on its way to having 500 locations with solar rooftop panels, and achieving Energy Star certification in 80 percent of its buildings by 2020.

This year's goals

Target says it's going to continue to improve in those areas.

It also has goals of removing harmful chemicals from products, and having clearer ingredient labels.

You can read the whole list of future goals – many of which the company hopes to achieve by 2020 or 2022 – on page 11 of this report.

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