2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit
May 16-18, 2023 | St.Louis, MO
Chief Financial Officer
FPL Food, LLC
Nicole Partridge began her career with FPL Food, LLC in May 2016, as the Controller for Chatel Farms, LLC and McLean Farm, LLC, affiliate companies of FPL Food, LLC. During her time at FPL Food, LLC, her roles have expanded to assist in the management of the Live Operations as well as MAVEL Wings, LLC (corporate plane), direct all aspects of accounting operations and financial reporting for the Live Operations and MAVEL Wings, LLC and provide assistance to the Main Plant and Thomasville operations as needed, manage all tax planning and compliance for all companies, and coordinating with the companies’ accounting firm for preparation of tax returns and financial statement audits. She was promoted to Vice President of Finance in March 2019 and then Senior Vice President of Finance in May 2020 where her involvement in FPL accounting matters gradually increased in addition to her current oversight of the financial and accounting matters for the Live Operations. She was then promoted to Chief Financial Officer in November 2020 where she assumed the responsibilities for finance, treasury, planning and accounting of FPL and all affiliated entities. Prior to joining FPL Food, Nicole has 15 years of industry experience to include the construction and manufacturing/ distribution industries and 8 years public accounting experience as an auditor for a reputable regional firm. Nicole also holds the CPA distinction.
Thursday, May 18th
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Insights from the Farm: Cultivating Ideas to Reduce Farm-Level Food Loss
Breakout Session (Running Concurrently)
Building a sustainable food system starts on the farm. Food that is grown but not consumed uses resources all along the farm-to-fork chain. Of the nearly 17 million tons of surplus produce generated at the farm level, a staggering 82% reached maturity but were left behind after harvest. So, how can we optimize the harvest? From protecting and restoring biodiversity to ensuring that safe and nutritious food reaches our tables, growers and producers play an indispensable role in achieving a more sustainable future…but they can’t do it alone. This session will highlight the wins, challenges, viable solutions for the future, and the role that other actors across the value chain can play to minimize food loss at the farm level.