The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Food Waste Coalition of Action is starting the year with two new co-chairs. The CGF is pleased to announce that Chris Franke, Senior Manager of Global Sustainability at Walmart, has been appointed Retailer Co-Chair of the Food Waste Coalition. Chris takes on the role that was previously held by Brittni Furrow, Vice President Sustainable Retailing, Ahold Delhaize. Chris is joining the Food Waste Coalition Manufacturing Co-Chair, Janelle Meyers, Chief Sustainability Officer, Kellogg Company. Janelle joined as co-chair at the beginning of 2022 and has been re-elected in 2023.

Chris leads the Global Zero Waste Program at Walmart, which includes commitments around zero waste in operations by 2025 and a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030. Chris has more than 17 years’ experience managing environmental sustainability programs ranging from federal policy and compliance support to disaster emergency response. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, TRUE Zero Waste Advisor and Certified Sustainability Practitioner.

Janelle has more than 20 years’ experience enhancing economic, environmental and social performance of global value chains, products and services. She joined the Kellogg Company in February 2016, becoming the Chief Sustainability Officer in Dec 2021. Before joining Kellogg , Janelle spent 11 years with Walmart in Merchandising and the Corporate Sustainability team, and five years in International Finance and Brand Management with General Motors.

Commenting on her election, Janelle said: “Reducing food loss waste and associated carbon emissions is a central challenge for our industry. I am looking forward to co-chairing the CGF Food Waste Coalition on behalf of Kellogg Company, for which reducing organic and food waste is a focus of our Better Days® Promise environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy. Reducing food loss and waste can help support food security and help eradicate hunger by eliminating food waste from our value chain, while helping to ensure there is enough nutritious food for all.”

Commenting on his election, Chris said: “Walmart has been working with The Consumer Goods Forum for many years on the issue of food waste, and I am delighted to take up this leadership role in the Coalition. There is huge potential to harness the collective ambition of our companies and their supply chains to tackle food loss and waste globally. I look forward to co-leading the ambitious work that we have set for ourselves and delivering real change across our industry.”

We welcome Chris and Janelle in their new roles, thank them for their support. We look forward to continued collaboration through the coming year.

For more information about the Food Waste Coalition, visit our website here.