Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA), the leading regional food manufacturing trade association in the U.S., announced a unique free membership category for small food processing businesses. Food processors with annual sales of $1 million or less can become Associate Members of NWFPA without having to pay annual membership dues.
Associate Processor Members will receive members-only discounts on select events, education and training products, and will be able to post job openings in the association's online Jobs Board. They will benefit from a company name listing in the print and online directory, and will receive ongoing industry news and publications, such as the association's flagship newsletter, Northwest Reports.
Oregon food processing companies are positioning themselves for particularly strong export growth, according to industry experts. Food processing increases the value of Oregon agricultural products by about $2 billion a year. It also provides jobs and expands the market range of products grown by local farmers. For that reason, Oregon companies are stepping up their game to become players in the international market.
Investment in food processing in the Pacific Northwest is on the upswing, according to Dave Zepponi, President of Northwest Food Processors Association. "The stars are aligning incredibly well for long-term advancement," he said.
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