Northwest Food Processors Association offers its members valuable opportunities to network with industry colleagues at annual events, receive relevant and timely information from Policy Managers, and gain the benefits of advocacy on behalf of members’ interests. The association's primary purpose is to strengthen the competitiveness of the Northwest food processing industry, giving members the ability to grow and prosper, gain exposure, make a difference, stay informed, save money, and have a voice. Read about our Programs and Services below.
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Programs & Services
Committees & Task Forces
Volunteers from NWFPA member companies are actively involved in 7 industry-focused committees and task forces. These committees address the major issues impacting the food processing industry within the region. Information exchanged in committees helps member companies better understand current policies and requirements, and provides a platform for anticipating and influencing emerging policies and regulations.
Current committees: Government Affairs, Operations & Technical Affairs, Energy, Environmental, Sustainability, Workforce Development, and the Poultry Commission.
One of NWFPA's primary responsibilities is to protect the interests of food processors in the state governments of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. NWFPA contracts with lobbyists in all three states and employs staff to coordinate legislative activities for lobbyists and representatives from member companies. Concerns identified by membership are brought to NWFPA’s Government Affairs Committee for review and consideration. Recommendations are taken to the NWFPA Board of Directors for approval and action, providing a coordinated voice for our membership at both state and federal levels for increased effectiveness and influence.
Oregon and Washington Food PACs are independent organizations, acting autonomously on political action that supports the food processing industry. Each PAC is self-funded and organized to work on initiatives and candidate campaigns in the electoral process. NWFPA volunteers staff and support but has no authority over funds and activities. Initiatives in Idaho are leveraged through political action groups such as the Idaho Prosperity Fund of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry.
Another key advocacy responsibility is representation of our industry within state and federal agencies on priority issue areas. NWFPA utilizes our committee structure as well as expertise of staff in these issue areas to recommend and comment on policies in progress. Throughout the years, NWFPA has been instrumental in influencing changes to regulation that could have been very costly to food processors by imposing difficult or impossible requirements on the industry.
Conferences, Meetings, and Events
Each year, NWFPA proudly produces a number of top-notch educational, trade, and networking events to support the professional development of our membership's employees. Our premier event, the Northwest Food & Beverage Manufacturers Expo and Conference, offers a broad range of conference sessions and is the largest regional trade show in the industry.
Workshops, Training, and Continuing Education
NWFPA coordinates and sponsors a variety of educational workshops and certification courses, both in-house and across the the NW. These courses are offered to keep our members updated and informed on issues and research relevant to the industry. NWFPA is a licensed SQF Training Center and has both SQF and BRC certification courses available throughout the year. Our goal is to provide our members with a trusted and convenient resource for their educational and workforce needs.
Publications & Knowledge Exchange
NWFPA members have access to many resources including updates on legislative and administrative rulings impacting the industry. Issue-specific newsletters and a bi-weekly NWFPA Update are published along with our annual Membership Directory, Legislative Report, and Annual Report. Our industry-wide Northwest Reports is produced three times annually to share the work of our association and members to the entire food processing industry.
Northwest Food Processors Education & Research Institute (ERI)
ERI is an affiliated 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports education and research in the food processing industry. Currently there are two designated funds for supporting these activities: the Industry Leadership Fund and the Scholarship Endowment Fund. Additionally, industry research initiatives may be funded through grant awards or other contractual arrangements. Learn more here.