The latest news from NWFPA members and events concerning the food processing industry in the Northwest.

Oregon Legislature Adds Bakery, Dairy, Grain, and Egg Processors to the Machinery and Equipment Personal Property Tax Exemption



Salem, OR; July 2, 2015 – In what is turning out to be a momentous week for food processors in the
Northwest, last night Oregon’s legislature passed a top priority for the Northwest Food Processors
Association (NWFPA) in a late evening session. HB 3125 allows bakery, dairy, grain, and egg processors
to claim a five-year personal property tax exemption on newly acquired machinery and equipment. This
tax exemption is already in place for fruits, vegetables, seafood, nuts, and legume processors.


Washington Legislature Extends Food Processing Business & Occupation Tax Exemption for Out-of-State Sales to 2025




Olympia, WA; July 1, 2015 – After months of hard work by Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) and legislators, Washington State’s House and Senate approved Senate Bill 6057 with the state biennial budget. This bill extends the current Business & Occupation (B&O) tax exemption on out-ofstate sales for the food processing industry for 10 years, to 2025. This exemption will save Washington food processors around $6.6 million per year, making them more competitive nationally and globally.


ProcessPro Wins Bronze Stevie Award

Date: June 24, 2015
Contact: Kate Orbeck, Marketing Manager
Phone: (320) 252-0234

For Immediate Release

ProcessPro Wins Bronze Stevie Award in 2015 American Business Awards

St. Cloud, MN, June 24, 2015 – – ProcessPro, leading mid-market ERP software solution company, is proud to announce that ProcessPro employee, Danell Allenspach, Client Support Manager, has been presented with a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Customer Service Executive of the Year category in the 13th Annual American Business Awards in Chicago.
The American Business Awards are considered the nation’s preeminent business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

“We would like to congratulate Danell on this prestigious achievement. Her hard work and dedication to the Client Support team is worthy of this recognition,” stated Joe Blauert, ProcessPro CEO.
“We are extremely impressed with the quality of the entries we received this year. The competition was intense and every organization that won should be proud,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. “To those outstanding individuals and organizations that received Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards, the judges and I are honored to celebrate your many accomplishments. You are setting a high standard for professionals nationwide.”

Details about The American Business Awards and the lists of Stevie winners who were announced on June 22 are available at

About ProcessPro

ProcessPro is a leading mid-market ERP software solution for the process manufacturing industry. Designed specifically for manufacturers that combine batches of mixtures, ProcessPro seamlessly integrates all aspects of plant operation, from beginning order entry through manufacturing, packaging, shipping, inventory, and accounting. ProcessPro has been serving the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, nutritional supplement, cosmetic, and specialty chemical industries for more than 25 years. More information about ProcessPro is available at
About the Stevie Awards Stevie Awards are conferred in six programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at


Sustainability Micro Case Studies II: Submit your story

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Sustainable business practices are not a trend or fad; they are part of successful business growth and management. Food processing companies and their suppliers are adopting sustainable business models.

Many companies have invested in projects, both large and small, to become more sustainable, yet this work is practically unknown and unrecognized by the public, customers, and regulatory and policy decision-makers. The food processing industry is quite modest about its accomplishments and seldom talks about the actions of the industry and its suppliers of equipment, services and resources. Yet these actions have benefited our communities, our workers and the environment. The industry cares and is committed to making a difference. Unfortunately, many members of the public, customers, legislators and regulators assume that if companies have not communicated what they are doing to become more sustainable, they are not doing anything.



Connie Kirby earns Distinguished Service Award

Connie Kirby WebConnie Kirby Earns Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award

Food Safety Magazine has announced this year’s winner of their prestigious Distinguished Service Award. It is none other than our very own Connie Kirby! The award will be presented on Tuesday, July 28 at the Awards Reception and Banquet at the International Association for Food Protection Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon.

The Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award honors individuals who best exemplify the characteristics of the dedicated food safety professional. The honored are recognized by members of the profession for their collective work in promoting and advancing science-based solutions for food safety issues. No one better exemplifies these award qualifications than Connie.


Her outstanding commitment to food safety is reflected in her unparalleled contributions past and present to the Northwest food processing community, particularly her impact on food safety leadership, regulatory affairs and communication, as well as advancing the knowledge and expertise of food safety professionals in our region.


I am hoping that many of you will be able to attend. We can help attendees from around the world understand how truly lucky we are to have had Connie working with the association and its members for so many years. I cannot think of anyone more deserving.


International Association for Food Protection Annual Meeting
July 25-28, 2015 in Portland, Oregon
(Awards Reception and Banquet is in the evening of July 28)


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