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

OFD Foods Announces CEO Promotion

OFD Foods


Merryman promotion and investment capital to expand OFD’s capacity, development in new markets

ALBANY, Ore. (Nov. 10, 2016): OFD Foods, the largest diversified freeze dryer in North America, has promoted company president Jim Merryman to president and chief executive officer. The announcement follows the completion of a capital investment in OFD Foods from Portland, Oregon-based Endeavour Capital. Led by Merryman and the OFD executive team, the investment funded the retirement buyout of several long-serving OFD managers and will enable OFD to accelerate investments in additional capacity at its Albany plants and elsewhere in North America. Headquarters and company management will remain in Albany. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are now able to move OFD forward more aggressively to serve the expanding needs of our customer base,” said Merryman. “Our broader capital base will support the continued expansion of our brands within the outdoor adventure meal and emergency meal markets, in addition to expanding capacity for OFD’s contract services.”

Merryman joined OFD Foods in 1974, and has managed the company’s distribution, production, maintenance, purchasing, sales and marketing departments. He applied this thorough understanding of OFD Foods’ business when he was appointed president and chief operating officer in 2011. Now as CEO, Merryman will lead OFD Foods to continued success.


Oregon Fruit recognized by AKT, LLP on Manufacturers' Day!


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The team at Oregon Fruit in Salem, Oregon



In honor of MFG Day 2016, Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) and the AKT Manufacturing team are pleased to jointly award a Certificate of Recognition to Oregon Fruit of Salem, Oregon.

Oregon Fruit, located in Salem, Oregon, offers a complete line of canned, frozen and shelf-stable premium fruit for consumers, foodservice operators and ingredient sales.

To celebrate the recognition of this outstanding manufacturing member, AKT is making a donation to three non-profit organizations:

Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences (CAIS), providing students an innovative, contextual learning environment focused on Manufacturing Technologies.
Impact NW: Pathways to Manufacturing, an incubator for high school aged children designed to address industry workforce needs, help lower the drop-out rate, and provide clear pathways to rewarding careers in manufacturing.
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), showing students of every age that science, technology, and problem-solving are not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all.


NWFPA Hosts Food Defense Certification Course

Food Defense


On July 13-14, NWFPA hosted its first course designed to prepare food & beverage processing employees for the FSMA Food Defense rule. The course focused on complying with the FDA’s new rules, understanding crime & terrorism, product tampering, developing security plans, crisis management, and more! The course was taught by Rod Wheeler, Founder & CEO of the Global Food Defense Institute, and a contributor to the FOX News channel. We will offer this course in Portland in September, and shorty after in Seattle.

Nations Roof Expands to Oregon

Nations Roof Expands to Oregon - Scott Baxter Appointed as President of the Portland Office

Nations Roof is excited about the opportunity to open up an office in Oregon to service our Clients in this region.  We are pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Baxter as President of Nations Roof of Oregon.

According to Rich Nugent, Nations Roof CEO, “I have known Scott for many years and experienced firsthand his commitment to the roofing industry.  Scott will be a tremendous asset to Nations Roof as the president of the Oregon office.  Scott brings a level of technical expertise that very few have in roofing.  I'm looking forward to a long successful relationship while we continue to grow in new markets like Oregon.   Nations Roof continues to attract the best of the best in the industry. Welcome, Scott, you fit right in.”

To read the full release, click here.

AKT & NW Food Processors - Food Survey

NW food survey preview


The final summary document is now available in .pdf form.

To obtain a copy of this valuable document please email Sarah Emerson directly at, or call 503.327.2200.

This document is available to NWFPA member companies and their representatives.

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