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David Zepponi, President
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A CENTURY OF INNOVATION HELPS THE NORTHWEST FOOD INDUSTRY FIND STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
As it prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Northwest Food Processors Association’s proliferation leads to innovation, safety and stability.
[Portland, Ore., December 19, 2014] – Not every organization can say it has contributed to the advancement of an entire industry and stood the test of time – a 100 years to be exact. The Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) can, and as the industry prepares to celebrate the centenary milestone in January, it shows no signs of slowing down.
In 1914, what was then known as the Northwest Canners Association formed with just 12 members.
More than forty years later it would merge with the Northwest Frozen Foods Association to form the Northwest Canners and Freezers Association, with a total of 61 member companies. A short 13 years later, the association changed its name to the Northwest Food Processors Association to better represent its growing and diverse membership. Today NWFPA membership boasts nearly 500 food processors and suppliers in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, making it one of the nation’s largest food processing trade associations.
“Many hands make a lighter load. When like-minds are connected, even as competitors, the food processing industry benefits from the collective innovation and wisdom. This is the charm and advantage of the Food Cluster,” said Dave Zepponi, president of NWFPA, referring to the Northwest concentration of interconnected companies which support the overall food distribution system in the region. “When companies work together, the industry benefits by efficiently producing higher quality products and building lasting markets for Northwest processed foods. We built a uniquely Northwest collaboration of competitors who work together to help all succeed--schools, businesses and communities. We all profit from the work of food processors and the collaboration of the association. The industry becomes more profitable, and the local economic impact increases.”