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

NW Food Industry Profits From Strength In Numbers

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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.”

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Washington's I-522 Rejected by Voters

Washington State was ground zero in the national fight over labeling of genetically engineered foods this year. I-522 would have made Washington the first state to mandate warning labels on the front of most foods produced with even trace amounts of genetically engineered ingredients, but the measure was defeated and certified by the Secretary of State on December 5, 2013.

NWFPA opposed I-522 and similar bills in the legislature due primarily to their potential impacts on local food processors. The measure would have imposed costly new Washington-only labeling regulations, requiring separate production, tracking, testing and verification processes throughout the supply chain, and it would have allowed private litigants to file lawsuits for enforcement of a “zero tolerance” standard.  Medical and scientific experts, federal regulators, and national and international organizations have generally agreed that there is no compelling need for a special warning label for GMO’s.  State-by-state labeling would hurt local companies while raising food prices with no tangible benefit for consumers, particularly when alternatives exist in USDA certified organic products.

The fight in Washington may be over, but the debate continues around the Pacific Northwest and the rest of the country. Proponents are gathering signatures in Oregon to qualify a statewide ballot measure in 2014, and rumors abound for a federal solution that would strengthen FDA and USDA regulations while stopping short of mandated, front-of-package labeling.  State legislative sessions will start back up early next year and this hot topic does not appear to be going away any time soon. 

DCS Sanitation Management, Inc. Acquired by Packers Sanitation Services, Inc. (PSSI)

KIELER, Wis., Aug. 7, 2013 – Packers Sanitation Services, Inc. (PSSI), a leading contract sanitation service provider, is pleased to announce that they have acquired DCS Sanitation Management, Inc., headquartered in Cincinnati, OH.

DCS Sanitation Management provides turn-key contract sanitation services to food processing plants in the form of on-site management of nightly cleaning crews to managing and maintaining all appropriate documentation necessary for internal, third party, GFSI, and USDA (FSA) audits. Founded in 1986, DCS provides services to 46 customer plants in 17 states.

PSSI’s CEO, Jeff Kaiser, commented that “We are excited to combine the talents of our two teams while increasing our reach and adding significant resources to more effectively service our customers.”

PSSI looks forward to merging its resources with DCS and continuing to provide their customers, both old and new, with the same fundamental services: a safe and clean plant delivered on time and on budget.

Industry Report: Food Manufacturing Top Employer in Oregon


A new report by state economist, Pat O'Connor, details how food manufacturing contributes to Oregon's economy, and continues to grow. O'Connor reports “Oregon's food manufacturing employment managed to grow 7.8 percent from 2007 to 2012, bucking the trend of large employment losses experienced by the rest of the manufacturing sector during the recession.” Employing nearly 25,000 Oregonians, the industry sustains families statewide. 

The report details employement by region, job function and contribution to economy, as well as projections for future growth. To read in full, and share with other food manufacturers, click here.  

Sprague Pest Solutions Unifies Oregon Brand Presence

Eugene, Oregon – Blue is coming to the south coast of Oregon and we aren’t talking about the crystal blue skies of late summer and early fall.

The blue we are talking about is that of Sprague Pest Solutions, one of the Pacific Northwest’s longest serving and respected pest management service providers. Sprague, which was founded in 1926, has been doing business as South Coast Xterminating since it acquired the Oregon company in June 2012.

Like South Coast Xterminating, Sprague is family-owned and operated and services both residential and commercial customers. The company, entering its fourth generation of family management, has built its business on the core principles of providing innovative pest management solutions and exceptional customer service.

“During the transition period our clients have shown they care the most about our people and the friendly, personalized service they receive,” says Alfie Treleven, CEO of Sprague Pest Solutions. “We respect the trust and confidence they have placed in us and look forward to continuing those relationships.”

Among the changes customers can expect to see include the service technicians wearing the traditional blue Sprague uniform, new Sprague decals on service vehicles, and updated service reports with the Sprague name and logo. The company’s website ( will also be redirected to the Sprague website ( The changes are expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

Sprague, the 32nd largest pest management service provider, has been servicing commercial and residential customers in the Oregon market since the early 1990s. In addition to serving the South Coast communities of Bandon, Brookings, Florence and Gold Beach, Sprague has service centers in Portland and Eugene.

Sprague Pest Solutions delivers innovative pest solutions to commercial and residential pest management customers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah and Colorado. Sprague is a Copesan Services partner.

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