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NJFPA On the Road October 13th

On The Road Networking at Cross Keys Brewing

Date: Thursday, October 13th at 5:30 PM - 8:30 ET
Location: Cross Keys Brewing - Williamstown, NJ 08094
Registration: https://njfpa.memberclicks.net/otrcrosskeys
$40 Non-member
$35 Member

For our October OTR we are featuring some up-and-coming local food processors. Sample new in-development sauces from Dirty Jerz BBQ, taste the next hot flavor of Black Garlic with Cultinary Family Farms, and more. Have some samples you want to share? Want feedback from the staff of Rutgers Food Innovation Center? Contact [email protected].

Thank you to our sponsor M&T Bank!
In good times, networking can seem like an "optional" activity. But throughout the pandemic, the theme of relationships came up again and again with our members. That when (not if) an emergency happened, they weren't just searching google for help. Our members could rely on the relationships built through the NJFPA. Relationships with other food processors that are going through the same things. Relationships with vendors they can trust.

Register Today: https://njfpa.memberclicks.net/otrcrosskeys

Member Spotlight: Garton's Rigging Crane

Member Spotlight: Garton's Rigging Crane

New member John McDaris is with business development at Garton’s and reached out to the NJFPA to begin building more relationships in the wider NJ Food industry. Look for him at our upcoming On The Road in Williamstown and welcome him to the NJFPA.

"Garton’s Rigging was founded in 1946 by Buster Garton’s grandfather, Henry Garton with just one 8- ton crane and a stake body truck. Henry initially founded the company to service the crane rental and transport needs of the booming Vineland and Millville areas.

While we started in the crane and transporting business what a lot of people don't know is that we also do rigging of equipment for the food industry.

We have been working on this in the Vineland areas since 1950’s and our clients have said they really appreciated the way we accommodate all their needs for handling their process equipment."

Co-Packers - Co-Packers - Co-Packers!

Calling all Co-Packers!

Hands down, one of the most frequent questions we get at NJFPA is where to find a co-packer, especially a NEW JERSEY co-packer. Are you a co-packer looking for new clients? Do you know of one? Are you looking to build more co-packing space in NJ? Reach out to us at the October OTR or [email protected]

"I want the governor to be serving my sauce at his next BBQ. How can I do that if it's being made in Pennsylvania!"
- Wolfgang Tsoutsouris 
Dirty Jerz BBQ

Celebrate National Manufacturing Day!

NJFPA is proud to sponsor NJMEP's 'MADE in New Jersey' National Manufacturing Day

Date: October 7, 2022 - 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location:  iPlay America, 110 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ 07728
Registration: https://www.njmep.org/events/manufacturing-day/

Each year, Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) is held on the first Friday in October in order to show students, parents, and the public what modern manufacturing is all about.

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One Day Food Business Basics Course

One Day Food Business Basics Course

Looking to jump-start or level up a new food business? The one-day session will include business and technical experts, including an attorney, food scientists, a packaging expert, trend and marketing experts and so much more.  (You know, like an NJFPA event!)

Date: November 3, 2022 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Location:  Rutgers Eco Center 1200 Florence Columbus Road, Bordentown, NJ 08505.
Registration: https://foodinnovation.rutgers.edu/what-fic-does/learn/food-business-basics/

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FREE Event: Resources for Growth Small Business

FREE Event: Resources for Growth Small Business - NJBAC /NJ State Chamber/Chamber of Commerce So. NJ

Date: Wed, September 21, 2022 - 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Location: Rowan College at Burlington County, Mt Laurel, NJ 08054
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resources-for-growth-small-business-event-tickets-392725952897

At the 2022 NJFPA Conference, we talked about the many resources and advantages to doing business in New Jersey. Come find them in one place! Meet with representatives of the programs involved including:

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Monkey Pox Factsheet for the Food Industry

CDC Recommends to Update Your Adverse Health Policy to Include Monkey Pox

The number of cases of Monkey Pox in the U.S. has now risen to the point where the CDC is recommending that all food processing facilities look for the symptoms on their employees (and send them home from work if the “pox” symptoms are present).  Food processors also need to ensure that all food handlers are reminded to follow GMPs and always wear gloves when touching food or food contact surfaces, to mitigate the risks of Monkey Pox being spread through the food materials.

Please read the attached flyer of information regarding the Monkey Pox virus from the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University. This document was created on August 11, 2022.

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NJFPA Member Benefits on Rutgers Training

NJFPA Member Benefits on Rutgers Training

Back-to-school season is not just for kids. NJFPA members get a 10% discount on training from Rutgers. Remember that everyone in an NJFPA member company is eligible for NJFPA benefits! Contact Rutgers about customized training for your whole staff

Updated course listings have been posted Food Science and Food Safety Courses – Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education Broaden and update your team's food skills with Food Safety training courses and Food Science courses offered by Rutgers, including HACCP training, food microbiology, sensory evaluation, and more. - cpe.rutgers.edu

Featured Course: Sensory Evaluation
Course Code: LF0606CA23 Date: Sept 28 & 29, 2022 - 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Cook Student Center, 59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 
Registration: $1,150 per person Early Bird Discount Fee: $1,050 per person (expires September 7, 2022)

NJFPA Member Feedback

NJFPA Member Feedback

Thank you to everyone who contributed their feedback on our organization.  The board had a full day of reflection on the last few years and planning for the next. Our last board retreat was in 2019 and needless to say, a lot has changed since then. We will be sharing some of our conversations over the coming weeks. 

NJFPAs history, our roots, are founded in the personal relationships among our members. A group of processors and allies that respected each other and wanted to support each other to encourage industry growth in the garden state. 

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DFA Call for NJFPA Member Expertise 

DFA Call for NJFPA Member Expertise 

Design for America (DFA) is a nationally recognized organization that fosters student creativity and design thinking skills to address complex problems in local communities.

DFA’s Rutgers chapter invites NJFPA members to collaborate with students in addressing the question, "How can we sustainably equip communities to address the obstacles involved with food insecurity?".

Students will work in teams to design solutions to food insecurity with empathy and creativity. Organizations can gain insights and strategies surrounding unmet needs, and students can develop an affinity for community engagement. For more information or to express interest, please email the DFA at Rutgers team at [email protected].  

NJFPA 2022 Golf Outing Recap

NJFPA 2022 Golf Outing Recap

See the full 2022 Golf Photo Album

On Tuesday, June 28th our return to Running Deer Golf Club continued our annual tradition of hitting the links with friends and colleagues. The golf outing remains one of the most enjoyable days for our members and future members alike.

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PICC Foundation Virtual Event

PICC's Food Tech Conference & Honoring BIMBO Bakery

June 1st 8-10:30 - Register

May NJFPA On The Road Recap

May NJFPA On The Road Recap

With the continuing focus on competing for a limited workforce, Ed Doherty of One Degree Coaching led a discussion on "How to Be An Employer of Choice". The NJFPA community did not disappoint in creating an insightful discussion.

Attendees from different generations and backgrounds challenged stereotypes and talked about their experiences. Are younger workers ‘cynical’ or realistic given the current workplace landscape? How can we create leaders out of managers? Many employees would actually rather have more time and other benefits than money.

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Golf Sponsorship and Marketing Opportunities

Golf Sponsorship and Marketing Opportunities

Many of our golf sponsors come back year after year because they know this is one of NJFPAs best-attended events. Reserve your sponsorship opportunity now to make sure your business is front and center in this prestigious group.

Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors (so far!):
 
  
 
 

Recap: 2022 State of the State of NJ Manufacturing

Recap: 2022 State of the State of NJ Manufacturing

NJMEP and NJBIA completely filled the George Washington Room of Patriots Theatre at their annual State of the State event. But even a room that full only represented 2% of the manufacturing companies in NJ. (- NJMEP) Manufacturing is alive and well in NJ and its members are passionate about living and working in NJ and making NJ a better place to do business. 

The State of the State was not just a photo-op meet and greet, manufacturers took the stage and voiced real frustrations and stories of challenges they have faced. Hard questions were asked of both lawmakers in attendance and the media who report on these issues emphasizing the real offers coming in from other states and the urgency manufacturers faced to make decisions for their companies.

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2022 May Events Season!

Where will NJFPA be this May?

Here are just a few opportunities this month to catch up with our board and staff and your fellow NJFPA members as we start the transition back to more in-person events. 
NJMEP 2022 State-of-the-State of Manufacturing!
Date: Thursday, May 5th from 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Patriots Theater, Trenton, NJ
https://www.njmep.org/sots-manufacturing-2022/
NJFPA On The Road Networking
Date: Tuesday, May 10th from 5:30 PM 
Location: Colonial Bowling & Entertainment - Lawrenceville, NJ
https://www.njfoodprocessors.org/upcoming-programs
MAZARS Food & Beverage Forum
* Open only to F&B industry professionals 

Date: Wednesday, May 11th from 5:30-8:30pm
Location: Maplewood Country Club, 28 Baker Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040
https://go.mazarsusa.com/LE-2022-05-11FoodBeverageForumNJ_RegistrationPage.html

NJ Food Council: Night of Distinction
Date: Tuesday, May 17th at 5:30 PM
Location: Palace of Somerset, Somerset, NJ
See website: https://njfoodcouncil.com/events-2022/

See You Soon! - Bowling & Golf

Find (or Plan) an NJFPA Event Near You

More great 2022 Networking and Educational events are in the works! Want to see more? Reach out and get involved!

May On The Road 

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | 5:30 - 8:30 PM |  Register Now!
Colonial Bowling & Entertainment - Lawrenceville, NJ

NJFPA's popular On the Road (OTR) networking series has always been about making and strengthening connections. NJFPA provides the dinner, drinks, and fabulous locations throughout the Garden State, but it is the members you meet that will pay dividends for your career. 






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2022 Conference Thank You!

Thank You for an Amazing Day!

Full Program & Speakers | Exhibitor List | Sponsors List | Photo Album

Going from not being sure that the event would even happen to one of our biggest turnouts yet has been an exciting few months. This truly is a member-driven organization and the conference could not have been accomplished without the leadership, advice, and direction of our Board of Directors, Education Committee, and all the members who stepped up as speakers, exhibitors, and event staff.

Check out some of the event pictures posted on LinkedIn and our Facebook album.

Make sure you have your calendar marked for our upcoming May 10th On The Road event, June 28th Golf Outing, and are subscribed to our newsletter for updates.

NJFPA Closing Speaker Norman Vossschulte

Norman Vossschulte, Director of Fan Experience Philadelphia Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field

Norman Vossschulte is well known as a dynamic speaker. Don't miss his closing remarks at the 2022 NJFPA Annual Conference, you are guaranteed to leave inspired and ready to take on whatever risks are thrown at your business. Norman’s eclectic work experience has given him experience and insights into a wide variety of the risks facing business today:
  • Norman reduced workforce risks by building a positive company culture among game day staff that improved retention, recruiting, and employee satisfaction. 
     
  • As Director of Fan Experience, he has helped raise the ranking of the stadium by fans consistently over the last 10 years.
     
  • With the Eagle's Go Green initiative to address environmental and waste management risks, Norman has helped the NFL stadium become virtually landfill-free. 
Norman has worked in the hotel industry, the non-profit industry, as well as both sports and entertainment industries. Twenty years of practicing customer and client relations have given him an overview of which techniques consistently enhance customer experiences. 
The NJ Food Processor's Association is looking forward to convening at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City for the 2022 Annual Conference. Our theme for the spring event is “Rescue Your Risk: Know the Odds,” where you can get an in-depth look at the risks - and solutions - in the food industry today.

 

2022 Keynote Speaker Tim Sullivan

Welcome Our Conference Keynote Speaker!

Since February 2018 Tim has led the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth, and is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy.
The NJ Food Processor's Association is looking forward to convening at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City for the 2022 Annual Conference. Our theme for the spring event is “Rescue Your Risk: Know the Odds,” where you can get an in-depth look at the risks - and solutions - in the food industry today.