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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.

Don't Miss the NJFPA Conference Exhibit Hall

Processors, Don't Miss These Exhibits!

The response from exhibitors and sponsors to this year's conference has been tremendous! Don't miss your chance to nail down what you need for your business all in one room.

  • Don't just search the web for services - talk to multiple providers at once and find who fits your needs and your budget.
    • Packaging, flavoring, cold storage, construction, insurance, software, automation, and more... 
  • Find new community resources - Chambers of Commerce, County Business Hubs, state incentives and grants.

  • See the latest trends - entrepreneurs from the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, vegetarian and plant-based trends.

  • Give back with your community - Learn more about the charitable work of the Mid Atlantic Food Trade Association (MAFTO).

    Register Today!

NJFPA Conference Exhibitors

Book your 2022 Conference Exhibit Table Today!

Exhibitor Details and Registration Form (PDF) -  Online Exhibitor Payment 

Exhibit table location will be randomly pre-assigned. Included in your $900 is:

  • Six (6’) table with two chairs and two (2) attendee passes
  • Access to electricity (if requested in advance)
  • Company listing and description included in exhibitor hand out distributed to all attendees and posted online at the completion of the conference
  • Electronic mailing list of attendees after the completion of the event
  • Shipping: Harrah’s outsources all of their shipping / receiving to a drayage company (Vista). We cannot guarantee receipt of your materials unless you work with Vista. (The NJFPA will facilitate your connection with Vista.) There are charges for the advance shipping of all size boxes and displays. We highly recommend bringing whatever you can, along with your own hand truck. To bring on your own, you will need your own hand truck through the valet parking area.

Podcast Season 2 Update

NJFPA Stradley Ronon Food Forum is back to finish Season 2!

The next round of episodes of the NJFPA Stradley Ronon Food Forum Podcast are currently being recorded! 

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NJFPA Annual Conference Sponsors

2022 Conference Sponsorship 

Sponsorship of the NJFPA Annual Conference represents an opportunity for creative engagement with both food processors and the partners that support the industry. Throughout the event, attendees discuss best practices, learn about the latest trends, explore solutions to our shared challenges, and network with new friends and familiar faces. Through sponsorship, your organization can be associated with leaders in our community. 

Thank you to our 2022 Conference sponsors!

Reducing and Recovering Food Waste

Reducing and Recovering Food Waste with the Center for EcoTechnology (CET)

Education Chair Brian Tannenhause of BD Construction attended the NJ DEP Food Waste Virtual Stakeholder Meeting on behalf of the NJFPA to discuss the Food Waste Recycling and Food Waste-to-Energy Production Law (P.L. 2020, c. 24).  Brian invited fellow attendee non-profit Center for EcoTechnology (CET) to share their expertise with our members:


 

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Southern New Jersey Chamber Connect

NJFPA + CCSNJ Networking Event

Monday, January 31st, 2:00 - 3:00 PM join NJFPA and the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey for a virtual networking event. Whether South Jersey is local to you or you are considering expanding, make valuable connections across the region. Space is limited Register today!

We Need You: 2022 Survey on NJ Food Processing

NJFPA's Annual Industry Benchmarking Effort

After the insightful results of 2021's benchmarking survey, your NJFPA community wants to know where you and your company are now.

If you work in food processing, we invite you to take part in an 8-minute survey that the New Jersey Food Processors Association is conducting with Grassi's Manufacturing & Distribution practice and Crain's New York Business. The results from this survey will generate comprehensive industry benchmarks that your business can leverage.


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Farm and Food Worker Relief Grant Program

Potential Grant Opportunity

The Farm and Food Worker Relief Grant Program provides approximately $665 million in Consolidated Appropriations Act funds to provide grants to State agencies, Tribal entities, and nonprofit organizations with experience in providing support or relief services to farmworkers or meatpacking workers. 

For more information go to the UDSA page on this grant program or watch the introductory webinar (38 minutes)

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2022 Annual Conference

NJFPA 2022 Annual Conference
Friday, March 18, 2022 - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Program | Registration | Exhibitors | Sponsorship | Accommodations

The New Jersey Food Processors Association is thrilled to announce that we will be returning to Atlantic City for our 2022 Annual Conference! At Harrah's Resort, Atlantic City the NJFPA community will come together on the theme of  "Rescue Your Risk" - get the latest information and first-hand perspectives on reducing your business risk from workforce issues, supply chain disruption, food safety, regulations, and more. Bookmark the conference page and make sure you are subscribed to our newsletter for updates.



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See you tonight in Ewing!

TONIGHT - NJFPA on the Road at River Horse Brewing

Fill out the health screening and get ready to raise a glass! https://www.njfoodprocessors.org/healthscreeningnovotr 

Innovate South Jersey: Food Manufacturing

Chamber of Commerce of Southern NJ Presents: Innovate South Jersey

Tuesday, October 26th | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Special NJFPA Pricing: $25  - Register Today
The Grove at Centerton

1022 Almond Road PittsgroveNJ 08318

NJFPA Board member Nolan Lewin of the Rutgers Food Innovation Center will be contributing to this important regional event. 



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NJFPA Fall Think Tank - POSTPONED

Supply Chain Disruptions - Meet Our Round Table Moderators

NJFPA Fall Think Tank
Friday, October 15th - 9 AM - 1:30 PM - POSTPONED - STAY TUNED
Rutgers EcoComplex, Bordentown, NJ
Non-Members: $40 | Members: $30

Join us to discuss the challenge that we are all facing - Supply Chain Disruptions.  Discuss People, Forecasting, and Transportation during three 30 minute rotating round tables. Our moderators will drive a discussion with solid outcomes and actionable follow-ups.  



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ICYMI: Hoffman's Exterminating Discounts for NJFPA Members

10% Off All Hoffman's Pest Control Services 

Longtime NJFPA supporter Hoffman's Exterminating Co. has always given back to the community and the association through sponsorship, service on the board and committees, and discounts on services. The entire NJFPA community is grateful for your support!

Take advantage of all your NJFPA member benefits including Hoffman's and other members-only discounts on products and services including training discounts with NJFPA partners:
  1. Rutgers Food Innovation Center - 10% discount & more
  2. NJ Manufacturing Extension Program - Including exclusive online training


Not an NJFPA member yet? Join Today!

New Member Spotlight: iFoodDS

Welcome to the NJFPA Community

Our newest member iFoodDS knows what's important to the produce supply chain. Their software platform supports goals around food safetytraceabilityquality management, and consumer connections [Like the Scallop Traceability QR codes on NJFPA member Lund's Fisheries packaging].

iFoodDS helps growers, shippers, processors, grocery retailers, and foodservice improve the safety, quality, and value of their produce. Their cloud-based software solutions provide data and insights for continuous improvements across the produce supply chain.

But don't rely on a website blurb for your crucial services, meet our newest member and the whole NJFPA community at an upcoming NJFPA event!
 
Welcome to the New Jersey Food Processors Association!