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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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The NJFPA Food Forum : Season 1

Congratulations to the Hosts and Guests of Season 1!

With 10 episodes recorded, Season 1 of the NJFPA Stradley Ronon Food Forum Podcast is already creating a buzz standing out with true stories and honest advice on the NJ Food Processing world.

As your business and your circumstances change, relisten for advice on every stage of your business:

Starting up : 

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Tuesday at the Vineyard

NJFPA 1st On The Road is Next Week - New Speaker on COVID Vaccines

NJFPA's popular On the Road (OTR) networking series sponsored by M&T Bank & Stokes Equipment, has always been about making and strengthening connections. 

NEW - Employment lawyer Nicole Stover from Stradley Ronan will share thoughts on how upcoming vaccine mandates will affect your business and life. Nicole has already started sharing amazing resources with the NJFPA including the FDA's page on COVID-19 Vaccination & the Food and Agriculture Sector.

Tickets for this outdoor event include drink tickets, dinner, and the unmatched NJFPA community. Reconnect, reminisce, and network your next big opportunity.

It has been a heck of a year, come relax and enjoy beautiful outdoor settings. 




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NJFPA Fall Think Tank - Supply Chain

Supply Chain Disruptions - People, Transportation, & Forecasting

NJFPA Fall Think Tank
Friday, October 15th - 9 AM - 1:30 PM

Non-Members: $60 | Members: $50 - Registration starting next week!

One of the most important issues to face every industry this year has been supply chain disruption. Get together with your peers to discuss the specific local challenges for food processors on the ground in NJ, who has found successful solutions and what NJFPA collaborations could bring to the table.

Expert moderators will lead round table discussions focused on three main topics:
  • People - Cielo Talent
    Labor challenges related to staffing, no shows, recruiting, and more.
     
  • Transportation - Mark McEntire, SVP of Ops at Transplace.com
    Ocean container shortages, trucking carrier/driver availability, longer lead times and unexpected delays on critical materials.
     
  • Forecasting - Pearl Mattison, Director, Demand and Network Planning, Lassonde
    Consumer stockpiling, increased demand, back to school uncertainty, communication challenges, climate change impact to crops, extreme weather events, direct/indirect impacts.
For more information about the event, or details on our health and safety protocols, please email [email protected]

NJFPA Member Awards - ROI 2021

ROI-NJ presents the ROI Influencers: Food & Beverage 2021

From grocery stores to restaurants, processors to distributors, entrepreneurs to conglomerates, the food business impacts the state in numerous ways. Of course, in the past year our relationship with food has changed. Food insecurity is real — and its impact has touched all portions of society.

So, this year, the 2021 ROI Influencers: Food & Beverage list honors those in the industry big and small, but they gave extra emphasis to those who made sure no one went hungry. NJFPA couldn't be prouder to have our members and partners on this list:

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What would you say to the sharks?

NJFPA Stradley Ronon Food Forum Episode 8

In NJFPA Stradley Ronon Food Forum Episode #8 Bill Mandia, Partner at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, speaks with Jared Cannon, Founder and CEO of Simply Good Jars. Bill and Jared talk about COVID causing a 98% sales loss and how they bounced back, hiring and the Shark Tank.

In Episode #8 listeners will hear: 

  • How a personal problem turned into a business opportunity.

  • How COVID caused them to instantly lose 98% of sales and upended their entire business model - but focusing on their values and strengths led to a natural pivot.

  • Redefining what “profit” means for an organization.

  • Company culture that has made hiring fast and employees highly motivated. “We’ve never written a job description.”

  • Jared’s almost missed opportunity on Shark Tank.

  • Jared’s predictions for future changes in the food industry.
NJFPA Stradley Ronon Food Forum listeners will hear from different corners of the food processing industry and see unique perspectives. You will hear who's done it, who's done it well, and lessons you can use today to drive your company forward.

Get inspiration and insights listening on your desktop, your phone,
in the car, on a run or even read the full transcript.
Get inspiration and insights listening on your desktop, your phone,
in the car, on a run or even read the full transcript.
 

Benchmarking Survey Results

2021 NJ Food Manufacturers Benchmarking Survey

The results from the Grassi Manufacturing & Distribution practice and New Jersey Food Processors Association (NJFPA) comprehensive industry benchmarking survey are in.

The findings point to the resiliency and agility of the industry over the past 12 months and indicate a positive overall outlook for the sector.  

NJFPA In Person Event Survey

Are you ready to shake hands yet?

As we plan our next few in-person meetings we need your input.

By sharing your perspective on this transition, you will be helping us to be thoughtful in our approach to bringing our community back together.

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NJDOH Vaccine Resources for Employers

NJ Needs YOUR Help to Get Everyone Vaccinated!

Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available, and now we have a powerful new tool—vaccines. As of April 19th all New Jersey residents are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Research has shown that some people will trust employers, even more than their governments and religious leaders, to deliver safe and accurate information regarding vaccines.

NJ Department of Health has created posters, tips and opportunities for employers to get more NJ workers vaccinated. NJFPA will be sharing vaccine information on our website and members are encouraged to share these resources with their workforce and the community:

Questions: call the hotline toll free at 855-568-0545 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Callers can ask questions ranging from vaccine eligibility, assistance with registering on the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS), identifying local vaccination sites, and more!

Episode 2 of the Food Forum Podcast with Roma McCaig

Roma McCaig talks ESG with the NJFPA Food Forum

Bill Mandia, Partner at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, speaks with Roma McCaig, VP of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability at Campbell Soup Company and keynote speaker for NJFPA’s 2021 Annual Conference, about ESG: environmental, social and governance strategy and why it is important to every business large and small. 

And a special note...Roma was just named to GreenBiz’s “25 badass women leading corporate climate action list” for 2021!

Listen to Hear: 

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New: NJFPA Food Forum Podcast!

Welcome to the NJFPA Food Forum Podcast!

It is finally here! Over the last year NJFPA has heard amazing stories of resilience, perseverance and ingenuity from our members and we couldn't keep them to ourselves. Bill Mandia from Stradley Ronon, will be our interviewer extraordinaire and kick off Season 1 with our very own NJFPA President, Mark Macellaro.

NJFPA Food Forum listeners will hear from different corners of the food processing industry and see unique perspectives. You will hear who's done it, who's done it well, and lessons you can use today to drive your company forward. 

In Episode #1 listeners will hear: 

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Conference Training: CFR 117 subpart B

Rutgers Food Innovation Center Presents NEW Training at the 2021 NJFPA Conference
First time offered to the public!

Thursday, April 22nd (9:00 AM to 4:30 PM)
A Deep Dive discussion into the NEW FDA Regulations - CFR 117 subpart B offering Regulatory Views vs. Food Processing Concerns including changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presented by Rutgers Food Innovation Center 

CFR 117 (B) was just the first of many new food-related regulations that the FDA has released as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and covers the basic requirements of the Good Manufacturing Practices, Adverse Health, personal hygiene and Allergen handling requirements for food handlers working in a food processing-type environment. Participants will learn how to better comply with FDA rules, while also earning a Rutgers Certificate of Training needed to show compliance with some of the new FDA training documentation requirements.


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NJEDA Issues RFI on Strategies for NJ Food Deserts

NJEDA Seeks Input on Strategies to Address Food Insecurity in New Jersey’s Food Deserts

NJEDA specifically reached out to NJFPA and asked us to share with anyone in the food & beverage sector, including farms, animal production & fishing companies, bakeries, food manufacturers, retail & foodservice markets, wholesalers, logistics & supply chain. They need YOUR voice and perspective to find the best ideas to make #NJfood work for everyone.

TRENTON, N.J. (March 15, 2021) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking insight into food security challenges faced by communities across the Garden State, including specific obstacles and disparities within communities that are considered “food deserts.” Responses to the RFI are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 12, 2021. The RFI can be found at https://www.njeda.com/bidding/#OET.

The NJEDA issued the RFI in conjunction with Governor Phil Murphy’s office and the New Jersey departments of Community Affairs (NJDCA) and Agriculture (NJDA), to gather information and ideas regarding the implementation of the Food Desert Relief Act, part of the NJ Economic Recovery Act of 2020 that Governor Murphy signed into law in January 2021.

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Partner Programing - Webinar: Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Webinar: Restaurant Revitalization Fund – What You Need to Know

NJFPA Partner Withum is once again on top of the latest changes in the business environment. Join them Wednesday, March 24 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST for their advice and recommendations on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). 
After a year of uncertainty and economic disruption, the restaurant industry has won federal relief. On March 11 President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law which includes a $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to assist struggling restaurants during the pandemic. The RRF impacts restaurant owners with 20 or fewer locations and will be administered by the Small Business Administration.
Topics for discussion:
  • Who is eligible for RRF?
  • How can the fund be used?
  • Next steps and important considerations for restaurant owners
Presenters:
  • Terry Moncrief, Partner, CPA, Team Leader, Food and Beverage/Restaurants and Bars
  • Jeremias Ramos, CPA
Have news or expertise to share with our members? Contact [email protected]

2021 Conference Schedule

2021 Annual Conference, Presented by M&T Bank

Education Days: April 22nd and 29th (both Thursdays)
Session Days: April 23rd and 30th (both Fridays)
All Elements Are Virtual This Year

This year's conference features an expanded schedule of presentations along with two standalone educational offerings and special pre-conference experiences.


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Phase 2 of Emergency Loan Program Begins

NJEDA Announces $10 Million Second Phase of its Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program
Pre-registration for Phase 2 of its Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program will open at 9:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. The $10 million program expansion will support New Jersey small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and will be capitalized by a United States Economic Development Administration (USEDA) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act appropriation. Any business or entity that intends to apply for a loan must first pre-register during this pre-registration period, which will run from 9:00 a.m. EST on February 10, 2021 to 5:00 p.m. on February 22, 2021.

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HR Corner: Top 5 HR Risks - 2020 Bonus COVID-19 Risks

Overcoming the Top 5 HR Risks: 2020 Bonus - COVID-19 Risks

Jeff Agranoff, HR Consulting Principal, Grassi Advisors & Accountants

COVID-19 Risks
In addition to these 5 major areas of HR risk, which are all exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis, there are risks inherent in the pandemic itself. Employee morale and loyalty can be severely tested in situations where furloughs and layoffs are inevitable. If you find yourself needing to make these tough decisions to contain employee-related costs, take purposeful steps to make the process easier for those who are leaving and staying. To the extent possible, communicate with remaining employees about the potential and timeline to bring furloughed employees back. Discuss how laid-off or furloughed employees’ roles will be covered. Offer departing employees job coaching and resume building services to support them in this transition.

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NJEDA Expands PPE Access Program

NJEDA Expands Discounts, Extends Deadline for PPE Access Program

Businesses and organizations with 100 or fewer employees can apply for nearly 70 percent discounts on PPE purchases

TRENTON, N.J. (November 23, 2020) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced that it will increase the discounts available on purchases of personal protective equipment made through the NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program to nearly 70 percent, effective Tuesday, November 24, 2020. The Authority will also double the per-business cap on discount vouchers. These discounts will be available to New Jersey businesses and nonprofits with 100 or fewer employees until December 10, 2020. Businesses that have already made purchases through the program will be able to receive vouchers for additional purchases up to the new program caps, but the 65 percent discount will only apply to purchases made on or after November 24, 2020. 

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News from the FIC: COVID-19 Impacts FSMA Rule

News from the FIC: COVID-19 Impacts FSMA Rule

Intentional adulteration…when a food product is intentionally contaminated by a person or group of people, either internal or external to a food business, has become even a greater concern as food processors battle through the challenges and ramifications of COVID-19. The most common cause of intentional adulteration within the food supply chain has been disgruntled employees seeking revenge on their employer or co-workers. On July 26, 2019, the FSMA final rule for intentional adulteration came into force: Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration. 

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