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2023 NJFPA Conference Save the Date!

March 16-17, 2023 - Atlantic City

In 2023, the New Jersey Food Processors Association will again gather on March 16-17 in Atlantic City to share ideas, benchmark industry trends, and network amongst peers. This is a cornerstone program for the NJFPA that continues to grow its reach and engagement.

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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

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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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/

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.

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).

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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.

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!

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!

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