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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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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 Online Career and Hiring Resources

Grow Your Professional Network Online with the NJFPA

Network and keep up with industry news with NJFPA on LinkedIn.

  • Like what you heard on the latest NJFPA Food Forum Podcast? Speakers are always tagged on LinkedIn so members can connect.

  • Hiring or marketing a Job Fair on LinkedIn or other social media? Tag the NJFPA to help broaden your reach.

  • Share and comment on industry news to grow your knowledge and profile as a thought leader.

  • Host members only conversations in the NJFPA discussion group.
Log on to NJfoodprocessors.org to update your profile: 
  • Search the Member Directory to connect with members in a particular town, field or company. 

  • Have an opportunity to share? Members post jobs for FREE on the exclusive NJFPA Job Board and Resume Bank as a part of NJFPA's commitment to supporting the community.

  • NEW! See even more great opportunities in one place with additional postings from ZipRecruiter. (Well below our member opportunities!)
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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.
 

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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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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HR Corner: Top 5 HR Risks - #5 Talent Acquisition

Overcoming the Top 5 HR Risks: #5. Talent Acquisition

Jeff Agranoff, HR Consulting Principal, Grassi Advisors & Accountants

#5. Talent Acquisition
Before any employee can become a key team member, you first need to be able to identify and attract them in the recruitment process. Oftentimes, the inability to find or secure the right candidates is due to mistakes made in this selection process.

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HR Corner: Top 5 HR Risks - #4 Career Planning & Progression

Overcoming the Top 5 HR Risks: #4. Career Planning & Progression

Jeff Agranoff, HR Consulting Principal, Grassi Advisors & Accountants

#4. Career Planning & Progression
Your responsibility to your employees should not end with providing them a salary and job responsibilities. Employees will want to stay with employers who also value and enable their career progression. If you do not have one already, design your organizational chart by department to map out the progression of positions available in your company. Include descriptions that allow employees to understand how the roles are gradually elevated and connected.

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HR Corner: Top 5 HR Risks - #3 Work-Life Integration

Overcoming the Top 5 HR Risks: #3 Work-Life Integration

Jeff Agranoff, HR Consulting Principal, Grassi Advisors & Accountants

#3 Work-Life Integration
In today’s stressful and fast-paced existence, employees may find value in getting paid less if it means they can better balance their lives in and out of the office. Offering part-time or flex options to employees in this situation can sometimes mean the difference between retaining a key employee or losing them to a more flexible employer.

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HR Corner: Top 5 HR Risks - #2 Employee Compensation

Overcoming the Top 5 HR Risks: #2 Employee Compensation

Jeff Agranoff, HR Consulting Principal, Grassi Advisors & Accountants

#2 Employee Compensation
With many companies focused on containing costs and freezing pay raises or bonuses during the economic downturn, it is more important than ever to be creative in the ways you are compensating your employees and communicating these benefits to them.

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HR Corner: Top 5 HR Risks - #1 Employee Retention

Overcoming the Top 5 HR Risks: #1 Employee Retention

Jeff Agranoff, HR Consulting Principal, Grassi Advisors & Accountants

#1. Employee Retention
Your business is your long-term priority, but have you considered what keeps your employees connected or disconnected from your organization? Most likely, it is employee culture – or the lack thereof. Employees stay when they like who they work with, are treated well and feel part of the organization’s mission.

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HR Corner: Top 5 HR Risks - Intro

Overcoming the Top 5 HR Risks

Jeff Agranoff, HR Consulting Principal, Grassi Advisors & Accountants

Through the ups and downs of your business, the people behind your company name will play a large part in its rise or fall. Like any major element of your business, your workforce and Human Resources (HR) function should be regularly evaluated to ensure they are moving the company in an upward path.

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