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2023 NJFPA Annual Conference 

Overwhelmingly you have said that one of the biggest challenges you are facing is workforce. From hiring and retention of your own employees to driver shortages and port personnel logistics affecting your processes and profits. How can NJ businesses stay ready for anything?

As many of you know, the NJFPA Annual Conference is planned by members, for members. The education committee is building on some of our most popular topics from last year. For instance, bringing in students to talk about apprenticeships and hiring practices. 

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October OTR Recap and Photos

October OTR Recap and Photo Album

Were you at our October On The Road networking event? Tag yourself in the Facebook photo album and share your pictures as well. (How is it possible that the Cultinary Family Farm twins were not captured on camera??)

The staff and space of Cross Keys Brewing were wonderfully welcoming and the room was packed. Thank goodness the rain held off because the crowd was spilling out the door. Not that rain would have kept anyone from lining up for dinner from Red's Rolling Restaurant.

Culinary Family Farms Black Garlic was an experience. When they walk you through the flavors like a wine tasting you know this is something special. Superfoods was already using black garlic in their recipes and were excited to meet a NJ source. The samples of Superfood's veggie burgers, taco filling, and "forbidden banana bread" are all vegan and amazingly delicious. Paul is an experienced chef that has already brought products to Costco and it shows. We got to learn a little more about the history behind the spring rolls of Carey's Gourmet and their established following. 

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Food Business Basics Workshop - Register Now

Thursday, November 3, 2022 - Food Business Workshop

Are you interested in the upcoming Rutgers Food Innovation Center, Food Business Basics Workshop but still on the fence?

Check out the workshop schedule to see the full scope of what this day will cover to bring your food business to the next level: branding, packaging materials, food safety, sales, Whole Foods foragers, and finding co-packers. 

And this workshop is not just for startups! Are you new to the industry and need a crash course? An established small business looking to take things to the next level? Even the largest NJ food processors have taken advantage of the resources of the Rutgers Food Innovation Center to test out new recipes, formulas, and processes. 

Still not sure? Reach out to [email protected] and [email protected] to learn more. The first 15 NJFPA members that mention this post will get a VERY special rate.

If you can't make this one, remember that NJFPA members always get 10% off on RFIC classes. 

October 13th OTR Updates!

October 13th OTR - New Tastings

For our October OTR we are featuring some up-and-coming local food processors.

If that wasn't enough to tempt you, we are excited to welcome Larry Walker, President & CEO of Balford Foods who will share a few words on his experiences and advice in the food industry.

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Piscataway RFIC Update

Rutgers Food Innovation Center North - Fall 2022 Update

While Rutgers University made a fiscal decision to no longer rent job Rutgers-owned buildings during the COVID era, they did want to continue the presence of RFIC North. We received approval from the SEBS executive leadership team and the Chair of the Food Science Department to take up residency in a lab on the 4th floor of the Food Science building. This smaller space is designed to allow start up’s and clients from the northern part of the state and New York Metro area to meet with the FIC team without needing to drive to the Bridgeton site for initial conversations and testing of prototypes.

While this new space in New Brunswick will not allow for manufacturing as Piscataway had, it is still an opportunity for potential clients to begin the process of working with RFIC. The biggest advantage comes from the opportunity for the professors and student body to engage much easier with the RFIC team who will be in the New Brunswick lab and office a few times a month. FIC will offer food safety and training courses, both virtually and in person. Work with the sensory labs will grow and the marketing team will have access to a remarkably diverse group to work with on competing analyses. All in all, entering the next phase of FIC in New Brunswick promises to afford new and exciting horizons for everyone. 

- Nolan Lewin 
Rutgers Food Innovation Center

Remember NJFPA members always get a 10% discount on FIC training courses!

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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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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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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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!):
 
  
 
 

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.

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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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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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!

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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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!)
FIND YOUR YES
at the
NJFPA JOB BOARD

Register Now for Fall Networking

NJFPA On The Road is BACK!

NJFPA's popular On the Road (OTR) networking series sponsored by M&T Bank & Stokes Equipment, has always been about making and strengthening connections. With 2 dates on the calendar, find a time and location that works for you.

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

$35 non-members | $30 members




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New NJMEP South Jersey Facility

NJMEP Expands Footprint With Opening of Second Office and Training Facility in Bellmawr

This new Bellmawr, NJ facility is fully staffed and ready to host professional development training courses and workshops. In addition to the NJ Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) suite of effective training options, the NJMEP Pro-Action Education TeamTM invested in innovative Augmented Reality welding equipment and CNC equipment to provide hands-on training to help alleviate the skills gap in these in-demand areas. On August 19th, NJMEP’s board and prominent state legislators were in attendance for a ribbon-cutting ceremony where they toured the facility and saw demonstrations of this ground-breaking new training equipment.

The Bellmawr facility has been given the name the ‘Chris DePace’ training center to commemorate one of NJMEP’s longest-running Account Managers who lost his life to COVID-19 complications. As South Jersey-based manufacturers recover from the disruptions caused by the pandemic, they can take advantage of the training being offered or consulting services available at the ‘Chris DePace’ training center in Bellmawr, New Jersey.

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2021 Association Survey

What can NJFPA do for you?

Help NJFPA help you! The NJFPA is a member driven organization. The services and programming we provide our community depend on the feedback we receive from you.

Please tell us what YOU need from a professional association. As a token of our appreciation, the NJFPA will select three winners to receive a $75 Amazon gift card.

Take the NJFPA Survey