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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!

Build Your Workforce Pipeline

Inspire the next generation of food and beverage manufacturers!

NJFPA member Melissa Eckstein is the District Career Facilitator of the Gateway 2 Careers program at Gateway Regional High School. She is legendary throughout the state for developing symbiotic relationships between education and the workforce. (Food Forum Podcast S2E7)

Having cultivated partnerships with 150 businesses and counting, she has created career opportunities for students, as well as workforce development prospects for companies. You are invited to participate in their December 2nd career day to speak to Gateway students directly about careers available at your company and learn about the workforce programs at Gateway 2 Careers that are building a pipeline of talent for area businesses.

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NJ Manufacturing Day Schedule

October 7th - NJ Manufacturing Day Schedule

Stop by the NJFPA booth for your 'Proud NJFPA Member' pin AND a chance to win NJFPA Conference tickets, Eagles and Flyers tickets!

What?!? You still aren't registered yet? Use code SOTS15 for 15% off: https://www.njmep.org/events/manufacturing-day/

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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Monkey Pox Factsheet for the Food Industry

CDC Recommends to Update Your Adverse Health Policy to Include Monkey Pox

The number of cases of Monkey Pox in the U.S. has now risen to the point where the CDC is recommending that all food processing facilities look for the symptoms on their employees (and send them home from work if the “pox” symptoms are present).  Food processors also need to ensure that all food handlers are reminded to follow GMPs and always wear gloves when touching food or food contact surfaces, to mitigate the risks of Monkey Pox being spread through the food materials.

Please read the attached flyer of information regarding the Monkey Pox virus from the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University. This document was created on August 11, 2022.

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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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DFA Call for NJFPA Member Expertise 

DFA Call for NJFPA Member Expertise 

Design for America (DFA) is a nationally recognized organization that fosters student creativity and design thinking skills to address complex problems in local communities.

DFA’s Rutgers chapter invites NJFPA members to collaborate with students in addressing the question, "How can we sustainably equip communities to address the obstacles involved with food insecurity?".

Students will work in teams to design solutions to food insecurity with empathy and creativity. Organizations can gain insights and strategies surrounding unmet needs, and students can develop an affinity for community engagement. For more information or to express interest, please email the DFA at Rutgers team at [email protected].  

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/

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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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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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 

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!