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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.  

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

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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2021 Annual NJFPA Golf Outing Recap

2021 NJFPA Golf Outing Success!

Over 100 golfers enjoyed beautiful blue skies for our first in person event of the year. Enjoy a few photos below and we hope you will take a look at more taken throughout the day for a taste of more in person events to come.

   

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NJFPA On The Road at Cedar Rose 2021

NJFPA On The Road is BACK!

NJFPA's popular networking series kicks back up on Tuesday, September 21st at Cedar Rose Vineyards. The On the Road (OTR) series, sponsored by M&T Bank & Stokes Equipment, has always been about making and strengthening connections.

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

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NJFPA Membership Survey

NJFPA Wants to Hear From YOU!

Imagine an organization that is truly looking for your feedback, is committed to listening to what you have to say, and is determined to use that information to strengthen what they do. 

That's the NJFPA.

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New Member Benefit - Business Valuation

Stony Hill Advisors offers 20% Discount on Business Valuation

Fred Kaplan and the team at Stony Hill Advisors is offering NJFPA members a 20% discount ($500 value) for a business valuation. Contact them at [email protected] and mention the NJFPA.

The team at Stony Hill Advisors offers business sales experience whether you are buying or selling a small business. They provide expertise in merging and acquisitions, and specialize in focusing on the value to the buyer and the seller. They also focus on helping business owners increase the value of their businesses.



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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!

Thank You 2021 Golf Sponsors

Thank You To Our 2021 Golf Sponsors

Below is just the list of organization that have already committed to sponsoring the NJFPA's 2021 Peter Pappas Memorial Golf Outing as of May 7th! We are always proud and humbled to see so many familiar names stepping up to support this great event. It is even more meaningful this year as we return to in person events.

There are still sponsorship opportunities available, get your name in front of a wide cross-section of our food processing community while at the same time supporting BOTH NJFPA's day-to-day operations and the Association's scholarship fund. All sponsorship opportunities at $750 or above include recognition in promotions, print materials, website, and electronic communications.

 




      

              

2021 NJFPA Golf Outing

Join us IN PERSON!
June 10, 2021 - Running Deer Golf Club, Pittsgrove, NJ

The annual Peter Pappas Memorial Golf Tournament at the beautiful Running Deer Golf Course in Pittsgrove, NJ.

Teams and individuals can show off their golf skills and compete for cash prizes and bragging rights. The tournament will be played in a best ball scramble format with a shotgun start. Learn more and register today!

Sponsorships are also available to increase your company's exposure and signify your support for our first in-person gathering in over a year!

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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NJFPA Member Discounts

NJFPA members and sponsors are known for their generosity and willingness to support each other. We all value the connections and support we get from this organization and want to give back to the industry. 

From discounts on supplies, services, expert advice, training and more take a look at just some of the discounts NJFPA members have shared: https://www.njfoodprocessors.org/membership-benefits

Have discounts or services you would like to share with your fellow NJFPA members? email [email protected]

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]

NJFPA Virtual Open House

Stop by for Coffee!

Every other Friday at10:30 AM, join us for an informal conversation with NJFPA staff. 

For members, it's a chance to get tips on maximizing the value of your membership and give feedback on your experience with NJFPA and what you want to see the organization focus on.

If you're not a member, it's a chance to learn more about the organization and the value of joining.

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We Need You: Important Survey on NJ Food Processing

NJFPA's First Industry Benchmarking Effort

This project is an effort made possible thanks to several organizations, including NJFPA, Rutgers Food Innovation Center, the NJEDA, and Grassi Advisors & Accountants.

Take the short 5-10 minute survey and you will help provide invaluable insight into our industry. The result is valuable information that you can leverage to strengthen your operations and enhance your ROI come year-end.

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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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