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Innovate South Jersey: Food Manufacturing

Chamber of Commerce of Southern NJ Presents: Innovate South Jersey

Tuesday, October 26th | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Special NJFPA Pricing: $25  - Register Today
The Grove at Centerton

1022 Almond Road PittsgroveNJ 08318

NJFPA Board member Nolan Lewin of the Rutgers Food Innovation Center will be contributing to this important regional event. 



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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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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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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!)
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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NJFPA Member Awards - ROI 2021

ROI-NJ presents the ROI Influencers: Food & Beverage 2021

From grocery stores to restaurants, processors to distributors, entrepreneurs to conglomerates, the food business impacts the state in numerous ways. Of course, in the past year our relationship with food has changed. Food insecurity is real — and its impact has touched all portions of society.

So, this year, the 2021 ROI Influencers: Food & Beverage list honors those in the industry big and small, but they gave extra emphasis to those who made sure no one went hungry. NJFPA couldn't be prouder to have our members and partners on this list:

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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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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.
 

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!