The night before the doors to the Expo Hall swing open to the 2014 Northwest Food Processors Expo & Conference, a celebration 100 years in the making will join industry professionals and community leaders together in marking the centennial birthday of the Northwest Food Processors Association.
Centennial Celebration events for Sunday, January 12 will include a cocktail reception and semi-formal dinner in the Oregon Ballroom with invited emcee Idaho Governor Butch Otter, entertainment by Capitol Steps, a venerated political satire performing group from Washington D.C, and an historical group photograph to document the turn of a century for the industry.
Impress and engage with your customers, guests and colleagues while enjoying fine dining, cocktails and entertainment by hosting one or more tables. Guests must register in advance, and space is limited.
Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA), the leading regional food manufacturing trade association in the U.S., announced a unique free membership category for small food processing businesses. Food processors with annual sales of $1 million or less can become Associate Members of NWFPA without having to pay annual membership dues.
Associate Processor Members will receive members-only discounts on select events, education and training products, and will be able to post job openings in the association's online Jobs Board. They will benefit from a company name listing in the print and online directory, and will receive ongoing industry news and publications, such as the association's flagship newsletter, Northwest Reports.
Oregon food processing companies are positioning themselves for particularly strong export growth, according to industry experts. Food processing increases the value of Oregon agricultural products by about $2 billion a year. It also provides jobs and expands the market range of products grown by local farmers. For that reason, Oregon companies are stepping up their game to become players in the international market.
Investment in food processing in the Pacific Northwest is on the upswing, according to Dave Zepponi, President of Northwest Food Processors Association. "The stars are aligning incredibly well for long-term advancement," he said.
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