NJFPA NEWS Spring 2011

Welcome to the spring 2011 issue of the New Jersey Food Processors Association NJFPA NEWS. Our association is growing rapidly and we are continually providing new and enhanced benefits for our members. Information about a number of new events and opportunities follows below!

Peter Pappas Memorial Golf Tournament

Spring has arrived, and the NJFPA is gearing up for its annual Peter Pappas Memorial Golf Tournament. This year's tournament will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2011, at the Buena Vista Country Club, Route 40 and Country Club Lane in Buena, NJ. The Golf Tournament will have a scramble format with a shot gun start. This is strictly a social affair, so bring your fellow employees, spouse or guests.

Each year we fill the course with 144 golfers for this event. Players enjoy networking and competing for prizes in our various contests, including Straightest Drive, Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, and Team Putting Contest. In addition, this year we have a special sponsorship, as Sentry insurance is offering a $15,000 cash prize for a hole-in-one at one of the course's Par 3 holes. After golfing, golfers and non-golfers alike enjoy our awards dinner, which offers recognition for our best golfers, doorprizes, and 50/50 drawing that benefits the Jim Sclafani Scholarship for local high school students.

This year there are additional sponsorship opportunities and benefits for NJFPA members. Here is the list of all available sponsorship opportunities for NJFPA members, including some that are being offered for the first time this year:

  • Event Co-Sponsor ($2,500)
  • Premium Hole Sponsor ($1000 for 18 holes)
  • Dinner Co-Sponsor ($1,000)
  • Lunch Co-Sponsor ($750)
  • Award Co-Sponsor ($750)
  • Snack Stand Co-Sponsor ($500)
  • Beverage Cart Co-Sponsor ($500)
  • Hole Sponsor ($100)
  • Prize Contributions ($50+ or merchandise)

The NJFPA will make every effort to limit co-sponsorships so that no two companies in the same industry are sponsoring the same activity.

Additional information about these sponsorships is available on our website at http://www.njfoodprocessors.org/golf_1.html.

Reservations must be received by May 20, 2011. Be sure to register early, as we expect this event to sell out quickly! To register, mail payment with the registration form, which you can download at http://www.njfoodprocessors.org/golf_registration.pdf, to NJFPA, PO Box 577, Vineland, NJ, 08362. If you have any questions, please email Michele Hujber at mhujber@njfoodprocessors.org. Please note that we cannot confirm your reservation until we have your check in hand.

NJFPA Networking Dinner Event Features Timely Presentation on Finance

The New Jersey Food Processors Association (NJFPA) held a Networking Dinner on Wednesday, March 16, at the Westin Mt. Laurel.

Wiss & Company LLP, sponsor of this event, presented an educational session, "A Tasting of Tax: Important Tax Updates for the Food Industry," providing information about critical financial and accounting issues for food businesses, a very timely topic as the deadline for filing of 2010 tax returns was just a month away. Speakers were Wiss & Company's Jim Duffy and Mike Hogan.

Jim Duffy specializes in helping privately-owned, closely held companies meet their strategic and financial goals. As Partner-in-Charge of Wiss' Food Industry Group, Duffy works closely with businesses connected to the food industry to provide solutions for the unique accounting, tax and operational issues these organizations face.

Mike Hogan specializes in advising businesses and business owners in all areas of taxation. He is a member of the State and Local Tax and Pass-Through Entities special interest groups at Wiss and is a valued tax advisor to his clients.

"At Wiss, we feel it is important to share the information and knowledge we possess about accounting and taxation, especially when tax laws are constantly changing," said Duffy. "Having up-to-date information can help NJFPA members when it comes to filing and making the best decisions regarding their tax economic impact."

"Our members and guests appreciated this critically important perspective during tax season," said Lou Cooperhouse, president of the NJFPA. "Our quarterly Networking Dinners are designed to inform people in the industry about issues that are of specific value and concern to their businesses. In addition, our members benefit from the networking opportunities, and find this to be an invaluable way to make new contacts."

The next Networking Dinner will be held in September.

NJ Food Processors Annual Conference Highlighted How to Succeed in the Changing Environment

NJ Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno addressed the State's Food Processing Organization

The New Jersey Food Processors Association held its 2011 Annual Meeting and Conference on January 31 at the at the Westin Hotel in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. It was the association"s largest conference ever, with 205 attendees and 37 exhibitors.

"This conference was a great success for the New Jersey Food Processors Association," said Lou Cooperhouse, president of the association and president and chief operating officer of F&S Produce Company, Inc. "All of the feedback from our members, both verbally and in our evaluation survey, indicated that the meeting delivered high-value information and networking for our members."

New Jersey's Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and Caren Franzini, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, were the opening keynote speakers. Douglas H. Fisher, secretary of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture delivered the closing keynote. The conference theme was "2020 Foresight: Planning for Success in a Changing Environment," and these keynote speakers each talked about changes in the business climate in the state and the state's priorities for the years ahead.

Other speakers included John Stanton, chair and professor of Food Marketing at St. Joseph"s University, Herb Cohen, partner at Emerging Strategies Group and host of Executive Leaders Radio, and David Brogan, vice president of Environmental Policy at the NJ Business and Industry Association.

Stanton talked about the changing landscape of the food industry. He illustrated how food sales are moving away from traditional supermarkets to a variety of new retailers, some not traditionally associated with food. The new reality includes a number of new players to the food retail business.

Cohen did a presentation on the personal and corporate qualities that will be needed for success in changing times. His unique presentation was based upon recent interviews he conducted with senior executives from the NJFPA. Cohen called upon his interviewees to give a recap of the major points they each believed would be critical to businesses in the food industry in coming years, which encouraged a peer-to-peer wisdom-sharing atmosphere among conference attendees.

Brogan spoke about legislative issues that are affecting food processing businesses in New Jersey. His presentation focused on recent action on pro-business bills, a political outlook for 2011, and pro-business priorities for the upcoming year.

During two one-hour breaks, attendees networked and visited exhibit booths. The exhibitors represented a wide range of services to the food processing industry, including packaging, inventory control, energy, investment banking, biological decontamination, construction, water treatment, management consulting, insurance, accounting, and more.

A video created during the conference is available for viewing on our homepage at www.njfoodprocessors.org. To view photos and presentations given during the conference, go to http://www.njfoodprocessors.org/about_photos.html.

New Member Joins NJFPA Board

The Executive Board and Directors of the New Jersey Food Processors Association welcomes Joe Lacotte of Bumblebee Foods to the board. He is filling the position of second vice president left vacant by the retirement of Sam Ragusa, formerly of Violet Packaging.

Other board members include President Lou Cooperhouse of F&S Produce, First Vice President Sam Pipitone of F&S Produce, Secretary and Treasurer Pearl Giordano of Limpert Brothers, Directors David Baldwin of Pinnacle Foods Group, Carmine Catalana Sr. of Cumberland Dairy, Denny Doyle of Atlantic Blueberry, Cliff Johnson Surfside Products, Steve Kiszely Sr. of Delaware Valley Packaging Group, Shawn R. Knechtel of Widerman & Company Inc., Tom Mangus of Campbell Soup Company, Dimitri Pappas of Clement Pappas & Co., and Linda Doherty of the New Jersey Food Council.

The current list of board members can be found on the NJFPA website at http://www.njfoodprocessors.org/officers.html.

NJFPA Holds Human Resources Roundtable

The New Jersey Food Processors held a Human Resources Roundtable on Friday, March 18. The roundtable offered an information-sharing discussion on healthcare. Topics covered included types of plans offered, costs for benefits, percent of employee cost sharing, pros and cons of using a broker, and health risk assessments.

If you or anyone in your company have an interest in attending the next HR Roundtable, please contact Kelly Tondo at ktondo@freshcutproduce.com or Dimitri Pappas at dipappas@clementpappas.com.

NJFPA Welcomes New Members

The NJFPA would like to extend a warm welcome to its newest members: Joseph Allen of Sonitrol Security of Delaware Valley, Jared Bruley of Constellation Energy, Thomas Licker of Insurance Restoration Specialists/Infection Control Technologies, Henry Dao of HSP USA LLC, Roy Demeshulam of Hudson Valley Farms Inc., Stephen Eigenrauch of Grace Construction, Michael Knetzger of HelioSage, Santo Maccherone of Circle "M" Farms Foods, Keith Maietta of Maran Corporate Risk Associates, Hank Murad of Courier Systems Inc., Edward O'Brien of CSG Partners, Dianne Park-Hudson of Omni Baking Co., Al Sutherland of the MPE Group USA, and Patrizia Zita of the Kaufman Zita Group LLC.

Upcoming Events

April 12, 2011: QA Roundtable, Alan Magid of Gloucester County College speaking about online training programs for food processors. The meeting will be held 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, 450 East Broad St., Bridgeton, NJ, 08302.

May 10, 2011: QA Roundtable, Donna Schaffner of the Rutgers Food Innovation Center presenting highlights from the 2011 Food Safety Summit in Washington DC that will have been held in April. The meeting will be held 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, 450 East Broad St., Bridgeton, NJ, 08302.

June 9, 2011: NJFPA Peter Pappas Memorial Golf Tournament at the Buena Vista Country Club in Buena, NJ.

New Study Released by Rutgers Documents Economic Impact of New Jersey's $105 Billion Food Industry

Rutgers University has just released a study that shows that New Jersey's food industry inflation-adjusted growth rate was 11.8 percent between 2002 and 2007, with gross sales volume of over $105 billion in 2007, demonstrating the vibrancy and importance of this industry in New Jersey. The food industry in New Jersey consists of an integrated system that includes farmers and those involved in production agriculture, food and beverage processors, food and beverage wholesalers, food and beverage retailers, and foodservice and drinking places. In 2007, New Jersey's food firms employed 431,765 workers earning wages of $9.65 billion.

"The data presented in the study demonstrate that the food industry is a critically important contributor to New Jersey's economy," said Lou Cooperhouse, president of the New Jersey Food Processors Association and president and COO of F&S Produce. "The study clearly shows that our members in the New Jersey Food Processors Association are major players in the state's economy. The economic impact of food manufacturers has been analyzed by looking at the regional economy that is built upon its inter-industry dependencies."

To view the full press release go to http://www.njfoodprocessors.org/pr_12.html.

The Benefits of Membership

There are many good reasons to join or renew your membership with NJFPA. The association is an organization of manufacturers and suppliers of food and agricultural products joined together to promote best practices, share information and expand the industry. NJFPA programs are designed to foster education regarding food industry trends, technologies, practices and processes, and include a number of networking opportunities between manufacturers and suppliers to our industry. These include:

  • The NJFPA Annual Conference, which this past January featured keynote speaker Lt. Governor of New Jersey Kim Guadagno and guest speaker Caren S. Franzini, chief executive officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. The date for the 2012 conference will be announced soon.
  • The annual NJFPA Peter Pappas Memorial Golf Tournament, an extremely popular event offering a casual networking opportunity. For the past two years we've filled the course with 144 golfers! A putting contest generates hundreds of dollars annually for the Jim Sclafani Scholarship, benefitting local high school students. Our next outing will be on June 9, 2011. Registration information can be found at http://www.njfoodprocessors.org/golf_1.html.
  • Networking Dinners, which are held three to four times per year, keep our members up-to-date about issues that are of specific value and concern to their businesses. Our Networking Dinner this past March was a great success with 55 people attending, and we expect an even larger crowd at our next Networking Dinner in September.
  • Industry Roundtable meetings, which are designed specifically to address issues in great depth that are of concern to our members. We have two Industry Roundtable groups in place now, one addressing food safety and the other addressing human resources. These roundtables meet six to 12 times a year, and others are planned for the future.
  • Our NJFPA website, which is continually updated to include content of interest to our members.
  • Sponsorship opportunities for our Associate Members, which enable all of our events to be made available for a very nominal fee to our members.

As you can see, the NJFPA is continually striving to provide value to its members. Membership for you and your company is well worth the cost of just $250. There are two payment options available at http://bit.ly/byUVC0: 1) print out the membership application form from and mail completed form with a check for $250 to P.O. Box 577, Vineland, NJ 08362-0577 or 2) fill out the membership application and pay online via PayPal. Both new and renewing members can use either of these options. The current membership year runs from August 1, 2010 through July 31, 2011.

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