NJFPA NEWS Winter 2011

Welcome to the summer 2010 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!

NJFPA Annual Conference set for January 31

The New Jersey Food Processors Association will hold its 2011 Annual Meeting and Conference on January 31 at the at the Westin Hotel  in Mount Laurel, NJ. The meeting will provide networking and educational opportunities for food manufacturing and marketing businesses that operate in New Jersey and the surrounding region and for suppliers to the food industry. This Year’s Conference Theme is “2020 Foresight: Planning for Success in a Changing Environment” which is a timely topic given uncertainty in the decade ahead. You can register online at www.njfoodprocessors.org/about_conf.html.

“This year’s annual conference agenda is jam-packed with information on the economic environment, legislation, and other critical issues that will highlight what businesses in the food processing sector need to know to succeed in today’s business climate and into the future,” said Lou Cooperhouse, president of the New Jersey Food Processors Association and president and COO, F&S Produce Company, Inc. “Due to the tremendous turnout we had last year, we have moved the conference to a new venue, the Westin Mount Laurel Hotel, which is right off of Exit 4 on the NJ Turnpike.” Emerging Strategies Group, a management consulting firm from Blue Bell, PA, is the event sponsor.

Keynote speakers at the conference will be Kim Guadagno, lieutenant governor from the State of New Jersey (invited); Caren Franzini, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority; and Douglas Fisher, secretary of the NJ Department of Agriculture. Each will talk about changes in the business climate in the state and the state’s priorities for the years ahead. In addition, John Stanton, chair and professor of Food Marketing at St. Joseph’s University, will talk about the changing landscape of the food industry; Herb Cohen, partner at Emerging Strategies Group and host of Executive Leaders Radio will do a presentation on the personal qualities that will be needed for success in changing times; and David Brogan, vice president of Environmental Policy at the NJ Business and Industry Association, will speak about legislative issues that are affecting our businesses. 

The conference will occur on January 31, 2011 and run from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A continental breakfast will be available between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., and lunch will be served from noon until 1:30 p.m.

The hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to noon have been set aside exclusively for networking and visiting exhibits of the NJFPA’s associate members. The exhibits are positioned so that there will be exposure throughout the conference, which runs until 1:30 p.m.

The cost to attend the conference is $60 per person, which includes continental breakfast and served lunch. Associate member registrants may reserve display tables in the pre-conference area for $250, which includes one continental breakfast and one served lunch for the booth attendant. The premium tables in area to the side of the meeting room are sold out.

For additional conference information and to register, visit the event web site at www.njfoodprocessors.org/about_conf.html or contact Michele Hujber, NJFPA executive secretary, at mhujber@njfoodprocessors.org or 732-439-5625.

New Members Join NJFPA Board

The Executive Board and Directors of the New Jersey Food Processors Association welcomes Dimitri Pappas from Clement Pappas, David Baldwin from Pinnacle Foods, Shawn Knechtel from Widerman & Company, and Denny Doyle from Atlantic Blueberry Company as new directors. 

In addition, the NJFPA welcomes Linda Doherty, President of the New Jersey Food Council, as our first ex officio advisory board member. The NJFPA board now also includes up to two members that originate form a strategic alliance partner of the New Jersey food processing industry, and may include a senior representative from a food industry trade association, a state agency or a federal agency that is aligned with our industry. 

Please welcome David, Denny, Dimitri, Linda, and Shawn!

Sam Ragusa Retires and Resigns from the NJFPA Board

Sam Ragusa, a member of the board, past-president, and longtime supporter of the New Jersey Food Processors Association, has formally retired from Violet Packaging and resigned from the NJFPA board. “Sam has been an amazing leader in our industry and an invaluable member of our association,” said Lou Cooperhouse, president of the NJFPA. “We are excited about his retirement, but we will certainly miss him at the NJFPA. His strategic vision truly propelled the NJFPA to the organization that it is today, and he will be sorely missed,” Cooperhouse added.

NJFPA Welcomes New Member

The NJFPA would like to extend a warm welcome to its newest members: Bob Lijana, Advanced Food Systems; Darren Buseman, Allied Specialty Foods; Daniel Matlis, Axendia Inc.; Sandra DiNapoli and Ronald Taylor, Brand Aromatics; Christy DiLeonardo, County of Cumberland Business Services & Workforce Investment Board; James Whelan, EcoLab Food & Beverage; Rosemary Miller, Grasso Foods Inc.; Michael Knetzger, HelioSage; Michael Kelly, J.F. Kelly Inc.; Ramila Adhikari, Lacas Coffee Co. Inc.; David Young, Loar & Young Inc.; Mark Awadalla, Mira International Foods Inc.; David Baldwin, Pinnacle Foods Group LLC; Steve Stomel, ProCat Management Services; Rob Hodgson, Pro-Motion Industries LLC; Pat Mele III, RLB Food Distributors and FreshPro; Harry Hearing, Romano, Hearing, Testa & Knorr CPA’s PA; Tammy Morris, Rural Development Corporation; Frank Tedesco, Safeway Freezer Storage Co. LLC; Paul Altieri, Schar USA; Tasara Masaya, S.G.S. Testing Co. Inc.; Dan Kaplan, S.M.C. Data Systems Inc.; William G. Stech, Standard Warehouse & Distributing; Robert Reitnauer, Sr., Sweet Ovations; Guy Giordano, Vincent Giordano Corp.; Meilech Kornbluh, Vineland Syrup; and Jean-Paul Hepp, West Nexus.

NJFPA website now offers List Serve and Member Directory

The NJFPA website, which is continually updated to include content of interest to our members, features a member list serve. The list serve is essentially a mailing list dedicated to topics of concern to our members where users can post messages and receive responses via email. The list serve enables members to ask each other questions, exchange information, and engage in conversations on a variety of topics. A link to the list serve and other members-only features, including a directory of all members, can be found at http://njfoodprocessors.org/members/. If you do not know your user name and password for the members-only section, please email Michele Hujber at mhujber@njfoodprocessors.org or call her at 732-439-5625.

Upcoming Events

January 11, 2011Quality Assurance Roundtable, Dr. Dallas Hoover of University of Delaware will speak about high pressure pasteurization technology. The meeting will be held at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, 450 East Broad Street (Rt 49) Bridgeton, NJ 08302. The roundtables are free for any employee of a NJFPA member company. To be added to the roundtable notification list, please send an e-mail request to Donna Schaffner at DFSchaffner@NJAES.rutgers.edu, associate director of food safety, quality assurance, and training at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center.

January 31, 2011: NJFPA 2011 Annual Meeting & Conference, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., The Westin Mount Laurel, Mount Laurel, NJ. Keynote speakers will include Kim Guadagno, Lt. Gov. (invited) and Caren S. Franzini, chief executive officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Registration is $60 and includes continental breakfast and served lunch. Exhibit tables are available to our associate members for $250 (includes one lunch). Premium exhibit tables are sold out. To register online, go to http://www.njfoodprocessors.org/about_conf.html.

March 16, 2011: NJFPA Networking Dinner, 6:00 p.m., The Westin Mount Laurel, Mount Laurel, NJ. Sponsored by Wiss & Company LLP. Presentation topic will be announced soon.

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

Fall Networking Dinner Focused on Sustainable Energy Solutions

“Our members and guests appreciated this critically important perspective as there is more and more emphasis placed on reducing energy costs in the food industry and operating a business based on sustainability,” 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 really benefit from the networking opportunities, and find this to be an invaluable way to make new contacts.”  Hess Corporation supported the Networking Dinner as a Silver Sponsor of the NJFPA.

Quality Assurance Roundtable Features Richard Ritota of NJDHSS

The Quality Assurance Roundtable on December 14 featured Richard Ritota, food and drug safety program manager at the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services. He presented on the topic of disaster contingency planning for food processors to an audience of about 50 people.

NJFPA Announces Membership Drive Incentive

The NJFPA board has set a goal of increasing membership by at least 50 percent in the coming year. To help reach this ambitious goal, we are offering an incentive for the member who recruits the most members between January 1 and the golf outing on June 9, 2011. The winning member will receive a plaque from the NJFPA, and a gift certificate for $500.

As a food industry professional, each of our members is at the center of a network of people that could benefit from membership in the New Jersey Food Processors Association. Now is the time to promote the benefits of our association and convince your far-reaching network to join the NJFPA, and to let us know that you referred them!

Please notify Michele Hujber if you successfully recruit a new member, or would like assistance in providing information to a prospect. She can be reached by email at mhujber@njfoodprocessors.org or by phone at 732-439-5625.

The Benefits of Membership

NJFPA's membership year runs from August 1 through July 31. Current members should have recently received a renewal reminder in the mail.

There are many good reasons to renew your membership. The NJFPA 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 will feature 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. There will also be additional speakers who are leaders in our industry and an outstanding exhibit of products and services provided by our associate members. The conference will be held on January 31, 2011, and we expect about 200+ people to attend this event. It will be held at the Westin in Mount Laurel, NJ.
  • 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 140 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.
  • 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 April was a great success with 55 people attending, and we expect an even larger crowd at our next Networking Dinner this October 20.
  • 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: 1) print out the membership application form from http://bit.ly/byUVC0 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.

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