PBH Lauds MWFPA Among Industry Champions

Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) has named MWFPA as a Fruits & Veggies-More Matters Champions for 2016.  The acknowledgment is in recognition of the association’s support for the national public health campaign and for PBH.

MWFPA was among 30 champions and will be formally recognized at an awards luncheon during PBH’s Annual Conference, The Consumer Connection in Scottsdale, Ariz., April 5-7.  Read more.

Rauner Delivers IL Budget Address

IL Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his third budget address  and praised lawmakers for working with their partners across the aisle toward a balanced budget.

Rauner told legislators assembled at the state capitol that Illinois has to stop playing the blame game and look to the future.

During his speech he again called for redistricting reform, term limits for elected officials, workers compensation reform, pension reform, and a property tax freeze, which has been passed by the House, as ways to encourage job creators to come to the state.

Rauner repeated that increasing taxes is not the answer to the state’s budget problems, and there must be economic growth that is faster than government spending.  He said he would not support the Senate’s plan to expand the state sales tax to include groceries and medicine.

His budget proposal for FY 2018 contains spending that exceeds revenue by $4.6 billion, but will be balanced once he negotiates the “grand bargain” with the General Assembly.

Illinois has not had a state budget since July of 2015 and the state government continues operating mostly through court orders and spending appropriations. A stop-gap budget that was passed last year expired in January.

MWFPA Partners With PACK EXPO East

The Midwest Food Products Association is again partnering with PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, in PACK EXPO East (Feb. 27–March 1; Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia).  The three-day event brings together suppliers of packaging innovations for food, beverage, and other packed goods market sectors that serve companies of all sizes. It features 400 exhibiting companies and spans more than 100,000 net square feet, providing the opportunity for attendees to exchange ideas with 7,000 peers.  Read more.

Wisconsin Ranks Third Nationally In Food Manufacturing

Wisconsin now ranks third nationally for food manufacturing when measured by value of shipments. According to new figures derived from the latest U.S. Census Bureau’s annual survey of manufacturers, Wisconsin, with $43.7 billion in shipments, ranked behind California and Texas. California remained the top state for food manufacturing, accounting for $78.2 billion in shipments.  Read more here.

Rauner To Give IL Budget Address Feb. 15