What’s “In” This Season?

‘Tis the season for fresh-baked pies and casseroles, the hustle and bustle of shopping, entertaining friends and family and sometimes cold blistery nights stuck at home. Roberta Duyff, author of the new Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide helps keep us in check this holiday season from our budgets to our pantry and shows how having a variety of canned fruits and vegetables on hand provides good nutrition that is affordable and always available.  Read more.

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Food & Ag Sectors Have $6.7t Impact In U.S.

On the cusp of the MWFPA convention starting tomorrow in Rochester, MN, a new study shows America’s food and agriculture sectors together account for roughly one-fifth of the country’s economic activity.  The industries have a total economic impact of over $6.7 trillion while supporting over 22 million jobs or nearly 15% of US employment.  Read more.

In Minnesota, the food and ag industries contributed over $22 billion in taxes and over $2 billion in export value bringing the total economic impact to almost $172 billion

In Wisconsin those industries generated over $21 billion in taxes and $2.7 billion in exports for a total economic impact of of over $190 billion.

Figures for Illinois show a total economic impact of $333 billion, with $43 billion in taxes being generated and over $7 billion in exports.

FDA’s Erickson To Clarify Agency Guidance On Human Food By-Products During MWFPA Convention

U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulatory counsel Jennifer Erickson is scheduled to make a presentation during the Midwest Food Products Association convention regarding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements for human food by-products used as animal food.  The announcement will take place on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 3:15 p.m. in room 101 of the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN.

A draft guidance was issued by the agency in early September in an effort to provide some clarity on the issue, but it was written in general terms leaving questions for many in the food manufacturing sector.

Some examples of human food by-products used for animal food include peels, rinds, pulp and other similar material generated from processing fruits and vegetables for human consumption.  Others are items such as potato chips, cookies, bread and pasta that is not adulterated and is safe to use as animal food, but is not acceptable as human food for quality reasons such as the wrong size, shape, color or texture.

Erickson will make a short presentation discussing and clarifying the agency guidance on this matter.  The event is open to all convention attendees and members of the media.

Silent Auction Items Due For MWFPA Convention

Have you donated an item to the silent auction yet?  The deadline is Nov. 17, 2017.
Proceeds raised support the MWFPA Scholarship Fund which provides financial assistance to the children of MWFPA members seeking to further their education after high school.  In 2017, 16 students each received $1,000.

Donating to the MWFPA Silent Auction generates great exposure and recognition for your company including:

    • Your company name on the silent auction table with your displayed donation
    • Your company listed on the silent auction donor list and on the MWFPA Convention website
    • Exposure to more than 900 MWFPA convention attendees and booth vendors

 

Please fill out a donation form and capitalize on this wonderful opportunity to showcase your company name at the convention.

MWFPA Convention Receptions Provide Unparalleled Networking

MWFPA’s convention receptions provide unparalleled strategic visibility and corporate messaging opportunities. For vendors, you can talk with both food industry decision-makers and potential partners. For food processors, you can bounce ideas off your industry peers and potential partners who are focused on the needs of food manufacturing.

Perhaps just as important, the convention’s receptions provide time for industry friends and acquaintances to relax, have fun and celebrate all of the past year’s successes.

Be sure to attend these receptions and events during the MWFPA convention:

All Industry Reception – Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. DoubleTree Hotel. All registered attendees are welcome to attend for free hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

Chairman’s Reception & Silent Auction – Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Mayo Civic Center.  All registered convention attendees are welcome to attend for free hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and to participate in the Silent Auction prior to departing for your evening festivities.

MWFPA’s annual silent auction raises funds for the MWFPA Scholarship Fund.  In 2016 the association provided $16,000 to the children of MWFPA members to further their educations beyond high school.  Remember – Silent Auction items are due November 17th!!

Casino Night – Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. DoubleTree Hotel. This year a new networking event has been added Wednesday evening, our first ever Casino Night.   Have some fun at any of our 8 casino tables and join us for an evening of blackjack, craps, roulette and fabulous prizes!  At the end of the night, trade in your chip stack for raffle tickets. The more tickets you earn, the better chance that you’ll walk away with a great prize!

 

MWFPA Convention Silent Auctions Items Due Nov. 17

Have you donated an item to the silent auction yet?  The deadline is Nov. 17, 2017.
Proceeds raised support the MWFPA Scholarship Fund which provides financial assistance to the children of MWFPA members seeking to further their education after high school.  In 2017, 16 students each received $1,000.

Donating to the MWFPA Silent Auction generates great exposure and recognition for your company including:
  • Your company name on the silent auction table with your displayed donation
  • Your company listed on the silent auction donor list and on the MWFPA Convention website
  • Exposure to more than 900 MWFPA convention attendees and booth vendors
Please fill out a donation form and capitalize on this wonderful opportunity to showcase your company name at the convention.