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Planting the Seeds of Career Awareness: Building Educational Partnerships Roundtable Supply Chain Roundtable
PPP Loan Forgiveness Webinar Virtual Networking With Excellence
HR Roundtable Series: Diversity and Inclusion Leading with Focus: Collaboration and Productivity without a Billion Videoconferences
Keeping Your Workforce Safe & Strong in a COVID-19 World Consumer Trends and the Emerging Market
 Impact of Re-Entry on Real Estate  Fast Wins... This is What Fast Looks Like
 Supply Chain Risk Management  SIP (Shelter in Place) Series
 BIRD Foundation Funding for Food Manufacturing/Supply Chain Industry  Business Continuity and Succession Planning with Jay McCumber
 Returning to the "New Normal"   Fireside Chat with Howard Dorman
 Virtual NJFPA Town Hall  


Thursday, March 4, 2021 - COVID-19 Vaccine: Legal Issues You Need to Navigate

With COVID-19 vaccine delivery increasing, so are the legal questions that companies throughout the food processing industry face. New questions have come to the forefront of navigating the pandemic, including:

  • How should employers approach employee vaccinations? Mandatory, strongly encourage, or another approach?
  • What is your legal exposure if hosting a vaccination clinic?
  • What laws do we need to comply with in crafting a vaccine program?
  • What is the impact on mask-wearing and social distancing with increased vaccination rates?

Join us to dive into the legal issues around COVID-19 vaccines and other legal matters arising from the pandemic. Thanks to the team at Norris McLaughlin, we've assembled a diverse legal group of legal experts to take us through vital details while leaving ample time to talk through your general questions.

Friday, December 4, 2020 - Planting the Seeds of Career Awareness: Building Educational Partnerships Roundtable

The NJFPA HR Roundtable Series continues this month as Melissa Eckstein (Gateway Regional High School) hosts our regular get-together. This series is an opportunity for HR professionals to have a candid conversation with colleagues to share success stories and work together through challenges that everyone faces.

Melissa is a guidance counselor at Gateway and a proud NJFPA member. Join us as Melissa brings her experience to facilitate a roundtable focusing on staffing challenges, how companies establish talent pipelines, and what more we can all do to make the food processing industry a preferred career.

Hosted by: Melissa Eckstein, Gateway Regional High School

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - Supply Chain Roundtable

The New Jersey Food Processors Association (NJFPA) helps its members navigate this new environment by convening round table discussions on key industry topics. These intimate off the record conversations give participants the chance to gain a deeper appreciation of current circumstances, ask pressing questions, and support each other in this still changing landscape. 

On Thursday, November 19th the conversation turns to the supply chain for the NJ food processing industry. Participants will talk about how the supply chain is holding up in the COVID-19 environment, get feedback on their challenges and explore what it will take, over the long term, to ensure that the supply chain holds strong in the face of our “new normal".  

Hosted by: Len Donnelly, ACME Corrugated Box Co., and Tony Shank, Stokes Equipment

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - PPP Loan Forgiveness Webinar

Join Withum and the NJ Food Processor Association for the latest update on PPP loan forgiveness. As the SBA continues to release guidance, many questions remain surrounding loan forgiveness. This webinar will provide guidance on how you can prepare your business for maximum forgiveness. Q&A as time permits. 

Led By:
Glenn Bellomy, CPA, PSA, Partner, Practice Leader, Consumer Products (Withum) 

Terry Moncrief, CPA, Partner, Team Leader, Food and Beverage/Restaurant and Bars (Withum) 

Dan Mayo, JD, LLM, Principal, National Lead, Federal Tax Policy (Withum) 


Friday, October 16, 2020 - Virtual Networking With Excellence

Networking is such a personal activity, it is not a one size fits all practice. Most people get bogged down in the details and miss out on the foundation of how to build and retain an effective network. At the end of the day, no one cares WHAT you do, but do you know them, like them or trust them? Establishing and growing meaningful relationships is undeniably critical to long-term success and during the current worldwide pandemic when networking has shifted from onsite to fully online, Ashley Owens reveals how to connect "face-to-face" in our new normal.  

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - HR Roundtable Series: Diversity and InclusionMembers Only

With continued social unrest in the United States, it has become increasingly important for organizations to take action and address diversity and inclusion within our own workforces. As HR professionals, we often help lead these efforts by offering support, guidance, and strategic planning. 

Come prepared to share insights and best practices.

Led by: Mark Macellaro, Sr. HR Manager (Campbell Soup Company) 

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - Leading with Focus: Collaboration and Productivity without a Billion Videoconferences

Join Your Nerdy Best Friend, aka Beth Z, for proven techniques for focus and productivity, along with the tools to lead your team to be more efficient and effective. Give Aways Throughout!

  • Cut down on time-wasting meetings and increase productive hours
  • Discover 5 easy-to-implement techniques for focus and time management
  • Collaboration tools that help you lead your colleagues to be more productive
  • Turn ideas into action with a practice productivity technique 

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - Keeping Your Workforce Safe & Strong in a COVID-19 World

Of all the issues your company is addressing in a COVID-19 economy, keeping your employees safe and satisfied is your top priority. 

Food and beverage production facilities face unique obstacles in sanitization, social distancing, employee communications and operational risk. Grassi’s Manufacturing & Distribution practice wants to help you face these challenges head-on.

Join Jeff Agranoff, Grassi HR Consulting Principal, for a live webinar exclusively for our New Jersey Food Processor’s Association members on September 30th. You will learn the safety, risk management and workforce planning strategies that are helping today’s production facilities maintain a safe and effective workplace, including: new safety and infection control measures for production facilities; sanitization and cleaning best practices; redesigning workplaces to meet social distancing requirements; employee communication strategies; and more!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - Consumer Trends and the Emerging Market

Our panelists (John Lawson - Whole Foods Market, Zak Romanoff - Omni Food Sales - Richard Wester, Newly Weds Foods, Inc. and Linda Doherty, NJ Food Council who moderated) addressed safeguards against future disruption, sampling while sheltering in place, product placement, themes for innovation, and more....

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Monday, June 29, 2020 - Impact of Re-Entry on Real Estate

Join Hans Erdenberger of ENV (Environetics), Brian Hughes of Hughes Environmental Engineering, Inc., and David M. Ricci of The Flynn Company, as we look at the impacts of re-entry on real estate - office space configuration and build out, brokering of new space requirements based on remote work, and specific to food processing, refrigeration real estate.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - Fast Wins... This is What Fast Looks Like

Severino Pasta Company and Whitepenny have teamed up for a decade to develop a brand that supports a culture of innovation through rapid development of new products and multi-channel distribution to consumers.

We all hope for a fast, full recovery from COVID-19. Despite our hopes, we must also prepare our businesses for all likely recovery scenarios. How do you position your company to weather the turbulence of the next 6-18 months? The answer: move fast and embrace digital transformation. Food processors must shift to building authentic, resilient brands that are digitally flexible, distribution adaptive, and consumer-experience first.

Presented by: Peter Severino, President (Severino Pasta Company)  
                         Jon Cofsky, Founder/Managing Member (Whitepenny)

Including a presentation of the 2020 Annual Conference Award to Acme Corrugated Box Co.

Sponsored by: Acme Corrugated Box Co.

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Monday, June 15, 2020 - Supply Chain Risk Management

Join NJ Secretary of Agriculture Doug Fisher and Joe Atchison, NJ Department of Agriculture Director of Division of Marketing and Development, along with the senior food safety auditor at SGS North America, for a discussion about Supply Chain Risk Management. This is an essential part of customer and brand protection. It’s also a key requirement of FSMA.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 - SIP (Shelter in Place) Series

If you miss our On the Road events, join us for some fun virtual networking. You will have the chance to give your elevator pitch, but we have other questions in store... Have you learned any new party tricks while at home? If you could pick someone to join your quarantine, who would it be? And more...

Sponsored by: M&T Bank

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - BIRD Foundation Funding for Food Manufacturing/Supply Chain Industry

From farm-to-fork, the food supply chain  is reinventing itself to stay competitive in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. BIRD Foundation; Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (PICC), which represents BIRD in Southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware; Israel Economic Mission in New York; New Jersey-Israel Commission; The New Jersey Food Processors Association; Choose New Jersey, and Rutgers Food Innovation Centers invite you to a webinar on an opportunity to win a grant of up to $1 million for your next innovative development project.

The U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation annually awards 25-30 grants of up to $1 million to U.S.-Israeli product development, including for sustainable food supply chain innovationThe BIRD Foundation assists companies by introducing them to potential Israeli partners and coaching them on how to submit a successful grant request.

Friday, May 22, 2020 - Business Continuity and Succession Planning with Jay McCumber (The Emporia Group)

Join us for a virtual discussion about business continuity and succession planning -- key concepts in any business, especially family business systems. How corporate and relational culture is forged, developed, and guarded determines the degree to which continuity and succession processes can truly empower leaders.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - Returning to the "New Normal" 

The dialogue will explore how to reintegrate our workforce to office and field settings with sustainable work practices that provide for the safest work environment and reduce the potential of introducing or transmitting an infectious disease among team members, our clients and agency partners.

Presented By: Philip Paulachok, MS, CSP (Eastern Alliance Insurance Group)
                          Shawn Knechtel, ARM, CIC (Smith Brothers Insurance)

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Thursday, May 7, 2020 - Fireside Chat with Howard Dorman (Mazars USA)

Howard will share his perspectives on the changes going on in the food processing industry as we navigate COVID-19, share metrics that you should be keeping an eye on, and lean on his 40+ years of industry perspective to answer your questions.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - Virtual NJFPA Town Hall

As members of the NJFPA, we are a community and are in this together.

We know there is a lot of information out there, whether it's CDC guidelines, communications from the Governor's office, etc... 

Topics to be discussed during the Town Hall will focus on the following:

  • - How do we attract talent to our organizations given our current challenges?
  • - How do we retain talent, limit absenteeism or call-outs, or entice our population to work in our facilities?
  • - How do we continue to create a safe and healthy workplace within our plants?

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