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GMO Labeling Bill Passes U.S. House
Legislation supported by MWFPA that would create uniform GMO labeling throughout the United States has passed the U.S. House.

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, H.R. 1599, was voted 275 in favor to 150 opposed. It would prevent states from requiring package labels to indicate the presence of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.  Read more.

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FDA Proposes Further Revisions To Nutritional Facts Label

 The comment period for the proposed FDA rule for revision of the nutrition and supplement facts label is being reopened from July 27, 2015 to September 25, 2015 to invite public comment on two consumer studies related to label formats. Read more


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Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) have introduced the Voluntary Country of Origin Labeling and Trade Enhancement Act of 2015.  


The bill comes after the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled in May that the United States's mandatory labeling rule puts Mexican and Canadian meats at an unfair disadvantage in the U.S. market. Read more here.  

Court Dismisses Challenge To NLRB's Ambush Election Rules

A second district court has rejected a challenge to the NLRB's Ambush Election Rules. In April, Judge Robert L. Pitman of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas rejected a similar challenge brought by the Associated Home Builders of Texas and the National Federation of Independent Businessmen.  Read more.  


MWFPA Convention Booth Lottery Underway! Prospectus Now Available!

The MWFPA 2015 Convention and Trade Show First Round Booth Lottery is underway!

Registration is now open for MWFPA members to reserve a booth at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, WI, December 1-3, 2015.  

August 21, 2015 is the deadline for the lottery, so reserve your space now!  Registration forms can be submitted via email, fax or mail.  No online registration is available at this time.


Exhibitors will have access to a wide range of food processing professionals, from presidents of companies, upper management, safety and human resources professionals, environmental managers to front line supervisors.  


We have an economical show in a great location with plenty of attendees. Last year's convention attracted more than 1,000 participants and we are expecting a bigger turnout this year!  Download a copy of the prospectus by clicking on the image above at right.


MWFPA Sporting Clays Challenge Oct. 6, Save The Date

null Mark your calendars for this year's Midwest Food Processors Association Sporting Clays Challenge.  


Join us for our scholarship fundraiser and networking event to be held October 6, 2015 at the Whispering Emerald Ridge Game Farm in Menomonie, WI. Look for registration and other materials coming soon to MWFPA's website and Facebook page.  


There will be plenty of sponsorship opportunities. Take a look at the MWFPA Facebook Photo Gallery for pictures of last year's event.


MWFPA, Chesse Makers Collaborate In Training Program 

MWFPA and the WI Cheese Makers Association are collaborating on the "High Performance Leadership & Management Skills for Dairy and Food Professionals" training program.  Managers and supervisors in food manufacturing and dairy industries will gain management training skills and a certificate under the program.  Read the news release here. For registration and other information, click here


Welcome New Associate Member


A warm welcome to our new Associate member!  Learn more by clicking on the company name and visiting their website.  



Hays Companies - One of the fastest growing risk management, insurance and employee benefits advisors in the country. Our team represents a dynamic, entrepreneurial assembly of the best and brightest in the industry.


MWFPA Partners In PACK EXPO Las Vegas

In 2015, the Midwest Food Processors Association will be a proud Partner of PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Nevada, September 28-30, 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  


Participating in the Partner Program allows us to promote and support our members, while you find the solutions, connections and insights needed to stay competitive in the marketplace.


Attending PACK EXPO Las Vegas opens doors to:

  1. INSIGHTS-from industry leaders, in convenient and free education sessions.

  2. INTERACTION-with 1,800+ suppliers andd forward-thinking peers. Plug into the energy that comes from walking the show floor with 30,000+ fellow professionals.

  3. INSPIRATION-from seeing machinery in action and getting away from "business as usual." The outside perspective you get at PACK EXPO is essential to solving problems, identifying best practices and staying ahead.

  4. INNOVATION-the kind that leads to winning breakthroughs. You'll see the most advanced technologies for enhancing production from the beginning to end.

 And because it wouldn't be Las Vegas without it... 


ENTERTAINMENT-The PACK gives BACKā„¢ event will feature an unforgettable performance from the legendary rock band, Chicago!


Register Now!

Registration Now Open For Food Safety Preventative Controls Forum October 19-22, 2015
Registration is now open for the 2015 Food Safety Preventive Controls Forum sponsored by AFFI and the Midwest Food Processors Association, scheduled for Oct. 19-22 at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis.

Presented by top experts these two Forums, one and one half day food safety workshops, will address fundamental Food Safety Modernization Act requirements and provide guidance on how these requirements can be blended into existing in-plant food safety programs.

MWFPA Partners On Food Expo       


MWFPA is a proud partner of Process Expo 2015. This event features expertise at every link in the supply chain in the form of exhibits and the education from the nation's leading academics. See what PROCESS EXPO has to offer for your business.


Register Now!  


MWFPA Partners On Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit     


MWFPA is a proud partner in the 10th Annual Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit being held in Minneapolis September 30 - October 2, 2014.


The Oilseed and Grain Trade Summit provides unique and valuable perspectives, such as the relationship between geopolitics, global trade and agriculture!


For more information, to the summit website.  REGISTER by June 30, 2015 to receive an early bird rate of $800!

MWFPA Events
October 6, 2015: Sporting Clays Challenge. Whispering Emerald Ridge Game Farm, N3954 640th St., Menomonie, WI.

October 19-22, 2015: AFFI/MWFPA Food Safety Preventative Controls Forum, Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, WI.  Register.

October 28-29, 2015:  MWFPA HACCP Seminar, LaCrosse, WI.

December 1-3, 2015 - MWFPA 111th Annual Convention and 88th Processing Crops Conference.  KI Convention Center, Green Bay, WI.
Other Educational Opportunities

September 14-15, 2015: High Performance Leadership & Management Skills for Dairy and Food Professionals. Fluno Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Four, two-day training sessions for food and dairy manufacturers, suppliers and producers. The programs are a collaborative effort between MWFPA and the WI Cheese Makers Association. Complete information on the program can be found here


September 14-18, 2015: Design of Ammonia Refrigeration Systems for Peak Performance and Efficiency. Pyle Center,702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI.  Gain an understanding of  

refrigeration design principles and practices.  Attendees will learn techniques to size and properly lay out system components and design safer, more efficient systems.  For more information and registration materials, click here.

September 21, 24, & 25:  Organic Processing in Minnesota. River's Edge Convention Ctr., St. Cloud, MN, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Twin Cities, Mayo Civic Ctr., Rochester, MN.  A half-day workshop that will cover the regulatory and logistical basics of organic processing. The sessions are designed to help businesses decide whether organic is an opportunity that makes strategic sense for them.  For more information click here.

September 23-25, 2015:  Process Hazard Analysis (Emphasizing
Ammonia Refrigeration Systems)Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI.Gain an overview of PHA methodologies identified by OSHA in the PSM standard and focus on the most commonly applied PHA methodology forammonia refrigeration systems.  For more information and registration materials, click here.

November 15, 2015: Private Label Buyers Mission at the PLMA Show. Rosemont, IL. Held in conjunction with the Private Label Manufacturers Association Show, this mission provides an opportunity to maximize your opportunities at a show where retailers and wholesalers go to source their private label products. You'll meet with pre-qualified buyers from around the world in pre-arranged, one-on-one meetings right here in the U.S., generate new sales leads, and build relationships with key industry players.  For more information, click here.
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