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Openings Still Available For MWFPA Sanitation Seminar
There are still a few openings to attend MWFPA's Cleaning and Sanitation in Food Plants seminar on Wed. April 11, 2018 at The Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI. 

Food safety remains the most important issue facing the food industry today.  Now more then ever  food processors need to demonstrate that safety is the top priority.  The proactive and preventative approach to controlling contamination through cleaning and sanitation is increasingly being recognized as a key factor in food safety management.

EXHIBITORS: Engage in face-to-face conversations with attendees by reserving table top space located in the general meeting room.

T he MWFPA Food Science & Technology Committee has organized this high quality seminar which incorporates the principles of sanitary practices in food facilities with the importance of sanitary design of equipment and facilities.  It is 
recommended for those in charge of sanitation and maintenance of food plants.

Review the exhibitor prospectus and registration here.  General registration here.

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MWFPA Welcomes New Processor Member - B&G Foods
welcome A warm welcome to our newest processor member - B&G Foods

B&G Foods, Inc. manufactures, sells, and distributes a portfolio of shelf-stable and frozen foods in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico and has operated since1889.

Based in Parsippany, New Jersey and maintaining a plant in Stoughton, WI, B&G Foods' products are marketed under many
recognized brands, including Green Giant, Ortega, Durkee, Pirate's Booty, Maple Grove Farms of Vermont, Mrs. Dash and Cream of Wheat, to name but a few.

Welcome to MWFPA! 
FDA's Gottlieb Promises Further Steps Defining "Natural," Salt Reduction Goals
FDA After two years of silence, the FDA is indicating it will try to define the term, "natural," for food labeling purposes.

FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb also pledged to advance salt reduction goals across the food supply,  Read more from
Comments On Role Of All Forms Of Fruit & Vegetables In Achieving Dietary Recommendations Submitted
The American Fruit and Vegetable Processors and Growers Coalition (AFVPGC), which MWFPA is a participant,
has submitted comments to two federal agencies regarding the role of all forms of fruit and vegetables (fresh, frozen, canned, dried, 100% juice) in current dietary guidance.

The AFVPG comments note that:

"Language in the DGA such as "no sugar added" or "no salt added" has a large impact on federal feeding and grant programs: often, only canned and frozen fruits and vegetables with no "added sugar, fat or salt" are allowed to be offered in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women Infants and Children or through Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grants."

relative to current law, the comments state: "The intention of government assistance programs is to make healthy food more accessible to low-income individuals . . . yet the current language limits the number of fruits and vegetables available to participants and communicates, and inaccurately portrays that some forms are more valuable than others."

The comments were submitted to the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) which is examining topics and questions in the review of scientific evidence supporting the development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Read AFVPGC's full comments here
WI Senate Passes Civil Justice Reform
The WI State Senate passed Assembly Bill 773, the civil justice reform bill supported by MWFPA. This bill would modernize WI rules of civil procedure, which would reduce litigation costs for all parties and stop fishing expeditions.

AB 773, as amended by the Senate, passed the Assembly on a voice vote in an extraordinary session on Thursday, March 22nd. Gov. Walker is expected to sign the measure into law tomorrow.

Read more from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.  

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WI Legislation Ending Patchwork Of HR Regs Moves On To Gov
T he WI state legislature has passed AB 748, which would prohibit local expensive human resources mandates from spreading city to city. Instead, once Governor Walker signs the bill, WI will have a uniform set of HR regulations that applies statewide.

Learn more about AB 748 here.  
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MN Committee Approves Water-Reg Legislation
A MN legislative committee held a hearing last week on a bill (HF2940) that would prohibit the MN Pollution Control Agency (PCA)  from increasing fees for certain water-related activities without legislative approval.

The PCA is looking to comprehensively raise water fee revenue for the first time since 1992, causing some lawmakers to call for closer legislative oversight.

The MN House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee approved the bill and sent it to the House floor.

Its companion, SF2637, sponsored by Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria), awaits action by the full Senate.

The bill comes less than a year after the PCA floated planned amendments to agency rules that would increase the fees the agency charges for water quality permitting and certifications.  
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NAFTA Talks Include Food Labeling
During negotiations for updates to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Trump administration is reportedly seeking to stop the enactment of laws mandating adoption of front-of -package symbols that "inappropriately denotes that a hazard exists from consumption of food or non-alcoholic beverages."

United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, confirmed before a congressional committee recently that he is indeed pursuing this provision, arguing that national food labeling policies are "protectionist."

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which sits on the advisory board to the trade talks, says it favors voluntary labeling programs. The group says it "supports a modernized NAFTA that will ensure standards are based on science, minimize unnecessary trade barriers, and benefit consumers in all three countries."

Officials in Mexico and Canada are reportedly considering regulatory actions similar to those in Chile, which requires symbol-based warning labels on the front of food products that contain high levels of salt, sugar, calories, and saturated fat - otherwise referred to as "black-box" warnings. The Chilean restrictions include a ban on the use of cartoon characters like Tony the Tiger.

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Friday/Weckel Scholarships Deadline April 27
Undergraduate students attending, or planning to attend, UW Madison, Platteville or River Falls and majoring in agriculture or food science are eligible for Friday/Weckel scholarships. Applications are due by April 27, 2018.

Information and applications can be downloaded from the MWFPA website, or by contacting Brian Elliott at:, or by calling 608-255-9946.
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Register Now for MWFPA Spring Summit & Scramble
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Register Today for MWFPA's  
Spring Summit & Scramble!
MWFPA's Spring Summit and Scramble is set for May 30 - 31, 2018, at the Kalahari Resort and Trapper's Turn Golf Course in Wisconsin Dells, WI. For more information and on-line reservations, visit our event website: or download the registration form  .  
This is a Members-Only event. On Wednesday evening, May 31st, a reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. in the Double Cut Grill at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center.  The shotgun style golf tournament will be played at Trapper's Turn May 31st, starting at 7:50 am followed by lunch, awards and cash prizes. Register now!  This event fills up fast!
Last year over 200 golfers participated in this event and over $3,000 in cash prizes were awarded.  
The Spring Summit & Scramble offers many opportunities to promote your company by sponsoring:
  • A hole
  • Wednesday evening reception
  • Cash prizes
  • Lunch
  • Donating items for drawings and goodie bags*
All sponsors will be recognized with signage at the event, on our website, our social networking pages, and in our bi-monthly e-bulletin. The sooner you sponsor the longer your logo is displayed.
This year's golf outing will again afford participants the opportunity to help raise money for MWFPA Scholarships.  In 2018 MWFPA will award 16 $1,000 scholarships to the children of MWFPA member company employees. 
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Kalahari,  (608) 254-5466. When you call be sure to indicate that you are with MWFPA. Reservations are limited, so book early!! 
* A MINIMUM of 225 ITEMS MUST BE DONATED.  If your company plans to bring a door prize, please contact, or phone 608-255-9946 in advance of the event so your contribution can be included on the appropriate signage.  
MI Cherry and Apple Producer Equipment Online Auction
An online equipment auction for Cherry Growers Inc. of Grawn, MI featuring over 1,000 items is set to open April 12 at 10:00 a.m. and will begin closing April 25 & 26 each day.
Items in the sale include all plant equipment from raw receiving through washing, grading, pitters, de-stemming, IQF, juice presses, HTST, extractors, canning, liquid filling, 3-effect evaporator, stainless processing and storage, packaging, palletizing, bright stack, metal detection, forklifts, parts, maintenance, vehicles, lab and all support etc.

In order to bid online, you must register for the sale through BidSpotter by clicking on the links above and hitting the blue "Sign Up to Bid" button.


Equipment inspections are available anytime before the auction. Otherwise public inspections are taking place April 20, 23 or 24th from 9AM - 4PM onsite.  View the auction brochure here

Questions regarding the auction sale, equipment inspections or registration process can be directed to:
Jessika Wickering at or 616-855-2266. 
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2018 Food & AG Business National Conference Registration Open

You're invited to the 2018 Food & Agribusiness National Conference hosted by Faegre Baker Daniels on
Thurs., May 17, 2018 at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, 225 Third Avenue South Minneapolis, MN.  The event opens with registration at 7:45 a.m. and closes with a networking reception beginning at 4:45 p.m.   

This dynamic, full-day conference will feature engaging plenary sessions and interactive panel discussions on a wide range of topics relevant to these crucial industries. Speakers include national industry leaders, in-house counsel, business executives and regulatory professionals from global, market-leading companies in agricultural production and food processing and marketing. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in multiple breakout sessions and to network.

Breakout session topics include:
  • Food and Ag M&A: What's on the Menu for 2018
  • Consumer Class Action Litigation: What's Next?
  • Organic Supply Chain: Challenges, Validation and Verification
  • Website and Social Media Best Practices
  • FSMA Update: The Latest Regulations and FDA Inspections
  • Ag Product Dealer and Distributor Laws: Updates and Best Practices
  • TPP, NAFTA and the Effect on International Ag Trade
  • Transparent Food - Are Consumers Receiving What They Order?
  • Environmental Update: Navigating the New Regulatory Landscape
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement: What to Expect
  • E-commerce: Regulatory and Liability Implications of Selling Food Online
  • High-Tech Crop Damage Analysis: Field History, Drones and Satellites 
For more information, including a detailed agenda and information about CLE credits, please visit the event website.
Registration Fee:
Standard Registration: $395/person
Faegre Baker Daniels Clients: Complimentary
Continental breakfast, lunch and a networking reception are included in the registration fee. Space is limited.
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MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
April 11, 2018MWFPA Cleaning & Sanitation in Food Plants.  The Wilderness Resort, Glacier Canyon Lodge, 45 Hillman Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI.

May 30 - 31, 2018MWFPA Spring Summit & Scramble. Trappers Turn Golf Course, Wisconsin Dells, WI

October 11, 2018MWFPA Sporting Clay Challenge. Caribou Gun Club, 30649 380th Street, Le Sueur, MN.
November 27 - 29, 2018MWFPA 114th Annual Convention and 91st Processing Crops Conference.  Kalhari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI.
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Other Educational Opportunities
April 10, 2018HTST Pasteurizer Operation and Procedures, Fox Valley Technical College, 1825 Bluemound Dr., Appleton, WI.  Registration fee  is $100 (includes continental breakfast, lunch and breaks).  Register online and download course materials here.

April 16 - 18, 2018: PACK EXPO East, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA. Produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. MWFPA joins the official Partner Program. We are also offering complimentary registration to you. Please use code: MWFPA. Register Now!

April 23-26, 2018Midwest Better Process Control School.
University of WI Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI. 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, April 23-25, and 7:30 - noon, April 26.  The Better Process Control School provides the food industry with qualified personnel to meet FDA and USDA regulations under 21 CFR 113 and 114.

All processing of thermally processed low-acid or acidified foods which are packaged in hermetically-sealed containers must have certain critical operations supervised by a qualified person.

Registration, course information and a link to online registration is here: Registrations are now being accepted. Early registration deadline is Monday, April 9.  
Please contact Dr. Barbara Ingham, University of Wisconsin, with questions:

May 9-10, 2018IRC Research & Technology Forum. University of WI Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI. Wednesday May 9, 2018 8:00 am - 4:45 pm & Thursday May 10, 2018 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.  An opportunity to update and expand your knowledge of industrial refrigeration systems.The fee is $149.  On the registration page, be sure to select the appropriate event with the radio button since there is more than one currently listed. 
September 30 - October 2, 2018: 10th Annual Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit, Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis, MN.  Register by June 30, 2018 to receive an early bird rate of $800! Click here to register.
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Check Out MWFPA's Customized Property & Casualty Insurance For Members Only
The Midwest Food Products Association is pleased to announce that its members now have access to an exclusive insurance program that is written specifically for our industry.  With assistance from the risk management firm Hays Companies, this program offers a customized Property and Casualty insurance program. 

The program offers a complete insurance program for all business types, from processor to manufacturers, logistics to wholesaler and anything in between.  No market segment is excluded, and no organization is too large or too small.  

Learn more about what the MWFPA Insurance Program can do for you by visiting the program's website:

For more information about the program, contact: Brad Van Swol at:Email:;  Phone: (414) 290-3581 
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