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Food processing groups form strategic alliance

A new food alliance between two Northwest groups will provide needed strength and political power in today’s economy with state and federal lawmakers, alliance leaders said June 26.

Northwest Poultry Council and the Northwest Food Processors Association formed an alliance to stave off growing political and regulatory pressure on the industry.

“In the poultry industry, there are factors we can control, and others we can only influence,” said newly-elected NW Poultry Council President Greg Satrum, co-owner of Canby-based Willamette Egg Farms. “The political environment is one we can only influence.”

Established in 1914, the Northwest Food Processors Association represents more than 440 food processors and supplier companies in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. It has a regional economic impact of more than $42 billion. Food processing ranks as the region’s third-largest manufacturing sector.

“[The alliance] gives us the clout we need in the legislature, the executive branch and agencies to be effective and to fight for our legacy, and our future in the Northwest poultry industry,” he said.

NWFPA President David Zepponi said, “Over the summer, we’ll be working together to identify further opportunities for collaboration.”

At its June 24 meeting, the NWPC elected a new board, elected Satrum President, and adopted a revised its bylaws.

set of bylaws expanding NWPC operations to Idaho, in addition to Oregon and Washington, for the first time. NWFPA agreed to provide administrative support to the Council, as well as advocacy and other benefits to the Poultry Council members joining NWFPA.

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