Industry group gives smaller food processors a break

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The Northwest Food Processors Association has significantly loosened its dues policy for smaller members.

Companies with annual sales of less than $1 million can now join the group for free, NFPA announced this week.

Ordinarily, the group charges its members fees based on percentages of annual sales.

“The association’s primary purpose is to strengthen the competitiveness of the Northwest food processing industry,” said Mark Dunn, NWFPA’s board chairman, in a statement. “By making basic membership services readily available to even the smallest food processors, the overall industry becomes stronger through greater food safety knowledge and a more robust processor network.”

Those members will get members-only discounts on events, education and training products. They will not, however, enjoy voting rights or be able to serve on committees.

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