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The Food and Drug Administration and advisers to the food industry have intensified efforts to ensure food manufacturers develop and implement food defense plans before a July 2019 deadline. https://t.co/1NIDnGxywC #foodsafety #foodprocessing #MWFPA
The application deadline for Friday/Weckel scholarships is April 27 and fast approaching. Don't miss this opportunity to receive $1,500 to assist in your ag or food science studies at UW-Madison, Platteville and River Falls. ... See more
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If Wisconsin’s food processing industry is to realize its full economic potential, it needs more attention including a reliable regulatory environment, a skilled workforce and recognition of the industry’s importance to the state’s economy and quality of life. Those are the key conclusions from a joint study, Be Bold III: Accelerate Wisconsin, released by Competitive Wisconsin and Deloitte Consulting. Watch a panel discussion participated in by MWFPA President Nick George and other representatives of the Wisconsin food manufacturing industry as they address the study’s findings relative to regulatory and workforce reforms. ... See more
A great article on frozen foods was published in today’s Washington Post. It hits all the highlights – convenience, taste, changing labels and products, food waste, demographics. The article, “Frozen food is no longer just the sad refuge of dieters with office jobs,” also referenced a RBC Capital Markets report which showed growth in the frozen food market for the first time in five years. It’s worth a read! ... See more
Americans are buying more frozen food for the first time in five years as companies put more focus on whole foods and flavor.
Congratulations to our processor member - Lakeside Foods at their purchasing Riverside Foods! Lakeside Foods, Inc. today announced that it has acquired Riverside Foods, an innovator in frozen appetizers and seafood. As part of the agreement, Riverside Foods will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Lakeside Foods. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Riverside, based in Two Rivers, WI, is a producer of cheese appetizers, specialty frozen vegetable and seafood products for the foodservice/restaurant industry under the brand names of Kettle Brau™ (beer battered products), Trivers’™ (cheese curds and cookies), Super Samplers™ (combo fried mushrooms, onion rings and cheese curds), Smokehouse™ (smoke-flavored products) and Riverside (frozen fish and seafood). A growing force as a supplier to the foodservice industry, Riverside sells to distributors throughout the Midwest as well as directly to select major national restaurant chains. “Riverside expands the breadth of high-quality innovative products we offer the customers we serve including in the growing category of cheese products,” said Glen Tellock, President and CEO, Lakeside Foods. “Its specialty foods diversify our business into markets adjacent to our frozen and canned private-label vegetables and bring new market opportunities, innovation and balance to our business. Both company’s deep relationships with restaurant chains will also drive additional top line expansion, while the geographic proximity of both businesses in Northeast Wisconsin will create immediate supply chain synergies. As people seek more prepared meal options, consumers enjoy Riverside products for their quality and flavor. Everyone at Lakeside welcomes the more than 100 dedicated people of Riverside to the Lakeside family.” Mark Kornely, President and co-owner of Riverside stated, “This strategic alignment will allow us to immediately enhance our manufacturing expertise and growth capabilities, with Lakeside’s production capacity, supply chain and shipping network. I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue to grow Riverside with another local, family-owned business that values the high levels of quality and service on which we’ve built our business over more than 50 years. We will continue to support the City of Two Rivers and the surrounding communities, with current production remaining unchanged and plans for future growth at our present location. In getting to know Lakeside, I believe this combination is a complementary fit in many ways.” Riverside is co-owned by Mark Kornely, Mike Yauger, and Paul Becker, all of whom will remain with the business. Lakeside Foods is recognized as a premier supplier of high-quality frozen and canned vegetables to the retail, foodservice and industrial sectors. As a result of hard work, 14 countries enjoy the quality and reliability of Lakeside’s years of experience. Over more than 130 years, the company has grown from one small pea-canning facility to a ten-plant operation, producing everything from canned and frozen vegetables to frozen meal solutions. Our commitment to quality, our customers and our family of multiple generations of farmers remains as strong as ever and will guide us into the future. Riverside Foods is a third-generation family-owned food manufacturing business established in 1961. The more than 100 employees at Riverside take personal pride in everything they do, from developing first-class appetizers and seafood to providing extraordinary customer service. For more than 50 years the company’s mission has been to efficiently manufacture and market the highest quality products which lead the industry in customer satisfaction. At Riverside Foods, we are always looking to improve and to exceed customer expectations. ... See more
Here is information on an all new program by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. The new nationwide pilot program is called the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program. In short, the program facilitates resolution of potential overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The program’s primary objectives are to resolve such claims expeditiously and without litigation, to improve employers’ compliance with overtime and minimum wage obligations, and to ensure that more employees receive the back wages they are owed—faster. Under the PAID program, employers are encouraged to conduct audits and, if they discover overtime or minimum wage violations, to self-report those violations. Employers may then work in good faith with WHD to correct their mistakes and to quickly provide 100% of the back wages due to their affected employees. To learn more about the program, there are some options. • You can go directly to the program’s website at https://www.dol.gov/whd/paid/ to learn more details on how the program works, who is eligible to participate and other information. • You can also clickhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/payroll-audit-independent-determination-paid-program-tickets-44668591961 to sign up for our PAID program webinar scheduled for next Tuesday, April 10th at 1p CST. *Please note that space is limited for the webinar so register fast! ... See more
US Department of Labor: The Wage and Hour mission is to promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the Nation's workforce.
Registration is now open for MWFPA's annual Spring Summit & Scramble. Don't wait! This event always fills up fast.
Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its procedures for excluding products from the recently announced tariffs on steel and aluminum product imports. The Department will start accepting exclusion requests from U.S. industry today. Read more at MWFPA's website blog. http://mwfpa.org/ ... See more
The primary role of MWFPA is to influence public policy issues such as food safety, sanitation, environmental regulations, transportation, fees and much more. Membership in MWFPA is a partnership that focuses on the members needs. ... See more
Plan now to attend MWFPA's Spring Summit & Scramble and help raise money for MWFPA Scholarships. This is a members-only event involving over 200 processors and industry representatives for meetings of the MWFPA Board of Directors and associated committees, an evening reception and a day of golf. The event is set for May 30 - 31, 2018, at the Kalahari Resort and Trapper's Turn Golf Course in Wisconsin Dells, WI. The Spring Summit & Scramble offers many opportunities to promote your company by sponsoring: A golf hole Wednesday Evening Reception Cash Prizes Lunch Donating Items for Drawings & Goodie Bags All sponsors are recognized with signage at the event, on our website and social networking pages, and in our bi-monthly e-news bulletin. The sooner you sponsor the longer your logo is displayed. ... See more
MWFPA is pleased to again present its Cleaning and Sanitation in Food Plants seminar on Wed. April 11, 2018 at The Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI. If your business is involved in food sanitation or sanitary design, we urge you to consider attending this event. 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. The 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 at: http://mwfpa.org/exhibiltor.pdf. General registration: http://mwfpa.org/registrant.pdf ... See more