Association Overview

Organized in 1914, the Northwest Food Processors Association supports the food processing industry in the beautiful Pacific Northwest states of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Our members include international brand names, producers of private label and institutional products, well-regarded regional brands, and locally-run family businesses. NWFPA is one of the nation’s largest food processing trade associations, with almost 500 member companies including 100+ processor members and 350 suppliers.

Northwest Food Processors Association focuses on core priorities established annually by the membership and affirmed by the board of directors. These priories are: food policy and regulation; government relations; environmental policy and regulations; energy policy and resources; workforce education and training; and sustainability, which was added in 2012 as an “umbrella” issue for the organization. Each priority represents a basic service of the association in advocating for and updating members, and is championed by an issue manager.


Committees & Task Forces

Volunteers from NWFPA member companies are actively involved in more than 20 volunteer-run industry focused committees and task forces. These committees address the major issues impacting the food processing industry within the region. Information exchanged in committees helps member companies better understand current policies and requirements, and provides a platform for anticipating and influencing emerging policies and regulations.


Association Services

The association is recognized regionally and nationally as a leading trade association and authoritative voice for the food processing industry. NWFPA staff develops and maintains relationships throughout the industry, including with key industry stakeholders and government agencies, to form a network of authoritative resources and influence for our membership.

NWFPA members have access to an array of tools and resources that provide up-to-date information and training on critical industry issues. Advocacy, training, issue management, print and online publications, exclusive events, professional development, and leadership opportunities, are all managed by professional staff with proven expertise. This slate of services enhances the well-being of the industry and the companies served.

The association also conducts annual events featuring speakers and programming of value to its members. NWFPA’s largest event is the annual NW Food & Beverage World held in Portland, Oregon each January. These high-profile events allow NWFPA to celebrate the great work of member companies and in our industry as we work to become industry leaders.