Seeking Talent for a Tasty Industry

Food Northwest seeks epic talent for the food industry

Portland, OR. January 5, 2017: Food Northwest announces a new scholarship program launch as a part of its Education Research Institute. The ERI is a subsidiary of Food Northwest and its mission is to educate, recruit, and collaborate to attract talent to the Food Industry. Although the food industry is a fascinating, ever-growing career path, it is constantly seeking more talented individuals to enter the field. The food industry offers a variety of career options, and promises an exciting opportunity to work for one of many highly successful, well-known companies.

To help students achieve the proper education for the field, this 2018-2019 school year Food Northwest is offering nine scholarships, three of which will go to students at Washington State University, Oregon State University, and the University of Idaho, and the remaining six will be awarded to students from other institutions. The purpose of these scholarships is to further the education and training of deserving students in a relevant field of study, while also solving the industry-wide problem of finding skilled employees. This program is also designed to encourage these students to be ambassadors to their communities in promotion of the Food Industry.

In previous years, this scholarship program was only available to the three land grant universities in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, but as of this year it is open to all schools in the surrounding areas, including community colleges and technical and vocational institutes.  The ERI encourages current employees of food processing companies and their family members to apply for these scholarships to further their education in the industry.

Sue Root, the chair of the Education Research Institute states that, “This an excellent opportunity for students from various backgrounds to learn more and pursue careers in the food industry, and to do so without the financial burden”.

An informative event regarding this new program will be held during the 2018 Northwest Food and Beverage World on January 9. To apply for a scholarship or learn more about the program, visit 


Organized in 1914 as a canners association, Food Northwest, formerly the Northwest Food Processors Association, supports the needs of the Pacific Northwest food processing industry in a variety of food processing and packaging segments: fruits, vegetables, seafood, dairy, bakeries, specialty foods, juices, and more. Food Northwest’s members include national companies with operations or headquarters in the Pacific Northwest, regional companies, and locally-run family businesses. Food Northwest is one of the nation’s largest food processing trade associations, with current membership of 152 processor companies and more than 350 supplier members.

Michaela Adams
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