Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) Renamed Food Northwest

A New Name for an Old Neighbor: 104-year Food Association Changes Name to Food Northwest 

​​​​Portland, OR. January 12, 2018: A century ago, a pioneering group of people in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington was inventing our modern world of food.  These creative individuals sought new ways to feed the nation.  

They prepared seasonal Northwest food so it could safely travel across the country and be enjoyed year-round.  Their collaboration developed processes from canning improvements to frozen foods. To advance the industry in the Northwest and to better serve their customers, they formed an association of food processors. Since 1914, NWFPA has continued to be on the cutting edge of scientific approaches to feeding the nation and world.

Today, the Northwest tri-state region is recognized as one of the world’s greatest sources for diverse, healthy, and delicious food. Processors no longer describes the members’ extraordinary range of food preparation and delivery.

So, the association is changing its name.

Food you know. Food you eat. Food you enjoy daily. 
Food proudly made here in the Northwest.


“The board and members are very proud of participating in such an historic event,” said Debbie Radie, VP of Operations at Boardman Foods and Board Chair at Food Northwest.




About Food Northwest

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 Oregon, Washington and Idaho. FOOD NORTHWEST’s members pioneer a variety of food products including fruits, vegetables, seafood, dairy products, baked goods, specialty foods, juices, and more. Food Northwest’s members include national companies with operations or headquarters in the Pacific Northwest, regional companies, and locally-grown 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.

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