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Idaho closes fiscal year with a record surplus 

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today that Idaho ended its fiscal year with a surplus of nearly $900 million, adding to the largest surplus in state history.

State revenue collections exceeded $5 billion for the first time, representing 24.2% growth over the previous fiscal year. This growth percentage represents the single largest annual increase in General Fund revenue according to available records.

The two largest drivers of Idaho’s record surplus are income tax filings, exceeding projections by $469 million, and sales tax collections of $166 million more than forecast.

“Idaho’s economic numbers show even in the middle of a global pandemic, conservative governing works,” Governor Little said. “We have worked hard to curb government spending while providing tax relief and making investments where they count. We are seeing the impact of those conservative principles in action.”

This year, Governor Little and the Idaho Legislature achieved the largest tax cut in state history and made strategic investments in transportation, education, and other key areas as part of Governor Little’s “Building Idaho’s Future” plan.

Governor Little announced previously that with the record surplus he will continue to advocate for more tax relief and strategic investments in key areas, with education topping the priority list.

“The tax dollars of Idaho’s citizens are accounted for in accordance with the law, and the state of Idaho closed its fiscal year with a remarkable surplus,” State Controller Brandon Woolf said. “Due to prudent leadership and our fiscally conservative values, the state of Idaho was better prepared for the hardships of the pandemic and has come out of these unprecedented times with the best economic footing in the nation.”

The June revenue figures posted by the Division of Financial Management today are available here:



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Manufacturers’ Association Food Northwest Joins Pacific Coast Collaborative Effort to Cut Food Waste in Half, Underscoring the Need for Action Across the Supply Chain 

Portland, OR -- Today, the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC) announces that Food Northwest – organized to advance the ability of the food industry to produce and deliver wholesome, safe food from the Pacific Northwest to the world – is the first industry association to join the West Coast Voluntary Agreement to Reduce Wasted Food to implement measurable action to cut food waste in half by 2030. Food Northwest is one of the nation’s largest food processing trade associations, with 150 processor members and over 350 suppliers. This announcement opens the door for manufacturers based in Washington and Oregon that are Food Northwest members to collaborate with other PCC signatories, state and local governments, and national and international resource partners to reduce food loss and waste in their operations.

In 2020, PCC, along with nonprofit resource partners ReFED, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and WRAP, called on food businesses and their supply chain partners to join this public-private partnership, one of the largest in the world focused on reducing food waste. The first signatories were announced last year: Albertsons Companies West Coast divisions, which include stores such as Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, and Pavilions; The Kroger Co.; PCC Community Markets; New Seasons Market; and Sprouts Farmers Markets. Food Northwest’s commitment emphasizes the need to reduce waste across the entire supply chain and has the potential to significantly advance progress toward PCC’s 50% reduction goal.

“With Food Northwest’s strong track record of significantly reducing our industry-wide energy use over the past decade, our alignment with the PCC will be leveraged as we work together to deliver against the important goal to reduce food waste,” said Mike Meredith, Food Northwest Board Chair and Senior VP, Continental Mills. “Food Northwest members look forward to this long-term relationship.”

“The success of food waste reduction depends on cross sector collaboration. Seattle Public Utilities is excited that Food NW is joining jurisdictions, nonprofits and retailers to help our region discover and take needed action to cut food waste,” said Liz Fikejs, Senior Waste Prevention Program Manager at Seattle Public Utilities.

“Oregon is highly committed to reducing wasted food,” said Elaine Blatt, Senior Policy Analyst at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. “We’re so pleased that this Oregon-based association has stepped into this critical role and will likely propel other businesses to address one of today’s most pressing environmental issues.” 

Curbing the 40% of food wasted annually will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water and land resources, and support those facing food insecurity—which has become increasingly critical in the wake of COVID-19, as the amount of food at risk of being wasted has risen, and more Americans are seeking food assistance. The Pacific Coast of North America represents the world’s fifth-largest economy, a thriving region of 55 million people with a combined GDP of $3 trillion. The Pacific Coast Collaborative was formed in 2008 to facilitate collaboration on issues that cross state borders and jurisdictional boundaries. With management support from Cascadia Policy Solutions, an environmental and public policy consulting firm, the states of Washington, Oregon, California, and the cities of Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, and Vancouver, BC are working together to build the low carbon economy of the future.

Through their work with PCC, Food Northwest and other food business signatories receive a range of benefits, including:

  • Return on Investment – Food waste reduction programs around the world have shown proven return on investment for all types of food service businesses;
  • Data Insights – Individual anonymous reporting from all Agreement signatories enables businesses to measure their progress, identify priority areas of action, and benchmark against competitors; and
  • Industry Collaboration – Pre-competitive Working Groups open to all PCC signatories offer opportunities for businesses to learn from each other’s successes; discuss solutions to challenges; and engage with government leaders through special policy roundtable discussions.

PCC’s regional collaboration serves as a model for other regions around the country to do their part to reduce food waste. It is aligned with important global efforts, such as World Resources Institute’s “10x20x30” initiative to bring together ten of the world’s biggest food retailers and providers to each engage with 20 of their priority suppliers to halve rates of food loss and waste by 2030, as well as Walmart’s “Project Gigaton” to avoid one billion metric tons (a gigaton) of greenhouse gases from the value chain by 2030 – all of which were implemented to drive action to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, which detailed targets for food waste reduction around the world.

“Reducing food waste is more than smart business – it’s the right thing to do. The steps taken by Food Northwest and the PCC are further indication that food suppliers recognize this and are driving a movement to scale meaningful action,” said Craig Hanson, Vice President of Food, Forests, Water & the Ocean at WRI.

“Food waste is a systemwide problem, which means it requires a systemwide response. And that’s why public-private partnerships like the PCC West Coast Voluntary Agreement to Reduce Wasted Food are so critical,” said Pete Pearson, Senior Director, Food Loss and Waste at World Wildlife Fund. “Waste reduction can no longer be seen as a competitive issue. When all businesses (and citizens) start working together to measure, share data, and reduce waste through cooperation, our progress will be exponentially faster. We’re running out of time to get serious on these issues.”

Food businesses and manufacturers interested in joining the Voluntary Agreement can visit or contact James Pronio, WWF.


Established in 1914 and headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Food Northwest is one of the nation’s largest food processing trade associations. Food Northwest’s membership includes over 150 food processing facilities in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho as well as over 300 member suppliers of goods and services to the industry. Food Northwest’s members include national companies with operations or headquarters in the Pacific Northwest, regional companies and locally-run family businesses, and affiliate members located outside the Northwest. Northwest food processors are nationally recognized for their leadership and efforts to promote sustainability, to become more energy efficient, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions levels.


Cascadia Policy Solutions

Cascadia Policy Solutions is an environmental and public policy consulting firm that provides the highest level of environmental and energy related problem-solving expertise available in the Pacific Northwest. Services provided include facilitation and mediation, strategic process support, policy development, and administrative and legislative advocacy services, along with clean tech development services.


ReFED is a national nonprofit working to end food loss and waste across the food system by advancing data-driven solutions to the problem. We leverage data and insights to highlight supply chain inefficiencies and economic opportunities; mobilize and connect supporters to take targeted action; and catalyze capital to spur innovation and scale high-impact initiatives. Our goal is a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive food system that optimizes environmental resources, minimizes climate impacts, and makes the best use of the food we grow. To learn more about our solutions to reduce food waste, please visit


WRAP is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2000. It works with governments, businesses and NGOs around the world to deliver practical solutions to improve resource efficiency. Its mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable, resource-efficient economy by: re-inventing how we design, produce and sell products; re-thinking how we use and consume products; and re-defining what is possible through reuse and recycling.  It works in the priority sectors for food and drink; clothing and textiles; and plastics. To find out more visit

World Wildlife Fund

WWF is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, working in nearly 100 countries for over half a century to help people and nature thrive. With the support of more than 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt the degradation of the environment and combat the climate crisis. Visit to learn more.


 COVID-19 Resources from Food Northwest

Updated on July 30, 2020






CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

DHS - U.S. Department of Homeland Security

DOL - U.S. Department of Labor

FDA - U.S. Food & Drug Administration

USDA - U.S. Department of Agriculture

IRS - Internal Revenue Service



A New Name for an Old Neighbor

​​​​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 our members’ extraordinary range of food preparation and delivery.

So, we are changing our name.

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

We are now...

Food Northwest



Association Overview

Food Northwest, formerly the Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA), is a trade association organized to advance the ability of the food industry to produce and deliver wholesome, safe food from the Pacific Northwest to the world. 

Organized in 1914, Food Northwest supports the food processing industry in the beautiful 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. Food Northwest is one of the nation’s largest food processing trade associations, with 350+ members.

Food Northwest focuses on core priorities established annually by the membership and affirmed by the Board of Directors. These priorities are: food policy and regulation; government relations; environmental policy and regulations; energy policy and resources; workforce education and training; and sustainability. Each priority represents a basic service of the association in advocating for and updating members, and is championed by a policy manager.

Committees & Task Forces

Volunteers from Food Northwest member companies are actively involved in 5 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. Food Northwest 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.

Food Northwest 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. Food Northwest's largest event is the annual Food Northwest Process & Packaging Expo. Our events allow Food Northwest to celebrate the great work of member companies and in our industry as we work to become industry leaders.
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