California League of Food Processors Accomplishments

From 1905 to today, CLFP has been your public policy advocate.


Milestone Achievements:

  • CLFP wrote and passed the California “Right to Farm” law provisions that protect agricultural processing facilities from nuisance complaints.
  • CLFP wrote the law that exempts nearly all processors from the California “toxic hot spots” air quality program.
  • CLFP wrote the law that dramatically reduces compliance costs for steam boiler emissions.
  • CLFP designed the utility rate program that allows processors to utilize “optimal billing options,” saving our members over a million dollars a year.
  • CLFP led the fight to repeal mandatory rigid plastic package recycling in California
  • CLFP was a major participant in the effort to deregulate electric rates in California.
  • CLFP developed the Manual of Best Practices for land application of food processing wastewater to help processors and regulators base permit conditions on established science and proven practical experience.
  • CLFP was a signatory for the industry to the Natural Gas Accord, a program to dramatically reduce energy costs by over $4 million per year.

Key Current Issues:

  • Trucking—CLFP is working with a national coalition to preserve the federal hours of service exemption for seasonal agricultural haulers, and to increase federal highway weight limits. 
  • Food Safety—CLFP is the leading voice for California food processors regarding food safety inspections, issues, and regulations.  
  • Climate Change—CLFP is seeking to limit the potential compliance costs associated with California’s new greenhouse gas emissions regulations.  
  • Energy Rates—CLFP represents processors interests in public utility electricity and natural gas rate cases.  CLFP also works with the California Energy Commission and utilities to direct research funding to energy efficiency projects in the food processing sector.  
  • Proposition 65—CLFP continues to oppose a Prop 65 listing for Bisphenol-A, and onerous new warning requirements for other compounds.  
  • Air Quality Regulations—CLFP participates in numerous proceedings regarding air emissions regulations, ensuring that the air districts address the technical and economic concerns of food processors.
  • Wastewater Discharge—CLFP is providing leadership in the initiative by the Central Valley Water Board to develop a new Salt Management Plan for the San Joaquin Valley to ensure that processors can continue to manage their waste water in a manner consistent with environmental regulations.
  • Taxes and Fees—CLFP continues to press the legislature and regulatory agencies to ensure that the taxes and fees assessed on food processors are warranted and fair.


“With respect to … SB 1928, the ‘Boiler Retrofit’ bill, the efforts of CLFP to secure passage of this bill will have a minimum $80,000 positive impact on Del Monte Foods at our Stockton facility.”  
David Withycombe, VP Western Operations, Del Monte Foods Company.


“CLFP action on the proposed water rate increase in Stockton saved our factory over $50,000.” 
Plant Manager, H.J. Heinz Co.