Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 444 News & Views Magazine EDITION 1, 2016 Groucho Marx once said that “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” It would be easy for people in the food industry to become frustrated with the tenor and direction of the political process and want to stay as far away as possible. Some may hope that somebody else will deal with the tough issues so they can just focus on their business. However, what happens in the Capitol in Sacramento and local political chambers can often have a significant impact on our industry, and it is critical that everyone is engaged and their concerns are heard. If you are not defending your business, there are plenty of other groups that are politically active and voicing views that may be antithetical to your interests. As some cynics say about the political process - you can be at the table or you can be on the menu. Your state and local legislators should understand and care about how their actions affect your business. CLFP recently sponsored a study of the economic impact of food processors on the state’s economy and on a number of local counties and cities. A key finding of that report is that food processors, and their suppliers, are a key source of economic growth for cities and counties across the state. Nearly 200,000 people are directly employed in the food processing sector in California, and their economic welfare, and their votes, should count just as much as anyone else. However, the future of those jobs can be put in jeopardy by the rising cost of regulation in the state. This isn’t just rhetoric. California has among the highest industrial electricity rates in the U.S., among the most restrictive air emissions regulations, expensive workers’ compensation rates, high fuel prices and bounty hunter attorneys filing Proposition 65 claims and other lawsuits against food companies. CLFP’s main focus is to be the voice and advocate for the food processors in the state, but we can’t do it alone. To be successful, we need the industry to be actively involved and help us educate legislators and regulators about the issues that affect their bottom line. Our annual Capitol Day in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., Fly-In have become great venues for our members to be engaged and provide political visibility for CLFP. We urge companies across the state to join CLFP this year, be at the table and become involved in shaping their future in California. President & CEOMessage By ROB NEENAN - CLFP President & CEO LOW CHARGE AMMONIA EVAPORATORS with Colmac Advanced Direct Expansion Benefits: » Significantly smaller ammonia charge • 6 lbs/TR vs 25 lbs/TR for pumped bottom feed • Reduced health and safety risks • Reduced regulatory burden (< 10,000 lbs) » Energy efficient » Lower first cost* » Simple operation *Compared to traditional pumped ammonia +1.509.684.2595 | Colville WA 99114 USA