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Our Mission

Northwest Food Processors Innovation Productivity Center (IPC) is an operating unit of the Northwest Food Processors Education Research Institute (ERI), a non-profit subsidiary of Northwest Food Processors Association. As an industry-driven resource, IPC strives to help food processors compete in the global economy by enhancing organizational productivity, spurring innovation, establishing a center for information, and training industry leaders.

IPC’s Roots

Globalization and market trends spurred the food processing industry to re-invent itself by maintaining and improving its competitive position in the international market place. As a result, the three-state Cluster Initiative committed to an “audacious goal . . . to reposition the three-state food processing industry to compete globally through dramatically increased productivity and innovation.”

In 2006, this objective led to a broad and ambitious planning document with a strategic private-public roadmap for the industry that focused on five critical areas: Innovation Infrastructure, Transportation Solutions, Workforce Pipelining, Strategic Alliances, and Operational Productivity. A proposal was initiated to the Oregon Innovation Council to establish and fund the Innovation Productivity Center. ORInC embraced the concept and proposed it to the Oregon Legislature.

In the summer of 2007, the legislature approved the Oregon Innovation Package, and Governor Ted Kulongoski signed the legislation to launch the Northwest Food Processors Innovation Productivity Center (IPC).

Partners include industry leadership, members of Congress, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, three Northwest governors, state agency heads, and other stakeholders.


The industry is represented by 430 food processor and supplier members that employ approximately 60,000 employees in the region. More than a dozen volunteer-based boards, committees, subcommittees and task forces manage the Association. Northwest Food Processors Education Research Institute, a subsidiary non-profit entity, has two operating units: Northwest Food Processors Innovation Productivity Center (IPC) and the Endowment Fund.

NWFPA’s priority issues, as determined by industry leadership, include: NW Regional Competitiveness, Plant Operations/Productivity, Food Safety, Energy, Political / Legislative Activity, Climate Change, Environmental Affairs, Innovation Infrastructure, Water, Workforce Development, Strategic Alliances, and Food Defense/Bioterrorism.

Cultivate "Knowledge Workers."
The IPC works hard to foster development of top notch talent in the food processing industry. That is one of our core missions, and we’re sticking by it!

There is power in sharing. Many others in this great industry can benefit from all of the wonderful tools and resources that IPC has to offer. Please share this site with all others in the industry.

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