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June 2020

COVID-19 Resources

FPSA has created a resource center for members regarding COVID-19. We continue to monitor the coronavirus crisis and post critical information that will assist your business and employees. Members can obtain valuable information by utilizing the resources button listed below and on our website.

COVID-19 Resources

FPSA Learning Program – 180 Skills

What Employees Want
According a recent LinkedIn Learning survey, 94% of employees would stay at a company if it invested in their career development. In short, not only is training good for the employer, it’s what our employees are asking for.

In case you missed it, FPSA will be launching a new distance learning training program at the end of the year with our partner 180 Skills that will provide cost- effective distance learning at a rate you’ll find extremely hard to beat and a library of over 700+ courses for the manufacturing sector.

For more details about this program, you can listen to the recorded webinar from May 27th when Joe Kitterman, CEO of 180 Skills explained the platform and how FPSA member companies and their employees will be able to utilize this valuable resource.

FPSA Volunteers

Thanks To Our Volunteers!

Thank you to all of the FPSA members who responded to last month’s Call for Volunteers. We look forward to your contribution on our Councils, Networks and Committees and appreciate your input. If you missed this Call for Volunteers, it’s not too late to join your colleagues in the Councils (Bakery, Beverage, Dairy, Meat, Pet Food, Prepared Foods), Networks (Food Safety, Packaging, Technology, Women’s Alliance, Young Professionals) or the Membership Committee. If you are interested in getting involved and expanding your network, contact Andy Drennan and advise which group you are interested in joining.


As was announced on May 5th, Messe Frankfurt has taken over show management of PROCESS EXPO. This includes show sales, marketing, operations and sponsorships.

The FPSA staff continues to work closely with Messe Frankfurt which is already actively engaged in building what we know will be a very successful 2021 show. Messe staff has reached out to most members already and is working diligently to fill the floor.

In the meantime, FPSA remains committed to making this show the best investment for your marketing dollar and welcomes any feedback you may have concerning the show.

FPSA Partner Information

3-A SSI Obtains EU Trademark Registrations

FPSA members and other equipment suppliers who utilize 3-A Standards will be glad to learn of the legal registration of the 3-A Symbol and 3A word mark by the European Union Intellectual Property Office. The new registrations encompass a wide range of sanitary industrial food equipment covered by a 3-A Sanitary Standard and authorized to display the 3-A Symbol.

Extending protection of the 3-A SSI marks to the European Union is of major commercial significance for licensees as these registrations provide rights for licensees in the EU to oppose conflicting applications, bring a cancellation action against a conflicting registration, sue for infringement against confusingly similar third-party trademark use, apply for seizure by customs authorities of counterfeit goods being imported into the EU, and/or obtain damages for infringement. For more information, please visit the 3-A SSI website.


tucs equipment

TUCS Equipment Inc. manufactures Cook-Chill, Sous Vide and Vertical Form/Fill/Seal Packaging Systems under the guidance of Marty Tucs who has grown the product line for over 40 years at their 80,000 square foot manufacturing plant in Princeton, MN., Made in USA.

Whether you need steam jacketed agitated kettles rated at 150PSI, or unique ice water batch chilling systems, or manual or automatic pump/fill stations, or chilled water generators, or tub and jar filling lines TUCS can meet your Processing equipment needs.

Trend Studies

extruded snacks marketExtruded Snacks to Grow at 4.4% Thru 2025

The global extruded snacks market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.4% to reach USD 65.2 billion by 2025. In North America this growth is expected to average 4.2% annually while Asia Pacific is the big winner, growing at an annual pace of 5.4%. Much of this growth in the extruded snack market is due to busy lifestyles, on-the-go snacking, and increased disposable incomes around the world.

These are just a few facts pulled from the latest FPSA market study – Extruded Snacks Market-Global Trends and Forecast to 2026 – which is free of charge for all FPSA members. Market size, global growth projections, trends driving growth – these are just some of the data points you’ll find in the FPSA Trend Study.

In addition to Extruded Snacks, FPSA also released Trend Studies for the Meat Processing Market, the Meat Substitutes Market, Fresh Food Packaging, Pet Food Packaging and Pet Food Processing markets. If you would like to receive a copy of any of these studies, please contact Ann Marie Penaranda.

FPSA Job Board

FPSA's Job Board is not just for people looking for employment in the food and beverage industry. It's also meant for FPSA's members to post job openings! Find new talent by posting your open positions on today!

Networks Update

FPSA Mentor Circle

The Mentor Circle will provide ALL FPSA members an opportunity to become a mentor, or to work with a mentor, in order to nurture personal and professional growth. This new program, which was initiated by the Women’s Alliance Network and is supported by the other Networks, will officially launch this summer. If you are interested in volunteering to be a mentor, if you are looking for a mentor, and would like more information, contact Andy Drennan at

In light of mentorship, there seems to be a gap between talent industry leaders are seeking and what is actually available. In order to help bridge this gap, Miller Resource Group is conducting a survey targeted to the Packaging and Food Processing industry to better understand:

  • How people were first introduced to the industries
  • What they wish they would have known about the industries early on in their careers
  • What improvements can be made

This survey only takes 3 minutes to complete, and will close June 30th. Your input is invaluable as it will help attract the next generation of talent for our industry.

Click here to complete the survey


Webinar: Virtual Selling Playbook Wednesday, June 24, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 pm US-EDT
Click here to register!

In our May 20th webinar on Transformational Digital Sales and Marketing, we learned tips and best practices from industry peers on how they shifted their operations due to the pandemic. The discussion could have gone on for another hour! Well, you’re in luck. We’re bringing back the panel to continue the conversation. See how the panelists are shifting gears and adjusting their “plays” accordingly to further sales remotely and effectively.

Calendar of Events

March 2-4, 2021 Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa
Indian Wells, CA

October 12-15, 2021 McCormick Place Chicago, IL

Food Facts


  • Spam is a mash up words of spice and ham.
  • For McRib fans out there, you can thank the US Army! In 1981, McDonalds used restructured meat technology first developed at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center to introduce this fan favorite.
  • The first TV dinners actually had nothing to do with television. They were frozen meals of meat, vegetables, and potatoes in a tray that bomber crews could eat on long overseas flights during World War II.
  • Meat substitutes are nothing new. In 1896, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, of cereal fame, introduced Nuttose, a peanut-based cutlet made by grinding the nuts to a smooth paste, mixed with water to form an emulsion, thickened with flour or starch, then steamed or retorted until set. The product was seasoned to taste like beef, chicken, or salmon.

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