OUR MISSION The Washington Food Industry Association is dedicated to promoting and protecting the independent, community-focused grocery industry and its suppliers.
BECOME A MEMBER Membership in the Washington Food Industry Association is open to all industry retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, and suppliers in Washington State. JOIN NOW! OUR ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2013 CLICK HERE to Download WFIA's 2012-13 Annual Report!
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Seattle is embarking on revisions to their mandated compostable food packaging ordinance. Please review the document to see the important changes that will be implemented. We will keep up advised as these revisions are published.
Sen. John Braun (R) 20th district Lewis County has a 100% Voting Record for 2013-14
Senator John Braun
As the Vice-Chair of the Commerce & Labor Committee, and the prime sponsor on several key pieces of legislation this year, Senator John Braun deserves recognition for being an outstanding supporter of the independent grocery industry. Senator Braun took the lead on SB 6220, the bill provide tax fairness for retail grocers selling spirits. This was a very challenging bill which divided the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, and he worked hard to shepherd to bill through the Senate with bipartisan support. He also sponsored a bill to allow group self-insurance for workers' compensation, and a bill to preempt local sick and safe leave policies with a single, statewide standard. Senator Braun helped round up opposition to SB 6237, the bill to give contract and former state liquor stores an unfair tax advantage on spirits sales. He is also the ONLY legislator to receive a perfect vote sore for 2 years in a row! Call 360-786-7638 to say "thank you for voting with the WFIA" today!
New Fight at the State Level; WA State WIC Announces 13 Month Moratorium on Retail Authorizations
In a surprise move, WA State Dept. of Health (DOH) Women, Infant & Children (WIC) Division announced a thirteen month moratorium on retail authorizations with only five days' notice! DOH WIC has a Retail Advisory Committee (RAC) which WFIA is active in, and didn't even discuss the action with them. This unprecedented move will leave new retail stores without WIC licenses for over a year, in some cases severely impacting store sales. View the moratorium HERE.
Outraged by this lack of public process, WFIA went into full gear in contacting legislative leadership, the Secretary of Health, and the Governor's policy staff in the Office of Financial Management requesting that the WIC staff hold a meeting to hear our industry's concerns and modify their decision.
If you have thoughts or suggestions regarding this moratorium or mitigating measures please send them to WFIA President & CEO Jan Gee at: email@example.com ASAP.
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