The Washington Food Industry Association (WFIA) is seeking applicants for the position of a full-time, on staff Governmental Affairs Manager (this is not a contractor position). Our Association is a statewide non-profit trade association whose primary purpose is to serve as a public policy advocate for business owners in the food and beverage industry in Washington State. We are based in Olympia.
To be considered for this position, please submit the following documents by Monday, October 31, 2016:
Updated resume reflecting qualifications for this position
Three professional reference letters
This position is available immediately. To learn more, click here.
Talia Randle from Metropolitan Markets at Magnolia is our 2016 Washington Best Bagger Champion!
Candice Lastimado, 2016 WA Best Bagger and 2017 National Best Bagger (Metropolitan Markets at West Seattle), Glen Hasstedt (Store Director for Metropolitan Markets at Magnolia), Talia Randle (Metropolitan Markets at Magnolia), and Todd Korman (President and Co-Chair of Metropolitan Markets).
Photo taken by Brianna Golob of Flourish Photography
Washington's Best Bagger
Seattle’s Talia Randle has it in the bag – literally. The grocery bagger from Metropolitan Market at Magnolia proved Wednesday that she is the state’s top grocery bagger, out-pacing eight other competitors for the state title in the Best Bagger Battle. Roman Agne, representing Central Market/Poulsbo Town & Country Markets, placed second; Luke Netjes of Rosauers Supermarkets in Spokane placed third.
Washington families, workers, farmers, employers and WFIA unite against the carbon tax. The carbon tax will place even more pressure on Washington families and reduce job growth in Washington. We should lead the world by continuing to reduce emissions through collaboration and innovation.
Washington needs a minimum wage that’s fair to everyone – workers, consumers and small businesses. Initiative 1433 misses the mark badly. The authors of I-1433 took hasty shortcuts to rush a poorly crafted proposal to the ballot. The result will be that I-1433 would do far more than harm than good for workers and the Washington economy.
Learn more about why I-1433 is wrong for Washington here.
Governor Inslee signed the Expanded SNAP Distribution Dates bill into law on March 29, 2016. This law enables our suppliers and grocers to maximize their fresh fruit and vegetable inventories and ensure the most popular items are in stock and available to SNAP participants.
The new distribution dates allow SNAP recipients an extended period of time to shop. Store employees may also benefit because their hours can be distributed throughout the month rather than having most of them scheduled in the first ten days of the month.
In the picture at right, Governor Inslee congratulates the bill's prime sponsor Representative Teri Hickel (R-30). He is honoring the tradition of presenting the bill sponsor with the pen used to sign the bill into law.
Governor Inslee concgratulates Rep. Teri Hickel (R-30) on passage of the SNAP bill.
New WFIAEF Scholarship Recipient Congratulations to Harrison Casteel Dairy/Frozen Manager at Camano Plaza Market
Harrison was recently awarded a WFIA Educational Foundation scholarship to attend the Retail Management Certificate program.
Scholarships Available! WFIA Educational Foundation offers scholarships to reimburse WFIA member employers who are providing financial support to employees attending one of our featured program. New easy application process!
From left to right: Peter Larkin (President & CEO NGA), Jan Gee (President & CEO WFIA), emcee Duff Goldman (Food Network star), Candice Lastimado (Metropolitan Markets, West Seattle), Bob Ling (President & CEO Unified Grocers corporate), Art Rosenberg (VP Industry & Customer Development, PepsiCo)
WFIA members participating in the WFIA Workers' Comp Retro Program paid $554,162 for Stay At Work (SAW) premiums and recouped $771,139. That's a 139% return! Congratulations WFIA Retro Members. Great job! Are you maximizing your ability to lower your Workers' Comp costs? For information, call Jan Gee at WFIA 360-753-5177.
Rosauers Supermarkets acknowledged for efforts in energy efficiency and cost savings. 4/24/2015
Stay at Work Program (SAW): Get Paid to keep your injured workers working and receive Retro wage reimbursement on work claims. 4/10/2015
The Markets, Bellingham, add a little humor to Fighting Teen Liquor Theft.3/20/2015
Grocer of the Year Kathleen and Nolan Lockwood Walla Walla's Harvest Foods
Vendor of the Year Ray Sprinkle, President URM Stores, Inc.
2015 Best Bagger Candice Lastimado Metropolitan Markets
Community Service Award Hank Konrad - Hank's Harvests Foods, Twisp
Community Service Award Tyler Myers The Myers Group
Carlan Nielsen accepting for her father, Hank Konrad