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Join us and connect with other local grocers, food industry leaders, local legislators, and WFIA members in your area! This event is a great way to find out more information about WFIA industry support programs, new laws, and WFIA member benefits. We'd also love to hear about what we can do to support you. Oh, and did we mention that there will be complimentary food and beverages?
SNAP Bill Signed into Law
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.
WFIA Day in DC - April 19-21, 2016 Join us and participate in face-to-face meetings with U.S. congressional members - share your personal stories and voice concern for the food industry. Call 360 753 5177 if you'd like to attend.
Save the Date! October 11 - 12, 2016 Tacoma Convention Center
Industry Awards Luncheon
Best Bagger Battle
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