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Active Shooter Preparedness: A Matter of Survival

December 2, 2021

Press Release: Public Safety Candidates Come Out on Top in Seattle

November 5, 2021

Seattle voters sent a clear message to elected officials this election cycle: Make public safety a priority in Seattle. Leaders from the Seattle Safety Alliance, a coalition of small and large Seattle employers focused on addressing basic public safety issues in the city, said Tuesday’s election results suggest a positive step forward for the leadership of the city.

Seattle Safety Alliance to Mayoral Candidates: Take the Pledge to Address Public Safety in Seattle

October 26, 2021

Members of the Seattle Safety Alliance, a group representing large and small Seattle-area businesses, are asking candidates for mayor to make clear their plans for addressing public safety during this Thursday’s live mayoral debate. With election day just two weeks away, M. Lorena González and Bruce Harrell will debate live this Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. The theme of the debate is public health and safety.

Grocers: Test Option Needed to Avoid Food Shortages

October 25, 2021

Gov. Inslee’s plan to require COVID-19 vaccinations — but no test-out options —for all employees in businesses with 100+ workers could jeopardize access to fresh food and other essential goods according to grocery and convenience store industry representatives. Tammie Hetrick, president and CEO of the Washington Food Industry Association (WFIA) said the governor’s plan would seriously jeopardize the industry’s ability to supply stores and customers with reliable access to food and other products. WFIA represents independent grocers, distributors and convenience stores in Washington state.

We Card Awareness Month Proclamation 2021

September 27, 2021

Grocers, Convenience Stores Continue September focus on ‘We Card Awareness Month’. Governor’s proclamation emphasizes campaign aimed at preventing sales of age-restricted products to minors.

Seattle Safety Alliance: It’s Time to Address Crime in Seattle

September 7, 2021

Citing the escalating crime rates, long response times and a lack of trained public safety personnel, a new coalition of Seattle businesses is calling on city and county officials to develop a clear plan to address public safety in Seattle. In a Sept. 7 letter to elected leaders in the City of Seattle and King County, the newly formed Seattle Safety Alliance appealed to local government for help in addressing basic public safety issues.

Family Meal Month Proclamation

August 31, 2021

Gov. Jay Inslee and Washingtonstate’s independent grocers , convenience stores, and their suppliers are encouraging families to eat more meals together in September. A new proclamation issued by the governor has declared September “Family Meals Month” in Washington state.

Plastic Bag Ban Outreach Toolkit

July 8, 2021

Yesterday, Governor Inslee rescinded Proclamation 20-82, which delayed the plastic bag ban. The plastic bag ban was initially supposed to take effect on January 1, 2021 after passing in the 2020 Legislative Session. The proclamation will expire at 11:59 PM on September 30, 2021, which means the plastic bag ban will be effective as of 12:00 AM on October 1.

WFIA Joins Businesses in Request to Reinstate Job Search Requirement

June 7, 2021

The WFIA, along with the Association of Washington Business, Washington Hospitality Association and Associated General Contractors, has formally requested Gov. Inslee reinstate the requirement for workers to fulfill job search requirements in order to receive unemployment benefits. WFIA and the other trade groups all serve as the business representatives on the Unemployment Advisory Committee.

Washington State Long Term Care Program

May 5, 2021

Beginning January 2022, Washington workers will pay up to $0.58 per $100 of earnings. Employers will be required to deduct this from each workers wages for Long Term Care Benefits. To better understand this program and what an employer’s responsibility is. Join us to understand requirements and options on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 2:30. 

John Akins, Sr. & Akins Fresh Market Honored as the 2020-2021 Retailer of the Year

April 8, 2021

For nearly 60 years, John Akin, Sr. and his family have provided shoppers in the Columbia Basin with access to fresh groceries and supplies, treating customers and employees like family. For these reasons — and so many more —Akins has been awarded this year’s Retailer of the Year Award by the Washington Food Industry Association (WFIA).

Jerry Reser & Reser's Fine Foods Honored as the 2020-2021 Vendor of the Year

April 8, 2021

The Washington Food Industry Association (WFIA) has honored Jerry Reser and Reser’s Fine Foods, one of the Northwest’s most recognizable food brands, with its 2020-21 Vendor of the Year award. The surprise award presentation took place Wednesday at the Beaverton facility in Oregon. Reser serves as national sales manager for the company.

Stormans, Inc. Honored with the 2020-2021 Community Service Award

April 5, 2021

There’s a reason Stormans, Inc. is known as Olympia’s hometown grocer – and is the recipient of the Washington Food Industry Association’s (WFIA) 2020-21 Community Service Award.

ALERT! New Workplace Rights Poster

December 10, 2020

The Employment Standards program at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has developed a new format for the workplace rights poster. This is one of the posters businesses are required to display.‍

Point Roberts Still Isolated 10 Months After Canada-U.S. Border Closure

November 23, 2020

Canada’s border closure to nonessential travel has been extended until December 21st, unfortunately, this means that Point Roberts is still closed for nonessential travel as well. Point Roberts is the only pene-exclave in U.S. and Canada that does NOT have an agreement between the two states allowing travel. Click the link below to read more about how the Pt. Roberts Red Apple, the only grocery store in town and the dire circumstances that they currently find themselves in.

Independent Grocers’ & Convenience Stores' Statement on New COVID Restrictions

November 16, 2020

Tammie Hetrick, President and CEO of the Washington Food Industry Association(WFIA), representing the state’s independent grocers and convenience stores, issued the following statement on 11/15/2020 regarding Gov. Jay Inslee’s new COVID shopping rules: “Washington state’s independent grocery and convenience stores are working hard to safely meet the needs of customers during COVID-19. Since the early days of the outbreak, grocery stores have complied with COVID regulations — masking up, sanitizing, and providing clean, safe shopping experiences. Now, our members are asking for the public’s continued patience as local grocers adjust to operating under these new rules during the busiest shopping season of the year,” said Hetrick.

We Card Awareness Month Proclamation

September 15, 2020

A new ceremonial proclamation from Gov. Jay Inslee highlights the important role retailers play in preventing sales of age-restricted products, including tobacco and e-cigarettes, to minors. The proclamation declares September as “We Card Awareness Month,” celebrating the 25th anniversary of the education and training program designed to help retailers identify and deny underage youth and adult-for-underage attempts to purchase alcohol, tobacco and vaping products.

WFIA 2020 Legislative Member Cookbook

April 27, 2020

During this year’s legislative session, the Washington Food Industry Association gifted cookbooks while meeting with legislative members at our annual Day at the Capitol event.

WFIA COVID-19 Response

April 9, 2020

WFIA has created a new resource hub to share information about he COVID-19 Response in Washington state.