CLFP Insider
August 16, 2022
On August 31, 2022 Rob Neenan will be retiring after 17 years of service to the California League of Food Producers.
   Admix, Inc.       Downey Brand    
Public Policy
Thomas W. Birmingham
General Manager
Westlands Water District
The State of California is among the most productive farming regions in the world.  Rich soils and a Mediterranean Climate enable California farmers to produce more than 400 crops that literally feed the nation and large parts of the world. 
Over the last three decades, the ability of the CVP and SWP to meet the demands of irrigated agriculture has diminished not because of a reduction in supply. Rather, the capability of the CVP and SWP, as well as other water project, to deliver water has been reduced primarily due to restrictions imposed on their operations for the ostensible protection of at-risk native fish species.
Three Miura LX Series Steam Boilers in Modular Configuration
Food processors are switching to Miura boilers for easier operation and routine maintenance, outstanding reliability and efficiency, green features, and safety. Compactly-designed, Made in America Miura boilers feature “full steam in less than 5 minutes from a cold start,” reducing energy costs and  allowing users to turn boilers off/on quickly according to load demand.
CLFP staff sat down with Board Chair Jim Lipman with the Califonia Olive Ranch.
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Capitol News
Governor Newsom’s priorities — for the last three weeks of the session — include ramping up targets for greenhouse gas reductions and clean electricity, and creating safety zones around new oil wells.
Torino Fungicide – The Only FRAC Group U6 Fungicide
Gowan USA, LLC®
Torino Fungicide, containing the novel active ingredient CYFLUFENAMID, offers cucurbit, grape, strawberry, fruiting vegetable, cherry, and pome fruit growers a novel mode of action for the prevention of powdery mildew. Torino has shown activity on all strains of powdery mildew, including those known to be resistant to DMI's, aminopyrimidines, strobilurins, morpholines, anilinopyrimidines, and MBC's.  Torino is the only Group U6 fungicide classified by FRAC (Fungicide Resistance Action Committee).
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Industry News
Consumers need to know what’s in their food and customers need to know what product they’re moving around their warehouse, but as technology advances what's the role of traditional labels in the food chain?
Despite the difficult economic reset underway in the capital markets and lingering supply chain challenges, rising inflation and the growing threat of a recession, investors are still interested in the food and beverage space, according to one investment banker with four decades of experience.
As budgets tighten during periods of economic uncertainty or rising inflation, consumers often turn to private label products to save money, although this hasn’t always translated into long-term increases in market share. This time, however, predicts Treehouse Foods’ CEO Steve Oakland, things could be different.
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New Members
July 2022
NextEra Energy Resources
700 Universe Blvd.
Juno Beach, FL 33408
Michael Puckett
Business Development Manager - Distributed Generation
P: (415) 318-5942
NextEra Energy Resources has been generating clean energy for over 30 years. We own and operate approximately 24,600 megawatts of generating capacity in 38 states with nearly all of the electricity we generate being derived from clean or renewable sources. Our parent company, NextEra Energy, Inc., is a Fortune 200 company with $128 billion in total assets. Together with our sister company, Florida Power & Light Company, we have been operating power plants for more than 95 years and we’re now applying our innovation, operational expertise and financial resources to meet the challenges of providing water and wastewater solutions to customers across the country.
The Plum Group, LLC
6116 North Central Expy., Ste. 910
Dallas, TX 75206
Rick Herold
President & Owner
P: (800) 386-6741
Sun Pacific Products, Inc.
990 W Alluvial Ave., Ste. 105
Fresno, CA 93711
Dale Seal
P: (559) 447-0844
Established in 1989, Sun Pacific Products, Inc. is an international industrial food marketing company that meets the global demands of our worldwide customers. We combine over 60 years of processing and trading practices, providing customers with a wide variety of industrial food products: tomato, citrus, fruit purees, dehydrated garlic, pineapple and more. With corporate offices in California’s San Joaquin Valley, and trading offices in Mexico and China, we’re positioned for the long term to globally source products for our extensive customer base. Each member of our team provides consistent, high-quality products, competitive pricing, and service to our customers. We continue to grow, using innovative sourcing, marketing, and processing techniques to supply superior, cost effective products tailored to our customer’s needs.
AgSeeds Unlimited
28 N East St.
Woodland, CA 95776
Eve Borup
Business/Marketing Analyst
P: (530) 666-3361
For 45 years, AgSeeds Unlimited has been providing seeds, plants, custom transplanting, and field research to tomato growers and processors in California. We recognize the link between genetics and food quality and have built the premier system for evaluating new tomato varieties that can perform in both the factory and the field. Work with the AgSeeds team and let us help you find the right processing tomato variety program for your operation.
Skip Shapiro Enterprises, LLC
318 Hawthorn St.
New Bedford, MA 02740
Skip Shapiro
P: (617)594-1429
Beginning in 2007, Skip Shapiro Enterprises, LLC manages food, beverage, agricultural waste and by-products for the who’s who of the industry. We find superior solutions utilizing upcycling, beneficial reuse, and zero waste to landfill anywhere in North America and beyond. Working closely with USDA, FDA, CVM, US Customs, and TTB, we are in full compliance, and experts at tracking, reporting, and logistics. We’re the one stop shop for product recalls, unsaleables, liquid waste, and more. Brand new worldwide distributors of Virus Shield (, which protects against fungi, viruses, and pathogens.
Sunworks Solar Power
2270 Douglas Blvd., Ste. 216
Roseville, CA 95661
Alyssa Leeper
Marketing Operations Specialist
P: (866)600-6800
Sunworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) is a premier provider of high-performance solar power systems. We are committed to quality business practices that exceed industry standards and uphold our ideals of ethics and safety. Sunworks continues to grow its presence, expanding nationally with regional and local offices. We strive to consistently deliver high quality, performance-oriented solutions for customers in a wide range of industries including agricultural, commercial, industrial, federal, public works, and residential.
TS&L Seed Company
37331 Hwy. 16
Woodland, CA 95695
Jonathan Deniz
Product Development
P: (530)666-1239
TS&L Seed Company is a vegetable seed retailer that represents the world’s leading genetic development companies. TS&L was founded in 1983 in Woodland by Richard Stewart and Kim Timothy, who continue to manage the company today. Since then, TS&L has grown from a local processing tomato distributor with one employee to selling vegetable seeds across the Western US and in key regions of Mexico. TS&L seeks to provide the best varieties available for growers, shippers, and processors who are not only customers, but partners and friends. The company continues to invest in its people and processes to accomplish these goals.
CalCom Energy
9479 N Fort Washington Rd., Ste. 105
Fresno, CA 93730
Lindsay Dozoretz
Director of Marketing & Customer Experience
P: (716)238-3462
CalCom Solar is a 100% employee owned company, specializing in engineering, procurement and construction of PV installations for large agriculture and commercial clients.
Meras Water Solutions
4216 Kiernan Ave., Ste. 101
Modesto, CA 95356
Arielle Gutierrez
Marketing & Sales Support Manager
P: (559)464-7148
Meras Engineering is a provider of specialized water treatment and process services for the food and beverage industries.  Our chemical and equipment programs are focused on providing consistent results in boiler, cooling, thermal processing and wastewater applications.  We accomplish this mission by utilizing our core strengths - strong local presence, on-site engineering support, and innovative products and services.
FoodSafe Drains
100 McPhillips St.
Winnipeg, MB Canada
Viking Kristjansson
Vice President Sales Engineering
P: (855)497-7508 x108
Your number one priority is cleanliness, which is why we build drainage systems that are sanitary and safe for all types of food production applications. Drains matter - they're the most used tools on your production floor. They see constant traffic, experience non-stop use, and require constant cleaning, no matter how busy things get. Thankfully, we can help with drainage systems that stand up to the roughest wear, keep both your floor and products bacteria-free, and are easy to clean. Whatever your application, we have the custom drainage solutions to fit your unique needs.
McFinn Technologies
8920 58th Pl., Ste. 100
Kenosha, WI 53144
John Mcginn
P: (262)909-7267
Bowpeller® pumps: built for today, designed for tomorrow. Our patented low shear line of centrifugal pumps; Bowpeller®, are in applications ranging from micro algae production in geothermal production facilities in Iceland, to cannabinoid processing, to reducing dissolved oxygen levels in your local micro-brewery. Bowpeller® pumps provide the optimum design for gentle product handling, with less g-force, higher efficiency, and smoother flow vectors.
Sonoco Metal Packaging
3075 Brookline Rd. NW
North Canton, OH 44720
David Drury
Sales Manager - Food
P: (612)202-6975
Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging and supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $4.8 billion, the company has more than 19,000 employees working in 34 countries, serving the best-known brands in 85 nations.
August 2022
High Tek USA
12420 Gold Flake Cir.
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
Jason Sigman
P: (800)504-7120
High Tek USA, located in Sacramento, CA, has over 20 years in the industrial packaging industry. We are experts in and manufacture our custom High Tek USA brand of multi-head weighers, combination weighers, vertical form fill and seal (VFFS) baggers, pre-made pouch machines, rotary pouch, machines, inline check-weighers, and checkscales, scale platforms, bucket elevators, incline conveyors, take-away conveyors, rotary pack-off tables (Lazy Susans), high-speed scales and baggers, product distribution and seasoning systems, and stand-alone combo units. We offer 24-hour technical support, parts, and service on all of our equipment as well as preventive maintenance agreements.
R.F. MacDonald Co.®
R.F. MacDonald Co. is your complete boiler and pump solutions provider. We offer sales, service, repair, parts, maintenance and training to keep your equipment in top operating condition. Our Engineering team and factory-trained ASME-code certified technicians are available throughout California and Nevada 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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