One thing is certain — we can count on a new round of issues in 2019 that will impact our business and create challenges with many underlying opportunities. NAFEM’s role thru the volatility, beyond what will be “the best NAFEM show ever” in February, is to continue to help gather, support and advocate with the information we provide to you, so that you and your leadership team better understand the important issues affecting your business. Hopefully, each year, we grow in our ability to provide these services to you.
It used to be that the time between Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays was what we commonly referred to as “clean-up” time – you got programs wrapped up, 2018 files cleaned up and tucked away, 2019 files organized and started, and we’re just ready for the calendar to turn.
NAFEM members saw many regulatory changes and challenges in 2018. From California announcing plans to implement the vacated EPA SNAP regulations on January 1, 2019 and introducing new Proposition 65 warning label requirements, to the U.S. imposing tariffs on steel, aluminum and Chinese imports, advocacy issues have been at the forefront of members’ businesses this year.
It’s no secret that for many manufacturing companies, finding a fresh infusion of young, promising talent to lead the organization into the future is a top priority. We’ve talked before about what attracts millennials to an organization. However, hurdles like a low unemployment rate mean younger workers have more room to be choosey because there’s more competition for their skills.
NAFEM’s Certified Foodservice Professional (CFSP) credential is one of the most recognizable symbols of excellence and achievement in the industry. And like highly-recognized certifications in any industry, recipients can keep their CFSP qualifications current by participating in credit-earning activities.