Alchemy supports the industries we serve by active membership in many trade associations. Here are some of the associations in which we are members.

american_bakers_associationAmerican Bakers Association

The American Bakers Association (ABA) is the Washington, D.C. – based trade association that has been the voice of the wholesale baking industry since 1897. ABA has a long and dedicated history of representing the interests of the wholesale baking industry before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, state legislatures and agencies, and international regulatory authorities. The association represents approximately 80% of the wholesale bakeries in the U.S. as well as their suppliers. Through the association, member baking and allied companies are closely integrated and work together to achieve goals and solve industry challenges to strengthen the baking industry. In addition, ABA works closely with all of its industry partners to maximize the scope and influence of the industry. Visit the ABA website »

American_Frozen_Foods_InstituteAmerican Frozen Food Institute

The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) is the national trade association that promotes the interests of all segments of the frozen food industry. AFFI unifies a diverse and essential industry by advocating the public policy interests of the industry before legislative and regulatory entities; serving as the voice of the industry before consumers, policymakers and the media and as a resource to its members; fostering industry development and growth through networking, educational, research and statistical programs; promoting increased consumption of frozen foods; and operating as a member-driven organization in an efficient, effective and ethical manner.
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American_Meat_AssociationAmerican Meat Institute

AMI is a national trade association that represents companies that process 95 percent of red meat and 70 percent of turkey in the U.S. and their suppliers throughout America. Headquartered in metropolitan Washington, DC, AMI keeps its fingers on the pulse of legislation, regulation and media activity that impacts the meat and poultry industry and provides rapid updates and analyses to its members to help them stay informed. In addition, AMI conducts scientific research through its Foundation designed to help meat and poultry companies improve their plants and their products. The Institute's many meetings and educational seminars also provide excellent networking and information-sharing opportunities for members of the industry. In 2009, AMI named Alchemy Systems its Supplier of the Year. Visit the AMI website »

Campden_BRICampden BRI

Campden BRI is the UK’s largest independent membership-based organization carrying out research and development for the food and drinks industry worldwide. It is committed to providing industry with the research, technical and advisory services needed to ensure product safety and quality, process efficiency and product and process innovation. Visit the Campden BRI website »

Canadian_Meat_CouncilCanadian Meat Council

The Canadian Meat Council represents Canada's federally registered meat packers and processors as well as the industry's numerous suppliers of equipment, technology and services. For more than 93 years the mission of the Council has been to advocate on behalf of the needs of its members to secure and improve Canada's global meat competitiveness. The vision of the member companies of the Canadian Meat Council is that "Canada is trusted as a world leader in the provision of safe and wholesome meat."
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FMI-Food_Marketing_InstituteFood Marketing Institute

The Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI's U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. Visit the FMI website »

Institute_of_food_technologists-IFTInstitute of Food Technologists

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) exists to advance the science of food. The long-range vision of the organization is to ensure a safe and abundant food supply contributing to healthier people everywhere. The organization focuses its work on being a steward for the profession and its community, acting as a research champion and innovation catalyst, being influential advocate and trusted spokes organization and global citizen and partner.
Visit the IFT website »

International_Association_for_Food_Protection-IAFPInternational Association
for Food Protection

The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) represents a broad range of members with a singular focus — protecting the global food supply. Within the association, one will find educators, government officials, microbiologists, food industry executives and quality control professionals who are involved in all aspects of growing, storing, transporting, processing and preparing all types of foods.  Working together, IAFP members (representing more than 50 countries) help the association achieve its mission through networking, educational programs, journals, career opportunities and numerous other resources. All of this is best summed up in the IAFP’s mission statement –to provide food safety professionals worldwide with a forum to exchange information on protecting the food supply. Visit the IAFP website »

International_Dairy_Foods_Association-IDFAInternational Dairy Foods Association

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 550 companies representing a $110-billion a year industry. IDFA's 220 dairy processing members run more than 600 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85% of the milk, cultured products, cheese and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. Visit the IDFA website »

National_Association_for_Convenience_&_Fuel_Retailing-NACSNational Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing

The Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing was founded August 14, 1961, as the National Association of Convenience Stores. It is an international trade association representing more than 2,200 retail and 1,600 supplier company members. NACS member companies do business in nearly 50 countries worldwide, with the majority of members based in the United States. The U.S. convenience store industry, with 151,282 stores (as of December 31, 2013) across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. The convenience retailing industry continues to be dominated by single-store operators, which account for 62.8% of all convenience stores (95,056 stores total.) Visit the NACS website »

National_Chicken_Council-NCCNational Chicken Council

The National Chicken Council is the national, non-profit trade association representing the U.S. chicken industry. NCC is a full-service trade association that promotes and protects the interests of the chicken industry and is the industry's voice before Congress and federal agencies. NCC member companies include chicken producer/processors, poultry distributors, and allied industry firms. The producer/processors account for approximately 95 percent of the chickens produced in the United States. The National Chicken Council was first established in 1954 in Richmond, Virginia, as the National Broiler Council. NCC headquarters moved to the nation's capital in 1965 and the new name, National Chicken Council, was adopted in 1998, to better describe the industry and its products. Visit the NCC website »

North_American_Meat_Association-NAMANorth American Meat Association

The National Meat Association has more than 600 member companies in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and other countries. As the global market expands, international companies turn to NAMA for its member services and benefits. The association is building on its impressive history to provide a network for all segments of the industry to come together through our offices, workshops, conferences, conventions and expositions. NAMA members are committed to ethical standards and producing safe, quality products, and NAMA is ambitious and pioneering in meeting the needs of its members. As well as being regulatory experts, NAMA offers extensive resources and educational opportunities. However, it is the willingness of NAMA members to help each other that sets the association apart. NAMA members build lifelong relationships. Visit the NAMA website »

Northwest_Food_Processors-NWFPNorthwest Food Processors Association

The Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) represents the interests of food processors in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The association is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and has more than 450 member companies including nearly 80 food processors with nearly 200 production facilities through the Northwest region. Membership is primarily fruit and vegetable processors but has expanded over the past several years to include seafood, dairy bakeries, specialty and fresh-cut. Visit the NWFPA website »

PLMA-Private_Label_Manufacturers_AssociationPrivate Label Manufacturers Association

The Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA), with membership that now exceeds 3,000 companies worldwide, is the only international trade organization devoted entirely to promoting store brands. Every year PLMA holds the world's largest trade shows for private label, each November in Chicago and May in Europe. PLMA sponsors conferences and seminars, education programs, newsletters and research studies to keep members informed on industry developments, trends and statistics. Visit the PLMA website »

SOFHT-Society_of_Food_Hygiene_and_TechnologySociety of Food Hygiene and Technology

The Society of Food Hygiene & Technology (SOFHT) was established in 1979 by a group of professional people who recognized the need for an organization to cover the interests and views of everyone involved in food hygiene in its widest application throughout the food chain. The philosophy of the society is to help all disciplines involved in the food industry by providing a forum for discussion and an opportunity for people with similar ideas, concerns and viewpoints to meet, either in person or through Society communications. As an independent, voluntary body with only the members’ interests as the driving force, the society is in a unique position to represent all facets of the food industry. Visit the SOFHT website »

southeast_food_processors_associationp-sfpaSoutheast Food Processors Association

The Southeastern Food Processors Association (SFPA) offers a forum for food manufacturers and suppliers to interact professionally and socially to seek solutions to management and technical challenges in the ever-changing food industry. The association maintains closeness with the ever-changing “state-of-the-art” technology in the food industry; shares in the exchange of techniques of management that responds to the dynamics of the business; fosters inter-industrial relationships; fosters and preserves with the industry a feeling of responsibility for rendering maximum service to the consuming public; generates a spirit of enthusiasm, cooperation and personal relationships among the members. Visit the SFPA website »

southwest_meat_association-SMASouthwest Meat Association

SMA is an organization created to make a difference for its members by initiating opportunities, resolving problems and thus helping allow our member companies to earn a reasonable return on investment. It is understood that the primary focus of our member companies is to produce products that meet or exceed consumer expectations in regards to product safety, nutrition and value.  Since 1957, SMA has been a leader in representing meat packers and processors in Texas and the surrounding states.  In recent years, its membership has grown to include firms from across the nation that recognize the value SMA delivers.  SMA’s staff remains at its members’ disposal to assist with a wide variety of technical and regulatory challenges, as well as to provide industry-wide leadership on issues that impact meat companies. Visit the SMA website »

poultry_federationThe Poultry Federation

The Poultry Federation (TPF) is a nonprofit trade organization that relies on membership support to continue its representation of the poultry industry.  The company is a voice for the industry in Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.  Companies that supply services and/or products to poultry and egg companies are invited to join TPF in strengthening the poultry industry by becoming a TPF allied member. Visit the Poultry Federation website »

United_fresh-united_fresh_produceUnited Fresh

United Fresh Produce Association is the industry's leading trade association committed to driving the growth and success of produce companies and their partners. United Fresh represents the interests of member companies throughout the global, fresh produce supply chain, including family-owned, private and publicly traded businesses as well as regional, national and international companies.  The association was founded in 1904 to represent the produce industry, and recently took the name United Fresh as a result of the 2006 merger of the United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association and the International Fresh-Cut Produce Association. United Fresh will continue the shared mission of IFPA and UFFVA to promote the growth and success of produce companies and their partners. As fresh-cut and other forms of value-added processing continue to fuel industry growth in meeting consumer demand for high quality, convenient produce, the association will continue to provide the highest level of expertise and management support for members in these critical areas.
Visit the UFPA website »

USP&EA-US_Poultry_and_Egg_associationUS Poultry & Egg Association

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is the world's largest and most active poultry organization. They represent the entire industry as an "All Feather" association. Membership includes producers and processors of broilers, turkeys, ducks, eggs, and breeding stock, as well as allied companies. Formed in 1947, the association has affiliations in 27 states, member companies worldwide, and sponsors the International Poultry Expo.  Above all, the company holds to its vision statement to, “represent its poultry and egg members through research, education, communications, and technical services.”
Visit the USP&EA website »

quality_assurance_association-QAAQuality Assurance Association

The Quality Assurance Association (QAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing information and training related to the quality of Private Label products. The organization was founded in 1988 on the vision of Herb Pease Sr. and the help of eight other individuals. He believed that he could spark interest in a new professional association devoted to quality excellence in the private label industry by bringing a group of people together for a Quality Assurance Seminar. As a result of these efforts, the Quality Assurance Association was presented during the 1989 Private Label Manufacturers’ Show , in Rosemont, Illinois. Visit the QAA website »

WAFFP-Washington_Association_for_Food_ProtectionWashington Association for Food Protection

The Washington Association for Food Protection is a non-profit association dedicated to provide our members with a forum to educate, and discuss the latest technologies and advancements toward the assurance of a safe, affordable food supply. Prior to September 2000 we were known as the Washington Milk, Food and Environmental Association. In 1951, we became an affiliate of what is now known as the International Association for Food Protection. They were formed in 1911, and have been instrumental in the development and promotion of food safety worldwide. Visit the WAFFP website »

“It’s interactive, it’s entertaining, and most importantly, it’s documented. Ultimately, the consumer benefits from a safer, more wholesome product.”

Joe Harris
Southwest Meat Association
Executive Director


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