NJFC Comes Out in Strong Opposition to Misguided Bottle Bill

NJFC and our members have come out in strong opposition to A-2281, which would require a 10 cent deposit on all plastic and glass bottles and aluminum cans less than 24 oz. and a 20 cent deposit on these containers over 24 oz.

 

Our businesses already pay a Litter Tax on 15 litter generating categories of products including beverage containers. A bottle bill is doubling a tax on NJ consumers and our members!  The business community came together almost 30 years ago in support of a Litter Tax in lieu of a bottle bill to create the New Jersey Clean Communities program and the Food Council was a founder and is a proud partner.  This is a statewide, comprehensive, litter-abatement program created by the passage of the Clean Communities Act in 1986 and provides a funding source for the program by taxing litter generating products paid by retailers and passed through to consumers.  Each year, on average, $18 million is collected to fund New Jersey Clean Communities and block grants are disbursed each year to municipalities, counties, and the state parks service.  Every NJ neighborhood receives funding from the Clean Communities Program.

 

The Bottle Bill is wasteful and expensive to implement at retail.  This bill represents a tremendous cost to our members which would necessarily be passed on to the consumers in the form of higher prices.  Our businesses typically operate on extremely slim profit margins of 1 – 2% and would not be able to absorb the costs forcing them to raise prices.  While it’s true that consumers will get the 10 or 20 cent tax back if they return the bottles, they will still be paying more for every day necessities and staple items.  In other states with bottle bill laws, it costs the retailer as much as 5 cents per container in compliance costs.

 

The Bottle Bill creates fraud and does not create the intended revenue.  This proposed fee would instantly be one of the highest in North America.  In Michigan, which has comparable rates to this bill, they have routinely had refund rates of over 100% due to large amounts of fraud at border stores despite being surrounded by water on three sides.  If the goal of this legislation is truly to fund lead abatement in our water infrastructure the state will surely be disappointed by the revenue.

 

The Bottle Bill disrupts our successful solid waste management programs. New Jersey has a very successful curbside recycling program and Recycling Enhancement Act that provides tonnage grants to town.  In particular, Newark receives nearly $450,000 in tonnage grant money.  A bottle bill would disrupt this curbside recycling program and suspend the tonnage grant program. Curbside recycling is effective and convenient for consumers, and tonnage grants are a revenue source for our cash strapped municipalities.

 

The Bottle Bill is an old and outdated idea. Our municipalities are struggling and this is not the time to threaten their successful recycling income and endanger the funding source.

 

The Bottle Bill is a failed money grab and not a true approach to solving any water quality issues.

Release: NJ Food Council Honors Industry Leaders

NJFC, Night of Distinction

NJFC, Night of Distinction

The New Jersey Food Council hosted the “Night of Distinction” Reception on Wednesday March 16, at The Palace at Somerset, Somerset, New Jersey.  The event with its powerful slate of honorees drew over 500 guests to the event including prominent food industry executives.

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At the event, Dan Croce, President of Acme Markets and his Executive Team; Rafael Cuellar, President & CEO Cuellar Family ShopRites; Barry Schiro, President, CBA Industries, were honored with Industry Achievement Awards for their meaningful contribution to advance the mission of the Food Council, for achieving significant food business success and for their history of civic service within the New Jersey food community. Linda Doherty, President & CEO, New Jersey Food Council also was presented with the Excellence in Leadership Award recognizing her 23 years of service at the food council and her 12 years as President.

NJFC Chair, Judy Spires, CEO of Kings Food Market stated, “This distinguished class of food industry leaders was recognized for their continued achievements in the competitive NJ marketplace. We were thrilled with the outpouring of support for this event and the honorees, which is no surprise given these honorees are among the most respected leaders in the industry”.

In addition to their Industry Achievement Award, each honoree was presented with Joint Resolutions by Senator Jennifer Beck of the NJ State Legislature commemorating their industry achievement and dedication to business in the Garden State.

The New Jersey Food Council is the Garden State’s food industry trade association with almost 400 members representing over 1,200 retail food stores, wholesalers, manufacturing and service companies that supply them.

Release: Only One Week Left to Join the NJ Food Council as it Honors Industry Leaders!

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Trenton, NJ: The New Jersey Food Council will host its most prestigious event of the year, The Night of Distinction Reception, on Wednesday, March 16, at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, New Jersey.  The event with its powerful slate of honorees is expected to draw more than 600 guests representing over 100 companies in our industry. The evening’s festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by an evening of excellent entertainment, delicious food and an awards ceremony for our industry colleagues.

This year, for the first time, we will have a silent auction with tickets to local sporting events, celebrity sports memorabilia, golf outings to local country clubs, and much more. All proceeds will benefit the NJFC Educational Development Scholarship Program which this year will award 13 scholarships totaling $45,000, the largest investment in the history of our foundation.

At the event, Dan Croce, President of Acme Markets; Rafael Cuellar, President & CEO of Cuellar Family ShopRite’s, Barry Schiro, President, CBA Industries; will be honored with Industry Achievement Awards for their meaningful contribution to advance the mission of the Food Council, for achieving significant food business success and for their history of civic service within the New Jersey food community. In addition, Linda Doherty; President & CEO, New Jersey Food Council will be awarded the Excellence in Leadership for her dedication to the industry and her 23 years of commitment to the New Jersey Food Council.

NJFC Chair, Judith Spires, CEO of Kings Food Markets Inc., stated “This distinguished class     of food industry leaders is being recognized for their continued achievements in the ultra-competitive NJ marketplace. We are thrilled with the outpouring of support for this event and the honorees, which is no surprise given these honorees are among the most respected leaders in the industry.  We are grateful to have the opportunity to honor them with Industry Achievement Awards at this showcase NJFC event.”

With The New Jersey Food Council is the Garden State’s food industry trade association with almost 400 members representing over 1,200 retail food stores, wholesalers, manufacturing and service companies that supply them.

NJFC Scholarship Program Continues to Grow!

The New Jersey Food Council’s Education Development Scholarship Program was created with the goal to promote future leaders, create a benefit for NJFC members and their families, and support the food industry.  Scholarships will be available for the Fall 2016 school year and the deadline to submit an application is April 15, 2016.

This year the Food Council and our members will award 15 scholarships totaling $53,000 which is the largest education investment in our history!

The available scholarships are listed below, click on the links to view the criteria and application for each.

  • 3 New Jersey Food Council Scholarships – Policy – Application
    • Founders Scholarship Award – $5,000
    • Thomas Infusino Scholarship Award – $5,000
    • Student Award – $5,000

Please help us share this information within your organization and with family members who may be interested in applying for a scholarship.

The NJFC Educational Development Fund is an independent 501 3c fund with tax exempt status.  Not only can the program award scholarships but it can administer member foundations and endowment programs as well. We encourage members to consider these options to invest in the future of the New Jersey Food Council.  If you would like to discuss contributing to the endowment fund by establishing a family or company scholarship, please call Linda Doherty at (609) 392-8899.