Pickle Packers International, Inc.
Benefits of Membership
Pickle Packers International (PPI) has served the pickled vegetable industry for over 119 years by sponsoring research, representing industry before government agencies, producing educational materials, and providing superior networking opportunities to its members. Today, membership represents 87 percent of the cucumber tonnage grown for pickle-use in North America, valued at more than $1.5 billion. PPI membership has grown to represent pickles, peppers, sauerkraut and other pickled vegetables.
Member firms include processors, salters, green shippers, brokers, growers, seed companies, ingredient and equipment manufacturers, packaging suppliers, and those providing goods and services to the industry. PPI’s presence is world-wide, with members from 16 countries, including Belgium, Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Holland, India, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United States, and United Kingdom.
Governance – The PPI Board of Directors represent the pickled vegetable industry by setting policy for the common good of all members, and oversees three operating divisions – Research & Education, Government Affairs, and Industry Outreach.
Acidified Foods GMP School – PPI promotes certification of individuals working as operating supervisors in acidified foods processing. The school provides instruction in food handling techniques; food protection principles; personal hygiene; plant sanitation; pH controls; critical factors in acidification, and more.
Ag Appropriations – PPI secures over $4 million annually in federal funding for U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Services (ARS) laboratory facilities for continued research on pickled vegetables. Labs are located in Charleston, South Carolina; East Lansing, Michigan; Madison, Wisconsin; and Raleigh, North Carolina.
Allied Trade – PPI works cooperatively with regional, national and international trade groups involved in production, packaging and distribution of food products.
Communications – PPI produces electronic newsletters – Industry Outreach, Let’s Get Together!, Government Matters, and Research & Education – to keep members informed of current events.
Food Safety – PPI developed and maintains bioterrorism preparedness and crisis management plans, and serves as industry spokesperson during media events.
Government Affairs – PPI influences public policy – legislation, regulatory compliance, and international trade. Efforts in Washington, D.C. generally affect policy decisions in other countries.
Labor – PPI represents its members’ interests on critical seasonal worker issues.
Legal Counsel – PPI is represented by Hogan Lovells, providing antitrust, legal, corporate and regulatory counsel.
Market Data – PPI compiles worldwide statistical information about the pickled vegetable industry regarding production and consumer consumption.
Membership Directory – PPI produces a “Who’s Who” listing of member contacts, and has expanded its website: ilovepickles.org, to include a complete online membership directory, a listing of brands, and links to members’ websites with improved search capabilities.
Process Filing Handbook – PPI establishes processing times and temperatures for the production and delivery of safe products. Its folio of research information assists its members with successful submission of process controls as required by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
Product Quality Improvement – PPI provides an un-biased third-party quality evaluation of products in the marketplace.
Product Showcase – PPI provides industry suppliers an economical forum for displaying their products and services at annual events.
Public Relations – PPI conducts public awareness campaigns and offers promotional sales to enhance its members marketing efforts.
Research Advisory Committee – PPI engages an advisory committee comprised of scientists knowledgeable in both public and private research being conducted in North America, Europe, India, China, Taiwan, and other places important to the industry. This committee helps prioritize the best use of PPI’s research dollars world-wide, and identifies research findings important to the education of members.
Research Funding – PPI allocates nearly 50% of its operating budget towards field research projects (seed germplasm with special attention to disease and stress resistance, improving yields, suitability for processing, harvesting methods, etc.) and advances in manufacturing technology (handling, brining, processing, packaging, refrigeration, etc.).
Strong and Balanced Programming – PPI educates members at its Spring and Annual Meetings and co-sponsored events with national and regional allied trade groups.
Superior Networking Value – PPI provides members of industry opportunities to foster and maintain valuable business contacts.
University Research – PPI supports worldwide pickled vegetable research via grants to individual scientists and collaborative efforts.
PPI is managed by Verto Solutions- an association management company located in Washington, D.C. Core competencies include: Association management; coalition building; communications; media relations; financial management; government affairs; legal services; meeting planning; membership development; scientific program management; strategic planning and more.