BC Food Processors Association Relaunches Member Affinity Program

NEWS RELEASE For immediate release:  May 9, 2017

BC Food Processors Association Relaunches Member Affinity Program Harnessing the Power of BC’s Largest Manufacturing Sector to Save Member’s Money

The BC Food Processors Association, which represents BC’s $9.1 billion manufacturing sector, has relaunched a new Affinity Program; partnering with select suppliers to offer discounts and unique offerings to our members. “We are thrilled to be able to leverage the power of our 450+ member companies to get our members the best rates for services they need,” says CEO James Donaldson.

“Our Association has grown by more than 170 companies in the last 18 months.  We’re excited to add further value to BCFPA membership by offering discount saving in the areas of health benefits, insurance plans - both corporate and personal - as well as communications discount on wireless devices and cell phones,” says Donaldson. “All of this allows processors the opportunity to lower their costs of doing business.”

Food and beverage processing is a vital component of BC’s economy, contributing $9.1 billion in revenue, making it the second largest manufacturing sector next to forestry.  BCFPA members represent over $6 billion of these revenues.  Food and Beverage processing represents more than 32,000 jobs and more than $1.5 billion in annual salaries and wages.  “That’s a lot of buying power.”

“The relaunch of this program has been almost a year in the making,” says Donaldson. ‘We wanted to ensure we are offering the best value and we selected our key partners based on their guarantees to continually offer the best and most cost-effective options in the market for our member companies.”

Reliance Insurance is continuing its long-standing partnership with us to offer not only the best risk management coverage commercially, but also personal insurance options for members’ staff. “Reliance has a strong reputation in our industry, so continuing to work with them was a great fit” says Donaldson.

For employee group health insurance plans, The ReFrame Group has joined to ensure the best possible rates for group (health, dental, disability, life insurance, critical illness etc.) benefits coverage. ‘We have come on board with a system that allows us to cater to the needs of both large and small food companies,” says The ReFrame Group’s CEO, Antonio A. Zivanovic. Companies with as few as three employees can qualify for great coverage, and larger companies can reduce their rates significantly through the ReFrame Group, which works closely with Pacific Blue Cross and other insurers. “Our goal is to clear the red tape and save you money on your premiums by harnessing the collective member power.”

Preston Mobility is excited to offer member-only access to exclusive wireless pricing and plans not available to the general public or at a Bell store, as part of the BCFPA Affinity program,” says COO Blake Ponuick.  “In addition to mobile phones, and devices, Preston Mobility offers Members a wide-range of wireless solutions ideally suited or the food processing industry to improve business operations, and efficiencies.”  

“The fact that Preston Mobility has been recognized as Bell Mobility’s #1 Business Dealer in Western Canada for 4 consecutive years validates their place in the program,” says Donaldson, “but it’s their approach to really dive in and get engaged with the Association and the membership that we have seen in their relationship with other non-profits, that tipped the scales for us.  We admire corporate citizenship, leadership and philanthropy.”

The BCFPA has also joined forces with the BC Dairy Council and BC Chicken Growers Association to form the West Coast Procurement Alliance and offer even more discounts including:

  • Park N Fly reduced fees at YVR
  • Vehicle lease and purchase for fleet or personal vehicles at The Honda Way in Abbotsford
  • Discounted prices on internet, cable and land lines through Shaw Business.
  • 20% off fuel and oil at Petro Canada

 “These partnerships allow us to broaden our services and strengthen our Mission to strengthen BC food processors to compete and grow locally and globally; and to serve as the industry’s advocate,” says Donaldson.

“We are interested in building long term relationships, and our goal is to execute our Affinity Partnership with excellence -  where both our members and the service providers benefit with the best deals in town.”

Details on the BCFPA member Affinity Program can be found at: https://www.bcfpa.ca/membership/affinity-benefits-program

For more information:  James Donaldson, TEL: 604-371-4245 james@bcfpa.ca

The BCFPA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to represent all segments of the food, beverage and nutraceutical processing industry, and to coordinate common industry activities and resources under one umbrella. The Association represents micro, small, medium, and large processing companies.

Office: (604) 371-4245

202B - 8047 199th Street, Langley, BC V2Y 0E2

www.bcfpa.ca