NAPAR was founded in 1989 as the voice of the nation’s produce receivers in Washington. The association is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of prominent produce wholesalers and receivers.
NAPAR has vigorously represented its members before the Federal government in Washington, especially before the United States Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Transportation. From proposed changes in fruit and vegetable grades at USDA to food safety regulation at FDA and on legislation before Congress, NAPAR has raised a unified voice on behalf of receivers. The association’s management has nearly 50 years of experience working with Congress and Executive Branch agencies.
NAPAR’s primary role is to speak out for wholesale receivers and protect its members from harmful laws and government regulations. The association also works to keep its members informed about new laws and changes in regulations that could affect their businesses and to provide them with assistance in compliance.
Over the years, NAPAR has negotiated or won many victories for wholesale receivers. Here are just a few:
- NAPAR negotiated an agreement with shippers to pay only half of the cost of the temperature recorders used in shipping produce;
- NAPAR led the industry-wide effort to create the standard 48×40 GMA shipping pallet;
- NAPAR fought for and won efficient and accurate USDA inspections at a reasonable cost;
- NAPAR worked to simplify and make the Country of Origin (COOL) law easier for wholesalers to understand and comply with;
- NAPAR worked with other produce trade associations to require the use of more fresh fruits and vegetables in Federal nutrition programs such as WIC, SNAP and the school lunch program;
- NAPAR fought for reasonable food safety requirements for receivers when Congress wrote the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA);
- NAPAR fought hard with growers and USDA to make sure that changes in USDA produce grades were fair;
- NAPAR led the fight to protect wholesalers and receivers from grower proposals to increase the shatter allowance for US No 1 Grade table grapes.