The US National Food Processors Association (NFPA), which represents the country's food and beverage industry, has announced that it plans to change its name to the Food Products Association (FPA) during the first half of 2005.

"The name change reflects the continuing evolution of this Association," said president and CEO John Cady.

"NFPA now offers representation to an increasingly broad range of members - including not only new types of food companies but also restaurants, retail grocers, and suppliers to the industry. The term 'processors' no longer reflects our full membership; in fact, the word does not resonate with our many audiences.  Additionally, our new name reflects that the Association's scope is more than 'national', which will be helpful in our activities in the international arena," he added.

The NFPA was founded in 1907 as the National Canners Association, a science-based trade association representing the producers of commercial canned goods. In 1978, it was renamed the National Food Processors Association reflecting its increased scope to include a variety of processing and packaging technologies - including drying, canning and freezing - for fruit, vegetable, and grain products, meat, poultry, and seafood products, snacks, drinks and juices.