Industry Contributors and How to Apply

While NPA membership is limited to companies that align with its membership categories, individuals can also interact with the NPA membership and participate through the Industry Contributor program. The Industry Contributor program includes two categories, Industry Experts and Ambassadors.

Industry Experts are highly qualified scientists and individuals from universities, government, research institutes, or foundations with an interest or connection to the pasta industry, including individuals involved in teaching, research, or extension.

Current NPA Industry Experts:

Ambassadors are celebrity chefs, influencers, members of food media, and others that have an established brand that can help promote the consumption of pasta.

Current NPA Ambassadors:

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Industry Expert:

  • Individuals included in this category: highly qualified scientists and individuals from universities, government, research institutes, or foundations with an interest or connection to the pasta industry, including individuals involved in teaching, research, or extension.
  • Only a small group of Industry Experts are selected to participate with NPA. Industry Experts participate for a period of 2 years, with the opportunity to renew for up to 3 terms (6 years)

What is involved with being an Industry Expert?

  • Industry Experts give one informational/educational presentation, either at the Annual Meeting or via webinar during their term as Industry Expert.
  • Industry Experts participate as a scientific advisor on an NPA Committee related to their expertise (Technical Affairs, Government Affairs, Nutrition Research Task Force, Communications, etc.) and bring expertise, experience, and perspective to the Committee that complement and enhance the input of the member companies.

Why do Industry Experts Participate?

  • Professional Development: opportunities for relationship building through Committee participation and attending the NPA Annual Conference. Industry Experts will be listed by name on the NPA website.
  • Networking: receive complimentary registration to attend the NPA Annual Meeting each year of term. At the end of each term, an Industry Expert will receive a plaque or recognition for their service
  • Access: be the first to know about new initiatives, events and resources in the pasta industry and gain access to a network of manufacturers, suppliers, and millers. NPA members may provide product in-kind for work or tours of facilities.
  • Participate and Promote: speak up in-person and online about NPA and the pasta industry

Fill out an application today!


Ambassador:

  • Individuals included in this category: Celebrity chefs, influencers, food media, and others that have an established brand that can help promote the consumption of pasta.
  • Only a small group of Ambassadors are selected to participate with NPA. Ambassadors participate for a period of 2 years, with the opportunity to renew for up to 3 terms (6 years)

What is involved with being an Ambassador?

  • Ambassadors will help to grow pasta consumption overall by promoting pasta in their own brands through the creation and featuring of pasta recipes, talking about pasta, and increasing overall awareness
  • NPA will provide Ambassadors with information and materials to talk about pasta in their own work so that NPA can help to shape the conversation around pasta
  • Ambassadors give one informational or educational presentation, either at the Annual Meeting or via webinar during their term as an Ambassador, if applicable.

Why do Ambassadors Participate?

  • Networking and Recognition: Receive complimentary registration to attend the Annual Meeting each year of term and develop relationships within the pasta industry. At the end of each term, an Ambassador will receive a plaque or recognition for their service. Ambassadors are listed by name on the NPA website (with link to their work) and on NPA’s consumer-facing website.
  • Unprecedented Access: be the first to know about new initiatives, events and resources in the pasta industry and gain access to a network of manufacturers, suppliers, and millers.
  • Participate and Promote: speak up in-person and online about NPA and the pasta industry

Fill out an application today!