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The Plant Based Foods Association recently joined with member company Upton’s Naturals to file a lawsuit in Mississippi challenging the state’s new labeling law which could make using “meat” terminology to describe plant-based foods subject to criminal penalties. The public interest law firm, Institute for Justice (IJ), is representing PBFA and Upton’s Naturals in this case.
We are proud to have received widespread media coverage of the lawsuit, which you can find listed below:
Today, the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) joined with member company Upton’s Naturals to file a lawsuit in Mississippi challenging that state’s new labeling law which could make using “meat” terminology to describe plant-based foods subject to criminal penalties. The law went into effect on July 1.
Team PBFA is just back from the first-ever Plant Based World Conference and Expo at the Javits Center in New York City and we are thrilled to report it was a huge success!
The event attracted over 3,700 attendees and the show floor and education sessions were packed throughout the weekend. An impressive 42 PBFA members exhibited at the show and we had our own booth where the entire PBFA staff could speak with conference attendees, journalists, members, and experts from across the plant-based foods industry.
The Plant Based Foods Association strongly opposes SB 152, legislation in Louisiana which would restrict the use of certain terms in connection with plant-based foods. A hearing on the bill is schedule for Thursday, May 30, 2019. The following is a statement from Michele Simon, executive director of the Plant Based Foods Association, on SB 152:
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With nearly one-third of consumers actively consuming more plant-based foods and identifying as “flexitarian,” there is an incredible opportunity for food service providers to offer more plant-based options … but the question is how?
We are excited to share that PBFA debuted a solution at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago this past weekend. The Power Plant is the first of its kind a grab-n-go concept that offers a turn-key solution to meet the high demand for plant-based foods on college campuses, in retail and food service retail spaces, airports, hospitals, and other destinations across the United States.
Washington, DC – A review conducted by Linkage Research and Consulting, commissioned by the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA), of more than 7,000 public comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the use of dairy terms for plant-based milks and other dairy alternatives, found that an overwhelming majority of the submissions are in favor of allowing plant-based foods to use dairy terms on labels. Last fall, FDA solicited public input through a Request for Information to help the agency determine if any action is warranted.
Looking back on PBFA’s third year, I am so proud to share all the tremendous progress we have made. We ended year three with 135 company members, more than 100 affiliate and investor members, and firmly solidified our role as the unifying voice in the growing plant-based foods industry.
Year three was filled with policy challenges at both the federal and state levels. I am proud to report PBFA successfully stopped the Dairy Pride Act from moving forward in Congress. We also submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration asserting that restricting “milk” and other dairy terms on labels would be unnecessary, costly, and unconstitutional.
The creation of new jobs is always a clear sign of the strength of any sector, and we are especially excited to share the news of two PBFA members creating U.S. jobs.
Greenleaf Foods, parent company of PBFA members Lightlife and Field Roast, recently announced plans to build a $310 million, 230,000-square-foot production facility in Shelbyville, Indiana. The plant will employ 460 people when fully operational in 2021, producing a whopping 60 million pounds of plant-based meats annually. Greenleaf also plans to invest an additional $26 million to increase capacity and efficiency in their existing Massachusetts and Seattle plants, which could lead to future employment opportunities as well.
It was another busy month for PBFA’s policy team. Our lobbyists are hard at work defending common sense labeling and consumer access to plant-based foods.
PBFA’s Statement on the Dairy Pride Act of 2019
On the federal level, Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jim Risch (R-ID) introduced The Dairy Pride Act of 2019. We successfully thwarted this bill last year and are confident we will be able to protect the interests of plant-based foods once again. You can read our full statement in response to this new introduction here.