Miscellaneous News

We Had a Great Time at Expo West 2019!

The entire PBFA staff descended upon Anaheim earlier this month for our third year at Natural Products Expo West, where it seemed that plant-based foods dominated the show!

Our Executive Director Michele Simon discussed policy updates related to plant-based foods with New Hope Network Senior Editor Jenna Blumenfeld during the “Growing the Plant-Based Market” session.

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Plant Based Foods Association Tells FDA that Efforts to Restrict “Milk” Labeling Would be Unnecessary, Costly, and Unconstitutional

Today, ahead of the deadline for comment, the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) submitted comments on behalf of its 130 members to the Request for Information (RFI) from Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) on the use of dairy names for plant-based alternatives.

PBFA also conducted a preliminary analysis of the comments posted so far by FDA and found that most people, at least 74%, are in support of using the term “milk” on the label of plant-based milks.

“We maintain that this entire exercise is a solution in search of a problem,” said Michele Simon, executive director of PBFA. “At a time when resources are scarce, our federal government should not be concerned with how “almond milk” is labeled. Aren’t there higher priorities, such as a safety of our food supply, for FDA to worry about? Read more

Virginia “Meat” Labeling Bill Defeated by Plant-Based Allies!

I’m excited to report that this week, PBFA helped successfully defeat a bill in Virginia that if passed, could have impacted the labeling of plant-based meat alternatives and negatively affected the industry as a whole.

The bill, HB 2274, would have required companies to use the word “imitation” on labels.

Our lobbyist testified at the hearing on Monday against the bill. PBFA also wrote a letter to the Virginia legislature’s agriculture committee opposing the measure. Joining us in signing the letter were the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the National Grocers Association. We are stronger when the food industry stands together so are grateful for our allies’ support. Read more

We’re Growing! New PBFA Board & Staff

PBFA is celebrating the start of 2019 with some exciting changes to our growing team! I’m thrilled to announce the addition of two new board members, as well as some new staff.

I’m delighted to welcome Suzanne Hagener, director of brand marketing, non-dairy products, at Blue Diamond Growers, and Lauren Beck, the head of U.S. government relations at Kellogg Company to our board of directors. They each have the passion, drive, and experience to make them valuable assets to the PBFA board, and their talents will help guide our efforts to help America grow plant-based! Read more

Media Coverage for December 2018

Total Press Hits Generated: 17

  • Online: 4
  • Broadcast (TV/Radio): 0
  • Print (Newspapers & Magazines): 13

Total Circulation Reached: 302,468

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