Plant Based Foods News

PBFA Debuts Plant-Based Grab-n-Go at National Restaurant Association Show

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.

 

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More than 75% of Commenters tell FDA: Allow Plant-Based Alternatives to Use Dairy Terms

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.

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New Report from PBFA: Year Three in Review

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.

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Growing Plant-Based Companies Creating New Jobs and Boosting our Economy

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.

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PBFA Meeting with the FDA, Return of The Dairy Pride Act, and More Policy Updates!

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.
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