PBFA is on a roll down the east coast! As you read in our blog earlier this month, our lobbyist Shannon Campagna and I attended the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) annual meeting in Hartford, CT.
From there, we went down the coast to Baltimore for our third year at the Natural Products Expo East! PBFA Membership director Sara Rutkowski and I visited with more than 30 of our members and numerous “future members”. We also conducted fun on-camera video interviews with several members (watch for some fun video clips coming soon). And we connected with plant-based industry leaders, investors, and hosted two fantastic events: a lobbying workshop for PBFA members and a packed happy hour for our friends in the plant-based foods community.
Next, we headed to Washington, DC to lobby our federal legislators. This particular advocacy day was focused on the California Congressional Delegation with PBFA members that have operations in California. Our group was made up of myself and Shannon, with PBFA member companies Beyond Meat, Blue Diamond Growers, Campbell Soup, and Miyoko’s Kitchen. In meetings with offices of U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu, Jared Huffman, Doris Matsui, and both U.S. Senators, we addressed issues including the labeling of plant-based milk and meat alternatives and ensuring a fair and competitive marketplace for plant-based foods.