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Julia Stamberger, CEO of The Planting Hope Company, is Elected to PBFA’s Board of Directors

The Planting Hope Company (CVE:MYLK), producer of Hope & Sesame and other plant-based foods, announces CEO and Co-founder Julia Stamberger has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA), a leading US trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers in the plant-based foods industry.  The Planting Hope Company has been a member of the PBFA since July 2019, and its Hope and Sesame Sesamemilk and Mozaics Real Veggie Chips carry the PBFA vegan certification. “I am thrilled to be elected to join the PBFA board of directors by its membership,” said Planting Hope CEO and Co-founder Julia Stamberger. “Since the inception of the PBFA, the organization has worked to advance awareness of how the skyrocketing growth of plant-based food and …


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PBFA’s ‘State of Food Service’ Report Finds 62% Growth of Plant-Based Food in US Restaurants

The Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) and Datassential have released a new report, The State of Plant-Based in Food Service, which demontrates the “explosive” growth of plant-based foods on US restaurant menus.  Among many key highlights, the report found plant-based alternatives have increased by 62% in the last 10 years, with nearly half, or 48%, of US restaurants now offering plant-based food options. In addition, more food service operators plan to increase their plant-based meat options in 2023, while 60% believe that plant-based alternatives are a long-term trend.  According to PBFA, the new report serves as a baseline for understanding how plant-based foods are performing across food service menus to help inform future growth. Major findings are presented here: Macro trends Plant-based foods can now …


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Nicole Sopko: “We Continue to Fight for a Fair and Competitive Regulatory Environment That Allows the Plant-Based Foods Industry to Thrive”

Nicole Sopko, Vice President of Upton’s Naturals was last month elected president of the board of directors at the Plant-Based Foods Association (PBFA). As a founding board member of the organization, she is committed to fostering growth and collaboration within the industry and working to further establish PBFA as a leading voice of the plant-based food industry.



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Plant Based Foods Association Calls on Virginia Governor to Reject Proposed Ban on Plant-Based Labeling

In a press release published by the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA), its Executive Director, Michele Simon, calls on Virginia Governor Northam to put consumers first and reject House Bill 119. According to Simon’s statement, the state’s bill will unfairly and unconstitutionally limit the ability of plant-based food companies to truthfully and accurately label their foods. HB119 will ban the use of the word “milk” on plant-based alternatives in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 


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Pure Blends Collaborates with Sustainability Organisations

The vegan food brand Pure Blends has recently announced its collaboration with several environment-oriented organizations: The Plant Based Foods Association, 1% For The Planet and the Reducetarian Foundation. For Pure Blends, the environment comes first. This attitude and conviction led the manufacturer of plant-based butter to start a collaboration with various sustainability-oriented organizations in order to pursue the same mission together. The Plant Based Foods Association is committed to a fair and competitive market for animal-free products. 1% For The Planet is a global movement whose mission is to bring dollars and doers together to promote and accelerate intelligent environmental giving. The Reducetarian Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve human health, protect the environment and protect livestock from cruelty. The new …


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Plant-based Foods up by 20%

A report released on July 30 by the Plant Based Foods Association finds that last year, plant-based foods grew in popularity by 8% with an increased growth rate of 20%. Sales were said to have reached a huge 3.3 billion in 2017 alone. Here we break down the figures and sectors demonstrated by this interesting study.


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PBFA Reaches 100-Member Milestone

Almond marketer and producer Blue Diamond Growers has become the 100th member of the Plant-Based Foods Association (PBFA). Blue Diamond is well known for being the maker of Almond Breeze, America’s most popular brand of almond milk. It also produces a range of other nut-based foods such as almond flour and Nut-Thins crackers.