We’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions to help companies and individuals as they assess becoming a member of the Plant Based Products Council (PBPC). More information about PBPC membership can be found on our Member Benefits page.

Question: Why should my company join?

Answer: Join PBPC to support the movement toward a more circular economy through broader adoption of plant-based products. As a PBPC member, you can engage on PBPC’s policy and communications activities, helping to raise awareness of the many benefits of plant-based products and advocate for policies that foster industry growth. You’ll have access to research, communications tools, policy expertise, and more. Membership benefits are broken out by tier. For more information, please visit here.

Question: What are the benefits for each tier of membership?

Answer: Information on benefits by tier can be found here.

Question: How long is PBPC membership valid for?

Answer: Membership terms run for one year from the date of joining. If your company is already a member of PBPC, you will receive a dues payment reminder in advance of the end of your membership term.

Question: When can my company join?

Answer: New members are always welcomed to join.  Membership terms run for one year from the date of joining.

Question: How do I sign up?

Answer: Please visit here to fill out a form to get more information and details about benefits of membership. After submitting the form, a member of our team will reach out to you with more information. If your company was previously a member of PBPC, please contact Keniece Barbee at [email protected] about joining.

Question: What are the criteria for membership?

Answer:  Eligible companies in the plant-based products industry include feedstock providers, converters, technology providers, product manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, brand owners, retailers, and trade associations whose members do not otherwise meet the eligibility requirements.  There are no specific criteria regarding type or percentage of plant-based feedstock used in a product.

Question: What are the opportunities to engage in PBPC’s work?

Answer: As a member of PBPC, you can choose to be engaged as much or as little as you want.  For those wishing to be more engaged, there are a number of opportunities to participate on committees, working groups, and projects. Participation on PBPC’s Policy Committee and Communications Committee, which each meet once a month, is open to any member representative.

Question: What is the role of the Board and how often do they meet?

Answer: The Board makes decisions regarding PBPC organizational and programmatic matters, along with approving the annual operating budget. Currently, the Board meets virtually every 6-8 weeks. When it is safe to do so, the Board will hold two annual face-to-face meetings.

Question: Who sits on the Board and for how long?

Answer:

  • Representatives from PBPC’s founding members (Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, Grain Processing Corporation, Ingredion, Roquette America, and Tate & Lyle Americas).
  • A representative of each PBPC Executive Member company, serving 3-year terms.
  • Two representatives of the General Member class, which are elected by the General Member class and serve 2-year terms.
  • One representative of the Start-up/Small Business Member class, which is elected by the Start-up/Small Business Member class and serves a 1-year term.
Question: What if my question was not answered in this FAQ?

Answer: Please reach out to Keniece Barbee ([email protected]) or Jessica Bowman ([email protected]) with additional questions.