PBPC Announces New Board Members

May 20, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC— Last week, the Plant Based Products Council (PBPC) welcomed three new board members who will support the organization in enhancing public awareness of plant-based products, advocating for policy changes that encourage the development of renewable products, and building collaborative efforts between business, government, and NGOs toward a circular economy.

“We are pleased to welcome Alex Buck of Iowa Corn, Doug Kunnemann of NatureWorks, and Frank Schuster of Smile Beverage Werks to our Board,” said Jessica Bowman, PBPC’s Executive Director. “We believe it is important that our board reflects the numerous and varied voices across our value chain. These new board members bring a diverse array of experiences that will be invaluable to PBPC’s mission.”

  • Alex Buck is the Industrial Innovation Manager at the Iowa Corn Promotion Board where he manages research and development projects related to plant-based chemicals, bioplastics, and biofuels. Alex will serve as a General Member Board Representative for 2021-2023.
  • Doug Kunnemann is the Business Development Leader at NatureWorks where he manages new client relationships. NatureWorks is a supplier of Ingeo PLA (polylactic acid), a biopolymer used to make a wide range of innovative products. Doug will serve as a General Member Board Representative for 2021-2022
  • Frank Schuster is the Co-Founder of Smile Beverage Werks, a company dedicated to reducing the amount of single use coffee capsules in the environment through the development of biodegradable coffee pods. Frank will serve as a Start-up/Small Business Member Board Representative for 2021-2022.


About PBPC

The Plant Based Products Council strives to guide the evolving global economy toward more sustainable and responsible consumer products and packaging. We aspire to deliver a future based on renewable goods, improving global resource efficiency to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century.