PBPC Newsletter November 10, 2023

Welcome to the Plant Based Products Council Newsletter! If you have friends or colleagues interested in our industry, please let them know to sign up for our newsletter. Then, read on for the latest in PBPC news and activities, as well as some of the amazing innovations, trends, and developments happening right now in the sustainability and bioeconomy world! If you missed our last edition, read the October 27 newsletter here.

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PBPC Speaker Series November 2023

Join us virtually on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 2 P.M. EST for a LIVE discussion about the ag bioeconomy and rural development. Speakers from the industry will discuss aspects of education, policy, and advocacy on why the ag bioeconomy matters for rural development and how it is opening new markets for farmers. From renewable materials to biomass, viewers will come away with perspective and information on the role rural America plays in supporting and advancing the ag bioeconomy and creating new opportunities that benefit rural communities.

WHAT:Pathways to Economic Opportunities and Innovation:
Why the Ag Bioeconomy Matters for Rural Development
WHEN:Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 2 PM EST
WHERE:Virtual LinkedIn Live Event
WHO:A panel of esteemed experts, including:
  • Moderator James Glueck, Executive Director, Plant Based Products Council
  • Alex Buck, Ph.D., Director of Industrial Innovation, Iowa Corn Promotion Board
  • Herrick (Rick) Fox, Bioeconomy Coordinator, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA
  • Barry McGraw, Founder/CLO at Airable Research Lab, an Ohio Soybean Council business line
MORE INFO:More info here
CONTACT:Jacqueline Boggess, jacqueline@pbpc.com  


Early bird registration is now open for PBPC’s second annual conference, PBPC 2024: Circular Solutions held in Omaha, NE, from Apr. 8-10, 2024. Mark your calendars today!

PBPC 2024: Circular Solutions will bring members, industry leaders, policymakers, and other stakeholders together in the heart of America’s bioeconomy to discuss today’s bioproducts landscape and what lies ahead for the industry. Register here to receive early bird pricing.

Interested in speaking or know someone with insights to share? Fill out the form here to submit yourself or someone else for consideration. 

WHAT:PBPC 2024: Circular Solutions  
WHEN:Monday, Apr. 8 – Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2024
WHERE:Marriott Downtown, Capitol District, 222 N 10th St., Omaha, NE 68102
WHY:PBPC 2024: Circular Solutions will bring together industry leaders, policymakers, brand ambassadors, and other stakeholders for panels, keynotes, networking sessions, and more. 
REGISTRATION:Register here
MORE INFO:More information here
CONTACT:Keniece Barbee, keniece@pbpc.com  

For a recap of the 2023 PBPC Conference, PBPC 2023: Circular Solutions, visit our website.


The Biomanufacturing and Jobs Act has gained another new cosponsor, Representative Eric Sorensen (D-IL). The legislation, which aims to bolster USDA’s BioPreferred program, now has seven cosponsors: the original cosponsors, Representatives Mark Alford (R-MO) and Angie Craig (D-MN), as well as Representatives Nikki Budzinski (D-IL), Brad Finstad (R-IA), James Baird (R-IN), Ashley Hinson (R-IA), and Sorensen.

A Senate version of the bill is sponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Pete Ricketts (R-NE).


PBPC’s Robin Bowen, Senior Vice President of External Affairs, and Jamaica Gayle, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, were recognized by two prestigious award programs for their leadership and contributions to the plant-based products industry.

Bowen was named as a finalist for the Leading Association Lobbyist Award by Association TRENDS and CEO Update. Over the past four decades, the Salute to Association Excellence Awards has honored those who have gone above and beyond in their work within the association industry. Winners will be announced in February 2024. Gayle was named a member of the prestigious Forty Under 40 class of 2023 by Association Forum. Association Forum selects industry leaders who demonstrate and embody the spirit of innovation, steadfast leadership, and meaningful contributions to their industries.

To learn more about these recognitions, visit our website.


Interested in becoming a PBPC member? All PBPC members receive a variety of benefits that provide their organization a voice in Washington, while helping them stay up to date on the latest policy developments, communicate with their audiences, access valuable insights, and more. Read about PBPC’s impact in the industry in the 2022 Annual Report. Tiered membership levels are available to fit the needs of any member of the plant-based products supply chain. Visit our website or reach out to PBPC’s Keniece Barbee to learn more.


Almost every day we see new developments in the plant-based products space. Here are a few of our favorites that provide insights on the industry today and what’s ahead for circular innovations.

Biofuels Digest: São Martinho to build its first biomethane plant from vinasse

Yahoo! Finance: Consider Corn Challenge IV Winners Bring Forward the Next Generation of Biobased Materials


As more consumers seek environmentally friendly products, corporations are adapting to meet these demands through more sustainable solutions. Here are some of the top stories covering these trends and providing insights on the latest industry news.

Reuters:  How can sustainable agriculture make the fashion industry greener?

Waste 360: How Packaging Designs Can Save Both Materials and Food

Mintel: Is fast fashion fast enough to keep up with consumers?


With environmental reform being a top priority for the Biden Administration, there are constantly new developments in the regulatory space. Here are a few of the top happenings in the Administration, on Capitol Hill, and in the U.S. legal landscape.

The Hill: 60 House Republicans call on Speaker Mike Johnson to pass farm bill

Agri-Pulse: Farm bill math could be scrambled by likely extension

The New York Times: Gavin Newsom Wants to Export California’s Climate Laws to the World

Politico: Biden’s climate diplomacy hits ditch over funding


The dedicated work of our members toward a more sustainable future never ceases to amaze us. From setting sweeping environmental commitments, to partnering with others to make sustainable solutions more accessible, to launching new plant-based materials. Below, find some of the impressive work of our members over the last weeks.

ADM: Solugen to expand biobased chemical production with ADM partnership

Cargill: CARE and Cargill Recognized by U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 2023 Citizens Awards

Ingredion: Ingredion unveils gelling starch for dairy and alternatives

Novamont: Versalis: acquisition of Novamont completed

Pepsi: Can design save the world? A new ‘Burning Man’-like alliance of companies such as PepsiCo and Microsoft is giving it a shot

Sway: Sway receives the 2023 Change and Innovation award from 1% for the Planet