SNAC International Members Bring Unified Voice to Capitol Hill

Snack Industry Business Leaders Strengthen Relationships and Share Priorities with Policymakers

June 15, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week during the annual Legislative Summit, SNAC International members met with more than 80 Congressional offices to seek adequate time to phase-in updates to the Nutrition Facts Panel and better harmonize the changes with the timeline for the bioengineered disclosure standard. SNAC members also urged lawmakers to protect the integrity of the SNAP program in advance of the upcoming farm bill reauthorization.

“Our Legislative Summit came at a critical moment in the ongoing effort to ensure our members only need to update their packaging once to comply with two impending labeling mandates,” said Elizabeth Avery, President & CEO, SNAC International. “Coordinating these wide-sweeping updates is a common-sense solution that saves time and money and prevents consumer confusion that would undoubtedly arise with back-to-back labeling changes.”

On Tuesday, FDA announced that it will provide additional time for NFP implementation. SNAC International applauded the Agency’s decision and will closely watch for the details and timeline of that extension, which will be announced at a later time.

The Legislative Summit kicked off with the annual SNAC Attack reception on Monday evening, a hit for members and staffers alike, which featured samples of snacks from around the U.S. At the reception, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) shared an update on the 2017 food and agriculture policy agenda.  The policy conference on Tuesday morning featured a dialogue with Ray Starling, Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance.

“The Legislative Summit gives our members an unparalleled opportunity to share how the policies debated in D.C. impact our businesses,” said SNAC International Board Member, Rob Sarlls, President and CEO, Wyandot, Inc. (Marion, OH).  "The snack industry is proud to contribute to strong economies and communities across the country and we appreciate the opportunity to strengthen relationships with the policymakers who represent our home districts and states.  Each year, this event proves to be tremendously impactful in moving the needle on the snack industry’s most important issues."

SNAC International would like to thank all its members who brought the industry’s voice to Capitol Hill this week.  For more information about SNAC’s Legislative Summit, contact Jessica Hixson at jhixson@snacintl.org.