Advocacy

At a Glance

SNAC International plays an active leadership role in advancing policies that benefit the snack industry. SNAC International is nimble enough to quickly mobilize on key legislative and regulatory issues at a moment’s notice and disciplined enough to have a laser-like focus on snack-specific challenges. SNAC International’s government affairs team represents member companies’ interests in Washington, D.C. on a variety of issues including:

  • Labeling Regulations
  • Food Safety Modernization Act
  • Dietary Guidelines
  • Transportation and Freight Issues
  • Free Choice for SNAP Participants
  • Fair Labor Policy
  • Implementing Achievable Sodium Reduction Policy

With an ever-evolving industry, it is critical to have an organization like SNAC International continue to keep the best interests of the snack industry as a whole at the forefront. SNAC International also educates members on what they need to know to stay compliant with food safety, labeling, transportation and other regulations.

To learn more, contact Director of Government Affairs Jessica Hixson at jhixson@snacintl.com

“SNAC serves as a one-stop-shop for education, networking resources and regulatory advocacy — we've had tremendous success benefitting from the association's efforts.”

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Rob Sarlls
President & CEO, Wyandot Snacks

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Regulatory Analysis and Public Comments

The snack industry is subject to myriad federal regulatory actions taken by the US Food and Drug Administration, US Department of Agriculture, US Department of Transportation, US Department of Labor, the Federal Trade Commission, among others. SNAC International and its expert consultants provide members with analyses of these actions as they happen. Additionally, SNAC, guided by its member committees, engages with federal agencies throughout the rule-making process, including through the formulation of public comments.

Regulatory Analysis Public Comments

Experts-On-Call

SNAC retains leading specialists in the food advocacy and regulatory arenas. Specializing in legislative, regulatory, nutrition, and technical issues,
these consultants act as an extension of SNAC International staff.

BETH JOHNSON

PRINCIPAL & CEO
FOOD DIRECTOR, LLC

Beth and her team at Food Directions have unique experience and deep connections within regulatory agencies helping SNAC members navigate the nutrition and regulatory space and stay prepared.

MARTIN HAHN

PARTNER
HOGAN LOVELLS

A prominent voice in the food regulatory arena, Martin is an effective advisor and advocate for SNAC members and their issues, including labeling, food safety, litigation and more.

MICHAEL TORREY

PRINCIPAL & FOUNDER
MICHAEL TORREY ASSOCIATES

Mike is a trusted voice for food and agriculture interests in Washington, D.C. Torrey has more than 25 years experience in legislative policy development and lobbying strategy.

MARK NELSON, Ph.D

SNAC TECHNICAL CONSULTANT

Extensive technical and regulatory affairs experience in the trade association and CPG sectors, working with companies such as Nestle, Givaudan Flavors, DFA, GMA, PepsiCo, Kellogg.

Member Action Alerts

SNAC makes it easy for members to mobilize, use grassroots networks and weigh in on key legislative and regulatory issues as they arise. SNAC Action Alerts keep members informed on time-sensitive issues so they are able to play a role in advancing policy that positively impacts the industry.  

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“SNAC serves as a one-stop-shop for education, networking resources and regulatory advocacy — we've had tremendous success benefitting from the association's efforts.”

Rob Sarlls
President & CEO, Wyandot Snacks

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