The leading international trade association for the snack industry with over 400 member companies worldwide.

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.org

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 Intl 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 rulemaking process, including through formulation of public comments. Click here to access SNAC’s library of briefing memos and public comments.

SNACKPAC

SnackPAC is the sole federal political action committee representing the snack industry. SnackPAC is funded by the voluntary contributions of SNAC members and supports candidates for political office who understand the broad array of issues facing the snack industry.

LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT

Each spring, SNAC International members visit Washington, D.C. to meet with their Members of Congress to discuss the industry’s key issues and how legislative policy affects their businesses.  SNAC facilitates scheduling meetings with Senators and Representatives, and all first-time attendees are accompanied by a member of the SNAC staff.  SNAC also provides thorough briefings in advance to ensure attendees are prepared to discuss the industry’s most pressing issues. 

JOIN A TASK FORCE

SNAC’s members participate in the Government Affairs Committee, Nutrition Working Group,
and other task forces formed to strategize on pressing issues impacting the snack industry. 

Contact Jessica Hixson, Director of Government Affairs at jhixson@snacintl.org to learn more.  

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 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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