Representatives From 24 Leading U.S. Snack Producers and Suppliers Met With Over 100 Congressional Offices

June 14, 2018

SNAC International members met with over 100 Congressional offices to educate policymakers on top industry priorities at the annual Legislative Summit last week.  SNAC advocated for the Accurate Labels Act (S. 3019/H.R. 6022) which Senator Moran and Reps. Kinzinger and Schrader formally introduced while SNAC members were on the Hill. The commonsense proposal would establish risk-based criteria for state and municipal labeling mandates, and help to ease the burden from multiple states passing their own labeling laws leading to an untenable state patchwork of regulations.  SNAC members also highlighted the need to maintain the integrity of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and protect participants’ freedom of food choice. Finally, members encouraged their elected officials to support the DRIVE Safe Act (H.R. 5358) which would help address the current driver shortage and rising freight costs.  

In addition to gaining experience as advocates for the snack industry, attendees had the unique opportunity to build relationships with policymakers that represent the states and districts where they conduct business.

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“The Legislative Summit was a valuable experience that helped me learn about the impact our elected officials can make for the food industry and our company,” said first-timer Jason Sessions, Quality Assurance Manager for the Alabama-based Golden Flake Snack Foods division of Utz Quality Foods.  “It was great to connect on a personal level with Congressmen and their staff. Whether I met with a staffer or a Member, they took a personal interest in what I had to say.”

The Legislative Summit kicked off the evening of June 6 with annual SNAC Attack Reception, allowing members of Congress and their staffs to mingle with SNAC International members and sample innovative snack products from around the country. Prior to storming the Hill, SNAC held a breakfast briefing with keynote speaker Brandon Lipps, Administrator, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, the most senior official responsible for nutrition policy in the Trump Administration.

SNAC International would like to thank all the members who brought the industry’s voice to Capitol Hill, and a special thanks to the record-breaking number of first-time attendees.

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 “The Legislative Summit provides snack business leaders with the opportunity to share industry issues and priorities with a unified voice,” said SNAC International President & CEO, Elizabeth Avery. “Each year, this event helps move the needle on the top concerns of U.S. snack producers and their suppliers in Washington, DC.”

For more information about the Legislative Summit and to get involved with SNAC’s government affairs efforts, contact Jessica Hixson at jhixson@snacintl.org or 703-836-4500 ext. 205. View the full photo gallery here.

 

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