The formulation and regulation of plant-based food and beverage products - Video

The world of plant-based food has exploded, but with explosive growth comes complex regulations and formulation hurdles. Dive into this video for expert insights on how to navigate the booming market and unlock the future of plant-based innovation.

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Audarshia Townsend, Content Director, Food & Beverage Insider

June 28, 2024

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At a Glance

  • Understanding the particulars of the regulation of plant-based products.  
  • Unique formulation challenges and how to overcome them.  
  • New technologies that could change the plant-based product creation game. 

The global plant-based food market is expected to triple in the next decade, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.2%, according to Future Market Insights. With growth, however, comes challenges. Considering FDA’s recent draft guidance on the labeling of plant-based milk, companies producing plant-based food and beverage products should be prepared for the unexpected. In this video recorded at SupplySide West/FiNA 2023, you’ll learn more about the regulatory stipulations behind various aspects of these products, formulation opportunities and challenges, and how plant-based technology is bringing this ever-growing category to new heights.   


0:00:00-0:03:00 – Introduction   

0:03:00-0:30:00 – Plant-based industry data and consumer research: Julie Johnson, president, HealthFocus International    

0:30:00-0:55:00 – Plant-based food regulation in various states, FDA naming guidance, packaging/labeling to reduce litigation, novel ingredients and GRAS: Justin Prochnow, shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP   

0:55:00-1:20:00– Developing nondairy alternatives and how sustainability plays a role: Laura Cuñer DuBois, founder and CEO, Avafina Organics   

1:20:00-1:50:00 – Landscape of the alt-seafood sector: Shelly Van Cleve, co-founder and CIO, The Plant Based Seafood Co.   

1:50:00-2:08:00 – Precision fermentation in the use of animal-free alternatives: Nick Toriello, VP and head of partnerships, The EVERY Co.   

2:08:00-2:42:00 – Panel discussion with all speakers moderated by Food & Beverage Insider Content Director Audarshia Townsend, followed by audience Q&A   

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Audarshia Townsend

Content Director, Food & Beverage Insider, Informa Markets

A lifelong Chicagoan, Audarshia Townsend is an award-winning, veteran food and beverage journalist who serves as the content director for the Food & Beverage Insider brand. She is Informa Markets' 2024 "Star Storyteller" winner. Her experience as a visionary editor and writer spans 30 years, with an emphasis in print and digital magazines. Audarshia's professional passion is to champion and amplify underserved business communities. Some of her most recent content includes her review of 2023's F&B trends, the future of food science careers, an interview with culinary star Padma Lakshmi, and Pescavore's sustainable ahi tuna jerky strips. She also appears regularly on local and national media outlets to discuss food and beverage trends, most notably FOX-32 Chicago, WGN-TV, WXRT-FM, NPR-Chicago and the Travel Channel. She is often called on to serve as a judge for prestigious food, beverage and restaurant awards, including the James Beard Foundation, NEXTY Awards and Black Women in Food. She continues to write for Chicago magazine, and previously she has written for the likes of the Chicago Tribune, Eater Chicago, Esquire, Essence, Los Angeles Times, Playboy, Time Out Global and World’s Best Bars. With food and beverage being her longtime, chosen beat in media, she has created content for a number of prestigious brands such as AOL, Google, Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, Lexus, MasterCard, Markon Cooperative Inc., Miller Brewing Co., Resy and Simplot Foods.

To date, Audarshia has guest lectured at the following higher-education institutions: Columbia College Chicago and Loyola University Chicago for undergraduate journalism students; Northwestern University for graduate journalism students; and Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) for undergraduate, graduate and PhD food science students. She also mentors aspiring young writers and journalists whenever she can. Email her at [email protected] and also connect with her on LinkedIn.

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