WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2017 – After leaving the Grocery Manufacturers Association in July, Campbell Soup Company announced this week that it will join the Plant Based Foods Association. The decision is a major boost for PBFA, which scores its first major company to join its membership – which now stands at 88 companies – since its creation in March 2016. The association describes itself as being on a mission to “ensure a fair and competitive marketplace for businesses selling plant-based foods intended to replace animal products.” Its stated goals include boosting consumer acceptance for plant-based foods, eliminating policies that place plant-based foods “at an economic disadvantage,” and “change the debate” in policy issues like the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Campbell’s decision to leave GMA was followed by Nestlé making the same exit last month. GMA said Nestlé's participation in its activities will be missed, and hopes it will rejoin the group in the future.