World’s first ‘Certified Plant Based’ certification launched

World’s first ‘Certified Plant Based’ certification launched
Tofurky are one of the early adopters of the new certification (image courtesy of Tofurky)

The world’s first and only Certified Plant Based certification has been launched this week by the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA).

Foods eligible for certification include meat alternatives such as plant-based meat, poultry, and fish; egg substitutes; milk alternatives; and other dairy alternatives such as plant-based cheese, yogurt, butter and ice cream.

“The launch of the Certified Plant Based seal is an exciting next step for the fast-growing and innovative plant-based foods industry,” said Michele Simon, PBFA’s Executive Director.

“As consumers are looking to purchase more plant-based options, this new seal ensures confidence in what plant-based means.”

According to PBFA-commissioned data from Nielsen released earlier this year, plant-based food sales grew by 20% from the previous year, outpacing every other food sector by 10 times.

With the rise of innovative plant-based foods such as plant-based yogurt, cheese and meats, 39% of Americans are trying to eat more plant-based foods, according to a 2017 Nielsen Homescan survey.

“Plant-based food sales are growing rapidly,” said Steve Taormina, manager for NSF International’s Consumer Values Verified Program.

“The best way for consumers to navigate the marketplace and make confident purchasing decisions is to look for independent certification of the plant-based claim.”

PBFA members Tofurky and Oatly are the first brands to participate in the new program. The first certified food and beverages include Tofurky’s Italian Sausage and Oatly’s Original, Barista, Mocha Barista, Chocolate and Low Fat varieties.

Tofurky CEO Jaime Athos said: “This mark will provide consumers with confidence in purchasing 100% plant-based foods, for health and sustainability.”