Announcing the Plant Based World Buyer Advisory Council

Key Food Industry Players are Lending Expert Guidance to the Event’s Design and Development 
New York, NY, March 27, 2019 – Plant Based World Conference & Expo (PBW) has announced the PBW Buyer Advisory Council. Members represent leaders in the industry including retailers, distributors and brokers, who are committed to the success of the plant-based foods market.  The trade show and conference is taking place on June 7-8, 2019 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.
“We are thrilled to have the support and guidance of this advisory board whose members are working with us to ensure a successful event and develop the only show that is solely dedicated to the plant-based foods movement,” said Chris Nemchek, Buyer Council Chair, Plant Based World Conference & Expo. “Today’s food landscape is evolving rapidly as more and more consumers are shifting away from traditional animal products towards more wholesome, sustainable and ethical options. The members of our advisory council, who have all committed to supporting this event, are leading the way to help the industry better understand this new consumer mindset and to build a foundation that can last for many years  to come.”
Members of the Buyer Advisory Council include:
  • Regan Figeroa, Category Director Specialty & Cheese, KeHe Distributors, LLC
  • Erica Gibson, Vendor Relations Manager, DPI Foods
  • Kevin Murphy, Category Manager, Di Bruno Bros
  • Jorge Perez Avilla, Sr. Sourcing, Sprouts
  • Stephanie Seper, Senior Vice President Brand Management & Social Responsibility, Hanson Faso Sales & Marketing, Inc.
  • Tabitha Sewell, Dairy Category Manager, Dairy & Refrigerated Beverages, KeHe Distributors, LLC
  • Steven Spencer, Category Manager, UNFI
  • Jason Stein, Category Management Director, National Co-op Grocers
  • Rodd Willis, Director -Natural and Specialty, Dot Foods
  • Scott Zoeller, President, Many Minds Consulting, LLC
“It is so exciting to live in a world where consumers are asking questions about what their food can do; not just for their bodies but for their planet. Food is not just about the instant gratification but also the long term effects and plant-based diets are helping lead the way in this march forward,” said Erica Gibson, Vendor Relations Manager, DPI Specialty Foods – Northwest.  “Plant Based World offers a platform for the manufacturers to gather and share the amazing work they are doing. It also gives buyers an opportunity to see the innovation that is changing the market and making plant-based a very approachable lifestyle.”
Plant Based World Conference & Expo will feature leading plant-based food companies including Founding Partner, Follow Your Heart; Gold Sponsors 22 Days Nutrition, No Evil Foods, and Good Catch Foods; and Silver Sponsors Daiya, Tofurky and Miyoko’s Kitchen. Other Sponsors include Dr. Praeger’s, Ingredion and Upton’s Naturals. For more information, click here. Companies interested in exhibiting can contact Michelle Bonina, Sales & Business Development Director at 203-416-1924 or  For more information about Plant Based World Conference & Expo, visit
Plant Based World is produced by JD Events, dedicated to the creation of targeted and innovative industry-leading events that deliver results. The company brings together highly qualified buying audiences, education-rich content and high-level networking opportunities — all geared toward increasing collaboration in the markets it serves. Visit for more information.

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