ENSA – EUROPEAN NATURAL SOY AND PLANT BASED FOODS MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION
Established in January 2003, ENSA is the voice of the soy industry in Europe and represents the interests of natural soy and plant-based food producers. The term “natural” refers to the traditional production process used by ENSA members to produce non-dairy plant based foods such as soy drinks, desserts, variation to cream, variations to yoghurt, meat alternatives and more, using whole soybeans without any genetically modified material.
The founding principles of ENSA combine the belief in natural soy products and the use of sound science. ENSA seeks to raise awareness among EU citizens and promote the consumption of natural soy and plant-based products, which is an integral part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
ENSA is an association of internationally operating companies, ranging from large corporations to small, family-owned businesses. To become a member, companies must adhere to ENSA’s Ethical Charter. The charter contains the four main founding principles of the association:
- Use natural production processes to produce foods which contain soy
- Guarantee that products are GM-free
- Do not source soy which grown on cleared rain forest
- Support scientific research on soy
In 2013, the ENSA board agreed the following core focus of the association:
- Represent the interests of natural soy food producers in Europe.
- Support soy-growing in Europe.
- Synergize with other plant-based non-dairy products.
ENSA members have also adopted “antitrust guidelines” to ensure that all activities within the Association are in compliance with EU competition rules.
What does ENSA do?
ENSA is a centre of expertise for:
- Up-to-date, accurate and objective scientific information about soy products and their health benefits;
- Technical and product-related information on the soy food category , providing input to national and European regulatory bodies when drafting the rules necessary to provide a clear legislative framework for soy products;
- Positions on policy and regulatory issues of importance to its members at EU level.