What is ENSA?


ENSA was established in January 2003 as the voice of natural soyfoods producers in Europe. As the plant-based food category has grown in size but also in diversity, ENSA too has followed the market evolution to become the plant-based foods association. Our members produce plant-based alternatives to dairy and meat, including drinks (based on soy, rice, oats, almond, coconut etc), alternatives to other dairy products (alternatives to yogurt, desserts, creams, ice creams, spreadables, cheese) and meat alternatives (tofu, tempeh, seitan, burgers, ready meals etc).

Founding principles

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


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.