On Tuesday, March 15, KBI President Hannah Crum, Operations Administrator Morgan Meredith and several KBI member brewers met with representatives from Congress. Since Congress was in session, many sent staff aides and legislative assistants to meet with the group.
After the meeting, all of the members met individually or in small groups with legislative aides to share samples, educate about our industry and discuss regulatory concerns with the goal of uncovering potential solutions. They also discussed ways in which the industry can generate additional kombucha commerce in their states.
The legislative assistants listened intently to our concerns and offered helpful feedback for KBI’s future endeavors. Here are some of the ways members and non-member Kombucha companies can find additional resources:
-Contact each state regarding its own Value Added Producer grants for brewers
-Contact agriculture coalitions and boards in your state
In discussing strategies to create legislation to protect the industry, it was recommend that we:
-Connect with more brewery associations
-Connect with Congress members who sponsored the Cider Act
We are delighted to have taken this next step, and are already planning a more formal gathering for Congress members in September, coinciding with Natural Products Expo East.
Want to be more involved? Contact Morgan to find out how you can assist with government outreach.
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