ENSA – European Plant-based Foods Association

ENSA was established in January 2003 as the voice of natural soy foods producers in Europe. In 2012, it  became the European Plant-based Foods Association to reflect the evolution of the market.

ENSA members produce high-quality plant-based foods with particular focus on 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, spreads, cheese) and meat alternatives (tofu, tempeh, seitan, burgers, ready meals etc).

ENSA ‘s mission is to contribute to mainstreaming plant-based foods for healthier and more sustainable diets by raising awareness about these products amongst policy makers.

We focus in particular on


We inform about the benefits of plant-based foods in a healthy balanced diet. Thanks to our Scientific Advisory Committee, we base our positions and messages on up-to-date scientific evidence.


We raise awareness about the environmental impact of our current food patterns, where diets incorporating more plant-based foods can help reduce pressure on land and water and create less green-house-gas emissions.


We advocate for fair treatment of plant-based food products, compared to dairy and meat products when it comes to taxation or labelling for instance.


ENSA members have also adopted “antitrust guidelines” and a “data privacy statement” to ensure that all activities within the Association are in compliance with EU competition and data privacy rules.

ENSA is registered on the EU Transparency register: 689045810852-79

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

Positions on policy and regulatory issues of importance to its members at EU level.