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Produce For Better Health Foundation Takes National Fruits & Veggies Month To New Heights Reaching Millions

Katie Calligaro, Marketing & Communications Director
Produce for Better Health Foundation
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Third Annual Campaign Demonstrates Profound Impact of PBH’s Have A Plant® Movement to Drive Consumption

October 12, 2021 – The third annual National Fruits & Veggies Month (NFVM) campaign from the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) has officially wrapped and like previous campaigns, saw sweet success. A month-long celebration of everyone’s most favorite and flavorful plants, NFVM is a time for Americans to rally around enjoying more fruits and veggies for healthier, happier lives. And, in typical PBH fashion, NFVM is always a star-studded extravaganza, featuring fun and lively content from PBH’s Have A Plant® Ambassadors, all while cooking up loads of excitement across PBH’s digital ecosystem, and helping to generate nearly 135 million impressions throughout September via traditional and social media channels.

This year’s NFVM theme, Have A Plant® Goes Global, built off the momentum from The United Nations General Assembly designating 2021 The International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV). Indeed, September was a moment to celebrate our passion for fruits and vegetables and the commitment of the global supply chain to bring fruits and vegetables to consumers across the U.S. to improve health and happiness in sustainable, waste-reducing ways. Throughout the month, PBH’s plant-packed social content was supported by innovative digital and social activities, like a viral “bowls around the world” video starring PBH Have A Plant® Ambassadors and partnerships with synergistic organizations, like the FMI Foundation, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, on behalf of The Beef Checkoff, as well as The National Watermelon Promotion Board. This year’s results speak for themselves:

  • 84.4 million impressions across 124 outlets from consumer-facing media NFVM wire release announcing campaign launch;
  • 210,000 impressions from earned consumer and industry trade press media coverage;
  • 32 million impressions from a satellite media tour featuring PBH President and CEO, Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN;
  • 14.6 million potential impressions from thousands of social posts using #haveaplant, #haveaplantpledge and #NFVM2021;
  • Nearly 2.5 million impressions from hundreds of social posts across PBH channels, including posts from PBH members and PBH Have A Plant® Ambassadors; and
  • 45,000 potential reach from two PBH Have A Plant® Cook Alongs, hosted by PBH Have A Plant® Ambassadors, Dayle Hayes and Abbie Gellman, as well as a Facebook live with PBH Have A Plant® Ambassador Manuel Villacorta.

Digital and social content was complemented by an invitation-only Have A Plant® Nation Virtual Ambassador Event – the official celebratory finale to NFVM. The exclusive, two-day experience was filled with interactive sessions on a variety of topics from sustainability to family farms, along with intimate tasting experiences and exploratory education sessions featuring the latest research on the state of consumers’ consumption habits as well as fruits’ and vegetables’ positive impact on mental health – serving as Food Rooted In A Better Mood®.

“The results from PBH’s 2021 NFVM campaign show the profound impact the Have A Plant® Movement has on helping to inspire people worldwide to eat more plant-packed meals while also celebrating unique fruits and vegetables across many cultures,” said Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN, president and CEO of PBH. “Thanks to the support of our dedicated members and rockstar Have A Plant ®Ambassadors, we were able to shine a spotlight on the importance of increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, all while having fun and literally singing from the rooftops about our love for eating more plants with fun show-stopping tunes.”

Remember, the fun doesn’t end with September_. The Have A Plant® Movement never stops! To take advantage of PBH’s digital ecosystem, events and education platforms and ultimately help people enhance their lifestyles by eating more fruits and vegetables every single day, contact PBH’s Member Engagement Director, Sharese Roper, and join us at the intersection of produce, partnership and passion.