Top Food and Agriculture Lobbyist Peter Tabor Joins Holland & Knight in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON (January 13, 2022) – Longtime food and agriculture industry lobbyist Peter Tabor has joined Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office as a senior policy advisor in the Public Policy & Regulation Group. He previously served as vice president of regulatory and international affairs of the Pet Food Institute (PFI), a position he held since 2013. Prior to working at PFI, Mr. Tabor served in multiple roles within the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), where he led key trade initiatives and worked on biotechnology trade policy and regulation.
At PFI, Mr. Tabor represented the interests of U.S. pet food makers with more than $40 billion in combined annual sales. He helped to build the organization's profile and impact across the U.S. federal government and global agricultural and food manufacturing sectors, led PFI's Sustainability Working Group and provided industry comments on the FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act. In particular, Mr. Tabor executed a successful strategy to secure the opening of the Chinese market for U.S. pet food through the Phase One Agreement. He also coordinated a complex advocacy campaign with a coalition of food stakeholders to secure the ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which assures continued North American market access for U.S. agriculture and food products. His work with USDA included time in Rome as part of the team representing the U.S. in the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (Rome) and in Mexico City promoting U.S. food and agriculture exports.
"We are extremely fortunate to have Peter join and lead our growing agriculture and food team," said Rich Gold, the leader of Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Group. "Peter's reputation and accomplishments in the industry are simply unparalleled. His highly specialized knowledge of issues related to trade and regulation will be indispensable to every Holland & Knight client engaged in the food business."
"I look forward to help lead the growth of the premier agriculture and food team at Holland & Knight," said Mr. Tabor. "Working alongside the many talented individuals engaged in trade, USDA and FDA regulation and technology issues, our team can help the industry take advantage of unprecedented growth opportunities, new innovations, and face the challenges that come with each."
Mr. Tabor earned a J.D. degree from Loyola Law School, an M.A. degree in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Calif., and a B.A. in political science from the University of California Santa Barbara. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.