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Greater Than Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

GreaterThan_MasterLogoChicago – February 25, 2015 – Greater Than is proud to announce that their three flavors of Low Calorie Sports Drinks, Orange + Mango, Tropical Blend, and Pom + Berry, are now Non-GMO Project Verified by the Non-GMO Project, North America’s only third party verification and labeling organization for non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) food and products.

Greater Than’s products that have gained Non-GMO Project Verified status mean they have been produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard and rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance.

For brothers first, founders second, Mark & Jon Sider, becoming Non-GMO Project Verified is representative of their mission. “From the outset in 2010, we have always believed in our vision for a powerfully branded and more natural sports drink,” says Mark Sider. “It’s for that reason we championed the use of coconut water back then and are now excited to offer a wonderful, low Calorie, Non-GMO Project Verified sports drink.”

The decision for their products to become Non-GMO Project Verified is consistent with the brothers’ belief that consumers have a right to know what’s in their food. GMOs have not been proven safe and Greater Than believes people have a right to know that what is in the food they are eating and feeding their children is safe. “In a category yet to offer a sound alternative, we’re very proud to take the lead and offer families a way to avoid GMOs,” says Jon Sider.

Greater Than will be exhibiting at the upcoming Natural Products Expo West Show in the Hilton Anaheim “Hot Products Pavilion.” Please visit us at Booth H100.

About Greater Than

In the best American tradition, when Chicago brothers Mark & Jon Sider couldn’t find a tasty and “clean” sports drink after an intense workout, they decided to create one.

Greater Than is pioneering a new category of hydration that meets the product demands of the rapidly growing, health and wellness focused hydration market. Officially Non-GMO Project Verified, Greater Than offers a low calorie sports drink with great taste and a coconut water base.

Through their message of #BeGreaterThan, they’re excited to continue to encourage positivity, inspire an active lifestyle, and promotes wellness.

Doctor Hummus Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

DrHummus_LogoDoctor Hummus is pleased to announce that six of our products have been Non-GMO Project Verified, and the rest are in the process of being Verified! Why is Doctor Hummus getting Non-GMO Project Verified? There are several reasons:

  1. We believe that people have a right to know what is in their food. People should be able to make informed choices about what they feed themselves and their families.
  2. Contrary to industry claims, GMOs have not been properly tested by a third party to determine that they are safe for human consumption.
  3. Genetically modified organisms are often engineered to produce insecticides and to survive heavy doses of herbicides. We believe these to be potentially harmful to human health and strive to always provide healthy products.

The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification program for foods produced without GMOs, using a strict Standard for GMO avoidance. As such, the Non-GMO Project Verified label is a trusted source. Shoppers who want to keep GMOs out of their shopping carts, they can look for the seal.

Join the Non-GMO Project at Expo West 2015

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Natural Products Expo West 2015We’re excited to see so many Non-GMO Project Verified participants in Anaheim this March for the Natural Products Expo West. Drop by our booth (#8527) to say hello to our team!

Below is a list of events at Expo we think will be valuable to participants or companies interested in pursuing Non-GMO Project Verification:

FRIDAY, March 6

  • Non-GMO Mixer
    • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Room 207-C
    • Come raise a glass! Hosted by INFRA and the Non-GMO Project, come join industry leaders in celebrating the progress being made in non-GMO awareness and education!

SATURDAY, March 7

  • Non-GMO Project Q&A Roundtable
    • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Room 207-C
    • Engage with multiple departments from the Non-GMO Project to get your most pressing questions answered.

 

Non-GMO Project staff will deliver posters to Verified and In-Process brand participants to showcase brand status in the Non-GMO Project Verified program.

 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES!

Already Verified? Email Caroline Kinsman about sponsorship opportunities to promote your brand!

2015 Non-GMO Month sponsors currently include:

Natural Vitality, Kettle, Beanfields, Garden of Eatin’, Andalou, Beanitos, Crown Prince, Wholesome Sweeteners, Enjoy Life Foods, Dorval Trading Company, Neal’s Yard Remedies, and Dr. Bronner’s.

Maia Yogurt Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

MaiaNew York, NY — Maia Yogurt, maker of a deliciously nutritious Greek Yogurt is proud to announce that they have received Non-GMO Project Verification for their core six flavors. As a company strongly committed to providing transparency in labeling to their customers, Maia is a brand that can be trusted as a non-GMO leader.

“Our mission is to bring the most delicious and nutritious local grass-fed cow’s milk yogurt to consumers. Non-GMO Project Verification is a big step towards earning their whole-hearted trust, and we are thrilled to offer our customers and trade partners assurance that we produce the highest quality and healthiest products possible,” said Hamilton Colwell, Founder Maia Yogurt.

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, and other animals and plants. These experimental combinations of genes cross the natural species barrier and have not been proven safe. Consumers are greatly concerned about this issue; a recent study conducted by Consumer Report indicated that more than 70 percent of consumers believe it’s important to avoid GMOs.

The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification for products without GMOs (genetically modified organisms). The process for Maia’s Non-GMO Project Verification lasted 16 months, during which their ingredients underwent a rigorous series of audits and tests to ensure that they follow industry best practices for GMO avoidance—including testing, traceability, and segregation.

“We care greatly about our customers and their health, and we have made significant efforts to create the best product possible. Many dairy manufacturers cannot receive Non-GMO Project Verification due to the co-mingling of milk. We have invested significant time and resources to ensure that our product is non-GMO and are honored to be a leader in yogurt brands across North America with this verification,” added Mr. Colwell.

As Maia continues to grow and expand, they will remain committed to creating delicious, non-GMO yogurts that promise health and wellness in every aspect.

About Healthy Mom:

Headquartered in Hamden, CT, Healthy Mom, LLC is a premium yogurt producer. In June 2010, Healthy Mom launched Maia, the most deliciously nutritious Greek Yogurt with 100% all-natural ingredients including grass-fed cows’ milk, real fruit blended in, and less sugar. Maia is Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten-Free, certified OU Kosher and comes in eight delicious flavors available in hundreds of Northeast retailers, including the Fresh Market, Whole Foods, and Shoprite.

For more information, please visit www.maiayogurt.com.

Welcome Annie!

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Annie Shannahan, Non-GMO Project

We are thrilled to welcome Annie Shannahan to the team as Client Services Director for the Non-GMO Project.

As the Non-GMO Project Client Services Director, Annie oversees the verification program and client services team. She is responsible for cultivating new and existing relationships with verification program stakeholders, as well as the recruitment, development, and ongoing management of the program.

Get to know Annie a little better:

Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Annie graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Business Administration – Marketing. Passionate about working with nonprofit organizations and businesses that contribute to the social good, her time in school was spent working for nonprofits focused on downtown revitalization and small business growth. Upon graduation, Annie started working at Cascade Dafo, a manufacturer of dynamic, lower-extremity orthoses for children. She enjoys using her education and background to help others.

Over the years, Annie has worked to ensure the highest possible quality for client service programs. She is excited about being a part of the Project and is committed to ensuring participants realize the benefits of Non-GMO Project verification. She looks forward to working with various stakeholders along the supply chain, with a special focus on the health and well-being of the end user.

Outside of work, Annie enjoys Northwest fare, getting lost in antique stores and all things outdoors, including running and camping with her husband and two children.

Q&A:

What interests you about working with the Non-GMO Project – what about this opportunity caught your attention?

My interest in working at the Project peaked several years ago when I visited our local food co-op. A marketing campaign was launched to educate shoppers about products containing genetically modified ingredients. It was a sea of shelf tags throughout the co-op! I realized in that moment how little I knew about genetically modified foods and how prevalent they are in the U.S. food system. It set me on a path to learn more about the subject of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and non-GMO alternatives, ultimately learning about the efforts of the Non-GMO Project.

How do you think your prior experience will help you in working with the Non-GMO project?

My education and experience in marketing and client development for nonprofit and private sectors will help me connect with various stakeholders. My skills will also help bridge gaps along the supply chain by connecting stakeholders.

My upbringing also plays a significant role in working at the Non-GMO Project. A city girl with a strong foundation in farming, I spent almost every weekend on my family’s ‘hobby’ farm in southwest Wisconsin where my father raised grass-fed beef cows and utilized sustainable agriculture practices throughout crop and pasture land. A true steward of the land, he taught me the importance of honoring, sustaining and protecting natural resources. My core foundation is built on the belief that nature in its natural form is perfection.

What is important to you about the work you will be doing with the Project?

I truly enjoy cultivating new and existing business relationships. I look forward to working with various stakeholders to realize the benefits of Non-GMO Project verification, the value of our seal and ultimately the importance of their commitment to providing non-GMO products.

Stinkbug Naturals Achieves Rare Non-GMO Designation Among Product Dense Deodorant Market

Friday, January 30th, 2015

StinkbugPITTSBURGH, PA (January 14, 2015) – Stinkbug Naturals LLC is honored to announce that it has just received Non-GMO Project Verification status for its aluminum-free deodorants and lip balms. The husband and wife team of Ben and Jade Bower launched their company with the commitment to provide organic products that are consumer and environmentally friendly and safe. Stinkbug Naturals offers eight scents of deodorant, two deodorant creams, and two flavors of lip balm – all which are Non-GMO Project Verified!

Stinkbug Naturals’ mission is to bring the prudent, aware, and concerned consumer the most organic and effective deodorant and body care products by using ingredients that are recognizable in their raw state, serving the specific purpose of providing hygienic excellence without compromising personal or environmental safety. Stinkbug Naturals has chosen for its products to become Non-GMO Project Verified, to show respect for the consumer’s right to know what they put in and on their body.

Whole Foods Market has embraced Stinkbug’s mission, and partnered with them by awarding Stinkbug a Local Producer Loan to help fund Non-GMO Project Verification. Stinkbug Naturals’ products can be found in Whole Foods Market’s Mid-Atlantic Region in addition to a variety of other retail locations across the nation.

Stinkbug provides the following descriptions of its respective deodorants and lip balms……

Atomic Deodorant - Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Cornstarch, Organic essential Oil blend
Floral Lime Deodorant – Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Cornstarch, Organic essential Oil blend
Lavender Deodorant – Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Cornstarch, Organic essential Oil blend
Patchouli Deodorant – Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Cornstarch, Organic essential Oil blend
Pine Cone Deodorant – Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Cornstarch, Organic essential Oil blend
Tangerine Spice Deodorant – Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Cornstarch, Organic essential Oil blend
Tea Tree Deodorant – Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Cornstarch, Organic essential Oil blend
Unscented Deodorant – Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Cornstarch

Floral Lime Deodorant Cream – Organic Shea Butter, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Cornstarch, Organic essential oil blend

Tangerine Spice Deodorant Cream – Organic Shea Butter, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Cornstarch, Organic essential oil blend

Peppermint Lip Balm- – Organic beeswax, Organic Coconut Oil ,Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Peppermint Oil
Vanilla Lip Balm – Organic beeswax, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Vanilla Oil

Contact Stinkbug Naturals at the company’s website, which may also be used for all online product purchases: http://www.stinkbugorganics.com

For more information on Whole Foods Market Local Producer Loan Program: www.wholefoodsmarket.com/loans.

Groundwork Coffee Co. Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

GroundworkCoffee_Logo_PRIMARY_2014Los Angeles, CA — January 22, 2015 — Groundwork Coffee Co. is proud to announce that its selection of certified organic, fairly traded Signature Blend Coffees and Cold Brew Coffee products are now Non-GMO Project Verified by the Non-GMO Project, North America’s only third-party verification and labeling organization for non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food and products.

Groundwork’s Non-GMO Project Verification means that its products have been produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard and rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance.

A homegrown Los Angeles company, Groundwork has a storied history of handcrafting Angelenos’ favorite organic coffee drinks using only the finest ingredients. This prestigious verification underscores Groundwork’s ongoing commitment to best practices in the areas of environmental and social health, reflected in the company’s three core values of quality, community, and sustainability.

“Research consistently shows that genetic engineering in the agricultural industry presents significant and very real human, environmental, and economic health risk,” says Groundwork’s Chief Coffee Guy and Licensed Q Grader Jeff Chean. “While our USDA organic certification on all of our coffees and teas has already been providing our customers with a safeguard against the use of GMOs, the certification from the Non-GMO Project is a natural next step in our effort to provide our customers with third-party assurances that our products meet the standards that we believe in and promote. The Non-GMO Project Verification increases the visibility of our coffees’ pedigree and should add to our customers’ confidence in us that we continue to keep an ever-watchful eye on what goes into their cup from the ground up.”

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Groundwork began in Venice Beach, CA, as a single coffee shop that also sold rare and used books. Local demand soon became so great that it began roasting full-time. This small-batch operation soon morphed into one of the very first certified organic coffee roasters in California, and would quickly go on to become the largest organic coffee roaster in Los Angeles. The company’s sustainable, relationship-based, organic coffee sourcing has set an industry standard, as has its solar-powered, low-emissions roasting technology.

Today, Groundwork operates seven café locations throughout the city — with more on the way — and distributes its coffees to more than 850 wholesale customers across the U.S.

If you would like to learn more about Groundwork Coffee Co. and its products, please email info@groundworkcoffee.com or call (818) 506-6020.

Hammons® Black Walnuts Earn Non-­GMO Project Verification

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Hammons_logo_2014_Wild Nuts Safe From Genetically Modified Organisms

Stockton, Mo. Some things should never change. In an age of further processed foods, American Black Walnuts continue to be wild, all-­natural, and unchanged. In fact, they’ve grown the same way since the earliest days of Native Americans.

That’s why the Non-­GMO Project has verified Hammons Black Walnuts as being produced in compliance with Non-­GMO Project standard. As one of the fastest-­growing labels in the natural food sector, the Non-­GMO Project Verification seal gives the public an opportunity to make an informed choice when it comes to GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). The vast majority American Black Walnuts are processed and distributed by Hammons Products Company, so you’re assured of quality and safety-­even with Black Walnuts marketed under a different brand name.

“We have always focused on providing safe, quality Black Walnut products,” says Jacob Basecke, Sales Manager at Hammons Products Company. “Receiving the Non-­GMO Project Verification is an important step for us to validate our efforts and inform consumers of their choices.”

Today’s consumers who are concerned about additives in foods can feel good about Black Walnuts. The nuts grow wild in fields and pastures across the Midwest, and are hand-­harvested by locals. The 100% natural, earthy goodness is free from chemicals, pesticides, or mass commercial orchards.

The result: A bold, wild taste that refuses to be tamed. Black Walnuts are a popular ingredient, adding a rich, earthy flavor to a variety of baked goods, main entrees, side dishes and ice cream. The versatile nut also boasts significant nutritional value, including the highest protein content of any tree nut (8 grams per serving).

For Information Contact:

Susan Zartman, Director of Marketing
417-276-5181
szartman@black-walnuts.com

Jacob Basecke, Sales Manager
417-276-5181
jbasecke@black-walnuts.com

Santa Teresa Quince Paste Now Non-GMO Project Verified

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Catalan GourtmetSanta Teresa Organic Quince Paste has obtained Non-GMO Project Verified status. Catalan Gourmet is the sole importer that carries this delicious quince paste from Santa Teresa. Santa Teresa selects the best Quince fruit from several trusted farmers in Spain. The paste is made in Spain and has a sweet and natural fruity flavor.  It is rich in minerals, fiber and potassium.  No additives or preservatives are used.  This extraordinary quince paste is made only with fresh fruit, unlike others that are made of canned or frozen fruit. It is ideal for meat plates and recipes that call for something sweet. It is excellent for confectionary use.  At high temperatures it browns and caramelizes. Quince paste (membrillo) is paired magnificently with foie and cheese plates.

“We have done extensive research about quince paste. We came to the conclusion that for shoppers looking for a quince paste that is certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher and Gluten Free the Santa Teresa’s brand is the select choice.”  – Said Karina Mino, Director of Sales and Marketing at Bonjalar USA, Inc.

 About the Quince Paste

Since ancient times, quinces have been cultivated in Spain and considered a symbol of love and fertility. In Greek history, it was the custom of the bride to eat a quince on her wedding night in order to give respect to the gods of fertility. Greek mythology states the effectiveness of the quince’s properties against poisonings and evil acts.

 About Catalan Gourmet

Catalan Gourmet imports specialty food from Spain and beyond, focusing on quality, authenticity, sustainability, organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. Catalan Gourmet is the Importer of Vichy & many other iconic foods, like Santa Teresa quince paste. If you would like to learn more about Catalan Gourmet and its delicious Quince Paste from Santa Teresa kindly email info@CatalanGourmet.com or call +1 646-719-0061.

Welcome, John!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

John Topsoglou, Non-GMO ProjectWe are excited to have John Topsoglou join the Non-GMO Project as the Outreach Coordinator!

Here’s a little info to help you get to know John better:

John Topsoglou studied Environmental Science with a concentration in Policy at Manchester University, where he explored food and agriculture’s relationship to human and environmental health, as well as the overall health of society.

When he’s not at work, you can find John hiking in the woods or at home cooking pasta or drawing.

Q&A:

What interests you about working with the Non-GMO Project – what about this opportunity caught your attention?

I was raised in the Mediterranean food tradition with a strong emphasis on healthy eating and quality ingredients. I developed a passion for reforming our food system when I learned about the depth and scope of modern food and agriculture-related issues during my undergrad years. I realized that many environmental and health issues are linked to food and food production. Since then, I’ve been determined to help improve the health of people, communities, and the planet by changing our relationship to food—namely, to a more transparent one. 

How do you think your prior experience will help you in working with the Non-GMO project? 

Having worked in small business in the natural products industry, I’ve gained experience in educating consumers about food, health, and public policy. I’m excited to bring my skills to help raise awareness and expand the Project’s mission.

What is important to you about the work you will be doing with the Project?

The Non-GMO Project plays an important role in fostering consumer awareness about GMOs and driving a shift in demand toward non-GMO foods. There is a continued need for education on the matter of genetic modification of foods, as well as continued pressure from the active community of informed consumers concerned about the ingredients in their food. As the Outreach Coordinator, I look forward to facilitating this education and empowering consumers.