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Friday, November 21st, 2014

BuenSaborVerification represents company’s commitment to sourcing only top quality and safe ingredients

Newburyport, MA – November 20, 2014 – Buen Sabor today announced that its Chickpea and Sweet Potato Picadillo (PICADILLO DE GARBANZOS Y CAMOTE) has received Non-GMO Project Verified status through the Non-GMO Project. After rigorous evaluation and testing, this seal confirms that each of the ingredients included in the dish are non-GMO (not a genetically modified organism). With more than half of American’s preferring non-GMO foods, this verification is a major milestone for Buen Sabor.

“Providing consumers with real, clean food is at the core of our mission,” said Sarah Pike, Founder and CEO, Buen Sabor. “This verification is just one more point of validation for our efforts, and we look forward to earning the Non-GMO Project Verified seal for each of our products.”

In order to achieve verification, products and ingredients are subjected to rigorous evaluation and testing to ensure they meet the Non-GMO Project Standard.

“We are excited to be working with Buen Sabor as they announce that its Chickpea and Sweet Potato Picadillo will now carry the Non-GMO Project Verified seal,” stated Megan Westgate, Executive Director, Non-GMO Project. “When shoppers see this mark on a product, they can trust it’s been made in compliance with the best possible practices for GMO avoidance.”

Tremendous time and effort goes into selecting the best ingredients that Buen Sabor uses to cook up its dishes, as well as the partners that help supply them. Only the cleanest, all-natural ingredients with a clear ‘story’ are considered. Through its Taste Trace™program, Buen Sabor believes it can serve as the connection between responsible food suppliers and farmers and the retail shelf. Buen Sabor encourages consumers to visit to learn exactly where many of their key ingredients come from.

Buen Sabor is working toward eventually achieving Non-GMO Project Verification for all of its products and expects its Beef Picadillo Empanadas, which use grass fed and finished beef from the Pacific Northwest, to be next in line.

About Buen Sabor

Buen Sabor (a Good Tastes Public Benefit Corporation) produces and curates specialty food products for busy people looking to discover products with an ethnic twist. Products incorporate traditional ingredients from many Latin American cuisines and utilize the freezer as the most natural way to preserve good, clean, natural food. Eight diverse products are available in more than 200 retail locations in 32 states across the country.

Buen Sabor established Taste Trace™, an initiative that demonstrates its pledge and transparency to partner with suppliers and utilize ingredients that are produced in ways that are good for communities and a healthy planet. Buen Sabor is also a public benefit corporation and has committed to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. To learn more about Buen Sabor, please visit or our online press kit at

Media Contact

Sarah Pike
978.225.1557 x. 307

Kabrita Announces Non-GMO Project Verified Goat Milk Yogurt!

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Kabrita-USA-logoKabrita is proud to offer parents Non-GMO Project Verified Goat Milk Yogurt and Fruit, in easy-to-squeeze pouches. According to a recent Consumer Reports study, more than 70% of Americans say they don’t want genetically modified organisms (GMO) in their food – but over 80% of processed foods contain them.

“At Kabrita we prioritize quality, transparency and safety. Using non-GMO ingredients allows us to carefully trace the origin of each of our ingredients and ensures top quality,” says partner and CMO, Carolyn Ansley. “Furthermore, genetically modified ingredients have not been tested on children. As a mom myself, that’s a huge consideration.”

GMO labeling policies exist in more than 60 countries worldwide, including Australia and every country in the European Union. In the US, only Vermont, Maine and Connecticut have passed legislation, although more than half the states have legislation pending. The Non-GMO Project fills the gap by providing North America’s only third-party verification and labeling program for non-GMO food and products. Its mission is to grow the non-GMO food supply by giving consumers a clear choice – and it has verified 22,000 items since it was founded in 2007. Kabrita is proud to be part of this movement toward greater transparency for consumers.

In order to achieve verification and use the trusted butterfly logo, products and ingredients are subjected to rigorous evaluation and testing to ensure they meet the Non-GMO Project Standard.

Kabrita Goat Milk Yogurt and Fruit is available for sale at Whole Foods Markets, Kings Food Markets, independent health food stores,, and Suggested retail price is $2.89 per pouch, or $15.99 for a case of six. They are available in three toddler-approved flavors – Mixed Berry, Mango Peach, and Banana and Natural Vanilla Bean.

About Kabrita North America       

Kabrita North America makes gentle, naturally easy to digest goat milk foods for children. Through education and support Kabrita helps empower parents to make nutrition choices for their child with confidence and joy.

Kabrita North America is a partnership between founders CEO Dr. Kate Morrison, N.D., CMO Carolyn Ansley, and Hyproca Nutrition – a Dutch company with over 70 years infant nutrition expertise.

Media Contact: Kali Pearson / / 416 669 9164

The More We Know, the More We Grow

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

The More We Know, the More We GrowToday, in light of the GMO labeling ballot initiatives that took place across the U.S., we reflect on the overall growth of an incredible people-driven, knowledge-building movement.

If you had spoken to typical grocery shoppers in 2010, it is unlikely many of them would have heard of the term GMO (genetically modified organism). Fast forward four short years. There are now mandatory GMO labeling initiatives in more than half the states across the U.S.—all driven by citizen awareness, action and demand for answers.

It is no mistake this groundswell movement is called the Right to Know. It’s a movement based on knowledge—the lack of knowledge about what is in the food we feed our families, the desire for knowledge on every product we buy, and the demand for this knowledge to be shared collectively across the country. And today, we continue to witness that knowledge spreading from state to state.

In 2012, California ‘s Prop 37 became the first ballot initiative to bring this important debate to a citizen vote. Then, in 2013, Maui County passes Connecticut (with Maine following suit in 2014) passed a contingency law preparing to put mandatory labeling into action once surrounding states pass similar laws. Also in 2013, Washington’s I-522 offered voters another opportunity to pass mandatory labeling at the state level.

While the two state ballot measures (CA and WA) were narrowly defeated (2.8% and 2.18% respectively) and the state-initiated laws faced legal loopholes, the spotlight was placed on our right to know more about GMOs in our food–providing a taste that quickly turned into a hunger for knowledge.

In 2014, Vermont passed the first no-contingency mandatory labeling law in the U.S. Building on that momentum in 2014, Colorado and Oregon became the next two champion states to take on the Goliath biotech industry. On the beautiful island of Maui, where the year-round growing season make it attractive to biotech development, residents have become increasingly concerned about the health and environmental impacts of GMO farming. Late election night, Hawaiian citizens celebrated a stunning turnaround victory for banning GMO production in Maui. After being behind most of the day, the Maui County ballot initiative passed by more than 1,000 votes.

Meanwhile in Colorado, biotech opponents of Prop 105 poured $12 million into the state, outspending the Yes side 20 to 1. While the defeat is disappointing, we must remember the battle always results in awareness. With each measure, more and more citizens become engaged in rallying for our Right to Know.

Oregon’s Measure 92 is still too close to call two days post election. Ballots remain to be counted, and the margin is barely at 1% for the opposing side. As consistent with all GMO labeling efforts, opposition spending in Oregon was led by biotech companies. In fact, the $20 million total contributed to the No side broke Oregon State record for the most spend on one side of an issue. A margin so slim when the financial infusion is so high makes a powerful statement: Citizens want to know.

”At the end of the day, this is a social movement,” said George Kimbrell, chief author of Measure 92 and a senior attorney at the Center for Food Safety. “It’s about peoples’ right to know, and we know we’re going to eventually prevail, regardless of the outcome in Oregon.”

The incredibly slim losses on state ballot initiatives can feel disappointing, but the battle is far from over. And the win is in the details. The Right to Know movement and the advancement in GMO awareness are stronger than ever, despite being outspent by giant biotech corporations. In survey after survey, more than 90 percent of U.S. citizens say they want GMO labeling (Consumer Reports 2014, New York Times 2013, MSNBC 2011, Reuters and Washington Post 2010).

In the face of lacking mandatory labeling requirements, North American brands are listening to their customers and seeking voluntary labeling options, such as Non-GMO Project Verification, at an exceeding rate. Currently, there are more than 22,000 Non-GMO Project Verified products!

Our annual Non-GMO Month in October had more than 2,000 registered retailers educating their teams and having meaningful conversations with their customers about GMOs.

And every single one of us votes each day with our wallet and our heart by choosing a non-GMO lifestyle.

Here are four important things we can do every day to help protect non-GMO choices and the future of our food:

From all of us at the Non-GMO Project, we truly thank you for your passionate commitment to the movement. Don’t give up the fight — knowledge IS power!

Numi Organic Tea Announces Non-GMO Project Updates Standards for Verification

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Numi-LogoOakland, CA (October 16, 2014) – Numi Organic Tea, known for delicious organic, non-GMO and Fair Trade Certified teas and teasans, is proud to announce the Non-GMO Project has updated its Standard for Verification to require the product’s evaluation to include immersion packaging – which includes tea bags. Up until now, only tea ingredients were required for tea companies seeking Non-GMO Project Verification. Numi was the first company to have its tea bags verified by the Non-GMO Project, by choice. All of Numi’s organic teas and teasans, which are blended with only real herbs, fruits, flowers and spices, boast the prized Non-GMO Project Verified seal on their packaging.

“As the leading provider of premium organic, Fair Trade Certified teas, it is our responsibility to weave sustainable consciousness into every decision we take as a company,” says Numi Co-Founder, CEO and Alchemist, Ahmed Rahim. “We do this through our high-quality teas, through our values-based initiatives, and our sustainable packaging. Many of the nylon, see-through tea bags used by many companies are PLA (polylactic acid), created with bio-plastic material made from genetically modified corn; others are sourced from petroleum. Numi has not followed this trend. We use packaging that is completely free of GMOs, free of petroleum, and free of non-compostable materials. We are excited that the Non-GMO Project has updated their Standard to require the verification of tea bags, and are proud to be the innovative leaders on this initiative.”

“We’re excited to be working with such dedicated brands as Numi Organic Tea,” says Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project. “The proactive work they’ve provided to ensure even their tea bags meet our rigorous Standard shows a high level of commitment to transparency and to changing the overall supply chain.”

This Standard update requires that products that are immersed in a consumable product, such as tea bags, must follow practices for GMO avoidance. Since tea bags are submerged in hot water along with tea before consumption, it is important that both the tea AND tea bags are Non-GMO Project Verified. Combining ingredient transparency and sustainability in the tea industry for more than 15 years, Numi is proud of their partnership with the Non-GMO Project. Together, the two are working to protect the health of our planet and people by eliminating the use of GMOs in consumables.

Numi’s Chief Operating Officer, Brian Durkee, reflects on the updated standard from Non-GMO Project by stating, “Unlike most other food packaging components, teabags are cooked as they steep in boiling water. Thus, teabags are essentially consumed with each sip of tea. Currently, the only use of Genetically Modified Organisms in the tea industry is found in teabag material, and GMO-sourced ’see-through’ teabags are widely used. Numi is, however, committed to sourcing only the most natural, highest quality ingredients for each of our products. Thus, we have steered clear of utilizing materials that are sourced from GMOs. Numi was the first company to voluntarily have our teabag materials Non-GMO Project Verified and we are excited that the Non-GMO Project has recently updated their standards to require the verification of all teabags moving forward.”

Since its inception in 1999, Numi has embraced sustainability in every step of the farming, production and packaging process. The founding Benefit (B) Corporation’s steadfast commitment to contribute to a healthy, thriving global community has inspired Numi to avoid certain industry trends such as diamond shaped “see-through” tea bags sourced from GMO corn or petroleum based nylon, as well as unnecessary plastic overwrap on their boxes. Numi’s tea bags are made with natural hemp-based unbleached filter-paper and are biodegradable and home compostable. Furthermore, Numi’s tea tags are made from 100% recycled material and are printed using soy-based inks.

The ugly truth on GMOs and how and why they can and should be avoided is available at Details on Numi’s entire portfolio of teas and teasans are available at and



Founded in 1999 by brother and sister team Ahmed Rahim (the alchemist) and Reem Rahim (the artist), Numi Organic Tea is a purveyor of premium quality organic and fair trade certified teas and teasans. Numi blends its organic leaf teas in a solar-powered facility with only real herbs, fruits, flowers and spices—not unnecessary “natural” flavorings or perfumes. All Numi products are packaged in recycled-content containers and biodegradable bags and are available in retail outlets in more than 30 countries worldwide, including the U.S., Canada, the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands and online at An award-winning social enterprise and founding B-Corporation member, Numi supports community development projects worldwide. To learn more, visit and follow Numi at and


The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers and providing verified non-GMO choices. Learn more about the Non-GMO Project at To get the latest non-GMO news and updates, follow the Non-GMO Project on Facebook at www.facebook/nongmoproject and on Twitter at www.twitter/nongmoproject.

GHT Companies’ Vegan Vitamin D3 Supplement Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

GHT-Logo_webThe GHT Companies’ supplement, Vegan Vitamin D3, has been awarded Non-GMO Project Verification by leading non-profit organization The Non-GMO Project.

VISTA, Calif. – (Date) — A unique vegan Vitamin D3 supplement, exclusively manufactured and distributed in the United States by The GHT Companies, has been granted Non-GMO Project Vertification.

The award verifies the non-GMO status of the D3 product and gives GHT the right to use the iconic butterfly label issued by the Non-GMO Project, a highly-regarded non-profit organization committed to preserving and building the non-GMO food supply.

Vegan Vitamin D3, which is derived from lichen, is the only source of vitamin D3 that uses absolutely no animal products. Previously, as the common source of D3 is lanolin extracted from sheep’s wool grease, vegans would have had to settle for vitamin D2, the less-effective ergocalciferol form.

Several studies suggest that vitamin D3 is 70 to 87 percent more potent than vitamin D2 and easier for the body to absorb. Numerous studies have shown the health benefits of vitamin D and studies have revealed that people with a deficiency are much more likely to suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

The GHT Companies, of Vista, Calif., not only holds the exclusive North American rights to the vegan vitamin D3 product line but also has exclusive rights for Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. It manufactures Private Label product lines using the unique vitamin D3 through its globally-recognized, wholly-owned subsidiary, Health Specialties Manufacturing, Inc.

Under its own Vibrant Nutraceuticals brand, itsupplies 1000IU and 5000IU softgel capsules of Vegan Vitamin D3. It also makes a 200IU vitamin D3 spray for kids in a mild orange fruit flavor and a flavorless 400IU version for adults.

The GHT Companies’ president and CEO, Jim Rex, said, “We are delighted to have received Non-GMO Product Verification. It is yet another validation of the superior nature of Vegan Vitamin D3 and GHT’s commitment to introduce revolutionary products into both the US and international markets. Vegans are exceptionally health-conscious consumers and want the best and most effective source of vitamin D that does not conflict with their ethics. I’m extremely pleased to say that there has been wonderfully positive feedback to a genuine plant-based source of vitamin D3.”

About The GHT Companies

The GHTCompanies have been one of the most trusted names in the nutritional supplement field since 1996. The group is structured to collaborate with founding scientists to develop their unique ingredient and product discoveries and to deliver industry-leading, high quality consumer products on a global basis. GHT’s core purpose is: “Translating Scientific Discovery into Business Enterprise.”

Global Health Trax (“Global”) offers a select and exclusive array of digestive supplement products which it sells globally to retail centers and direct-to-consumers, through wholesale distributors and outside sales agents. Global also offers worldwide order fulfillment services to customers, which includes warehousing, a controlled area for high value merchandise, real-time camera secured facility, inventory control, packaging, shipping and supportive reporting.

Health Specialties Manufacturing (“HSM”) offers powder and liquid formulation, manufacturing and production services for private label lines and contract manufacturing to the global nutritional supplement industry. Full in-house capabilities are supported by multiple production lines, a science team and a dedicated quality control team. HSM is an FDA regulated/registered facility that is cGMP certified, as well as Sport certified. Through its exclusive collaborative partnerships with founding scientists, HSM provides distribution of select raw ingredients.

Vibrant Nutraceuticals (“Vibrant”) acquired the rights to a unique and diversified array of high quality nutritional supplements which it markets globally. These products address the needs of varying health sectors including Vegan and Vegetarian, Children, Immunity, and Basic Daily Health. A primary objective of Vibrant is focused on delivering these high quality products at affordable prices throughout the world.

Contact: Jesse Richardson
Telephone: 760.542.3000

Murphy Commodities Announces Non-GMO Project Verified Oils

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

MurphyCommodities-LOGOPORTLAND, OR – Murphy Commodities is pleased to announce immediate availability of four Non-GMO Project Verified oils: Organic Soybean Oil, Organic Canola Oil, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil and High Oleic Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil. These ingredients have been audited and verified by globally recognized certifying authorities NSF International and the Non-GMO Project.

All products are available in bulk tanker trucks, 275 gal totes, 55 gal drums and the 35 lb JIBS. These sizes support large-scale operations, niche manufacturers and distributors selling into commissaries, restaurants and other food-service industries. High Oleic oils are often suitable replacements for hydrogenated oils, making a healthier food product and a cleaner label.

Said President Dave Loboy, “We knew there was a significant need for non-GMO ingredients and believed there was a more effective and efficient way to bring these products to market.” Grains and Oilseeds are typically produced on such a large scale that the supply chain from farm to manufacturing is not segregated. This presents a challenge in order to maintain product integrity while obtaining the scale required for farmers and processors.

Loboy added, “We helped communicate the needs of our customers and our supply partners responded quite well. We’re very excited to offer organics and non-GMO food ingredients for a consumer who is both smarter and more demanding. The many statewide non-GMO ballot measures underscores the desire for choice and transparency.”

About Murphy Commodities

Murphy Commodities is a trading firm based out of Portland Oregon specializing in the distribution of bulk ingredients.

For more information, please contact:

The Uhlmann Company is proud to announce Non-GMO Project Verification for the Heckers and Ceresota unbleached and whole wheat baking flours

Thursday, October 16th, 2014


The Uhlmann Company is proud to announce Non-GMO Project Verification for the Heckers and Ceresota unbleached and whole wheat baking flours. As a family owned company, we take great pride in the quality and integrity of our products, and this verification helps us deliver on that pledge.

The Non-GMO Project offers the only independent verification in North America for products made according to rigorous best practices for GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) avoidance.

Our Heckers and Ceresota unbleached and whole wheat flours are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard—that means ongoing testing of all GMO risk ingredients, facility inspections and audits to ensure that we’re meeting the highest possible standards for GMO avoidance.

We are currently in the process of updating both Heckers and Ceresota flour packaging to include the Non-GMO Project Verified seal; the Uhlmann Company respects consumer’s right to know what is in their food. With GMOs now present in more than 75% of conventional processed food, choosing Non-GMO Project Verified flour like Heckers and Ceresota is the most reliable way for families to avoid GMOs.

Heckers and Ceresota unbleached flours have been a favorite with bakers since 1843 and 1891 respectfully; milled originally to meet the demands of the best European bakers. We start with a special blend of premium wheat that has more protein than most leading brands. Then, we let it whiten naturally—no chemicals, bleaching agents, no bromate, and now Non-GMO Project Verified.

4Legz announces Non-GMO Project Verification with their All Natural Dog Treats

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

4legz4Legz is proud to announce the Non-GMO Project Verification of our products. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization offering North America’s only third party Verification and labeling for non-gmo (genetically modified organism) food and products. Securing Verified status confirms 4Legz products are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard, including ongoing testing of risk ingredients.

4legz is an All Natural Dog Treats Company specializing in unique cookies for your dogs. “Made of Ingredients you can Pronounce” – A statement made by one of our customers that best summarizes what we do!

We started 4Legz with the idea of freshly baked treats made out of wholesome ingredients.  Treating your pet to a cookie is supposed to be fun, so we wanted to get beyond the dog biscuit and developed some recipes that are sure to bring a smile to you as well!

Made in the USA, with only human grade ingredients that are Non-GMO Project Verified. Feel free to check out the various treats we make. More and more pet lovers prefer to pamper their dogs with healthy, natural foods and treats. You will notice the many different shapes of our treats. Each treat also has a story behind them to keep the consumer “begging for more”!

We are involved in many different communities and charities events within Washington State and throughout the USA. We are also giving back to the community as a way of hiring other disabilities just as myself to help improve work relation, to build character by empowering them through gainful employment opportunities. Being disabled give us the opportunity to be able in ways we can.

Stay tuned for more treats coming your way!

To get more information about 4Legz, visit You may also follow us on Facebook

Contact: Cynthia Murray


Friday, October 3rd, 2014

real-deal-logo-non-gmo-verifiedKeystone Foods is pleased to announce that its signature line of snacks, The Real Deal Snacks, has received the Non-GMO Project Verified seal from the Non-GMO Project, an independent verification that assures a product has been produced according to best practices for GMO avoidance.

After undergoing a series of evaluations, the Non-GMO Project Verification was given to The Real Deal Snacks Original and Sriracha Veggie Chips; Blue and White Corn Tortillas; and the company’s Corn Pretzels. The seal will be displayed prominently on all packaging moving forward.

“Our consumers trust us to deliver great tasting snacks with the very best ingredients possible,” said Chris Busse, VP Sales and Marketing, The Real Deal Snacks. “Undergoing the verification process to earn the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal was very important to us so we could ensure our consumers can always feel good about choosing The Real Deal Snacks.”

For more than 60 years the Corriere family has not only worked to harvest the healthiest flavors and turn them into delicious snacks –but they have been at the forefront of wholesome snack food innovation. The Real Deal Snacks Veggie Chips are a great-tasting snack made with real peas, real corn and real rice – and contain one and a half servings of vegetables in every delicious ounce. Veggie Chips are baked, gluten free, and contain 80% less fat than potato chips – making them the perfect snack! And earlier this year, the company launched Corn Pretzels, which are truly one-of-a-kind. These pretzels are low fat and low in sodium and contain just 110 calories per serving with the crunch of a traditional pretzel plus golden color and rich flavor of corn– a great, healthy snack for any time of the day!

About The Real Deal Snacks 

The Corriere Family has been growing some of the finest grains and vegetable crops in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania for generations. Knowing exactly what it takes to harness the sun and the seasons to harvest the best crops, they began producing natural, delicious snacks and set the standard for preserving every ounce of nature’s goodness in every delicious bag! Their signature line of products, The Real Deal Snacks, are delicious and wholesome – and each product offers a distinct, appetizing flavor with a deliciously rewarding crunch! Visit us at

Lindsey Raivich
(917) 757-7810

Doylestown Fresh products are now Non-GMO Project Verified

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Doylestown FreshDOYLESTOWN, PA (September 24, 2014) – VEG-E Systems is proud to announce that it’s local products, Doylestown Fresh’s Fresh Mix and Red Butter, are now Non-GMO Project Verified.

“The Non-GMO Project Verification is a perfect example of our dedication to growing the healthiest greens we can,” said Dennis Riling, founder of VEG-E Systems. “Our customers have the right to know what’s in their food, which is why we are voluntarily participating in the Non-GMO Project Verification.”Vegesystems

Around the world, more than 60 countries restrict, ban, or require labeling for GMO products. Currently, GMO foods are not required to be tested in the United States, and may have potential health risks.

A GMO (genetically modified organism) is an organism from a plant or animal that has been genetically engineered. DNA from one type of plant or animal is inserted into a different type in hopes of gaining beneficial properties, such as resistance to pests or reduced need for water.

Other Doylestown Fresh products, such as basil, are in the process of becoming Non-GMO Project Verified.

Doylestown Fresh is the local brand of VEG-E Systems, an indoor hydroponic farm based in Doylestown. VEG-E Systems is dedicated to giving local communities access to fresh, healthy produce. The company has local roots as it was founded by Delaware Valley College alumni Dennis Riling and Tim Sulzer. For more information on VEG-E Systems or its local brand Doylestown Fresh, visit or

Kayla Sheely
215-622-2199 ext. 5