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White Oak Pastures Receives Non-GMO Project Verification

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

white-oak-pastures-logo-reversed011White Oak Pastures, the largest pastured poultry operation in the U.S. and one of the largest multi-species, humane and regenerative farms in the country, has switched to non-GMO feed for its poultry, pigs, and rabbits. The farm recently received Non-GMO Project verification on their animal products.

Each year, White Oak Pastures pasture-raises and hand-butchers 260,000 broiler chickens, 12,000 laying hens, 8,200 turkeys, 7,600 ducks, 6,000 guinea fowl, 3,000 geese, 1,000 rabbits, and 200 pigs. The animals are raised entirely on pasture and processed on the farm, and now fed entirely non-GMO feed. White Oak Pastures has received many customer requests for non-GMO products, but struggled to find a feed mill that could supply its volume. The farm is is proud to now be able to offer these products to consumers.

White Oak Pastures’ switch to non-GMO feed is one in a number of steps the farm has taken since the mid-1990s to transition from a monoculture of cattle raised using industrial methods to a kinder, gentler agriculture that strives to emulate nature. The farm has phased out confinement feeding of grain, chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and hormones and antibiotics. White Oak Pastures built on-farm USDA-inspected red meat and poultry abattoirs, designed by Temple Grandin, so the animals wouldn’t travel to slaughter. It is the only farm in the country with both facilities on the property. White Oak Pastures now pasture-raises 10 species of livestock, and offers 60+ varieties of certified organic produce, pastured eggs, artisan goods, on-site lodging, dining and educational workshops. White Oak Pastures is excited to continue moving down this path with the addition of non-GMO feed for its animals.

Learn more about White Oak Pastures and shop online at www.whiteoakpastures.com.

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Valley Oils Earns Non-GMO Project Verification on Entire Product Line

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Valley Oils Logo Vertical AlignmentValley Oils is proud to announce that we have received Non-GMO Project Verification for our entire line of products: Extra Virgin (Expeller-Pressed) Canola Oil, Refined Canola Oil, and Canola Meal.

“We are very excited to receive Non-GMO Project Verification,” says Keith Walker, Valley Oils CEO. “This validates our commitment to bringing our customers the highest quality products designed in a system to maximize transparency and traceability. We structured our supply chain to ensure the integrity of our products, from supplying local growers with seed to processing with only natural ingredients. By targeting new areas where canola is not presently produced, we are able to expand the sources of Non-GMO products as well as the economic opportunities for our growers and promote responsible and sustainable practices.”

Valley Oils chose to get our products Non-GMO Project Verified because we respect people’s ability to make informed decisions about the products they choose to purchase. The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification for products made according to rigorous best practices for GMO (genetically modified organisms) avoidance. Our verified products are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard – that means ongoing testing of all major GMO risk ingredients, facility inspections and an annual audit to ensure we’re meeting the highest possible standards for GMO avoidance.

Based in San Diego, CA, Valley Oils concentrates on the development and commercialization of unique, value added specialty products for food and industrial uses. Our goal is to provide quality non-GMO products for greater food and feed security, offer viable plant-based solutions for certain specialty and fine chemical production and create new economic opportunities for farmers and rural communities.

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Rodgers’® Puddings Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Rodgers' Banana Pudding FillingRodgers’ Puddings is pleased to announce that their four refrigerated grass-fed milk puddings (Banana Pudding Filling, Coconut, Blueberry, and Guava) are now Non-GMO Project Verified. The puddings are also Kosher Certified. Additionally the puddings are Halal Certified, except for the Banana Pudding Filling.

The Non-GMO Project is North America’s only third-party verification and labeling organization for non-GMO food and products.  GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, and other animals and plants.  The puddings underwent a series of rigorous tests and audits to ensure that they adhere to the Non-GMO Project’s strict Standard for GMO avoidance.

“We believe that consumers have the right to know what is in their food.  Earning Non-GMO Project verification helped to validate our commitment” said Reggie Rodgers, co-owner of Rodgers’ Puddings.  Our puddings have multi-purpose uses, consumed as is, infused into baked cakes, muffins, cupcakes, french toast, spread and drizzle over poundcake and bread pudding, baked in pie shell, mixed into granola, fruit, oatmeal, and blended with fruit to make smoothies Plus More.  It is entirely up to you….expand your horizon by expanding your palate.

Find out more about Rodgers’ Puddings at www.rodgerspuddings.com.

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Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Almond Butter, Peanut Butter and Sunflower Seed Butter Receive Non-GMO Project Verification

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

BB_web_logo_pinkThe Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification for GMO avoidance. Betsy’s Best nut butters are also gluten-free, low in sugar, and feature delicious, superfood ingredients.

Betsy’s Best, maker of delicious and nutritious gourmet nut and seed butters, is proud to announce that their Gourmet Almond Butter, Peanut Butter and Sunflower Seed Butter have been Non-GMO Project Verified.

While all the ingredients in Betsy’s Best line of gourmet nut and seed butters were chosen because they were not made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), receiving the stamp of approval from the Non-GMO Project was a non- negotiable for the company.

“We chose to get our products Non-GMO Project Verified because we respect people’s right to know what is in their food,” says Betsy Opyt, President and CEO. “We believe this verification offers the highest transparency about GMOs.”

Betsy’s Best was developed by Opyt, a registered dietitian, who was frustrated by the lack of healthy, great tasting nut butters available. Motivated to create an all-natural alternative, she created the recipes for each flavor in her kitchen. Besides featuring non-GMO ingredients, the Gourmet Peanut Butter, Almond Butter and Sunflower Seed Butter include Himalayan pink salt, chia seeds, cinnamon and honey, sourced from responsible, honest and healthy vendors. All of the products are gluten free. Betsy’s Best newest product offering, Gourmet Cashew Butter, is also composed solely of non-GMO ingredients and is currently working towards Non-GMO Project verification.

“When I created Betsy’s Best, I set out to make a delicious, all natural nut butter that I felt good about feeding my family,” Opyt explains. “Choosing non-GMO ingredients was an important part of that process, so we are especially proud to be Non-GMO Project Verified. Choosing Non-GMO Project Verified products is the most reliable way for your family to avoid GMOs.”

About Betsy’s Best
Betsy’s Best® is a gourmet line of delicious nut and seed butters created by dietitian and 2015 Florida Young Mother of the Year, Betsy Opyt. Featuring a signature blend of distinctive, key ingredients like cinnamon and chia seeds, these nut and seed butters are healthy and uniquely flavorful.

The Betsy’s Best lineup includes Gourmet Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Seed Butter and new Cashew Butter. For more than 60 hand-crafted recipes and to learn more about Betsy’s Best, go to www.BetsysBest.com or connect on social media – Facebook.com/LoveBetsysBest, Twitter @BetsysBestFood, Instagram @BetsysBest, and Pinterest /LoveBetsysBest. Betsy’s Best brands are the initial offerings of Healthy Concepts Food Company, LLC.

About The Non-GMO Project
The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification for products made according to rigorous best practices for GMO (genetically modified organisms) avoidance.

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For more media information:
Bridget McIntyre
(888) 685-8292 x8
bridget@betsysbest.com

Kingdom Fresh Farms Receives Non-GMO Project Verification

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

KingdomFreshFarmsLogoKingdom Fresh Farms, a leading fresh produce grower and marketer in the United States, is proud to announce that our tomatoes have been Non-GMO Project Verified. Starting this spring, consumers will be able to find our tomatoes on store shelves with the promise that they have remained non-genetically modified.

“This is very exciting for us” says Guillermo Martinez, General Manger at Kingdom Fresh Farms, “we choose to get our products Non-GMO Project Verified, because we respect the consumer’s right to know what is in the food they are eating and it is a way of affirming our commitment to produce fresh and healthy tomatoes and vegetables”.

The Non-GMO Project is the only entity in North America that offers third-party verification and labeling for products made according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, and the associated seal is the most trusted sign that a product is produced through best practices for GMO avoidance.

About Kingdom Fresh Farms
Kingdom Fresh Farms, is a business focused grower specializing in a year-round, full assortment of tomatoes grown in multiple regions of Mexico, with headquarters in the centrally located and industrialized region of Torreon, Mexico.

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For more information please contact:
Guillermo Martinez
Phone: (956) 668- 8988
Email: gmartinez@kingdomfresh.com

Welcome Eric!

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

The Non-GMO Project welcomes Eric Emsky as our new Quality Assurance Assistant. Eric is a native Washingtonian who calls Colorado his home away from home. Before joining the Non-GMO Project, he spent close to a decade racing mountain bikes and cyclocross competitively around the world. When not in the office, you can find Eric attempting to break the sound barrier on his mountain bike, losing himself in a scintillating read, grooving to the latest ear candy, and soaking in as much sun as he possibly can. Here is a quick Q&A to help you get to know Eric better:

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

In my early teens, I started racing mountain bikes and quickly learned what you put in your body has a tremendous impact on how you perform. Eating whole, organic, and minimally processed foods has allowed me to live at my fullest potential and accomplish the loftiest of goals which I set for myself.

I have used the Non-GMO Project Verified seal to help me make conscious purchasing decisions for many years now. It has been an invaluable aid that has helped me navigate the myriad of grocery products and foods. I am a firm believer that  you vote with your dollar every day.  Being able to support organizations that are committed to producing products which are not genetically modified is powerful. In addition, I have admired the Non-GMO Project as a news source for everyday consumers to tune in to modern day food issues and provide the necessary resources to empower people to make meaningful change in their communities. After learning that the Project was based in the town which I love so much, I was there!

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

After many years of being a competitive athlete, I developed a deep interest for organic foods, nutrition, and food science, which later spurred my entry into working in natural foods stores. I learned that I loved sharing health promoting foods and being in the natural and organic foods industry.

While I have a business administration degree, I spent a considerable amount of time studying biology and behavioral neuroscience. I spent one of my favorite summers working in a neuroscience research lab studying the neurobiology of addiction. I find it a dream come true to be able to marry my passion for the natural world around us to my technical business skills.

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

I am excited to work in an organization which shares many of my personal values and allows me to use my time and energy to help ensure the integrity of our food systems and environment. I am thrilled to be a part of helping enact meaningful change for our food systems on a global scale. We have one planet to inhabit and we better make sure that future generations are able to lead happy and healthy lives here!

Taiyo’s Sunfiber receives Non-GMO Project Verification

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Sunfiber-colorTaiyo is proud to announce that its all-natural Sunfiber has been Non-GMO Project Verified. Sunfiber, a galactomannan-based fiber, is also 100 percent gluten-free, certified Organic, Kosher and Halal and suitable for vegetarians.

“We are proud to achieve Non-GMO Project Verification, which validates Sunfiber’s quality and the integrity of our supply chain,” says Scott Smith, vice president of Taiyo International. “This confirms that Sunfiber is produced in compliance with rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, including segregation and traceability to prevent contamination.”

Sunfiber is a soluble, transparent and tasteless dietary fiber with strong prebiotic characteristics. A true regulating fiber, Sunfiber uniquely helps reduce occasional constipation and diarrhea, and return stool to a normal healthy state. Sunfiber also offers a comfortable, healthy satiety effect by slowing gastric transit time.

“We chose to get Sunfiber Non-GMO Project Verified because we respect people’s right to know what is in their food and dietary supplements. We believe this verification offers the highest transparency about GMOs.”

Smith adds that, “This Non-GMO Project Verification is one of several important milestones achieved recently. Earlier this year, Health Canada approved Sunfiber’s claims related to its effectiveness in treating symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), as well as its ability to relieve intestinal issues related to childhood constipation.”

For additional information about Sunfiber, visit www.Sunfiber.com.

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For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Media Relations at 952-697-5220.

 

Dei Fratelli has Achieved Non-GMO Project Verification

Friday, April 15th, 2016

DF-Tomato-Logo-TransparentIn response to consumers’ desire to make more informed choices about the food they eat, Dei Fratelli – a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated line of tomato favorites – has earned Non-GMO Project Verification on their popular product lines. Starting this Spring, consumers will be able to find their favorite Dei Fratelli products on store shelves with the promise that they have remained non-genetically modified.

“Having the Non-GMO Project Verification validates the great care and effort that we’ve put into producing the best quality products on the market,” said Herb Milem, Director of Retail Sales at Hirzel Canning Company & Farms. “It’s an additional way of affirming to our customers the quality and integrity of our tomato products. We have always believed in integrity of source, supply chain and quality, which is why we germinate the seeds and provide them to our local growers. Having the Non-GMO Project Verification affords our consumers the independent confirmation of the integrity of the foods they are eating.”

The Non-GMO Project Verification represents Dei Fratelli’s ongoing commitment to provide the highest quality products made from ingredients tested for quality, authenticity and transparency. The Non-GMO Project is the only entity in North America that offers third-party verification and labeling for products made according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, and the associated seal is the most trusted sign that a product is produced through best practices for GMO avoidance.

“We know that consumers want to know what’s in the food they eat,” shares Milem. “We are proud to be leading the way in the tomato and canned foods category by earning Non-GMO Project Verification.”

About Dei Fratelli
Dei Fratelli is manufactured by Hirzel Canning Company & Farms in Toledo, Ohio. A fourth-generation, family-owned and operated company founded in 1923, Hirzel Canning Company & Farms produces canned tomatoes, carton tomatoes, tomato products and sauerkraut in three processing locations. The company owns extensive greenhouses and farms in northwest Ohio. For more information visit us at DeiFratelli.com, Facebook.com/DeiFratelli, and Pinterest.com/deifratelli/. For the latest updates follow us on Twitter @DeiFratelli and Instagram @Dei_Fratelli.

ABOUT THE NON-GMO PROJECT
The Non-GMO Project, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, offers North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food and products. There are currently more than 33,000 Non-GMO Project Verified products from nearly 2,000 brands, representing well over $12 Billion in annual sales. Non-GMO Project Verified is currently one of the fastest growing labels in the natural food sector, and increasingly is an attribute sought by conventional brands as well. To learn more visit www.nongmoproject.org.

 

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Keller Crafted Achieves Non-GMO Project Verification

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

UntitledKeller Crafted, leading the way in the Charcuterie category, is proud to announce Non-GMO Project Verification on select products! Our artisan meat products are hand crafted sourcing meat only from animals that are humanely raised and harvested. These animals are never given antibiotics or hormones and we only use organically approved preservation techniques.

We at Keller Crafted chose to get our products Non-GMO Project Verified because we respect those we intend to feed. Contrary to industry claims, GMOs have never been properly tested for human safety. Keller Crafted believes people have a right to know that the food they are eating and feeding their loved ones is safe. Being Non-GMO Project Verified offers consumers the highest transparency.

Our Verified Products: kellercrafted.com/collections

Genetically Modified Organisms are a product of experimental technology, the results are unstable combinations of genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional breeding.

The bottom line is that GMOs raise health concerns. With GMOs now present in more than 80% of conventional processed food and a growing body of evidence connecting them to major health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights, choosing Non-GMO Project Verified products is the most reliable way for your family to avoid mystery meat.

Our verified products are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard—that means we must follow rigorous practices for GMO avoidance, including segregation and traceability to prevent contamination.

About Keller Crafted:

Charcuterie is the art, craft and science of salting, smoking and curing meats. Mark Keller’s personal ethic is to follow responsible decision making – which may delay our own personal gratification. We are hoping to demonstrate that this belief and practice produces a highly superior product.  It might even change your idea of how things are “supposed” to taste! Please join us in our mission.  And above all, enjoy.

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For more information about our company, please visit:

KombuchaYum Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Friday, March 18th, 2016

109905 KOMBUCHAYUM LOGO - USDA CertifiedWe are very pleased to announce that KombuchaYum, the first USDA Certified Organic kombucha produced in the state of Washington has now received Non-GMO Project Verification.

Our product labels will now proudly exhibit the verification seal, which represents our ongoing commitment to provide the highest quality kombucha made from ingredients tested for quality, authenticity, and transparency.

We are also happy to announce delicious new flavor blends featuring the rather remarkable superfood botanical known as Moringa Oleifera. This fast growing, hardy tree is native to South Asia and is now found throughout the tropics.

The leaves offer an extraordinary nutrient profile and are very rich in amino acids, antioxidants, and minerals. As an addition in our brewing of kombucha, we have discovered a unique synergy of delicious flavor and health supporting nutrients along with the probiotic benefits already known to kombucha. We have nine new tasty flavors featuring this remarkable superfood.

We have also addressed our many customer requests for caffeine free alternatives and have reformulated two of our previously offered blends with the ever popular Rooibos tea, which besides being caffeine free is also very low in tannins.

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