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PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

 

Logo-Final-CSI-RECOLORPurwokerto, Indonesia (March 05, 2015) – PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia, the Indonesia-based producer of organic coconut sugar and nectar, is proud to announce that the Non-GMO Project has verified its line-up of product offerings. This development is particularly significant given the fact that the Non-GMO Project is North America’s only third-party verification and labeling organization for non-GMO food and products. PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia’s new Verified status means that its products have been produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project’s rigorous Standard for GMO avoidance.

Founder and CEO Mr. Amir Sudjono stresses the importance of PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia’s Verified status as integral to the organization’s mission: “From the time we established ourselves, we were certain that we wanted to offer to consumers a unique proposition which was wholesome, nutritious, and organic with no genetically modified organisms in any form or manner. This verification is a clear ratification of our mission.”

PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia’s decision to have its products Verified stems from the idea that consumers should always receive what’s in their best interest, especially when purchasing food items. GMOs have not been proven safe, which is why PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia strives to ensure that none of its coconut sugar products contain any form of GMOs.

Looking into the future, Mr. Amir Sudjono stresses that all product offerings from the company will always be non-GMO and organic.

About PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia:

PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia is a Purwokerto-based maker of organic coconut sugar. It is based in the Banyumas region, which is the country’s center of organic coconut sugar production.

Besides unwavering adherence to non-GMO principles, PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia takes immense pride in the way it contributes to society, especially the local economy. For instance, there are no middlemen involved in the production of organic coconut sugar at PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia. What this means is that farmers working hard to extract coconut nectar from coconut trees (from which coconut sugar is ultimately made) get the best value for their efforts.

Moreover, ecological sustenance is at the very core of PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia. This is easily apparent when considering facts such as:

  • Coconut trees remain in the peak of health even after coconut nectar is extracted from them and can do so for a long period of time without any adverse impact whatsoever.
  • Coco Sugar Indonesia is actively involved in ensuring that coconut tree plantations are maximized in the region, which has a big impact on overall ecology of the area.
  • At no point in the production process are any kind of artificial ingredients used – 100% natural and organic items go into producing the coconut sugar that consumers receive. This is in addition to having one of the most state-of-the-art manufacturing plants in the country for producing coconut sugar.

PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia has always had the mission of sustenance as its focal point, and Non-GMO Project Verification simply affirms that mission.

 

 

 

Bona Dea Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

bonadea_logo_purple_largeAustin, TX (March 27, 2015) — Bona Dea is pleased to announce that their line of gluten and allergen free baking mixes and flour are now Non-GMO Project Verified, underscoring the brand’s dedication to healthier allergen free options.

“Receiving Non-GMO Project Verification is another great success in providing full transparency of our ingredients and practices to our customers, which is of upmost importance in the gluten and allergen free market,” says Melissa Robinson, CEO of Bona Dea. “We’re committed to producing the best gluten and allergen free products and giving you the knowledge of where every ingredient comes from.”

The Non-GMO Project is North America’s only third-party verification and labeling organization for non-GMO food and products. The baking mixes underwent a series of rigorous tests and audits to ensure that they adhere to the Non-GMO Project’s strict Standard for GMO avoidance. Those mixes include:

  • Positively Pancakes Mix
  • Marvelous Muffins Mix
  • Outrageous Oat Cookies Mix
  • Scrumptious Scones Mix
  • All Purpose Flour

As the brand continues to expand its lineup, Bona Dea will remain dedicated to creating non-GMO products.

About Bona Dea:

Women-owned and operated in Austin, TX, Bona Dea produces baking mixes and flour that are free from gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, and nuts; certified Kosher, vegan and made with organic whole grains. At Bona Dea, we believe our choices have an impact on our bodies, our communities and our world. Partnering with people who care and are cared for, we select clean ingredients grown in harmony with the earth that nurture your body and your soul. We create products that bring joy to the table.

Bona Dea baking mixes are sold at retail locations across the U.S. including Whole Foods Market, and online at bonadeaglutenfree.com/shop. For more information, visit us at bonadeaglutenfree.com, become a fan on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @bonadeagf.

Setton Farms Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

SETTON LOGO HIGH RESTerra Bella, CA (March 16, 2015)—Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc., the nation’s second largest pistachio processor and maker of Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites, based in California’s Central Valley, is proud to announce that their Roasted Salted Pistachios, Roasted Unsalted Pistachios, and Pistachio Chewy Bites are now Non-GMO Project Verified. 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.

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. As North America’s only third-party verification organization, the Non-GMO Project rigorously tests each major high-risk ingredient in a product and requires that every batch of high-risk food, such as corn, soy, and canola, is tested before use and is below 0.9%, the same action threshold that the European Union uses.

“We are very excited that we can officially announce to our consumers that we are Non-GMO Project Verified,” said Setton Farms COO Mia Cohen. “Being non-GMO is extremely important to us, and we are thrilled to offer our customers the assurance that our products are safe, ethical, and delicious.”

Over 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide are bred for herbicide tolerance. As a result, the use of toxic herbicides has increased drastically since GMOs were introduced. GMO crops are also responsible for the emergence of “super weeds” and “super bugs”, which results in even more pesticide application.

For more information about the Non-GMO Project and a complete list of Verified products, visit www.NonGMOProject.org.

For more information about Pistachio Chewy Bites, visit www.PistachioChewyBites.com.

About Setton Pistachio Of Terra Bella, Inc.

Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc., the second largest pistachio processor in the United States, has been growing and processing pistachios in the Central Valley of California since 1986. Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. has ownership in over 10,000 acres of planted pistachios and currently has the capacity to process over 135 million pounds of pistachios owned by Setton and its grower partners. Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. provides pistachios to more than 50 foreign markets, and through Setton International Foods Inc., distributes a variety of nuts and dried fruits to wholesalers and retailers throughout the United States. Visit www.settonfarms.com to learn more.

popchips Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Los Angeles, CA (February 26, 2015) — popchips Inc., popchips_logo_RGB_redthe innovative popped snack company, is pleased to announce that seven of its flavors are now Non-GMO Project Verified, underscoring the brand’s dedication to healthier snacks.

“Research shows that a majority of Americans are very concerned about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their food, which is why popchips is committed to producing snacks made from the purest ingredients,” says Marc Seguin, Chief Marketing Officer for popchips. “Receiving Non-GMO Project Verification for so many of our flavors validates our efforts to produce snacking options that people can feel confident about choosing.”

The Non-GMO Project is North America’s only third-party verification and labeling organization for non-GMO food and products. The popchips flavors that earned Non-GMO Project Verification underwent a series of rigorous tests and audits to ensure that they adhere to the Non-GMO Project’s strict Standard for GMO avoidance. Those flavors include:

  • barbeque
  • sea salt
  • sea salt & vinegar
  • sweet potato
  • veggie sea salt
  • veggie hint of olive oil
  • veggie tuscan herb

As the brand continues to expand its flavor lineup, popchips will remain dedicated to creating non-GMO products.

About popchips:

popchips, one of the hottest snack brands in North America and the UK, is a delicious line of popped potato, tortilla and corn chips with all the flavor and half the fat of fried chips. popchips has been winning awards and acclaim since its launch in 2007, while garnering a passionate following among trendsetters, moms, sports enthusiasts, and celebrities alike. popchips’ fans include Jillian Michaels, Ashton Kutcher, and Sean (Diddy) Combs.

popchips are now sold at over 30,000 retail locations across North America and the UK, including Whole Foods Market, Safeway, Kroger, Target, Walgreens, Wegmans, Loblaws, select Costco locations, and online at store.popchips.com. For more information about the company and its products, pop over to www.popchips.com, become a fan on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

Sugar & Spice Market Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Monday, March 9th, 2015

SS_Logo_72dpi-CopyAtlanta, GA­ — Sugar & Spice Market, LLC. proudly announces that they have received Non-GMO Project Verification for their Gluten Free Baking Mixes and Flour.

The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification program for products made according to their rigorous Standard for GMO avoidance. GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species.

To meet the Non-GMO Project’s Standard for GMO avoidance and receive Verification, products must undergo ongoing testing of all ingredients at high risk of being genetically modified, facility inspections, and an annual audit to ensure compliance with the Standard, which includes segregation and traceability to prevent GMO contamination. Sugar & Spice Market Gluten Free Mixes and Flour have met these rigorous standards. Their current line of Non-GMO Project Verified Gluten Free products include:

  • Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  • Gluten Free Brownie Mix
  • Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix
  • Gluten Free Pancake/Waffle Mix
  • Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix
  • Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix

“We will not compromise on the quality and integrity of our products,” says Beth Napoli, owner and CEO of Sugar & Spice Market. It has been the mission of Sugar & Spice Market to meet the needs of the gluten free and non-GMO community. The Non-GMO Project Verified seal provides proof to the consumer that products have met the strict requirements of the Non-GMO Project Standard for GMO avoidance.

About Sugar & Spice Market, LLC.

Family owned and operated, Sugar & Spice Market., LLC. is a company that prides itself on the quality of their gluten free products. The owners of Sugar & Spice Market believe that “gluten free does not have to be taste free.” Their gluten free flour and baking mixes have been specially formulated to provide the texture and flavor that are characteristic of traditional baked goods and recipes. All of their current products are certified gluten free, certified kosher, dairy/casein free, soy free, wheat free, peanut free, tree nut free and possess the Non-GMO Project Verified seal. For more information visit their website at www.sugarandspicemarket.com.

Bonne Maman Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Bonne MamanRYE, NY, and BIARS, FRANCE; March 3, 2015 – Bonne Maman, the line of 100% all-natural preserves, is proud to announce that the prestigious Non-GMO Project Verification has verified the 15 varieties of its preserves. The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification for products without GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Bonne Maman’s high-quality ingredients were put through rigorous testing and are verified to be in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard – meaning ongoing testing of all GMO risk ingredients, facility inspections and an annual audit.

“At Bonne Maman we still produce our preserves from the same time-honored traditional French recipes used since the inception of the brand. Our products feature only the finest quality fruit and 100% all-natural ingredients,” stated Thierry Jean, CEO of Andros Foods North America. “We take great pride in ensuring only the highest-quality ingredients are used to produce all of our products. We are honored that the Non-GMO Project has granted us this prestigious designation and we’ll proudly share it with all of our loyal customers.”

The preserves verified to carry the Non-GMO Project Verification logo include: Strawberry, Raspberry, Cherry, Wild Berry, Apricot, Four Fruits, Blackberry, Fig, Mixed Berries, Orange Marmalade, Peach, Apricot-Raspberry, Golden Plum Mirabelle, Plum, and Raspberry Mix.

Bonne Maman is the fastest growing preserves brand in the U.S. and #3 selling brand of preserves in the US*. The brand provides consumers with products of the highest quality in the finest French culinary tradition. Bonne Maman produces 15 varieties of preserves from the original Strawberry to the newest flavor, Golden Plum Mirabelle. Bonne Maman Preserves, produced in France, are all-natural, with no artificial coloring, no high fructose corn syrup and no preservatives added. Everything in Bonne Maman Preserves could easily be found in grandma’s kitchen cabinet.

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.