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Orchard Valley Harvest Earns Non-GMO Project Verification on All Products

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

13-FS-0133-LGO1-V1R1-black-taglineOrchard Valley Harvest has announced that all of their products are now Non-GMO Project Verified – ensuring healthier snacking and baking options for consumers.

In addition to providing consumers with quality products containing no artificial ingredients, Orchard Valley Harvest is taking steps to provide transparent information on the ingredients used in its products. The company is updating its packaging to include the Non-GMO Project Verified seal, as well as its commitment to no artificial ingredients.

“We have always been committed to providing consumers with good tasting closer to the earth products,” said Howard Brandeisky, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Customer Solutions at John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., the manufacturer and distributor of Orchard Valley Harvest products. “The new Non-GMO Project verification allows us to provide information to help consumers make informed decisions when shopping for snacking and baking products.”

A brand dedicated to offering products with great quality and taste, Orchard Valley Harvest starts with ingredients that are pure and simple. The nuts used are picked at their peak, minimally processed and have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Orchard Valley Harvest products can be found in the produce section of retail stores among fruits, vegetables and other products that help promote a healthier lifestyle. For additional information, visit www.orchardvalleyharvest.com.

About John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. 

John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., (NASDAQ: JBSS), founded in 1922, is a leading processor, marketer and distributor of baking nuts, snack nuts and nut-based products that are sold in multiple distribution channels. Our products can be found under the Fisher Nuts, Orchard Valley Harvest and Sunshine Country brand names and a variety of private brands.

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Non-GMO Project Expands Verification Capacity

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Public Demand for Non-GMO Choices Drives Growth in Program AdministrationNon-GMO Project Verified

With more than 20,000 Non-GMO Project Verified products representing well over $7 Billion in annual sales, demand for the iconic butterfly label continues to surpass projections. In response, the Non-GMO Project has trained additional certification bodies to serve as Technical Administrators for its Product Verification Program.

The role of Technical Administrators is to oversee the verification process and to issue evaluation decisions based on a product’s compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard. This is comparable to the role organic certifiers play in overseeing the National Organic Program.

“We currently have more than 2,200 participating brands, and are receiving an average of 70-80 new verification inquiries every week,” says Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project. “By offering multiple technical service providers for verification, we’re ensuring that every company seeking Non-GMO Project Verification has options and gets the support they need.”

The Non-GMO Project’s original Technical Administrator was FoodChain ID. FoodChain is part of the Global ID Group, an international company with unsurpassed expertise gained from over 20 years of offering non-GMO verification and testing services. In addition to FoodChain, the Project is steadily onboarding new certifiers to administrate its program.

The first new certification body to complete the training process was NSF International, a global public health organization with 70 years of food certification and auditing expertise and a network of hundreds of expert auditors worldwide. Companies can now choose to work with either FoodChain or NSF in order to achieve Non-GMO Project Verification.

In addition, Where Food Comes From is currently in a pilot program for livestock product verification, and the company is on track to be fully operational by later this year. Where Food Comes From houses the expertise of both International Certification Services (ICS) and IMI Global, a leading verifier for the livestock industry.

The newest certifier to join the verification program is SCS Global Services (SCS), a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development. SCS recently began technical training under the supervision of the Non-GMO Project and is expected to start working with companies in a pilot program this fall.

“We’re proud to be working with the world’s leading certification bodies,” says Westgate. “Our goal is to maintain market unity, ensuring that the term ‘Non-GMO’ remains synonymous with our rigorous standard. We are committed to offering partnership opportunities to all credible certifiers, and we are pleased to be expanding program capacity for food companies wanting to verify their products.”

New and existing participating companies can indicate their preferred Technical Administrator by completing a Verification Inquiry Form on the Non-GMO Project website.

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About the Non-GMO Project
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. Click to learn more.

Contact: Caroline Kinsman
Email: caroline@nongmoproject.org
Phone:  877.358.9240, x112

Hemp Oil Canada Announces Non-GMO Project Verification

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

hempoilHemp Oil Canada (HOCI) is proud to announce that many of their products have received Verification by the Non-GMO Project. This official Non-GMO Project Verified label allows manufacturers, bulk wholesalers, distributors and businesses to purchase hemp foods and ingredients with confidence in avoiding GMOs.

As of today, Hemp Oil Canada’s (HOCI) products that have received Non-GMO Project Verified status include:

Hemp Oil Canada’s organic and natural hemp foods and ingredients join the more than 20,000 products verified by the Non-GMO Project since 2010.  More products are to receive verification in the next few months and can also be found listed on the Non-GMO Project online directory.

Barry Tomiski, Hemp Oil Canada’s COO, explains that the company shares the Non-GMO Project’s conviction that consumers deserve to know exactly what is in their food.

GMOs have not been proven safe for human consumption. Some GMO crops have been modified to withstand large doses of pesticides, which are harmful to the environment and humans. Consumers who are concerned with social justice issues also have objections to the business practices of some companies who produce GMOs.

More than 60 countries worldwide have banned or restricted the use of GMOs. The United States has no such restrictions. GMOs are now present in 80% of America’s conventional processed food, so consumers who want to avoid GMOs must rely on independent verification from 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. Their verification proves that Hemp Oil Canada’s Verified products are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard—that means ongoing testing of all GMO risk ingredients, facility inspections and an annual audit to ensure we’re meeting the highest possible standards for GMO avoidance.

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.

In addition to being Non-GMO Project Verified, Hemp Oil Canada’s hemp foods and ingredients are also certified Kosher and Halal.  President Shaun Crew believes these designations allow hemp to be consumed by customers with special dietary requirements.

Learn more about Hemp Oil Canada’s Non-GMO Commitment.

Hemp is Going Mainstream

Hemp foods are gaining popularity as consumers are educated and health savvy who are looking for nutritious, beneficial foods to include in daily meals and recipes.  Gone are the snickers and jokes about hemp’s cousin, marijuana. Legitimate certifications and verifications by organizations such as the Non-GMO Project are elevating hemp’s status across the board.

More cereals, bars, shakes and even veggie burgers now contain hemp as a main ingredient. Several highly recognized chefs have developed their own recipes using hemp ingredients as hemp is now being introduced into the Foodservice industry. Hemp is also feeling the love from dietitians and meal planners at health care facilities.

Hemp Oil Canada is ready to meet this increased demand. They are currently constructing a new, innovative food processing facility in Ste. Agathe, MB which will be completed near the end of 2014.

Hemp Oil Canada’s hemp seed oil is available in minimum wholesale quantity of 20L (5gal)+. Dry hemp products are available in minimum wholesale quantity of 50lbs+. Private labelling services are also available, should you wish to start your own line of hemp foods & ingredients.

For more information on specific hemp food products and ingredients, call 1-800-BUY-HEMP or email info@hempoilcan.com or visit www.hempoilcan.com.

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Contact: Brenda Giesbrecht, Sales & Marketing, Brenda@hempoilcan.com or call 1-800-289-4367

Nadamoo! Celebrates Non-GMO Project Verification During National Ice Cream Month

Monday, July 28th, 2014

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Austin-based NadaMoo! coconut milk ice cream is now officially Non-GMO Project Verified, meaning that products are in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard. Since the inception of the Non-GMO Project, this verification has been a priority for the company, as NadaMoo! was founded with a mission to make the world happier and healthier, one scoop at a time. NadaMoo! ensures a better product by using organic, kosher, Fair Trade Certified and gluten-free ingredients whenever possible in support of a fair, sustainable and non-GMO food chain.

“Becoming Non-GMO Project Verified is a trustworthy and rigorous process, but worth it for our consumers’ health,” said NadaMoo! CEO Daniel Nicholson. “With GMOs now present in more than 80 percent of conventionally processed foods, we at NadaMoo! feel that consumers should be informed when buying products for themselves and their family. We are proud to carry the Non-GMO Project Verification on our products.”

Seven delicious NadaMoo! coconut milk ice cream flavors are now Non-GMO Project Verified, including Lotta Mint Chip, Gotta Do Chocolate, Vanilla…ahhh!, mmm…Maple Pecan, Creamy Coconut, Chocolate Almond Chip and Java Crunch. The newest NadaMoo! flavors, Vanilla Cha Cha Chai, Bananas for PB & Chocolate and Sweet Cherry Lime are in the process of Non-GMO Project Verification. NadaMoo! is available across the United States, Western Canada, and in Mexico at select Whole Foods Markets, Vitamin Cottage/Natural Grocers, H-E-B,  Albertson’s and other natural, conventional, specialty and co-op grocery stores. To find NadaMoo! in your area, visit www.nadamoo.com.

ABOUT NADAMOO!

NadaMoo! is a dairy-free, zero cholesterol, gluten-free, lower calorie and lower carb coconut milk ice cream. Established in Austin, Texas in 2004, NadaMoo! was founded with a mission to make the world happier and healthier, one scoop at a time. Since NadaMoo! is made with the cream of the coconut, each pint retains the same saturated-fat mouth-feel of ice cream while remaining dairy- and gluten-free. Sweetened with agave nectar, NadaMoo! has roughly half the fat and calories of not only ice cream, but also similar dairy-free alternatives. The company makes its products in Texas and is dedicated to using organic, kosher, Fair Trade Certified , gluten-free, and non-GMO ingredients whenever possible in support of a fair, sustainable and contaminant-free food chain. NadaMoo! products are now in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard. NadaMoo! is available in natural, conventional, specialty and co-op grocery stores nationwide and in Mexico.

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Bum Boosa Announces Non-GMO Project Verified Status For Their Bathroom Tissue

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

BumBoosaLogoBum Boosa® Bamboo Products, a leading brand in the USA to offer baby wipes and bathroom tissue made from renewable and sustainable bamboo, announced today that its 100% bamboo bathroom tissue has achieved Non-GMO Project Verification. Bum Boosa Bamboo Bathroom Tissue is the first bathroom tissue to become Non-GMO Project Verified.

“We are committed to providing safe, synthetic-free, tree-free, non-GMO products,” says Bum Boosa Founder Sonja Sheasley. “Non-GMO Project Verification is a significant endorsement that we want to share with our customers as they strive to make educated decisions about not only the food they consume, but also personal care products. We are currently anticipating Non-GMO Verification status for our other products as well.”

_DSC2649_bumboosa_©cesaralsinaAbout Bum Boosa Bamboo Products Bum Boosa has a total of three products: baby wipes, diaper liners and bathroom tissue made from 100% bamboo, and has established itself as an ecological-conscientious company with a commitment to constant progress and accountability in regards to safety, quality and practicing environmental stewardship. Bum Boosa’s product line is currently available at a number of independent natural product retailers, and pharmacies in the USA, Canada, China, and through online merchants in the USA such as Diapers.com,drugstore.com, Amazon, and Abe’s Marketplace.  Bum Boosa has planted 50,000 trees with Trees for the Future and is partnered with Carbonfund.org, whereby they offset 35 tons of carbon annually through various environmental programs.  Bum Boosa is proud to be a certified B Corporation and a nationally certified women-owned business (WBENC). Bum Boosa is also an active member of World Bamboo Organization with whom they work to accurately promote bamboo and elevate bamboo’s status as an important contributor to sustainable environment.

 

To learn more visit www.bumboosa.com

 

Contact: Sonja Sheasley

Bum Boosa® Bamboo Products sonja@bumboosa.com 508-539-1373 ext 5

BioTerra Herbs Achieves Non-GMO Project Verification on Entire Line of Herbal Supplements

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

bioterraherbs_emailBioTerra Herbs®, a California-based company passionate about clean and honest herbal products, showed its true colors this week with the announcement of its entire line of herbal supplements passing the rigorous and independent, third party Non-GMO Project Verification process!

“Non-GMO Project Verified affirms BioTerra Herbs’ passion and never-ending strive for providing only the best herbal products possible,” said Jerry Chou, CEO, BioTerra Herbs. “With this exciting feat under our belt alongside our time-tested herbal formulas and side-splitting packaging, BioTerra Herbs is now a triple threat. The entire line of herbal supplements that cover health issues consumers see every day, prove to be the healthiest alternative to supplementing a healthy, honest, and happy lifestyle.”

BioTerra Herbs’ product line includes:

  • Energy “boing” – boosts energy without stimulants*
  • Sleep “z-z-z” – relieves occasional sleeplessness and promotes restful sleep*
  • Snoring “shush” – reduces snoring, improves quality of sleep* and is known as a “spouse’s best friend”
  • Mental Focus “huh?” – boosters for mental clarity and supports concentration*
  • Digestion “belch” – reduces bloating & gas, and relieves stomach discomfort*
  • Vision “zoom” – promotes eye health and supports visual function*
  • Stress “gahh” – mastering everyday stress and is upliftment for men & women*
  • Immunity “zap” – supports immune system & response*
  • Detox “ahhh” – eliminates toxins, is a gentle internal cleansing and supports liver function*.

The Non-GMO Projectis a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of Non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified Non-GMO choices. The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s ONLY third-party verification for products produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance.

About BioTerra Herbs

BioTerra Herbs is a new (and, quite frankly, awesome) company that provides healthy, drug-free herbal supplements that are as active as you are. All products are strictly herbal, vegan, gluten-free and now Non-GMO Project Verified! These symptom-based herbs not only help your body’s natural healing process, but also help your quality of life and overall health. Learn more about BioTerra Herbs at BioTerraHerbs.com and find them actively spreading the herbal love across social media! You can snag a bottle of your own online at superstores DrugStore.com, AbesMarket.com & Walgreens.com. Pretty soon, they will be in a store near you!

Start living better by maximizing your body’s effectiveness… because it’s hard to climb life’s mountains upside down!

Life has hurdles… Go herbal!

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Morgan O’Donnell

BioTerra Herbs

info@bioterraherbs.com

877.204.7793 x103

Dandies Vegan Marshmallows the First Marshmallow to Be Non-GMO Project Verified

Monday, June 30th, 2014

dandies_logoChicago Vegan Foods is proud to announce that Dandies Vegan Marshmallows are the first marshmallows to be Non-GMO Project Verified. An all natural, cruelty-free alternative to the traditional marshmallow, Dandies Vegan Marshmallows have been made in the Chicago area since 2009.

Chicago Vegan Foods worked with the Non-GMO Project for the past year to achieve an ingredient mix that keeps the integrity and deliciousness of the marshmallows intact. Each ingredient in Dandies Marshmallows was reviewed to ensure the entire product met the Non-GMO Project’s Standard.

“Marshmallows should be fun, not something with scary ingredients. That’s why we made Dandies delicious and non-GMO. We’ve never seen people so excited about marshmallows!” says Ryan Howard, President and Founder of Chicago Vegan Foods.

Dandies are the only campfire-style vegan marshmallow on the market and they are free of gelatin and corn. Produced in a dedicated dairy and nut free facility, Dandies are available in traditional size (made for s’mores and for roasting over the fire) and mini size (made for hot cocoa or snacking).

Marketing Director Dan Reed says, “This is the first of our products to be Non-GMO Project Verified so it’s a giant leap towards making all of our products Verified. We celebrated this achievement as we do every day, by making more marshmallows!”

In addition to being Non-GMO Project Verified, Dandies are also free of gelatin, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, gluten, fat, and corn, and they are also Kosher certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council.

Dandies are sold at Whole Foods Market and other natural foods stores across the US, Canada, and select International markets. Dandies are also available for food service applications.

Chicago Vegan Foods makes cruelty-free foods for everyone. A small, tight knit family with vegan values, Chicago Vegan Foods would love to share their everyday fun foods with you at ChicagoVeganFoods.com 

Find out more about the Non-GMO Project and their verification seal: http://www.nongmoproject.org/

Good, good whole wheat Shreddies now Non-GMO Project Verified

Friday, June 27th, 2014

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Post Foods Canada today officially announced that its Shreddies Original cereal has been verified by the Non-GMO Project, North America’s only organization offering third party verification and labeling for non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food and products.

The official Non-GMO Project seal on all packaging of Shreddies Original cereal, confirming the recipe and suppliers avoid GMO ingredients, will be available to customers at retail locations starting in July.

“We are committed to providing nutritious and delicious products for Canadians of all ages,” said David Bagozzi, Director of Marketing for Post Foods Canada. “Non-GMO Project Verification is an important endorsement that we want to share with our consumers as they continue to make informed decisions about the food they consume.”

The Non-GMO Project’s mission as a non-profit organization is the commitment to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.

“Having an iconic cereal such as Shreddies now Non-GMO Project Verified is a clear indication that Post Foods Canada is making a concerted effort to provide nutritious, non-GMO product offerings,” said Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project. “Post Foods Canada takes the choices its consumers make about food to heart and deserves kudos.”

About Post Foods Canada Inc.: 
Post Foods Canada Inc. is the manufacturer of iconic ready-to-eat cereal brands including Shreddies, Honeycomb, Sugar Crisp, Alpha-Bits, Shredded Wheat, Great Grains, Honey Bunches of Oats and other great tasting cereals. For more information, please visit www.postfoods.ca.

About the Non-GMO Project: The Non-GMO Project is committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only third-party verification and labeling for non-GMO food and products. Learn more at www.nongmoproject.org.

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Brothers-All-Natural awarded Non-GMO Project Verification for their Freeze-Dried Fruit Snacks

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

image001Their popular freeze-dried Fruit Crisps and new Fruit Clusters have earned recognition for being in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard.

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. GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, and other animals and plants.

Brothers-All-Natural plans to have all of their products Non-GMO Project Verified in the near future. Currently, six of their freeze-dried fruit products have received the Non-GMO Project Verification seal of approval. These products include all varieties of the new Fruit Clusters; ™ Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry Apple, and Raspberry Apple, as well as three varieties of Fruit Crisps; Mango, Strawberry, and Banana. All of these products passed a rigorous, independent verification process that assures consumers the products have met the Non-GMO Project Standard to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMO).

The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification for products made according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance. Our shared belief is that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms.

Brothers-All-Natural fully supports the values and mission of the Non-GMO Project. “Our products are held to the highest standards and we believe in protecting the integrity and safety of the food we eat,” says Travis Betters, co-CEO of Brothers International Food Corporation. “Consumers should be aware of what ingredients are in the products they purchase,” he adds.
In addition to being Non-GMO Project Verified, Brothers-All-Natural freeze-dried Fruit Crisps and Fruit Clusters™ are gluten free, soy free, peanut/tree nut free, vegan, and OU Kosher certified.

About Brothers International Food Corporation
Brothers International Food Corporation is a privately owned food and beverage company based in Rochester, New York with offices in North Carolina, China and Ecuador. The company was founded in 2001 by brothers Matt and Travis Betters, whose family was involved in the processed fruit and vegetable industry for more than 65 years. In addition to supplying top-quality fruit and fruit juice concentrates to a number of Fortune 100 food companies, Brothers International is the parent company of Brothers-All-Natural, producing Fruit Crisps and Fruit Clusters, all-natural 100% fruit snacks, Harvester Farms freeze-dried fruits and vegetables for long term food storage, as well as Fruit & Oats, and Lost Vineyards, importing low-cost wines from little-known vineyards in Europe and South America.

Summeripe receives first in industry ‘Non-GMO Project Verification’

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Summeripe-300x100Mountain View Fruit Sales, the home of Summeripe® Ready-to-Eat fruit from California is the company consumers have come to rely on for consistently delicious stonefruit. Born from a partnership with the UC Davis Pomology Department, led by Dr. Carlos Cristoso, Ph.D., Summeripe® continues to lead the industry in growing, packing and conditioning stonefruit from select Central California family farms. We are happy to announce we are the first in our industry to be officially “Non-GMO Project Verified.”

“We’re thrilled to be on board with the Non-GMO Project. The relationship underscores our commitment to the consumer to provide not only a delicious eating experience, but a safe one as well,” said Mike Thurlow, owner of Mountain View Fruit Sales & Cold Storage. “We’ve always known we were providing natural produce to our customers, but this [verification] provides a clear explanation that leaves the consumer with no doubt what they’re eating and feeding their families,” Thurlow continued.

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. Studies increasingly show a connection between GMOs and an array of health risks and environmental concerns. While GMOs are labeled or banned in most developed countries, in the U.S. and Canada they are unlabeled and are found in nearly 80% of processed food.

“We’ve had calls and social media inquiries regarding the ‘GMO status’ of our products,” said Chad Cotton, Marketing Coordinator for Mountain View Fruit. “Consumers are looking more and more at not only where their food comes from, but also what its origin is. We’re excited to let everyone know we’re now Non-GMO Project verified via our website, social media outlets and on our product packaging.”

Purchasing Information
For more information about purchasing products from Mountain View Fruit Sales, please email sales@mvfruit.com or call (559) 637-9933.

About Mountain View Fruit Sales
The Mountain View Fruit companies were founded by three farming families in 1994. Their core focus was to deliver a true ripe, ready-to-eat piece of fruit to the consumer. Joining with like-minded local farmers of stonefruit, Mountain View broke ground on a modern, efficient cold storage and distribution facility located in the very heart of their Growers’ fields. With a new state-of-the-art conditioning & varietal development lab & test kitchen built in the spring of 2014, Mountain View’s Center for Sustainable Ag continues to lead the industry in innovative ways to deliver the best fruit to consumers. That core focus on flavor continues to this day with the premium Summeripe brand of conditioned stonefruit.

More Information
Mountain View Fruit – http://www.mvfruit.com
Non-GMO Project – http://www.nongmoproject.org

Contact:
Steve Trevino
strevino@mvfruit.com
4275 Avenue 416
Reedley, CA 93654
(559) 637-9933

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