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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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Maskal Teff receives Non-GMO Project Verification

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Maskal Teff Vertical logoThe Teff Company proudly announced today their Teff products, sold under the brand “Maskal Teff,” have been Non-GMO Project Verified.

“This is an exciting and important day for us,” Teff Company owner Wayne Carlson stated.   “Having the Non-GMO Project Verification validates the great care and effort that we’ve put into producing the best quality Teff on the market.   It’s an additional way of affirming to our customers the quality and integrity of our Maskal Teff products.   We have always believed in integrity of source, supply chain and quality, which is why we have always supplied our own teff seed to our farmers.   Having the Non-GMO Project Verification affords our customers the independent confirmation of the integrity of the foods they are eating.

“Our ingredient customers will also benefit from our Non-GMO Project Verification,” added Carlson. “In recent years we have begun working with an increasing number of companies who are doing creative things with teff – from crafting gluten free baked goods, to cereal products, to health/energy bars, and beyond.   Our Non-GMO Project Verification allows our customers to assure their customers of the same integrity of their food supply.”

Look for Maskal Teff grains and flours in both Brown and Ivory varieties in natural foods retail stores everywhere. Maskal Teff comes in 16oz pouches, and many stores sell it in bulk sections as well.   For stores looking to carry Maskal Teff, please ask your distributor to call The Teff Company at 888-822-2221, or visit us at www.teffco.com.

About the Teff Company:   The Teff Company pioneered the growing and milling of Teff in the USA over 30 years ago. Long before teff’s status as a gluten free superfood become known, the founders and owners of The Teff Company began educating and working with farmers in the Western US.   The Teff Company processes their teff in a dedicated, teff-only facility.   Maskal Teff is gluten free and free from all other allergens.

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Wai Koko Achieves Non-GMO Project Verification on their 100% Pure Coconut Water and Kona Mocha Infused Coconut Water

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

logo-official 2014Wai Koko Beverage Company is pleased to announce their 100% Pure Coconut Water and Kona Mocha Infused Coconut Water have received verification from the Non-GMO Project, North America’s only third‐party verification for non-GMO food and products. Both beverages are available in 17.5 FL oz. and 8.5 FL oz. BPA free cans.

“We are very excited to receive our Non-GMO Project verification. Obtaining this was a natural step for us as we are committed to using only high quality real food ingredients in our products, and while we’ve never used GMO ingredients we can now proudly display the Non-GMO Project logo. This just another way for us to share the Aloha!” Miranda Clements, Brand Manager.

Wai Koko Beverage Company will be showcasing their Non-GMO Project Verified 100% Pure coconut water and Kona Mocha infused coconut water at the upcoming Natural Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim, CA March 11-13th at booth #5735.

About Wai Koko Beverage Company

Launched in November 2012, Wai Koko Beverage Company has quickly gained market penetration as the fastest growing coconut water in their home state of Hawaii. The Wai Koko Coconut Water Brand is strongly rooted in Hawaiian culture and committed to spreading the Aloha as your passport to Hawaii. Wai Koko coconut water is currently available in Hawaii, select West Regional cities and on Amazon.com.

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For more information about Wai Koko Beverage Company visit: www.drinkwaikoko.com

Sensient Natural Ingredients Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

California-grown garlic, onion and parsley lines included in certification for rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance

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In an effort to further strengthen its commitment to cultivate natural, wholesome products and solutions, Sensient Natural Ingredients has earned Non-GMO Project Verification for its California-grown garlic, onion and parsley.

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. GMOs are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering.

“Sensient Natural Ingredients leverages trusted relationships with generations of farmers in California in order to provide traceability, stability and sustainability to our customers,” said Ryan Goularte, general manager of Sensient Natural Ingredients. “The Non-GMO Project verification supports the rigorous standards we already have in place and continuously improve upon to deliver the highest-quality natural ingredients.”

In addition to Non-GMO Project verification, Sensient Natural Ingredients’ California-grown garlic, onion and parsley lines meet BRC Global Standards and are certified kosher, halal and gluten-free.

About Sensient Natural Ingredients:
Based in Turlock, California, Sensient Natural Ingredients (SNI) is a producer of farm-to-table ingredients and solutions that cultivate natural ingredients to bring flavor, texture, color and nutrition to food products while keeping labels clean and simple. All of SNI’s products are certified gluten-free and kosher. www.sensientnaturalingredients.com

Sensient Natural Ingredients is a unit of Sensient Technologies Corporation. Sensient Technologies Corporation is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of flavors, colors and fragrances, employing advanced technologies to develop specialty food and beverage systems, cosmetic and pharmaceutical systems, inkjet and specialty inks and colors, and other specialty and fine chemicals.

About the Non-GMO Project:
The Non-GMO Project, a 501(c)3 organization, offers North America’s only third-party verification and labeling for non-GMO foods and products. It has verified nearly 35,000 products from more than 1,900 brands, representing well over $13.5 billion in annual sales. “Non-GMO Project Verified” is one of the fastest-growing labels in the natural food sector, and it increasingly is an attribute sought by conventional brands. www.nongmoproject.org

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Contact:
Cheryl Tessier, APR, 608-695-6510, ctessier@finessepr.net
Jean Shieh at 209-656-5290, jean.shieh@sensient.com

 

The Future of Non-GMO Standards

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Mandatory GMO labeling is scheduled to take effect in Vermont this July. A new labeling bill passed the Senate Ag Committee last week. An increasing number of private sector non-GMO labels are making an appearance. The GMO issue has never been more complex, or more important to the natural products industry.

What’s the right position for your brand or store to take as you navigate the rapidly evolving landscape of non-GMO? We’ve pulled together an expert panel to help you answer that question.

The Future of Non-GMO Standards
Saturday March 12th, 2016
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Expo West | Marriott Platinum Ballroom 2

With 80% of consumers now seeking out non-GMO products (LOHAS), demand is going mainstream. This growth is having a very real impact on the integrity of non-GMO standards and the position of the natural products industry within the market. In this new paradigm, how can you stay ahead of the curve and maintain consumer trust?

I look forward to discussing the answer with you. It’s a critical time for the integrity of non-GMO, and this is a unique opportunity for an informative and candid conversation.

I hope to see you on Saturday!

With gratitude,
Megan Westgate
Executive Director, Non-GMO Project