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ORGANIX National Pet Food Brand Receives Non-GMO Project Verification

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

UntitledOrganic pet food leader ORGANIX has earned Non-GMO Project Verified status for its canned pet food recipes made with organic chicken. ORGANIX, the most complete line of certified organic natural food for pets made under the USDA’s National Organic Program, received this status for undergoing a stringent verification process that recognizes best practices for GMO avoidance in recipe ingredients.

“Just as people want to know what’s in their own food, we believe pet parents should care about what’s in their pet’s food as well,” said Mark Sapir, vice president of marketing for Merrick Pet Care, the maker of the Castor & Pollux ORGANIX brand. “We chose to pursue Non-GMO Project Verified status for our popular ORGANIX chicken canned recipes for cats and dogs so pet parents can easily choose pet foods that avoid GMOs and be further assured that what they’re feeding their pets is safe.”

The Non-GMO Project verification was achieved after in-depth audit of both ORGANIX ingredients and the company’s manufacturing facilities to ensure the company is meeting the highest possible standards for GMO avoidance. As part of the verification, 10 ORGANIX canned food recipes containing organic chicken will bear the Non-GMO Project Verified seal. Recipes include:

  • ORGANIX Organic Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe (for dogs)
  • ORGANIX Chicken & Potato Recipe (for dogs)
  • ORGANIX Grain Free Chicken & Potato Recipe (for dogs)
  • ORGANIX Grain Free Organic Chicken & Vegetable Recipe (for dogs)
  • ORGANIX Butcher & Bushel Grain Free Organic Shredded Chicken Dinner with Fresh-Cut Potatoes in Gravy Recipe (for dogs)
  • ORGANIX Butcher & Bushel Grain Free Organic Tender Chicken Dinner with Fresh-Cut White Potatoes & Apples in Gravy Recipe (for dogs)
  • ORGANIX Grain Free Organic Chicken & Chicken Liver Pate Recipe (for cats)
  • ORGANIX Grain Free Organic Chicken Pate Recipe (for cats)
  • ORGANIX Grain Free Organic Chicken Recipe Shredded in Gravy (for cats)
  • ORGANIX Grain Free Organic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe Shredded in Gravy (for cats)

Pet parents can expect to see the new cans bearing the Non-GMO Project Verified seal nationwide starting in Summer 2015 everywhere ORGANIX recipes are sold, including PetSmart, natural grocery stores like Whole Foods Market and Sprouts Farmers Markets, and online.

In addition to receiving this verification, ORGANIX canned recipes are also USDA-certified organic and made with 95 percent organic ingredients. Recipes include organic ingredients such as organic chicken, organic fruits and organic vegetables, with no added growth hormones, antibiotics or synthetic fertilizers. All ORGANIX recipes are made in the USA in an organically certified facility, and contain no ingredients from China.

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About Castor & Pollux

Founded in 2000, Castor & Pollux is a leader in organic and natural pet food. ORGANIX, the leader in organic pet food, was the first certified organic dog and cat food to meet all of the requirements established by the USDA’s National Organic Program. Other brands include Natural Ultramix natural dog food and Good Buddy dog cookies and treats. In April 2012, Castor & Pollux was acquired by Merrick Pet Care, Inc., based in Amarillo, Texas. www.castorpolluxpet.com.

About 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. For more information visit www.nongmoproject.org.

Media Contact:
Betsy Berger, Communications Manager
Castor & Pollux
bberger@merrickpetcare.com
847-865-9723

Daregal Gourmet Fresh Frozen Chopped Herbs Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Daregal L+T NegVert 181012Daregal Gourmet is pleased to announce our Fresh Frozen Chopped Herbs have officially become Non-GMO Project Verified. This reaffirms our commitment to providing fresh, high quality herbs all year round.

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. These experimental combinations of genes cross the natural species barrier and have not been proven safe.

For more than 125 years, Daregal has been dedicated to growing and selling the highest quality herbs. Everything in the Daregal line is all-natural.

Daregal Fresh Frozen Chopped Herbs – Convenient, Ready-to-Use Chopped Herbs are grown in open fields, harvested at optimal maturity and quickly frozen to preserve color, flavor, texture and aroma. Our Fresh Frozen Chopped Herbs are available all year – Stays fresh in your freezer up to 36 months. Most importantly Daregal Fresh Frozen Chopped Herbs are 100% Herbs – Only the tender leaves – Preservative & Salt Free, Gluten Free and now Non-GMO Project Verified!

Make sure to check out www.facebook.com/daregalherbs and let us know your thoughts on non-GMO and what it means to you.

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For more information, contact:
Tamara Price
Daregal Gourmet
609-375-2312
tamara@daregalgourmet.com
www.daregalgourmet.com

 

Celestial Seasonings® Teas Receive Non-GMO Project Verification

Friday, July 10th, 2015

CelestialSeasoningsLogoNine Teas Earn Non-GMO Project Verification in First Wave of Certification, Including Iconic Sleepytime® Herbal Tea

Celestial Seasonings®, a brand of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN), proudly announces that nine of its teas – including Sleepytime® Herbal Tea, the all-time bestselling item in the Specialty Tea category – have received Non-GMO Project Verification. This announcement is the first step in an ongoing process through which the brand intends to achieve Non-GMO Project Verification for all of its teas.

Founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1969, Celestial Seasonings was one of the pioneers of the burgeoning natural foods movement and virtually invented the herbal tea category in North America. In recent years, the brand and its parent company, The Hain Celestial Group ®, have been vocal supporters of “right to know on GMOs” initiatives around the country, including California Proposition 37 and Colorado Proposition 105.

“Celestial Seasonings helped start the movement towards better-for-you products more than 40 years ago, and Non-GMO Project Verification shows our continued commitment to our founding principles,” says Jennifer Stolte, senior director of marketing at Celestial Seasonings. “While we’ve previously avoided GMO ingredients in our teas, this third-party verification provides the total transparency in sourcing that today’s educated consumers expect from the brands they choose.”

The nine Celestial Seasonings teas that received Non-GMO Project Verification in the initial round of approval are Sleepytime® Herbal Tea, Chamomile Herbal Tea, Peppermint Herbal Tea, Roastaroma® Herbal Tea, Sleepytime Extra® Herbal Supplement, Morning Thunder® Black Tea with Maté, and three varieties from the brand’s Organic Fair Trade Certified Estate Teas line (available at Whole Foods Markets). The brand is continuing to enroll the remainder of its product portfolio for verification in phases.

For more information about Celestial Seasonings and its commitment to transparency in sourcing, please visit the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) section of the brand’s website.

Celestial Seasonings, Inc.

For more than 40 years, Celestial Seasonings, Inc. (a subsidiary of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., NASDAQ: HAIN) has created delicious specialty teas that are good for you and good for the world. The brand currently offers more than 70 unique varieties of herbal, green, black, wellness, Rooibos and chai teas, as well as ready-to-drink beverages like organic Kombucha and tea lattes. Each blend is expertly crafted from the finest herbs, teas, spices and botanicals, and is presented in packaging adorned with the beautiful imagery and inspiring words that are part of the brand’s heritage. From calming and relaxing to refreshing and rejuvenating to everyday wellness support, there’s a Celestial Seasonings® product for any mood, any moment, any time of day. For more information, visit celestialseasonings.com or facebook.com/CelestialSeasonings.

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.

The Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ: HAIN), headquartered in Lake Success, NY, is a leading organic and natural products company in North America and Europe. Hain Celestial participates in many natural categories with well-known brands that include Celestial Seasonings®, Earth’s Best®, Ella’s Kitchen®, Terra®, Garden of Eatin’®, Sensible Portions®, Health Valley®, Arrowhead Mills®, MaraNatha®, SunSpire®, DeBoles®, Gluten Free Café, Hain Pure Foods®, Spectrum®, Spectrum Essentials®, Walnut Acres Organic®, Imagine®, Almond Dream®, Rice Dream®, Soy Dream®, WestSoy®, The Greek Gods®, BluePrint®, Yves Veggie Cuisine®, Europe’s Best®, Cully & Sully®, New Covent Garden Soup Co. ®, Johnson’s Juice Co. ®, Farmhouse Fare®, Hartley’s®, Sun-Pat®, Gale’s®, Robertson’s®, Frank Cooper’s®, Linda McCartney®, Lima®, Danival®, GG UniqueFiber®, Tilda®, Akash Basmati®, Abu Shmagh®, JASON®, Avalon Organics®, Alba Botanica® and Queen Helene®.  Hain Celestial has been providing A Healthier Way of Life since 1993.  For more information, visit www.hain.com.

©2015 Celestial Seasonings, Inc.  All rights reserved.

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Westmoreland-TopLine Farms Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

bitmaplogoWestmoreland-TopLine Farms is pleased to announce that their Gourmet Specialty Greenhouse Fruits and Vegetables have officially become Non-GMO Project Verified. This reaffirms their commitment to providing fresh, naturally healthy, high quality produce for all their partners and consumers alike.

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. These experimental combinations of genes cross the natural species barrier and have not been proven safe.

Westmoreland-TopLine Farms is a proud grower/shipper of high quality specialty greenhouse fruits and vegetables and their goal and mission is to help promote a balanced lifestyle by providing people with high quality products that enhance their quality of life through safe and healthy food choices. Westmoreland-TopLine Farms is family owned and supplies North America with specialty produce 365 days a year. Their promise to their customers is to keep providing them with produce they can enjoy with peace of mind.

TopLine Farms…Always Fresh, Always Flavorful, Always Grower Direct!…and now Always Non-GMO Project Verified!

Make sure to check out www.toplinefarms.com for more information on our products, and let us know your thoughts on non-GMO and what it means to you.

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For more information, contact:
Jimmy Coppola
Westmoreland-TopLine Farms
519-322-2351
jimmyc@westmorelandsales.com
www.toplinefarms.com

Vignolo Farms & Top Brass Receive Non-GMO Project Verification for Potatoes and Grapes

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

topbrass logo in png formatVignolo Farms/Top Brass is pleased to announce that their California-grown grapes and potatoes are now Non-GMO Project Verified, underscoring the 75-year-old family farm’s dedication to today’s consumer.

“Research shows that a majority of Americans are very concerned about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their food, which is why we are committed to meeting and exceeding consumers’ expectations with our fresh fruits and vegetables,” says Brett Dixon, President of Top Brass. “Receiving Non-GMO Project Verification is another example of how we are continually looking to communicate the added value of our produce.”

The Non-GMO Project is North America’s only third-party verification and labeling organization for non-GMO food and products. Top Brass’s grapes and potatoes 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.

Verified products are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard—that means Top Brass follows rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, including segregation and traceability to prevent contamination. GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, and other animals and plants.

About Top Brass

Top Brass is the official and only sales agent for Vignolo Farms a 75+ year old family owned farm in the San Joaquin Valley of California. Additional information can be found at www.topbrassproduce.com

Non-GMO Project Publishes Updated Standard

Friday, June 12th, 2015

NGP-Seal_webRGBFollowing three rounds of public comment, the Non-GMO Project recently published version 12 of its comprehensive Standard for GMO avoidance. The only standard of its kind, the Non-GMO Project Standard has been subject to public comment periods and corresponding development since 2007. The Standard is the foundation of the Project’s verification program, through which products earn the right to use the iconic non-GMO butterfly label. To date, more than 33,000 products have achieved compliance.

“Prescribing best practices for GMO avoidance is a highly specialized, technical undertaking,” said Non-GMO Project Executive Director Megan Westgate. “Finished products cannot be reliably tested for GMO content; our standard requires engagement from the full supply chain to ensure meaningful testing. Process-based specifications for traceability and segregation practices complement the comprehensive ongoing testing requirements. We are always seeking a balance between meaningfulness and achievability.”

The new Standard reflects input from a record number of public commenters, with more than 300 stakeholders weighing in on critical topics ranging from synthetic biology to livestock feed. All input is reviewed and deliberated on by a Board-appointed Standard Committee of expert representatives, and proposed changes are presented for further public input prior to ratification. “We are committed to transparency and rigor,” said Westgate. “Our Standard revision process reflects a core belief in people’s right to participate in shaping the future of food.”

Version 12 of the Non-GMO Project Standard also reflects a complete overhaul of the formatting. “Standards are notoriously dense and difficult to navigate,” continued Westgate. “With this redesign, the Non-GMO Project Standard has become one of the cleanest, most navigable product standards in the world.” The new format includes a number of features for enhanced accessibility, including information mapping, a reorganized table of contents, and hyperlinked section references.

With experimental genetic engineering techniques emerging at a rapid pace, the Non-GMO Project Standard continues to respond and evolve. The next opportunity for public input to the Standard will be during the 2015 comment period, beginning later this month. Information about the process, as well as an outline of changes from version 11 to version 12 of the standard, can be found on the Non-GMO Project’s website.

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About the Non-GMO Project
The Non-GMO Project is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. Find out more at www.nongmoproject.org.

Victoria Premium Pasta Sauce Receives Non-GMO Project Verification

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Victoria_FullLogoLockup (2)Victoria Fine Foods (VFF), the #1 slow kettle cooked pasta sauce manufacturer in the US, announced today that they have received Non-GMO Project verification on their Victoria flagship premium pasta sauces, to build upon their previously verified Victoria Vegan line.

Brooklyn-based Victoria Fine Foods, founded in 1929, is committed to using only the best ingredients supporting the brand’s philosophy of Ingredients Come First®. VFF is a strong supporter of non-GMO food and the value of becoming Non-GMO Project Verified. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization that offers North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food and products.

“We are delighted to receive official Non-GMO Project Verification for our flagship line of Victoria Premium pasta sauces indicating that we have met the Non-GMO Project’s stringent guidelines,” indicated Don Davide, Chief Strategy Officer at Victoria Fine Foods. “Non-GMO foods are a growing consumer trend and verification provides the public assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures. This is perfectly in sync with both our Ingredients Come First approach and our continued efforts to lead the category as innovators in specialty foods.”

Victoria Premium sauces that are now Non-GMO Project Verified include: Victoria Marinara, Tomato Basil, Fradiavolo, Roasted Garlic Chianti Wine Marinara, Italian Veggie Marinara, Low Sodium Marinara, Low Sodium Tomato Basil, Low Sodium Fradiavolo. In addition, an Organic Garden Herb Marinara is also Non-GMO Project Verified. All of the Victoria Vegan sauces have been Non-GMO Project Verified since 2012, showing their leadership in the non-GMO movement. These include Victoria Vegan Vodka Sauce, Vegan Alfredo Sauce, Vegan Artichoke Alfredo, Vegan Red Pepper Alfredo, Vegan Arugula Pesto Alfredo, and Vegan White Bean Marinara.

About Victoria Fine Foods

Victoria Fine Foods is a Brooklyn- based company founded in 1929. As the #1 slow kettle cooked pasta sauce manufacturer in the U.S., Victoria uses fresh ingredients for their specialty Italian sauces and condiments. Using traditional cooking methods, Victoria sauces are slow kettle-cooked in small batches to ensure rich flavor and a homemade taste. Committed to their values of quality, honesty, authenticity, and community, Victoria believes that ingredients come first.

To learn more about Victoria Fine Foods please visit www.victoriafinefoods.com or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/VictoriaFineFoods) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/Victoria_BKLYN)

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.

CocoTherapy® Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

CT_Non-GMO Project Products_72dpi_RGBCocoTherapy Coconut Oil and Coconut Chips are paving the way for pet products by becoming Non-GMO Project Verified

Oscar Newman LLC is pleased to announce that their foundation line of CocoTherapy brand of products, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and Organic Coconut Chips are now Non-GMO Project Verified, emphasizing the brands promise to create the purest products possible with complete transparency to their ingredients. 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.

In addition to being USDA certified organic, being Non-GMO Project Verified is an additional layer to ensure the safest products possible. Being Non-GMO Project Verified includes procedural safeguards such as, but not limited to, ingredient segregation and traceability to prevent contamination. CocoTherapy is demonstrating leadership in the pet industry by earning Non-GMO Project Verification for their Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and Organic Coconut Chips.

“Research shows that a majority of pet owners are very concerned about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their food, which is why CocoTherapy is committed to producing pet products made from the purest ingredients,” says Charisa Antigua, Oscar Newman LLC CEO and co-founder. “Since the beginning, the integrity of our ingredients has been our top priority. We are fully committed to using only the highest quality ingredients and providing complete transparency about our ingredients to our customers. Earning the Non-GMO Project Verification further demonstrates our commitment, and we’re very proud of this accomplishment.”

Contrary to industry claims, GMOs have never been properly tested for safety. With GMOs now present in more than 80% of conventional processed foods, choosing Non-GMO-Project Verified products is the most reliable way to ensure that pet owners are avoiding GMO ingredients.

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About CocoTherapy® – CocoTherapy is Oscar Newman LLC’s line of organic pet coconut-based supplements and treats. To learn more about CocoTherapy® and find a store near you, please visit www.cocotherapy.com.

Contact: Charisa Antigua
Phone: 630.406.1400
Email: charisa@oscarnewman.com
Web: www.oscarnewman.com | www.cocotherapy.com

Biotta® Full U.S. Line Receives Non-GMO Project Verification

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Biotta_Logo_ENBiotta®, the Swiss pioneer in high-quality, all natural juices, announced today that its Biotta Beet Juice is now USDA Organic, denoting that the product meets all federal USDA guidelines for organic agriculture, harvesting and processing. Biotta continues working to certify all U.S. items as USDA Organic, and expects that the remaining items will be certified shortly.

In addition, Biotta announced that its full line of U.S. juices has been verified by the Non-GMO Project. Meaning that these items have met the consensus-based standard that includes GMO risk assessment, traceability, segregation and testing at critical control points to verify that ingredients are not genetically modified. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization that offers North America’s only independent review of products seeking non-GMO verification.

“As a name synonymous with quality, Biotta juices have been certified Swiss Organic for more than 50 years,” commented Matt Herzog, President of Biotta’s U.S. distributor. “The addition of the USDA Organic symbol to our Biotta Beet Juice, in addition to our Swiss Organic and EU Organic designations, as well as our new Non-GMO Project verification, gives consumers remarkable assurance of our commitment to the highest agricultural and production practices.”

Biotta Juices, packaged in 16.9 fl. oz. (500mL) bottles, as well as 32 fl. oz. for Beet, are available in the natural juice section. To learn more, go to www.BiottaJuices.com.

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About Biotta Juices:
Since 1957, Biotta (“bee-AH-tah”) has been a pioneer in high-quality, 100% all-natural juices. From its original production location on Lake Constance in northern Switzerland, Biotta makes juices from locally grown, field-ripened produce using completely natural processing methods including low-heat pasteurization. Available in the U.S. in 10 varieties, Biotta “functional juices” promote optimal health, enabling consumers to enjoy “All the goodness of nature in a bottle.” Biotta Beet Juice is USDA Organic, and all U.S. Biotta juices are Non-GMO Project Verified. Biotta juices are available in both natural and mainstream grocers throughout the U.S. For more information, visit www.BiottaJuices.com.

PRESS CONTACT:
Nicole Friedman
JillSchmidt|PR
847-834-0014
nicole@jillschmidtpr.com

Hooray Purée Earns Non-GMO Project Verification!

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

image001Hooray Puree, an Illinois-based 100% Organic single ingredient vegetable purée company, is proud to announce they have recently earned the Non-GMO Project Verification on all of their products. Current varieties include carrot, spinach and butternut squash.

Krista Ward, Hooray Purée CEO, said, “We are very proud to include the Non-GMO Project Verified logo on all of our packaging, marketing materials and website. It will join our other certifications of USDA Organic and Kosher in addition to remaining Gluten Free and Grown in the USA which is important to our customers.”

Hooray Purée’s Verified products are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard—following rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, including segregation and traceability to prevent contamination. GMOs 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.

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About Hooray Purée: Hooray Purée is a privately held company based in Chicago, Illinois, creating shelf‐stable (non‐refrigerated) pouches of 100% organic vegetable purées, with no added preservatives, flavorings, ascorbic acid, nutritional fortification or coloring, which tastes as if you had just puréed it yourself. Easy to use, Hooray Purée uses sustainable farming methods, the latest packaging technology and is currently available for consumers, schools, hospitals and restaurants.

For Hooray Purée media inquiries:
Julee White
julee@testarossaent.com
Testarossa Entertainment
312.373.3781
www.HoorayPuree.com