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Thursday, April 24th, 2014

BolaApril 7, 2014 Great Barrington, MA

BOLA granola, a handmade granola from the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, is proud to announce that their products have been Verified by 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.

“We are not just makers, we are consumers and we want to know everything about what we consume,” says founder and CEO Michèle Miller. “Our customers trust us, and Non-GMO Project Verification affirms our commitment to provide them with the very best.”

Launched by Miller in 2008, BOLA is made entirely by hand in small batches. BOLA granola currently makes four products: BOLA granola, BOLA granola GLUTEN-FREE, BOLA granola Barely Sweet and the BOLA Bar.

Called “the gold standard” by The Boston Globe and “the best granola in the country,” BOLA granola products are available at all Whole Foods locations in the North Atlantic and Northeast and hundreds of independent retailers as well as on-line at

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Sarah Tonetti

BOLA granola

(413) 528-4745


Physical Eco Protection Sunscreen Line Approved Non-GMO Project Verified

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

RERaw Elements USA is the first sunscreen line to be approved by The Non-GMO Project in the US market. All of the products in Raw Elements USA line offering have received ‘VERIFIED’ status by The Non-GMO Project. The Project offers North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO food and products. As a non-profit organization, the mission of the The Non-GMO Project is commitment to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. One of the inherent risks of genetically modified crops and food items is that they contaminate non-GMO crops and foods through cross-pollination and/or contamination. Every ingredient in Raw Elements Sunscreen has been individually examined and validated.

“The year long verification process was extremely thorough, taking us deep into each ingredient of our product more than we could have ever imagined.” says Michael Whalen, Raw Elements USA Vice President. “We are excited to seek out, consult and support third party organizations like the Non GMO Project in order to bring awareness to the public through our brand. This supports our diligence, commitment and responsibility to follow our mission, creating the safest, most effective sunscreen in the world.”

Raw Elements USA is the product of a 18 year ocean rescue lifeguard who’s mission is deliver the safest, most effective sunscreen in the world. This all natural sunscreen is gentle enough for use in infant care and sensitive skin yet meets the performance demands of the most extreme athletes. The sunscreens are safe for all ages, eco & reef safe, contain over 70% certified organic ingredients, use all Non GMO ingredients and mineral zinc oxide as the sole active ingredient. Free of all chemicals, oxybenzone, parabens, hormone disrupters,preservatives, fragrances, retinyl palmitate, titanium dioxide and nano particles the sunscreen a the wise choice. The sunscreen line provides broad spectrum protection and is water resistant beyond 80 minutes Raw! w w w . r a w e l e m e n t s u s a . c om


Elements USA is also Leaping Bunny Certified for its commitment toward animal cruelty free products. With its #1 rating by The Environmental Working for safety and efficacy, Raw Elements USA is the conscious consumer’s answer to safe sun protection.

Raw Elements USA sunscreen can be found in over 600 retail stores throughout the US ranging from Whole Foods Markets to Surf and Outdoor retailers. The company website is a vast source of educational material on sun safety and sunscreen education.

Oregon Cherry Growers Launches Non-GMO Project Verified Maraschinos

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

cherrySALEM, Ore. – April 16, 2014 – Grower-owned cooperative Oregon Cherry Growers, the largest producer of sweet dark cherries in the world, is proud to announce that its new Royal Harvest branded line of natural maraschinos has passed a rigorous, independent Verification process by the Non-GMO Project. The four Verified products include Non-GMO Project Verified, natural maraschinos – Nature’s Maraschino Cherries, Bordeaux Maraschino Cherries, Pink Blush Maraschino Cherries and Rainier Maraschino Cherries. In addition to using non-GMO ingredients, the Royal Harvest line is sweetened without corn syrup and is free of sulfites and preservatives.

“There are specific consumers and retailers that are looking for products made with non-GMO ingredients and since our line of Royal Harvest Maraschino’s already met the Non-GMO Project Standard, it seemed only natural that we would pursue the Non-GMO certification,” said Tim Ramsey, Oregon Cherry Growers President and CEO. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization and North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO food and products. The Royal Harvest line of natural maraschinos are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard, which includes ongoing testing of all GMO risk ingredients, facility inspections and an annual audit to ensure that companies are meeting the highest possible standards for GMO avoidance. For more information, visit

The Royal Harvest line with the Non-GMO Project Verified seal for retail has a recommended SRP of $5.99-$6.29. For additional information as well as foodservice purchase, contact Kent Spalding at or (503) 364-8421.

About Oregon Cherry Growers Founded in 1932, Oregon Cherry Growers (OCG) is a grower-owned cooperative of family farms cultivating, manufacturing and marketing the finest fruit from orchards in Oregon’s bountiful Willamette Valley and along the Columbia River Gorge. OCG supplies fresh, maraschino, dried and frozen sweet cherries, blueberries and other fruits to customers worldwide. Managed by a board of growers, OCG employs more than 400 staff at its processing facilities in Salem and The Dalles, Oregon. For more information, please visit:   ###

Ginger People Group Receives Non-GMO Project Verification for Core Products

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014


Marina, CA. (April 2014) – The Ginger People, the nation’s leading ginger brand, has earned Non-GMO Project Verification for a selection of core products. The Verification is the latest testament to the company’s deepened commitment to sustainability and ethical trading across its entire supply chain.

“We established our business 30 years ago with a commitment to ginger. We believe in its purity and healthful properties and are proud to provide to our consumers with the best all natural and organic ginger products,” says Abbie Leeson, Executive Vice President of The Ginger People. “We source only the most premium ginger, and maintain the highest standards through processing and packaging. By obtaining the Non-GMO Project Verification it only reaffirms our commitment to offering superior ginger products to our customers.”

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization offering North America’s only third party Verification and labeling for non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food and products. Securing Verified status confirms The Ginger People’s products are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard, meaning that ongoing testing of all GMO risk ingredients, facility inspections and an annual audit take place to ensure that the company is meeting the highest possible standards for GMO avoidance.

The products that are now Non-GMO Project Verified include the following packaged goods and bulk ingredients:

• Gin Gins® Original Chewy Ginger Candy

• Gin Gins® Peanut Chewy Ginger Candy

• Gin Gins® Organic Uncrystallized Bare Ginger

• Gin Gins® Crystallized Ginger Candy

• Crystallized Ginger Chips

• Ginger Soother Tonic

• Ginger enerGizer Tonic

• Organic Crystallized Ginger Dice Bulk

• Organic Crystallized Ginger Dice 10×10 Bulk

• Organic Crystallized Ginger Mini Chips Bulk

• Organic Uncrystallized Bare Ginger Bulk

Ginger People Group is celebrating 30 years in the ginger industry this year, and expects for its entire product suite, including Gin Gins® Candies and GO Ginger Skincare brands, to receive Non-GMO Project Verification. Continued consumers education will take place around the initiative. 


About The Ginger People:

Family-owned-and-operated, The Ginger People was established by Australian Bruce Leeson 30 years ago to promote the goodness of ginger. Today, Ginger People Group owns the most award-winning ginger brands in the world and is the preeminent purveyor of value-added ginger products. The company remains true to its original vision: increase awareness of ginger, both for its vast culinary talents and seemingly endless healthful benefits. For more product information and availability, please email

Urban Accents Premium Popcorn Kernels Receive Non-GMO Project Verification

Friday, April 4th, 2014

urban accents logoCHICAGO, IL — (March 24, 2014)  Chicago-based Urban Accents is proud to announce that its line of Premium Popcorn Kernels has passed a rigorous, independent verification process by the Non-GMO Project. These popular kernels now feature the Non-GMO Project Verified seal. This seal lets consumers know Urban Accents kernels have met the Non-GMO Project Standard to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMO).  With corn being at high risk for GMO’s, the Non-GMO Project Verified seal makes Urban Accents Popcorn Kernels a trusted choice in the snack aisle.

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. The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification for products produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance. The organization requires that every single batch of Urban Accents premium popcorn kernels be produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard. That means ongoing testing of all major risk ingredients, facility inspections and an annual audit to ensure we’re meeting the highest possible standards for GMO avoidance.

Urban Accents’ line of Non-GMO Project Verified Popcorn Kernels are grown in the Midwest USA and include:

  • White Gold Kernels – Classic and light, pops up with a fluffy texture.
  • Ruby Red Kernels – Deep red-hulled kernels pop with a hint of sweet.
  • Tricolor Kernels – Festive blend of ruby red, indigo blue & white gold.
  • Jumbo Kernels – Pops up with a poof of carnival-style fun.

“For years, our kernels have been grown in partnership with Midwest USA farmers who take pride in their crops,” says Tom Knibbs, President & Mixmaster at Urban Accents. “Since corn is one of the biggest crops susceptible to GMOs, we are proud to have these products Non-GMO Project Verified and to display this seal on our packaging. It reflects our commitment to bringing high-quality, all natural foods to home cooks.”

Find Urban Accents Premium Non-GMO Project Verified Popcorn Kernels nationwide at Whole Foods, Sur La Table, AJ’s, Central Market and more.

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Urban Accents is a privately owned, specialty food company based in Chicago that manufactures spice blends, grilling rubs, seasoned salts and a wide assortment of creative culinary blends.  All products are all natural with No MSG, no artificial colors or flavors and blended in small batches. Many products are salt-free, sugar-free and gluten-free. For more information on products or to find recipes, please visit or call Lisa Kamerad, VP Marketing at 773.528.9515 x109.

Earth Mama Angel Baby’s Pregnancy Teas And Natural Nipple Butter Are Now Non-GMO Project Verified

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014


March 4, 2014 — Clackamas, OR — Earth Mama Angel Baby®’s herbal pregnancy teas and herbal personal care products have always been pure and safe, but now all certified organic teas and Natural Nipple Butter are also Non-GMO Project Verified. Earth Mama® submitted all of its pregnancy teas, as well as Natural Nipple Butter, a balm for breastfeeding, for Non-GMO status. Every Earth Mama tea title, including the French versions (which are the exact same teas), had to be evaluated and verified.

The Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification process is complex and thorough. FoodChain Global Advisors scrutinized Earth Mama teas, from soil to seed, to plant. Each ingredient in Earth Mama’s Natural Nipple Butter and USDA Certified 100% organic herbal teas has now been documented to be 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 offers North America’s only independent verification for products made according to rigorous best practices for GMO (genetically modified organisms) avoidance. Earth Mama’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 that we’re meeting the highest possible standards for GMO avoidance.

Earth Mama Angel Baby believes consumers have a right to know what is in their food and personal care products. “We have always labeled our products with integrity so that pregnant women can see for themselves what’s inside the box,” says Founder/CEO Melinda Olson. “Of all the populations on the planet, women carrying a baby deserve to know that the products they are buying for themselves and their babies are safe. Having our products certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified supports our mission to provide products that are both safe and effective.”

Interview Melinda

Earth Mama Angel Baby founder Melinda Olson is a nurse, herbalist, and, by necessity, expert on pure, safe options in the natural pregnancy and baby industry.

About Earth Mama Angel Baby®

Earth Mama Angel Baby’s safe, hospital recommended, organic and natural herbal personal care products, certified organic castile soaps, and USDA Certified 100% Organic teas are specifically formulated to support the entire journey of childbirth, from Pregnancy through Postpartum Recovery, Breastfeeding, and Baby care. No worrisome ingredients and no toxins ever! Mama’s Promise® is to offer only safe, pure, natural products that work. If it doesn’t measure up to Mama’s standards, it doesn’t leave the building.

Contact:, for interviews, photos or samples.

9866 SE Empire Court

Clackamas, OR 97015



SuperSeedz Receives Non-GMO Project Verification For Its Entire Line of Dry Roasted No Shell Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds

Monday, March 31st, 2014


North Haven, CT – SuperSeedz, one of America’s fastest growing healthy snack brands announced today they have received Verification by the Non-GMO Project  for their entire product line of dry roasted, no shell, gourmet pumpkin seeds. Participating in the Non-GMO Project Verification Program was a natural step for SuperSeedz, whose mission is to provide its customers with snacks that are as nutritious and safe as they are tasty.

The Non-GMO Project is North America’s only independent verification organization for foods produced in accordance with its Standard for avoidance of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The organization uses a process that combines on-site facility audits, document-based review and product testing to verify compliance with the standard at every level of the supply chain, from manufacturing facilities to ingredient suppliers. The Non-GMO Project shares the belief that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms.

SuperSeedz is a line of dry roasted, no-shell pumpkin seeds that provide consumers of all ages with a “Healthy Snack” alternative. SuperSeedz products are gluten free, nut free and a great source of complete, plant based protein. And the best part, SuperSeedz offer an extraordinary taste and crunch experience.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have our entire line Non-GMO Project Verified. We are obsessed with providing the highest quality products to our consumers and this is just further validation of our commitment to providing safe, healthy snack options,” said Kathie Pelliccio, founder of SuperSeedz.

Why do we call them SuperSeedz?

  • Pumpkin seeds are a natural protein powerhouse and one of the most complete sources of plant-based protein available. Protein plays a critical role in weight management and building healthy body composition. 1 ounce of SuperSeedz contains up to 9 grams per ounce (18% RDI).
  • Pumpkin seeds are also one of the top, plant-based food sources for iron. Appropriate iron intake facilitates the growth of healthy cells that keeps oxygen flowing and the body energized.
  • Pumpkin seeds are a good vegetarian source of zinc, an essential trace mineral your immune system relies on to stay strong.
  • Pumpkin seeds have 0 cholesterol, 0 trans fats and include essential heart-healthy electrolytes like magnesium and potassium.
  • They are naturally free of gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, dairy and MSG.

SuperSeedz branded premium pumpkin seeds are available in 5 ounce bags in the eight delicious flavors:

SEA SALT – A fan favorite. Just the right amount of crunch made with an all natural sea salt. Not too salty, just great tasting. SuperSeedz fans have spoken. It’s pretty much the best thing since…well, you know.

COCO JOE – The perfect blend of premium cocoa, real vanilla and unrefined sea salt. Add it to some greek yogurt and make SuperSeedz into an extra guilt free snacking experience.

REALLY NAKED – No salt, no seasoning, no spice…just a great tasting all natural dry roasted  pumpkin seed that is sure to please.

SOMEWHAT SPICY A savory blend of aged cayenne pepper, garlic, sea salt and just the right amount of spices to satisfy without the inconvenience of a runny nose.

SUPER SPICY – An intense habanero flavor with a big black pepper surprise ending. If you like it hot, you’re going to love Super Spicy SuperSeedz. Give them a try and see where they land on your spice meter.

CURIOUS CURRY – A secretive blend of curry that is mild and not too overpowering. This exotic SuperSeedz flavor is amazing on salads and soups and is sure to delight curry lovers or those looking to broaden their taste bud horizons.

CINNAMON & SUGAR – A winning combination of cinnamon and sugar that delivers irresistible crunchiness and flavor that is sure to tame the biggest sweet tooth. This SuperSeedz flavor is excellent on greek yogurt, oatmeal and your favorite ice cream.

TOMATO ITALIANO – Bruschetta on a pumpkin seed! Tomato, basil, garlic, sea salt, pepper and a hint of onion combined to bring you a great big flavor on little pumpkin seeds. Add a bottle of red wine and you’ve got the perfectly balanced bite of Italian bliss.

SuperSeedz can be found at such fine retailers as Whole Food Markets, Stop & Shop, Shaw’s, ShopRite, Big Y, Stew Leonard’s, Akins, Fairway Markets, Food Town, D’Agostinos, Brennan’s, Bristol Farms, New Frontier’s, Mollie Stones, Lassen’s, Mother’s Markets, Gelson’s Supermarkets and many other natural food and specialty grocery stores.


About SuperSeedz 

Kathie Pelliccio, mother of five, chef and entrepreneur created SuperSeedz® in the fall of 2003 while experimenting with dry roasted pumpkin seeds as a salad topping. SuperSeedz are dry roasted no shell pumpkin seeds that provide consumers of all ages with a “Healthy Snack” alternative. SuperSeedz are a great vegetarian source of protein and are Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, MSG Free and non-GMO. SuperSeedz is available in eight delicious flavors including: Sea Salt, Super Spicy, Somewhat Spicy, Tomato Italiano, Curious Curry, Coco Joe, Cinnamon & Sugar and Really Naked. SuperSeedz are available at Health Food and Gourmet Food stores, such as Whole Foods, as well as grocery stores around the country. SuperSeedz is positioned to become America’s Tastiest New Healthy Snack Food! For more information about SuperSeedz, contact Joe Pelliccio, President at 203-407-0546 or e-mail him at


Saturday, March 29th, 2014

C2O Pure Coconut Water Has Been Officially Granted Non-GMO Project Verification and BPA Free Status

SEAL BEACH, CA: C2O Pure Coconut Water, LLC is happy to announce Non-GMO Project Verification for its coconut water products.  The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit and North America’s only independent verification organization for foods produced in accordance with its Standard for avoidance of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). “We’re proud to join a movement that promotes better transparency for our consumers and aligns our brand closely with the values of our core customers,” says Adam Biggs, Senior VP Sales.

C2O has also been verified BPA Free across their entire line of products by the non-profit Oregon Environmental Council. Their program provides food and beverage companies an opportunity to disclose and inform their consumers that the packaging is without the chemical bisphenol A (BPA).

Both updates are set to roll out on C2O’s updated label starting in May 2014.

About C2O Pure Coconut Water LLC

C2O Pure Coconut Water, LLC is a small family company based out of Seal Beach, California. C2O Pure Coconut Water is currently the #1 brand in the natural channel, according to Spins. C2O is 100% natural coconut water packed at the source, just for you! Fresh from inland coconut groves of Thailand, C2O stands tall, a tree above the rest. With all of the natural goodness sweet Mother Nature has to offer, C2O fuses a unique, full-flavor profile, without any preservatives or added sweeteners. C2O is perfect to keep you hydrated, replenished, and rejuvenated! Check us out at and “Like” us on Facebook. 

Brownwood Farms Committed to Non-GMO

Friday, March 28th, 2014

BWF Logo with Tag lineArtisan food producer is leading the region in the Non-GMO movement 

Brownwood Farms announces that 18 of their 30 products (listed below) have officially been verified according to the Non-GMO Project. Committing to the Non-GMO Project was a natural fit for Brownwood Farms, who is proud to use pure ingredients in simple recipes. The Non-GMO Project has rigorous standards for GMO avoidance, and Brownwood Farms is looking forward to sharing this achievement with their loyal customers.

“We are thrilled about our Verified products,” says President and owner Jeff Hughes. “This wasn’t a small project to take on, but it was important to our customers and to us. Our goal has always been and will continue to be to provide our customers with the highest quality products made with simple ingredients. While our team celebrates the success of this milestone, we continue to work with the Non-GMO Project to get our remaining products Verified.”

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, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are signifi­cant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs.

This is why the decision to seek the Non-GMO Project Verification made sense for Brownwood Farms. Verified products currently include:

  • America’s Original Cherry Butter
  • Barbeque Mustard Glaze
  • Cherry Raspberry Preserves
  • Cherry Salsa
  • Cranberry Butter
  • Jalapeno Cherry Butter
  • Jalapeno Cherry Salsa
  • Leelanau Strawberries Premium Pie Filling & Fruit Topping
  • Michigan Blueberry Preserves
  • Michigan Cherries Premium Pie Filling & Fruit Topping
  • Michigan Cherry Preserves
  • Mixed Berries Premium Pie Filling & Fruit Topping
  • Old Mission Blueberries Premium Pie Filling & Fruit Topping
  • Peach Salsa
  • Pear and Cinnamon Preserves
  • Pepper Jelly
  • Red Haven Peaches Premium Pie Filling & Fruit Topping
  • Strawberry Preserves

For more production information, store locations and recipe ideas, visit Brownwood Farms online at


Brownwood Farms is a small company located in Traverse City, Michigan. What started as a roadside stand selling America’s first cherry butter in 1945 turned into a company that provides a variety of jarred products across the Midwest, including mustards, BBQ sauces, preserves, fruit butters, fruit salsas, and pie fillings.  Brownwood Farms proudly sources all of their fruits from Michigan farmers, many of which have been worked on by the same family for generations. All of Brownwood Farms products are made in small batches, which are hand measured and gently stirred.

ORGANIC INDIA Now Officially Non-GMO Project Verified

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Organic_India_logoORGANIC INDIA, leader in organic herbal wellness teas and functional supplements, announces its verifications from Non-GMO Project, confirming integrity of its organic herbs and commitment to wellness for people and planet. 

“Evolution is essential,” said Krishan Guptaa, Global CEO, ORGANIC INDIA. “A higher standard of quality, purity and overall wellbeing has always been our ethos, and it’s wonderful to have our commitment to our farmers, our planet and our wellbeing verified by this elite organization. It’s an honor to be recognized, from our small farming villages in Northern India to the shelves at your local supermarket.”

A numerous amount of ORGANIC INDIA’s Tulsi-forward teas and herbal supplements have been Verified by the Non-GMO Project. This verification authenticates the integrity of ORGANIC INDIA seeds, herbs and products as natural, heritage strains. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization raising awareness about the dangers and unknowns of genetically modified foods and encouraging consumers to make informed decisions about purchasing GMO products.

Prior to receiving this official verification, ORGANIC INDIA followed strict self-imposed standards through its E.A.R.T.H. S.E.E.R. mission: promoting the wellbeing of planet and people by being Ethical, Accountable, Reliable, Trustworthy, Holistic, Socially, Environmentally and Economically Responsible. ORGANIC INDIA is currently in the process of certifying its entire product line with Fairtrade, Demeter Certified Biodynamic® by the end of the 2014. The Non-GMO Project logo will appear on packaging shortly.


ORGANIC INDIA offers over 50 premium, high potency herbal teas, supplements and personal products. Most products feature the key ingredient Tulsi (Holy Basil, “Queen of Herbs”), an adaptogen that supports the immune system, stress management and enhances the functional properties of other ingredients. Since 1999, ORGANIC INDIA has worked directly with thousands of marginalized family farmers in India, creating sustainable communities through fair-market agriculture, access to healthcare, education and gender equality and empowerment programs. ORGANIC INDIA products are certified organic and wildcrafted on over half a million acres of traditional and converted farmland throughout India. For more information on ORGANIC INDIA USA, or its 2,000 retailers, visit or join the community at