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Second Nature Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

SN LOGOSecond Nature is honored to announce twelve of their medleys are now Non-GMO Project Verified. The medleys are also Kosher Certified and Gluten Free. Packaging featuring the Non-GMO Project Verification Mark will begin to appear on shelves Fall 2016.

The Non-GMO Project is North America’s only third-party verification and labeling organization for non-GMO products. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are living organisms artificially manipulated through the use of genetic engineering. The verified medleys are produced in compliance with the strict Non-GMO Project Standard, and will continue to undergo testing and audits to ensure adherence.

Second Nature abides by using clean ingredients, is committed to the integrity and transparency of their products, and believes consumers have the right to know what is in their food. This verification offers the highest transparency regarding GMOs.

If you would like more information, please contact Ashley Wilson.

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Contact:
Ashley Wilson
248.588.1903
awilson@karsnuts.com
www.secondnaturesnacks.com

Erin Baker’s™ Granola Line Receives Non-GMO Project Verification

Monday, July 11th, 2016

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All natural bakery continues commitment to providing wholesome breakfast and snack goods to help shoppers make informed decisions

Erin Baker’s™ Wholesome Baked Goods, a nationally-loved line of breakfast foods and snacks made with simple, all-natural, whole food ingredients, announced today that its Homestyle Granola is now Non-GMO Project Verified. The verification emphasizes CEO Erin Baker’s strong desire to provide healthy meal options for people on the go. New packaging reflecting the verification will be on store shelves nationwide in fall 2016 and online at www.erinbakers.com.

“From day one, we’ve been hand measuring, mixing and baking on-the-go foods with the best whole food and all natural ingredients available, including whole grain oats, dried fruit, nuts and seeds, and more,” said Erin Baker, CEO, Erin Baker’s. “Earning Non-GMO Project Verification is a continuation of our mission to provide transparency of the quality ingredients we use in our granola line every day.”

Erin Baker’s granola is freshly baked to perfection with all natural ingredients, and mixed by hand in order to “preserve the chunk.” The Homestyle line boasts a whole grain oat base and is packed with protein, making it a filling option for breakfast or as a snack. It is available in seven flavors, including Coconut Chia, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Vanilla Almond Quinoa, Double Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter, Fruit & Nut and Oatmeal Raisin.

Erin Baker’s granola underwent a series of tests and audits to ensure adherence to the Non-GMO Project’s rigorous practices for GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) avoidance. A GMO is an organism in which the genetic material has been changed through modern biotechnology in a way that does not occur naturally by multiplication and/or natural recombination.

The Non-GMO Project is North America’s only third-party verification and labeling organization for Non-GMO foods. Its verification process includes the review of a variety of documents with independent, third-party technical administrators, such as ingredient statements, certificates of analysis, Polymerase Chain Reaction test results and standard operating procedures conducted at manufacturing facilities.

Homestyle Granola is available nationwide in mainstream and upscale grocery stores, convenience stores, health food retailers and more. The granola line can also be purchased online at www.erinbakers.com, including a monthly subscription service to keep the pantry stocked.

About Erin Baker’s
Founded, owned and operated by the aptly named Erin Baker, Erin Baker’s™ Wholesome Baked Goods is an all-natural bakery that hand measures, mixes and bakes breakfast and snack goodies for life on the go. Established in 1994 with a commitment to use only simple, nutritional, whole food ingredients, the company’s famous Original Breakfast Cookie and chunky granola offerings are a filling favorite among all ages. Erin Baker’s products are readily found in groceries, coffee shops and cafés, delivering the promise of homemade freshness and flavor coast to coast. www.erinbakers.com.

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Media Contact:
Lourdes Rios
Duo PR for Erin Baker’s
(206) 957-6551
lourdes@duopr.com

Bay State Milling Company Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

BSM_Logo_LowRes_jpg_formatBay State Milling Company, a leading provider of exceptional flour and plant-based ingredients, has received Non-GMO Project Verification for ingredients produced at two of its facilities—Woodland, CA and Bolingbrook, IL.

Bay State Milling Company now offers an extensive collection of Non-GMO Project Verified products including conventional and organic flours as well as seeds, spices and ancient grains—both whole and ground. For the complete list of Verified products, visit nongmoproject.org.

The trusted Non-GMO Project Verified seal indicates that the best practices for GMO avoidance are used and is currently carried by 35,000 products in North America.

“Offering our customers the most scalable and flexible supply chains in the plant-based ingredient market for grain-based foods is foundational to our growth strategy,” said Peter Levangie, President and COO of Bay State Milling Company. “Growing consumer interest in food made without genetic modification is creating another opportunity for Bay State Milling to differentiate ourselves and support our customers. Accordingly, participating in this certification is a natural choice.”

To learn more about Bay State Milling Company and their Non-GMO Project Verified products, visit nongmoproject.org or www.baystatemilling.com.

About Bay State Milling Company
Bay State Milling Company has proudly provided exceptional flour and plant-based ingredients since 1899. The Core Purpose of the Company is to provide food ingredients to promote the growth of healthful and affordable food choices for the consumer. Bay State Milling is committed to being a leading supplier of sustainable plant-based solutions for grain-based foods through investments in employees, unique supply chains, and specialized ingredient processing technology. Additionally, Bay State Milling is focused on seed varietal development through its wholly-owned subsidiary, 5th Generation Seed, LLC. For more information on the Company, visit www.baystatemilling.com or call 1-800-553-5687.

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Official Statement on the Latest Labeling Bill

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

MEW Statement_NGPFrom Non-GMO Project Executive Director Megan Westgate:

The main intent of this bill is clearly to preempt democratically established state legislation and make it harder for the public to know whether or not the food they are buying is genetically engineered. While much has been made of the significant problems with the type of labeling proposed in this bill (QR codes, 800 numbers and websites), an equally big problem is that the bill is filled with huge loopholes, meaning that most GMO products could escape any sort of labeling at all.

Section 294 of the bill indirectly acknowledges the loopholes, saying that just because a product is exempt from mandatory disclosure under the bill does NOT mean that it is eligible to make a non-GMO claim. In other words, a lot of products that are not non-GMO would also not be labeled under this bill. Indeed, this watered down legislation is a world away from the rigorous protocols required of any product bearing the Non-GMO Project Verified label.

Through all the turmoil of the mandatory labeling battles, the Non-GMO Project butterfly will continue to provide the public with a meaningful way to avoid GMOs.

Welcome Lucy MacLoughlin!

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

DSC_9192The Non-GMO Project welcomes Lucy MacLoughlin as our new Standards Manager. With 20+ years in the natural products industry, Lucy has extensive experience in the managerial, operational, technical and promotional aspects of three different industry sectors including retail, wholesale and manufacturing. Her many years spent in contract manufacturing of nutritional supplements exposed her to numerous challenges inherent in the supply chain with respect to quality, integrity, processing, standardization, testing and certification of dietary ingredients. When not working, you will find Lucy behind a camera photographing the abundant flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest, absorbed in a good read, or exploring neighborhoods and forest trails with her husband and her beloved dog.

What interests you about working with the Non-GMO Project – what about this opportunity caught your attention?

I have been interested in nutrition and sustainability most of my life, so the Non-GMO Project’s mission of preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing Verified non-GMO choices deeply resonates with me. Access to safe, wholesome food is one of the most basic and critical building blocks of good health. I’m grateful for the opportunity to invest my life energy in an organization that, through its advocacy, educational outreach and verification program, works to defend and increase public health and liberty.

How do you think your prior experience will help you in working with the Non-GMO project?

My background in manufacturing provides a strong foundation for understanding how to apply the Non-GMO Project Standard and an appreciation of the challenges inherent in a complex supply chain. I look forward to leveraging my experience and expanding my knowledge base in my new role.

What is important to you about the work you will be doing with the Project?

I will be contributing to protecting transparency in our food supply, raising public awareness of food safety issues; and hopefully as a corollary to this, encouraging people to make healthier food choices.

Flavorcan International Inc Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

flavorcan_final_logo_new_cs2Flavorcan International Inc,  “The Good Taste People” a global leader in the flavour industry for the food and beverage industry are proud to announce they have received Non-GMO Project verification. The approved products can now carry the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal. We have been actively working to achieve Non-GMO Project verification on these products and plan to continue earning verification across a complete line of flavours. 

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization and is North America’s only third party verification and labelling for non-GMO products in the food and beverage industry. They currently have over 34,000 Non-GMO Project Verified products from 2,400 brands.

About Flavorcan International Inc.
Flavorcan International Inc. is recognized as a leader in its industry, supplying high quality, custom designed flavours to many of the top companies in the food, dairy, confection, beverage, organic, vegan, main meals, food service, pharmaceutical, health and snack food industries.

Proudly Canadian
Flavorcan International Inc. is a Canadian owned and operated company. All manufacturing is conducted in Canada. Our experienced application and flavor creation staff are located in Toronto, Ontario Canada. We have sales locations outside of Canada to serve the Global community.

We are a family owned company who does business in the old fashioned way. Our customers are our friends and partners. We recognize that not all sales are large. However, to supply the large orders, we must also accept the small orders. Pure and simple… business the old fashioned way

Our Customer are our Partners
Flavorcan International Inc. takes pride in partnering with you to take your idea’s to production. As a customer of Flavorcan International Inc. we will work directly with you to understand your needs and to develop a flavour to meet your demands. We offer order turn around in 5-10 days, and sample requests in hours. Call us today to discuss your business needs

Our state of the art NUT FREE facilities and equipment can handle any job! Contact us today to see how we can help you quickly get your product to market.

Please take a minute to watch our 3 minute video at www.flavorcan.ca

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Tomorrow’s Nutrition Sunfiber earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

LABELS_Tomorrows NutritionTomorrow’s Nutrition, a leading nutritional supplement company and online retailer, has announced that its all-natural Tomorrow’s Nutrition Sunfiber has been Non-GMO Project Verified. Tomorrow’s Nutrition Sunfiber, a guar fiber, is a soluble, transparent and tasteless dietary fiber with strong prebiotic characteristics.

This Non-GMO Project Verification validates Tomorrow’s Nutrition Sunfiber’s quality and its compliance with rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, including segregation and traceability to prevent contamination. Suitable for vegetarians, Tomorrow’s Nutrition Sunfiber is also 100 percent gluten-free, certified Organic, Kosher and Halal.

Tomorrow’s Nutrition credits ingredient supplier Taiyo for the speed with which this approval was achieved. Taiyo recently received Non-GMO Project Verification for Sunfiber and worked with Tomorrow’s Nutrition to earn this verification, which represents the highest transparency about GMOs.

“We were excited to achieve Non-GMO Project Verification for Sunfiber as another benefit / competitive advantage for our customers,” says Scott Smith, vice president of Taiyo International. “Taiyo is eager to assist all of its customers interested in using this Verification in their product labeling and marketing to get their product certified as well.”

Tomorrow’s Nutrition Sunfiber is a true regulating fiber. It uniquely helps reduce occasional constipation and diarrhea, and return stool to a normal healthy state. It also offers a comfortable, healthy satiety effect by slowing gastric transit time.

For additional information about Tomorrow’s Nutrition Sunfiber, visit www.TomorrowsNutrition.com.

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White Oak Pastures Receives Non-GMO Project Verification

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

white-oak-pastures-logo-reversed011White Oak Pastures, the largest pastured poultry operation in the U.S. and one of the largest multi-species, humane and regenerative farms in the country, has switched to non-GMO feed for its poultry, pigs, and rabbits. The farm recently received Non-GMO Project verification on their animal products.

Each year, White Oak Pastures pasture-raises and hand-butchers 260,000 broiler chickens, 12,000 laying hens, 8,200 turkeys, 7,600 ducks, 6,000 guinea fowl, 3,000 geese, 1,000 rabbits, and 200 pigs. The animals are raised entirely on pasture and processed on the farm, and now fed entirely non-GMO feed. White Oak Pastures has received many customer requests for non-GMO products, but struggled to find a feed mill that could supply its volume. The farm is is proud to now be able to offer these products to consumers.

White Oak Pastures’ switch to non-GMO feed is one in a number of steps the farm has taken since the mid-1990s to transition from a monoculture of cattle raised using industrial methods to a kinder, gentler agriculture that strives to emulate nature. The farm has phased out confinement feeding of grain, chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and hormones and antibiotics. White Oak Pastures built on-farm USDA-inspected red meat and poultry abattoirs, designed by Temple Grandin, so the animals wouldn’t travel to slaughter. It is the only farm in the country with both facilities on the property. White Oak Pastures now pasture-raises 10 species of livestock, and offers 60+ varieties of certified organic produce, pastured eggs, artisan goods, on-site lodging, dining and educational workshops. White Oak Pastures is excited to continue moving down this path with the addition of non-GMO feed for its animals.

Learn more about White Oak Pastures and shop online at www.whiteoakpastures.com.

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Rodgers’® Puddings Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Rodgers' Banana Pudding FillingRodgers’ Puddings is pleased to announce that their four refrigerated grass-fed milk puddings (Banana Pudding Filling, Coconut, Blueberry, and Guava) are now Non-GMO Project Verified. The puddings are also Kosher Certified. Additionally the puddings are Halal Certified, except for the Banana Pudding Filling.

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.  The puddings underwent a series of rigorous tests and audits to ensure that they adhere to the Non-GMO Project’s strict Standard for GMO avoidance.

“We believe that consumers have the right to know what is in their food.  Earning Non-GMO Project verification helped to validate our commitment” said Reggie Rodgers, co-owner of Rodgers’ Puddings.  Our puddings have multi-purpose uses, consumed as is, infused into baked cakes, muffins, cupcakes, french toast, spread and drizzle over poundcake and bread pudding, baked in pie shell, mixed into granola, fruit, oatmeal, and blended with fruit to make smoothies Plus More.  It is entirely up to you….expand your horizon by expanding your palate.

Find out more about Rodgers’ Puddings at www.rodgerspuddings.com.

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Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Almond Butter, Peanut Butter and Sunflower Seed Butter Receive Non-GMO Project Verification

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

BB_web_logo_pinkThe Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification for GMO avoidance. Betsy’s Best nut butters are also gluten-free, low in sugar, and feature delicious, superfood ingredients.

Betsy’s Best, maker of delicious and nutritious gourmet nut and seed butters, is proud to announce that their Gourmet Almond Butter, Peanut Butter and Sunflower Seed Butter have been Non-GMO Project Verified.

While all the ingredients in Betsy’s Best line of gourmet nut and seed butters were chosen because they were not made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), receiving the stamp of approval from the Non-GMO Project was a non- negotiable for the company.

“We chose to get our products Non-GMO Project Verified because we respect people’s right to know what is in their food,” says Betsy Opyt, President and CEO. “We believe this verification offers the highest transparency about GMOs.”

Betsy’s Best was developed by Opyt, a registered dietitian, who was frustrated by the lack of healthy, great tasting nut butters available. Motivated to create an all-natural alternative, she created the recipes for each flavor in her kitchen. Besides featuring non-GMO ingredients, the Gourmet Peanut Butter, Almond Butter and Sunflower Seed Butter include Himalayan pink salt, chia seeds, cinnamon and honey, sourced from responsible, honest and healthy vendors. All of the products are gluten free. Betsy’s Best newest product offering, Gourmet Cashew Butter, is also composed solely of non-GMO ingredients and is currently working towards Non-GMO Project verification.

“When I created Betsy’s Best, I set out to make a delicious, all natural nut butter that I felt good about feeding my family,” Opyt explains. “Choosing non-GMO ingredients was an important part of that process, so we are especially proud to be Non-GMO Project Verified. Choosing Non-GMO Project Verified products is the most reliable way for your family to avoid GMOs.”

About Betsy’s Best
Betsy’s Best® is a gourmet line of delicious nut and seed butters created by dietitian and 2015 Florida Young Mother of the Year, Betsy Opyt. Featuring a signature blend of distinctive, key ingredients like cinnamon and chia seeds, these nut and seed butters are healthy and uniquely flavorful.

The Betsy’s Best lineup includes Gourmet Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Seed Butter and new Cashew Butter. For more than 60 hand-crafted recipes and to learn more about Betsy’s Best, go to www.BetsysBest.com or connect on social media – Facebook.com/LoveBetsysBest, Twitter @BetsysBestFood, Instagram @BetsysBest, and Pinterest /LoveBetsysBest. Betsy’s Best brands are the initial offerings of Healthy Concepts Food Company, LLC.

About 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.

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For more media information:
Bridget McIntyre
(888) 685-8292 x8
bridget@betsysbest.com