Oregon Cherry Growers Launches Non-GMO Project Verified Maraschinos

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 www.nongmoproject.org.

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 kspalding@orcherry.com 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: www.orcherry.com.   ###