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Going non-GMO

Going non-GMO

The non-GMO food and supplement category is the fastest growing sector in the entire natural products industry, with non-GMO product sales recently surpassing $3.5 billion. This figure will grow even higher if (when?) state and federal initiatives succeed in mandating the labeling of genetically modified organisms in products. For the dietary supplement industry, the issue poses specific and significant challenges. 

Sports supplement seller bets on non-GMO veggie soft gels

Sports Research, a California-based supplement brand holder, has taken a big step toward differentiating its product line with the introduction of what it says is the first vegan, non-GMO gel...

Transparency is only way for GMO technology to thrive, exec says

Openness and transparency is the only way for genetic engineering technology to thrive in the supply of dietary ingredients, said an official with a company engaged in the practice.

Demographics don't provide easy answers to GMO debate, says Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center: The GMO debate is hugely polarizing, but the divide ‘does not fall along familiar political fault lines’

Think anti-GMO sentiment is primarily the preserve of white college educated liberals? Think again, says Pew Research Center, which has just conducted a consumer survey suggesting that attitudes on GMOs,...

Plant protein startup rides simplification message

Plant protein startup Oriya is riding a message of a short ingredient list toward greater national distribution.

Growth in cheese demand solidifies organic whey protein supply, says Milk Specialties Global

The growth of organic cheese production has ensured the supply chain for organic whey, said Milk Specialties Global. The company says its new organic whey protein ingredient helps fill a...

Non-GMO seal for Taiyo’s matcha boosts transparency for multifunctional ingredient

Taiyo’s Non-GMO certification for its Matcha Powder is a sign of the growing influence of this attribute, even for ingredient categories that have never been subject to genetic modification. ...

Bar applications, RTDs continue to offer rich opportunities for dairy proteins, supplier says

Plant-based proteins might be the hot topic, but opportunities for dairy proteins continue to abound, according to one supplier.

CRN talks about the “overfed and undernourished” problem in the US

There are increasing cases of malnutrition and nutrition deficiencies in a developed country like the US, recent studies report. We chat with an expert to get his analysis.

Vox Pop: Consumers had this to say about GMO labeling...

On the heels of President Barack Obama signing into law a federal bill requiring the disclosure of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on packaged food and beverage products, we at Beverage...

New NGS DNA testing methods will replace PCR, predicts Clear Labs

Are ‘GMO-free’ (as opposed to ‘non-GMO’) claims legally defensible?

As the Non-GMO Project states on its website, ‘GMO-free’ claims are “not legally or scientifically defensible due to limitations of testing methodology" coupled with cross-contamination risks. In future, however, that could...

Ingredion EVP on HFCS, next gen stevia, non-GMO, and the gut microbiome

The recent introduction of GMO labeling will bring clarity to the marketplace and create choice for consumers, says the EVP of Global Specialties for Ingredion.

BREAKING NEWS

House approves federal GMO labeling bill that nullifies Vermont law

The US House of Representatives has voted to pass a federal GMO labeling bill (306:117 votes) that would pre-empt and nullify all state-led GMO labeling laws including the one that...

Vermont GMO-labeling law went into effect, what comes next?

When Vermont’s GMO-labeling law became effective last Friday on July 1, some companies were prepared, while others weren’t.

Consumer survey suggests Vermont GMO labels ‘strongly mislead consumers,’ claims CRA

An industry-backed survey of 1,665 online primary shoppers suggests that Vermont’s mandatory GMO labels “strongly mislead consumers,” claims the Corn Refiners Association (CRA).

Federal GMO labeling bill hailed as 'true compromise,' but critics say it's woefully inadequate

Attempts to reach a federal GMO labeling solution have failed miserably to date. However, a bipartisan deal requiring mandatory GMO labeling (via smartlabels, symbols or as yet undetermined wording) thrashed...

Taiyo's support helps marketer navigate non GMO certification waters

Supplement marketer Tomorrow’s Nutrition has announced Non-GMO Project Verified status for its Sunfiber prebiotic supplement, a certification the company says was made possible only though vigorous support from the supplier,...

Too close to call: How do consumers really feel about GMOs?

The controversy surrounding genetic engineering may feel deafening at times with each side prolifically and loudly debating its pros and cons, but the vast majority of consumers remain unfamiliar GMOs...

Vegan meal replacement makers want to reach underserved populations by using hip hop tie-in

VeganSmart, a plant-based line of meal replacements, is penetrating areas plagued with malnutrition via a unique marketing vehicle—the power of hip hop.

What’s a GMO? Mushrooms, ‘gene-editing’, and a brave new world for regulators?

News that non-browning mushrooms developed with a gene-editing tool called CRISPR/Cas9 would not be subject to regulation by USDA has prompted a fresh debate about what ‘GMOs’ are, and whether...

11th hour reprieve from the courts or from Congress increasingly unlikely

Bounty hunters could come after you from day one if you are not compliant with Vermont GMO labeling law, warns attorney

Private litigants, or so-called ‘bounty hunters’, may start targeting food manufacturers over alleged violations of Vermont’s new GMO labeling law from day one (July 1), lawyers at Hogan Lovells have...

Nationwide GMO labeling, insurance coverage & increased enforcement top NPA's wish list on Capitol Hill

Members of the Natural Products Association met with their senators' and representatives' offices in Washington, DC, April 13 to promote standardized GMO labeling nationwide, insurance coverage of dietary supplements, increased...

New lubrication excipient removes last hurdle in way of 100% organic supplements, developers say

A partnership between Ribus and Biogrund has surmounted one the chief hurdles on the way to a 100% organic supplement. The pair says its new ingredient, Nu-Rice Extra Lube, can...

News in brief

Ahiflower oil gets NSF non-GMO True North verification

NSF International has certified Ahiflower oil from Natures Crops International (NCI) under its NSF Non-GMO True North protocol.

'Our enforcement priorities will focus on willful violations of the labeling law'

Vermont AG offers 6-month safe harbor on GMO labeling enforcement

In a memorandum on the new GMO labeling law coming into force in Vermont in July, attorney general William H. Sorrell says enforcement action will “focus on willful violations of...

Mintel GNPD data: 15.7% of new US food/bev products made non-GMO claims in 2015 vs 2.8% in 2012

Organic and Non-GMO claims are both gaining strong traction on US food and beverage labels, while there has been a slight decline in the percentage of new launches featuring 'natural'...

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