Cargill Gains Non-GMO Project Verification for Ingredients

October 6, 2016

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Cargill Gains Non-GMO Project Verification for Ingredients
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Pivoting to meet increased demand for non-GMO food products, Cargill announced Thursday that it obtained Non-GMO Project verification for three of its food ingredients.

The company’s erythritol, cane sugar, and high oleic sunflower oil were recently verified as GMO-free by the nonprofit organization dedicated to building and preserving a non-GMO food supply, and are commercially available.

“Consumer demand for non-GMO food and beverages is growing, and Cargill is responding,” the managing director for Cargill Starches and Sweeteners North America, Mike Wagner, said in a company press release. “We’re delighted to work with the Non-GMO Project, the leading verifier of non-GMO products in the United States.”

A Minneapolis Star-Tribune article on the announcement referred to Cargill as a “staunch supporter of genetically-engineered crops,” and noted that the company – which serves major food producers and restaurant chains like General Mills and McDonalds – is considered “at the leading edge of genetic modifications in foods.”

“Cargill wouldn’t be going after it unless they believed this will be a sizeable market and that it will continue to grow,” director of innovation insights at food market research firm Canadean, Tom Vierhile, told the Star-Tribune.

The Non-GMO Project works with over 2600 brands and with 34,000 verified products that generate $16 billion in annual sales, the organization’s website states.

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