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Insider Insight to Non-GMO Claim Market Trends

Posted by Seth Keller

March 7, 2017 at 1:00 PM

gmo_blog.jpgIt’s no secret that consumers are continually seeking out healthier foods, with a particular emphasis lately on organic foods, dairy-free or meat-free alternatives and products free of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). But should you make a non-GMO claim on your food label? The answer lies in understanding consumer motivations for purchasing one product over another. While these trends are not new, non-GMO claims specifically have been on the rise as top motivators of consumer food choice over the past few years.

Understanding the Trends
Recent studies show that claims such as non-GMO do factor into decision making at the grocery store. According to the Illinois based research firm Nielsen, sales of food labeled “non-GMO” grew more than $8 billion from 2012 to 2016, reaching nearly $21.1 billion in total sales. The percent of new products being released into the market making organic and non-GMO claims in recent years has increased significantly compared to new products making other popular claims.

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Topics: Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs, NonGMO, Food Production, Food Manufacturing, Consumer Trends

A Beginner's Guide to GMOs

Posted by Katie Schott

November 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM

gmo_blog_photo.jpegGenetically Modified Organism (GMO) claims are being spotted more frequently on food labels as the debate over the health of GMO ingredients heats up. Many food manufactures are trying to get ahead of the regulations by either disclosing the use of GMOs in their products or getting products certified as “Non-GMO.”

Many consumers don’t realize how long GMO foods have been on the market. The first commercially available GMO food made available on the market was a tomato in the 1990s! The rise of GMO foods brought a parallel demand for disclosure on food labels.

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Topics: Food Testing, Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs, Label Claims, NonGMO

Are You Up-To-Date on Glyphosate?

Posted by Katie Schott

October 19, 2016 at 1:30 PM

shutterstock_378322951_copy.jpgIn case you haven’t noticed, consumer demand for transparency in food production has been the at the center of the news in the past few months. Most recently, you may have been hearing a lot about the herbicide glyphosate due to its presence in a number of oat and honey products.

According to the National Pesticide Information Center, glyphosate has been in use since 1974 and is now one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States. It kills weeds by destroying proteins essential to their growth. 

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Topics: GMOs, Natural, Glyphosate, Herbicide, Label Claims, Oats

The New GMO Law: 4 Takeaways for Food Manufacturers

Posted by Seth Keller

August 26, 2016 at 10:45 AM

female_scientist_look_at_plant_sample.jpgA majority of consumers find the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) debate complex and confusing, especially with regulations varying from country to country. With the growing push to eat more “all natural” and “organic” foods comes increased concerns about products that are manufactured with genetically modified ingredients, irregardless of concrete evidence that GMOs are either good or bad for human health.

After months of debate in Congress, President Barack Obama signed a bill into law requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients on July 29th. To make more sense of the new law, below is a brief list of the main takeaways from the legislation:

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Topics: Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs


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