Bunge Corn
Bunge Ltd. introduced Non-GMO Project verified milled corn ingredients.
Photo credit: Brian Green 
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, U.S. — Bunge Ltd. introduced Non-GMO Project verified milled corn ingredients and Non-GMO Project verified oils during the Institute of Food Technologists’ annual meeting and food exposition going on in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

The corn ingredients include grits, meals, flours and whole grains that may be used in a range of packaged foods, including cereal, savory snacks, baked foods and batters/breadings. Bunge will offer its Non-GMO Project verified canola oil and soybean oil under its Whole Harvest brand.

“Many of our customers are seeking verified non-GMO ingredients that are also minimally processed, and our Whole Harvest brand of canola and soybean oils meet this need,” said Anthony Williams, vice-president of sales and marketing for Bunge North America, St. Louis, U.S. 

“Our Whole Harvest brand is simply different. It delivers confidence and transparency through being Non-GMO Project verified, as well as being expeller-pressed and minimally refined, which helps our customers better leverage the clean label trend across a wide range of food products.”

Bunge also is pursuing Non-GMO Project verification for its ancient grains, rice, gluten-free breadings, and puffed and expanded snacks. A Bunge facility in Crete, Nebraska, U.S., already is Non-GMO Project verified. A dry corn mill in Danville, Illinois, U.S., is undergoing project verification. Bunge has contracted with farmers for non-bioengineered/non-GMO acres surrounding both facilities.

“Market research suggests 40% of consumers are actively managing consumption of GMO foods in their daily diets,” said Mark Stavro, senior director of marketing for North America. “Our recently expanded non-GMO offerings will create business opportunities for our customers by allowing them to extend non-GMO options to their customers in product categories where it is in high demand, while still maintaining the high quality they have come to expect of Bunge ingredients.”

The Non-GMO Project, a non-profit organization based in Bellingham, Wash., works to preserve and build the non-GMO food supply, educate consumers and provide verified non-GMO choices. Nearly 35,000 products from more than 2,500 brands now have Non-GMO Project verification. The products represent $16 billion in annual sales, according to the Non-GMO Project.