“Organic, non-GMO, and clean label will continue to be key growth drivers in the U.S. food market, which is why we’re excited to help our customers leverage these trends across many categories from savory snacks to bakery,” said Mark Stavro, senior director of marketing, Bunge North America. “Our new offerings will help food companies introduce organic oils and non-GMO milled ancient grains into more food applications than previously possible.”
Bunge’s introduction of Whole Harvest USDA certified organic soybean oil expands upon the brand’s existing range of Non-GMO Project verified soybean oil, canola oil and pan sprays. Whole Harvest Foods’ products are made from expeller pressed canola, cottonseed and soy oils.
“Soybean oil is the most commonly used oil in the U.S., and by providing a scalable organic choice for this popular ingredient, we’re helping our customers meet increasing demand for organic products,” said Anthony Williams, vice-president of sales and marketing, Bunge North America oils. “Whole Harvest organic soybean oil goes one step further than most other organic oils — not only is it expeller pressed, but it’s also minimally refined, which provides even more choices for our customers to use when responding to the clean label trend.”
Bunge’s new lineup of Non-GMO Project Verified milled ancient grains — including millet, sorghum, and quinoa — adds to its range of Non-GMO Project verified milled corn and rice ingredients, the company said. In this area, the company is differentiating its ancient grain portfolio by utilizing its milling capabilities to offer a variety of ingredients that perform across many food applications.
|Wade Ellis, vice-president and general manager, Bunge North America milling.|
“What sets our ancient grain portfolio apart, in addition to being Non-GMO Project verified, is that it includes flours, meals, grits, and extruded products — both whole grain and refined — that help our customers get ancient grains into as many foods and beverages as possible,” said Wade Ellis, vice-president and general manager, Bunge North America milling. “The recent completion of Non-GMO Project verification at our Danville, Illinois, facility, the world’s largest corn dry mill, means we can now offer a diversified Non-GMO Project verified platform at significant scale to help brands of all sizes grow with the non-GMO trend.”
In July, Bunge introduced corn ingredients, oils with Non-GMO Project verification. 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. Two Bunge facilities — one in Crete, Nebraska, U.S., and another in Danville, Illinois, U.S. — recently received Non-GMO Project verification. Bunge has contracted with farmers for non-bioengineered/non-GMO acres surrounding both facilities.
The Non-GMO Project, a non-profit organization based in Bellingham, Washington, U.S., 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.