CHICAGO — MGP Ingredients, Inc. has announced that all its food grade starches are now designated as Non-GMO Project verified. Verified status also is in place for several of the company’s wheat proteins. MGP said the verification signals the company’s deepening commitment to the “better-for-you” market segment and to meeting rigorous testing and production requirements.
Currently, 22 MGP products are Non-GMO Project verified, including signature proprietary ingredients such as Fibersym RW resistant wheat starch, Midsol wheat starches, Pregel wheat starches, Optein lightly hydrolyzed wheat protein and Arise wheat protein isolate.
|Mike Buttshaw, vice-president of sales and marketing for MGP|
“Our Non-GMO Project verified initiative represents a significant technical, manufacturing and quality assurance investment for MGP,” said Mike Buttshaw, vice-president of sales and marketing. “It speaks to the strength of our commitment and leverages the market demand for non-G.M.O., which climbed to $200 billion in sales in 2014 and is expected to reach $330 billion by 2019, according to Packaged Facts.”
In addition to Non-GMO Project verified, MGP’s Fibersym RW resistant wheat starch recently met criteria for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new definition of dietary fiber.“The consumer movement for Non-GMO Project verified ingredients across all food categories has catalyzed the industry,” Mr. Buttshaw said. “It’s a remarkable opportunity. Our investment is a win-win-win for the food manufacturers we serve, consumers and MGP.”