Renewable Farming

Bunge launches major offering of verified non-GMO corn and oils

Bunge North America’s large-scale marketing effort to provide non-GMO feedstuffs, oils and other ag products could significantly raise the premiums to farmers for non-GMO corn and soybeans.  Here’s the press release announcing the effort:

(BUSINESS WIRE) — Bunge North America is excited to introduce Non-GMO Project Verified milled corn ingredients and Non-GMO Project Verified oils at the annual IFT (Institute of Food Technologists, July 17-19) show next week in Chicago. Bunge will also feature its broader collection of non-GMO products, including ancient grains, rice, gluten free breadings, and puffed and expanded snacks, all of which the company is pursuing Non-GMO Project Verification for. To taste some of Bunge’s non-GMO corn, oil, and ancient grain ingredients in application, visit booth 1031 at IFT16. One of Bunge’s culinary innovators, chef Zach Hovan, will be serving delicious samples from the company’s food truck, such as ropa vieja polenta cake made with Non-GMO Project Verified cornmeal and Whole Harvest expeller-pressed canola oil.

“We are the only ingredient manufacturer at IFT, or anywhere, with Non-GMO Project Verified corn ingredients and oils ready at a scale that allows our customers to confidently grow key brands to meet non-GMO demand”

“Market research suggests 40 percent 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.”

Currently, Bunge is the only major supplier to offer non-GMO corn ingredients on a scale that makes them accessible to major brands. This includes grits, meals, flours, and whole grains that can be used across a wide range of packaged foods, including cereals, savory snacks, bakery, batters/breadings, and more.

“We are the only ingredient manufacturer at IFT, or anywhere, with Non-GMO Project Verified corn ingredients and oils ready at a scale that allows our customers to confidently grow key brands to meet non-GMO demand,” said Wade Ellis, vice president and general manager, U.S. Milling.

The company’s Crete, Nebraska, facility is Non-GMO Project Verified, and its Danville, Illinois, facility, the world’s largest dry corn mill, is currently undergoing project verification as well. To support its non-GMO footprint, Bunge has contracted with farmers for non-GMO acres surrounding both facilities.

In addition to milled corn ingredients, Bunge also offers a scalable supply of Non-GMO Project Verified canola and soybean oils, under its Whole Harvest brand. These oils are expeller-pressed and minimally refined, which makes them ideal for clean label applications.

“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 meets this need,” said Anthony Williams, vice president of sales and marketing, Bunge North America. “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.”

For more information on Bunge’s Non-GMO Project Verified milled corn ingredients and oils, visit

About Non-GMO Project

The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s leading third-party independent verification program for products made according to rigorous best practices for GMO (genetically modified organism) avoidance.

About Bunge North America

Bunge North America (, the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), is a vertically integrated food and feed ingredient company, supplying raw and processed agricultural commodities and specialized food ingredients to a wide range of customers in the animal feed, food processor, foodservice and bakery industries. With headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, Bunge North America and its subsidiaries operate grain elevators, oilseed processing plants, edible oil refineries and packaging facilities, and corn, wheat and rice mills in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.