MGP Earns Non-GMO Project Verified Status
At a press conference on Sunday, July 17, MGP Ingredients (booth 602), a supplier of specialty wheat proteins and starches, announced that all of its food grade starches are now designated as Non-GMO Project Verified. Verified status is also in place for several of the company’s wheat proteins. This important milestone signals MGP’s deepening commitment to the “better for you” market segment and to meeting rigorous testing and production requirements.
It was an eight-month process for verification and it included working with its suppliers to ensure their products (including processing aids) were also non-GMO. Currently, 22 MGP products are Non-GMO Project Verified, including 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.
“Our Non-GMO Project Verified initiative represents a significant technical, manufacturing, and quality assurance investment for MGP,” said Mike Buttshaw, vice president for sales and marketing. “It speaks to the strength of our commitment and leverages the market demand for non-GMO, which climbed to $200 billion in sales in 2014 and is expected to reach $330 billion by 2019, according to Packaged Facts.”
This year is MGP’s 75th anniversary and the company will be celebrating at its booth (#602) on Monday, July 18 at 2:00 p.m. with MGP’s President and CEO Gus Griffin, a champagne toast, and cake pops. Founded in 1941 as Midwest Solvents Company, MGP was initially engaged in the production of industrial alcohol for wartime purposes. Shortly after the war, much of the company’s production was shifted to beverage alcohol, and for years was principally focused on vodka and gin. In the 1950s and 1960s, the company diversified into the production of wheat-based proteins and starches for the food and beverage industries.