Beverage Industry

Silk beverage brands receive non-GMO verification

June 28, 2011
Silk, a brand of Broomfield, Colo.-based WhiteWave Food Co., announced that all products in its beverage portfolio have been officially verified by the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit collaboration of manufacturers, retailers, distributors, farmers, seed companies and consumers dedicated to ensuring the sustained availability of non-genetically modified organism (GMO) food and beverage choices. Silk’s beverage portfolio includes Silk Soymilk, Silk Pure Coconut and Silk Pure Almond.

“While Silk has been using non-GMO soybeans since the brand’s inception 15 years ago, enrolling our soymilk, almond milk and coconut milk products in the Non-GMO Project was an important step in our commitment to providing consumers with sustainably produced, non-GMO plant-based beverages,” said Craig Shiesley, general manager for Silk, in a statement. “With our Non-GMO Project verification, consumers can feel confident purchasing Silk beverages knowing the products have gone through rigorous third-party verification of GMO avoidance practices.”

All Silk soymilk, coconut milk and almond milk products were enrolled in the Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification Program last year. In order to achieve verification, Silk demonstrated that all of its GMO-risk ingredients are tested according to a rigorous and continuous program in compliance with Non-GMO Project Standards. These standards also include strict traceability and segregation requirements, the company says.

Consumers will be able to find the Non-GMO Project’s seal on all verified Silk Soymilk, Silk Pure Almond and Silk Pure Coconut beverage packaging beginning in August.

“With more than 20 million consumers nationwide and an exceptionally high volume of soybeans, all from North America, Silk is a tremendous ally,” said Megan Westgate, executive director of the Non-GMO Project, in a statement. “The verification of their beverage portfolio is an enormous boost to our non-profit mission of providing the public with an informed choice and preserving a non-GMO ingredient supply for the future.”

Prior to enrolling in the Non-GMO Project, Silk already took extensive steps to ensure its soybeans were non-GMO, including following a comprehensive set of testing protocols to detect GMOs, the company says. From seed to manufacturing, Silk’s soybeans are tested four times to make sure they are non-GMO, it adds.