Rumiano Cheese Company has announced that it is the first cheese company in the world to receive Non-GMO Project Verification for its entire line of organic products, including cheese, butter and WPC-80%. Rumiano has been producing all-natural, grass-fed, rBST free, kosher cheese for over 90 years and is California’s oldest family-owned cheese company.
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization created by leaders in all sectors of the natural and organic products industry from the U.S. and Canada to offer consumers a consistent non-GMO choice for organic and natural products that are produced without genetic engineering or recombinant DNA technologies. It began as a collaborative effort among independent natural food retailers who wanted to ensure that their customers had an abundant selection of clearly labeled, independently verified non- GMO choices. The Project verifies all types of products, including those that are not yet produced commercially in GMO form. This allows shoppers to easily identify non-GMO items, and also helps reduce the likelihood of new GMO crops being commercialized. Further information about the project, including a complete list of participants can be found on their website at www.nongmoproject.org.
“As a company that has built its reputation and success on making the highest quality and purest cheese products, being the first Non-GMO Project Verified organic cheese company is a real feather in our cap,” says Joby Rumiano, fourth generation owner of Rumiano Cheese Company. “We are committed to providing our customers with not only the best tasting cheese, but also products that are produced in the most sustainable, humane and environmentally conscious manner.”
According to Non-GMO Project Executive Director Megan Westgate, “GMOs have never been proven safe for humans or the environment, and consumers deserve to make an informed choice about eating them. Rumiano’s commitment to Non-GMO Project Verification helps protect the basic right to know what’s in our food, and to opt out of the GMO experiment.”
In addition, all Rumiano’s organic dairies are American Humane Certified Free Farmed® through the American Humane Association, which makes Rumiano Organic Cheese the first Humane Certified cheese in the world.
Rumiano Cheese Company’s organic cheese varieties include Sharp, Medium and Mild Cheddar; Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella and Colby/White in sliced and block versions. Products are available for retail sale at natural foods stores and select grocery chains nationally. The company also sells its cheeses in numerous foodservice channels. Visit http://www.rumianocheese.com for more information.
Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, Rumiano Cheese Company is based in Crescent City, California, about 10 miles from the Oregon border, where it maintains all of its cheese production. It is wholly-owned by the Rumiano family, Italian immigrants who founded the company in 1921. The company receives about 36,000 gallons of organic milk a week from four independent third and fourth generation dairy farmers within a 90-mile radius in nearby Humboldt and Del Norte counties. Rumiano has been producing all-natural, grass-fed, rBST free, kosher cheese for over 90 years and is California’s oldest family-owned cheese company. The company most recently won three gold medals and one bronze medal in the 2010 American Cheese Society Competition. For more information, visit our web site, www.rumianocheese.com.