Aker BioMarine Antarctic US, a leading supplier of krill-derived products to the consumer health and wellness and animal nutrition markets worldwide, is pleased to announce that its flagship ingredient, SuperbaTM Krill oil, is now Non-GMO Project Verified. The Non-GMO Project is North America's only third-party verification and labeling organization for non-GMO food and products.
This certification adds another layer of transparency to the company's supply chain and shows that all components used to make Superba krill oil contain no genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Superba Krill is already certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as being sustainable and 100 percent traceable.
So far, the Non-GMO Project has verified more than 29,500 products, totalling more than $11 billion in sales. In fact, compared to a year ago, 23 percent more consumers are buying non-GMO products, according to the Hartman Group's Organic & Natural 2014 report. Additionally, 40 percent are avoiding or reducing GMOs in their daily diet.
About a third of consumers will abandon a brand because it uses GMOs. In 2013, Whole Foods Market reported sales increases of 15 to 30 percent for Non-GMO Project Verified products. Indeed, the Non-GMO Project Verified label is the fastest growing in the food industry.
"Trends around non-GMO labeling in foods are quickly migrating into the dietary supplement market. And even though supplement supply chains are very complex, we felt the need to pursue non-GMO verification to provide our customers added assurance not only of the absence of GMOs in Superba Krill oil, but also as a sign of our unrelenting commitment to traceability and transparency," said Becky Wright, marketing director of Aker BioMarine Antarctic US. "It took us more than a year to secure this certification, but it was well worth it. With full traceability, now on several levels, we can assure industry that our ingredients are carefully and constantly monitored. Our customers and their customers have a right to know what is in their products—and what is not."