Organic & Non-GMO

Organic & Non-GMO

Organic and non-GMO are different but complementary. Once available only as niche items via limited natural retail channels, consumer demand has given clean-label consumables delivering these added value certifications a wider berth, leading to explosive growth across the mainstream market.

Organic food sales in the United States hit a record high $39.7 billion in 2015, with produce and dairy leading the charge. And while, organic production methods disallow genetically modified organisms (GMOs), "non-GMO" is trending as the go-to label claim, with U.S. retail sales of non-GMO food and beverages estimated to reach $330 billion by 2019. This issue explores the disconnect among consumers about these different, yet complementary, certifications and terms.

Table of Contents

  • Viewpoint: Exploring the Future of Food
    by Heather Granato
  • Organic & Non-GMO: Exploring the Consumer Disconnect
    by Judie Bizzozero
  • Best Practices for Labeling Organic and Non-GMO Products
    by Ryan Fournier, Esq.
  • Organic and Non-GMO Dairy Rise to the Top
    by Melissa Kvidahl
  • Case Study: The a2 Milk Co.
  • Case Study: Organic Valley
  • Case Study: Maple Hill Creamery

Takeaways for Your Business

  • Euromonitor data placed the global retail value of organic dairy at just over US$10 billion in 2016.
  • Mintel reported 44 percent of new food products introduced between 2013 and 2016 claimed to be non-GMO.
  • Identifying the right market niche and certification that resonates with target consumers is key to driving product success.

About Cargill


Cargill is working to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. We've been in business for more than 150 years, and have a history working with partners to navigate our complex food system from field to table. Our broad label-friendly portfolio, market expertise and trusted supply chain can help you satisfy consumer demand for clean label.