New York Business Creates Non-GMO Snacks from Nebraska Corn

October 14, 2016 04:48 AM

A New York snack business is using Nebraska corn to create munchies from ingredients that haven't been genetically modified.

BFY Brands recently rolled out its new line of snacks called "Our Little Rebellion," which includes the triangular corn-based PopCorners, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

The company has aligned with the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit that certifies products made without genetically engineered ingredients, for a marketing campaign that hopes to garner support for non-GMO corn.

All the corn to produce PopCorners is being grown on 59 Nebraska farms and milled by Bungee Limited in Crete before being shipped to processing facilities in New York.

BFY Brands CEO Paul Nardone said sourcing 20 million pounds of corn this year was a challenge.

"It wasn't as easy as just flipping a switch and being able to order 20 million pounds of non-GMO corn," he said. "We really had to re-engineer the supply chain and make sure there was enough acreage planted for the yield we needed."

Nardone also said Bunge built a network of farmers to grow the corn. The farmers earn a 20 to 25 percent premium for their product.

U.S. Department of Agriculture data shows that only 8 percent of all corn acres planted nationally, and 5 percent in Nebraska, are non-GMO varieties.

"We just feel we're being responsive to what our consumers are looking for, especially millennial consumers," he said. "We've even discovered there was a barrier to purchase by not being non-GMO corn."

The company expects $75 million in sales this year.

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Spell Check

Craigville, IN
10/14/2016 06:19 AM

  This is the proper way producers respond to the market. Not by telling them that they are stupid, and that what you want to produce is as good as what they want to buy, but that they are just too ignorant to understand that. If you have to beat your customer into submission to get them to buy your product, they will tend to look elsewhere to fulfill their desires. When Bunge, Cargill and ADM start new enterprises to fill non-GMO markets, it's not because they've suddenly become tree-huggers, it's because they see opportunity, profitable opportunity.