Industry News | September 18, 2013

Non-GMO Foods To Make Up 30% Of F&B Sales By 2017

One of the hottest topics in the food industry today is whether or not foods made using ingredients from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are safe for human consumption. Related to this controversy is the issue of whether GMO crops are safe for the environment.

In addition, advocacy groups are concerned that a few international conglomerates, through their ownership of GMO technology, can gain or consolidate excessive dominance of the global food supply.

In a just-released report, “Non-GMO Foods: U.S. Market Perspective,” Packaged Facts estimates that non-GMO food and beverage sales in the U.S. will be approximately $178 billion in 2013, accounting for almost a quarter of all food and beverage sales. 

Packaged Facts projects that by 2017, non-GMO products will make up around 30 percent of total food and beverage sales, with a value of about $264 billion.

A key element in the growth of the non-GMO segment of the overall food and beverage market will be the ongoing expansion in the demand for organic and natural foods, which is intertwined with the market for non-GMO foods. 

David Sprinkle, research director at Packaged Facts, says a variety of factors, including the introduction of mandatory GMO labeling, could spur the development of non-GMO sales to a higher percentage of the total market.

Conversely, an economic downturn or the widespread acceptance of new GMO seafood, meat, and poultry products are among the factors that could slow sales.

There is widespread agreement within the scientific community that GMOs pose no threat to human health or the environment. Nevertheless, there is a broad base of concern among advocacy groups about GMOs, a concern driven in part by fear of unknown ramifications.


This article correctly stated "There is widespread agreement within the scientific community that GMOs pose no threat to human health or the environment." The rest of the article is about the fact that foods produced without any use of genetic modification will become more popular if demand for them grows. How can demand for them grow? Companies marketing non-GMO products can make their brands more desirable by fanning the flames of fear against GMOs through marketing and public "education." This is such a complex topic. Here's just one simple fact that may save you money. Products such as table sugar are chemically purified. The only thing that the sugar beets contribute to table sugar is sucrose. The sucrose from a GM beet is exactly like the sucrose from any other beet. No gene products, no Round up sprayed on beets, and no other substance is in your table sugar. If you pay more for sugar made from non-GMO beets you are not getting anything for that extra money except knowing that you have helped to support a farm that only grows non-GMO beets. If that's important to you for philosophical reasons, then that's a good thing. But please don't let people fool you or scare you into avoiding less expensive food that isn't actually dangerous or even physically different because of the kind of beets it came from.

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