In the not-too-distant future, you should be able to rest easy knowing that the spices in your cupboards will most likely be organic and GMO-free.McCormick, the world’s largest spice company is jumping on the anti-GMO bandwagon (along with companies like Whole Foods and Chipotle), announcing that by 2016, more than 70 percent of the company’s products will be organic and GMO-free. Furthermore, they will be labeled, so you’ll know the difference.
Next year, McCormick will be releasing a non-GMO vanilla extract. As we reported last year, many vanilla extracts are actually made from synbio, an artificially engineered version of vanillin, the primary chemical extract of the vanilla bean. According to Biz Journals, only 10 percent of the company’s gourmet sales come from organic spices, but McCormick wants to bump up that number to 80 percent by the end of 2016.
"Our consumers are increasingly interested in quality flavors with pure ingredients in their food," McCormick president and COO Lawrence Kurzius said in a statement. "Our effort to increase our organic and non-GMO offerings proves that we are listening to our consumers and are committed to continuing to evolve."