Family-Owned Organic GMO-Free Brands

The following is an ever-evolving list of privately-owned / family-owned companies who produce organic foods AND are adamantly opposed to genetic engineering / GMO ingredients. These companies are our favorite brands to support… they continue to operate independently, which enables them to uphold solid product integrity as well as freedom in educating about GMOs.

Why Choose Family-Owned Organic Brands?

The opposite side of this coin are organic brands owned by major food corporations. When an organic brand is controlled by a corporation, product quality can suffer, and worse, your dollars spent on these “corporate organics” trickle back upstream to the parent corporation—most of whom don’t think GMOs are a problem and/or worse, donated money to prevent GMO labeling.

This doesn’t mean “corporate organics” aren’t organic. This doesn’t mean they contain GMOs (provided they’ve been properly certified). It just means the dollars you spend on corporate-owned organic brands are helping to keep GMOs from being labeled. (Feel free to consult my longer list of all GMO-free brands, even though it includes both corporate and private-/family-owned companies.)

Family- and Independently-Owned Organic GMO-Free Brands

Here are the brands we heartily recommend you support because they are organic + GMO free + private-/family owned. The list is always growing based on brands that we’ve had time to research first-hand. Please comment and suggest new companies—as long as they are family/privately-owned, and dedicated to organic, GMO free products.

•  Amy’s Kitchen: canned soups, chili, beans, pasta sauce, salsas and frozen meals including Light and Lean, Gluten Free, and Light in Sodium for customers with special dietary needs.

•  Apple and Eve: privately owned juice manufacturer with a USDA Certified Organic line of juices.

Applegate Farms: this company is co-owned by the McDonnell family, and another family-owned company called Dietz and Watson. They maintain both a “natural” product line and an “organic” product line —  deli meats, hamburgers, hot dogs, bacon, sausage and more – all of their organic products are GMO-free, and they specifically address GMOs on this page of their website. Their “natural” products are *not* organic *nor* GMO-free.

•  Bob’s Red Mill: most (though not all) of their milled grains and grain products (flours, cereals, etc.) are organic and GMO-free; check your labels.

•  Bueno Foods: this family-owned, New Mexico-based manufacturer has a separate line called BUENATURAL® that includes organic corn, blue corn, and whole wheat tortillas (not to mention green and red chili, all natural vegetarian tamales, and all natural stews made with free-range chicken and organic posole), all made without preservatives or additives. All of their tortillas are traditionally stone ground using volcanic rocks for authentic texture. Can’t find them in your local store? Order online from Spud.com.

•  CB’s Nuts: owned by Clark and Tami Bowen, CB’s offers organic peanut butter certified by the Non-GMO Project as well as the USDA, plus their website features prominent opposition to GMOs and consumer education about the falsehoods of the “natural” labeling claim.

•  Clif Bar: the majority of these energy / nutrition bars are not entirely organic / GMO-free (while Clif is committed to sourcing ingredients that are not genetically engineered, only 70% of the company’s purchased ingredients are certified organic). However, Clif Bar just introduced a brand new USDA Certified organic line called Kit’s Organic Fruit and Nut bars. Because these bars are USDA Certified, this means they are GMO free (read more about USDA labeling and organics here). Plus Clif Bar gets big kudos for donating $100,000 in support of California’s GMO Labeling Proposition 37. They were founded and are still run by a husband (Gary Erickson) and wife (Kit Crawford) team.

•  Core Foods: founded and still run by Corey Rennell, this not-for-profit company creates USDA Organic (which is GMO-free), fresh, whole food raw bars (which they call “meals”).

•  Dave’s Killer Bread: USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Certified breads from a family-owned and operated company.

•  Eden Organic:  the oldest independent organic food producer in the U.S. makes a wide variety of organic, GMO-free products including soy milk; whole grains and flours; dried fruit, nut, seeds and snacks; canned beans (black, kidney, navy, pinto, garbanzo and cannellini); canned chili; canned and jarred tomatoes and sauces; fruit juices, spreads and butters; condiments including soy sauce, sweeteners, oils, vinegars, spices and herbs; and a wide variety of traditional Japanese products from crackers and mochi, to miso and sea vegetables. Back in 1997, an independent test by the New York Times looking for traces of GMOs in 11 soy and corn-based products found Eden’s milk to be the only product that tested clean, a finding that Eden Foods attributed to their extensive certification and testing program.

•  Feridies Peanuts: this family-owned company received Non-GMO Project Certification for three of their peanuts: Super Extra Large Salted Virginia Peanuts, Super Extra Large Unsalted Virginia Peanuts and Super Extra Large Redskin Virginia Peanuts in March 2014.

•  Grindstone Bakery: 100% organic, whole grain, GMO-free bread that is wheat-free, dairy-free, yeast-free, and gluten free.

•  Healthy Times: premium baby food, cereal, biscuits and snacks that are USDA certified organic, GMO-free, certified kosher, with special formulas that are wheat free, dairy free, soy free products for sensitive babies

•  Late July: organic snacks including chips, saltine crackers, sandwich crackers, cookies, and sandwich cookies (think healthy Oreos!). Note: in 2007, Snyder’s Lance Corporation bought a minority stake.

•  Lundberg Family Farms / Wehah Farms: rice and rice-based products (cereals, chips, snack foods and more)

•  Mary’s Free Range Turkeys: organic, GMO-free, and free range.

•  Murray’s Chicken: Pennsylvania family-owned, humanely raised, Non-GMO Project certified fresh chicken.

•  Nature’s Legacy / VitaSpelt / Purity Foods: GMO-free pasta, granola, flours, and snacks

•  Nature’s Path: breakfast cereals, granolas, hot oatmeal, waffles, toaster pastries, pancake mix, and granola / snack bars.

•  Newman’s Own Organics: still owned by Paul Newman’s daughter Nell, this company produces all organic products including pretzel snacks, cookies, dried fruit, coffee, tea, oils, vinegars and salad dressings, and pet food. All of the ingredients used in all of their products are grown on farms that have not used artificial fertilizers or pesticides for three years or more; the farms and processors have likewise been certified by an independent third party. All of their products are certified organic by Oregon Tilth; and Kosher certified by Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, 333 Seventh Avenue, New York.

•  Nutiva: hemp, coconut, and chia “superfoods”

•  Once Again Nut Butter: 100% employee-owned manufacturer of USDA Organic / Non-GMO Project certified peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, other seed butters, tahini, and more.

•  One Degree Organic:  cereal, bread, flour and seeds—sourced from growers who use “veganic” farming methods—no animal waste or byproducts whatsoever.

•  Organic Valley: a full range of dairy products, eggs and some produce produced by a cooperative of (mostly) family farms. While this brand is still doing the majority of things correctly, the Cornucopia Institute has downgraded them in recent years due to a growing lack of corporate transparency.

•  Pacific Beach Peanut Butter:  family owned and operated manufacturer of peanut butter, including two organic varieties (salted and unsalted), although the label does not carry any third party organic certification insignia (USDA Organic or Non-GMO Project).

•  Pure Bar: all bars are certified GMO free; they have both a USDA Organic line, and a “made with organic ingredients” line.

•  Que Pasa: tortilla chips made with GMO-free, 100% organic corn and oil

•  Rudi’s Bakery: 100% organic GMO-free bread, rolls and other baked goods; Rudi’s is part of a small, independently owned company called Charter Baking Co., which also owns The Baker, Vermont Bread Company and Matthews All-Natural brands.

•  Sambazon:  fresh superfood drinks, energy drinks, frozen sorbets and smoothies, and acai supplements, “fiercely committed to Sustainability + all things Organic/Non-GMO”

SOL Cuisine: organic, Non-GMO, Kosher, Halal, wheat-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan protein products including tofu, veggie burgers, veggie dogs, veggie ribs, falafel, veggie burger dry mix, veggie crumbles and more, including soy-free options.

•  SquareBar: Sarah Crawford and Andrew Gordon started these USDA organic, Non-GMO Project certified, gluten-, dairy- and soy free square-shaped bars in their San Francisco kitchen just last year. These are one of the few bars on the market that seems to meet everyone’s dietary issues. If you can’t find them at a store near you (their website has a handy locate map), you can buy ‘em on Amazon.

•  Sunshine Burger: Carol Debberman and John Hiler make USDA organic, Non-GMO Project certified, gluten free breakfast patties and veggie (or vegan) burgers (including soy-free options). Their burgers were the first in the U.S. to receive Non-GMO Project certification!

Teddie Peanut Butter: located in Everett, Massachusetts, this family-owned and operated company offers two USDA Organic certified peanut butters (chunky and creamy).

•  Uncle Matt’s Organic: founded in 1999 by Matt McLean, these USDA Organic (which means GMO-free) fresh fruit juices have no added fragrance or flavor packs.

•  Sweet Creek Foods: organic pickles, including dills, jalapeños and beets, organic fruit spreads, organic salsas, and albacore tuna.

•  Tasty Brand: founded by two moms to provide organic / GMO-free candy, cookies and fruit snacks.

• Vermont Village Applesauce: this family owned Vermont company takes pride in knowing all their farmers and where their ingredients come from. Their applesauce is kettle-cooked, GMO free, gluten free, kosher, and certified by the Vermont Organic Farmers Association.

•  VitaSpelt (see Nature’s Legacy)

•  Vivapura: founded and operated by Chris Whitcoe, this company manufacturers raw, vegan, USDA Organic (and non-GMO Project certified) Superfoods including raw cacao, dried fruits, raw nuts, coconut products, and raw organic “wild Jungle” peanut butter.

•  Wild Friends Foods:  founded by two University of Oregon students, this line of peanut butter, almond butter, and sunflower butter comes in a variety of flavored options, including Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter, Sesame Cranberry Peanut Butter, Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter, Maple Sunflower Butter, and more, many of which are Non-GMO Project Certified and/or USDA Organic certified.

Zulka: family-owned makers of “Morena®” brand pure cane sugar, certified by the Non-GMO Project.

Online Organic Brands

Also be sure to check out our list of “online organic” brands here >

Other Brands that Come Close:

•  Beanitos: founded and still run by two brothers, these gluten-free, GMO-free chips are certified by the Non-GMO Project, but are *not* sourced from organic beans.

•  Elemental Superfood:  this mom-owned, California-based company manufactures “seedbars” that are “made with the highest quality ingredients that are organic and pesticide free, raw, gluten free & dairy free.” A quick scan of their products page and ingredients list shows that the bars are certified as raw and gluten free, but are not certified as organic or GMO free (though the package does carry a “no GMO” graphic). View a list of all of the ingredients here to see which ones are organic and which are not.

•  KIND Snacks: founded by a private individual and still controlled by a private company, KIND offers three lines of whole nut and fruit bars. I’ve included them in this section only because their Wiki page claims that “each KIND bar is non GMO.” However let the buyer beware: it does not appear that KIND bars use organic ingredients, and there is no mention about about GMOs or organic (whether pro/con, or usage) on their website.

•  Pamela’s:  family-owned manufacturer of baking mixes, cookies, cakes and bars that are all GMO-free; most products contain organic ingredients but none are USDA organic (GMO free).

•  Wegmans Grocery Stores: (located in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia) Although Wegmans is still a private, family-owned grocery store chain offering both USDA Organic and their own Wegmans “Organic Food You Feel Good About” branded products, they are long-time members of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, an organization that consistently donates millions of dollars to fight GMO labeling measures. One of our blog readers has also reported a marked increase in the number of conventional products in the food aisles, and growing employee dissatisfaction with a more “corporate-minded” store management approach.

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45 thoughts on “Family-Owned Organic GMO-Free Brands

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy to see Organic Valley, Amy’s & Annie’s on there. They are favorites in our house.

    Do you know where Applegate falls in all this? My family regularly eats a variety of their foods.

    • Susan, I understand how the “caved to Monsanto” rumor got started about Whole Foods. While I’m no Whole foods fan, that rumor was based on a statement that was taken out of context. Can you give me a source for your statement about Organic Valley please? Thanks kindly!

  3. I don’t see Boulder Canyon on your list. They say that they are nonGMO and have several varieties that I really like. Any more information on them. I know they also contribute to keep rivers clean.

    • Sharon, their website does not say anything about organics or GMOs… are you seeing this information on a label somewhere? Do they talk about a third party certification process? They do appear to do some pretty awesome things for the environment!

  4. The Majority of Clif Bar’s products are certified at the Made with Organic ingredients (70% organic ) level cannot contain GMO’s by law. Download a copy of USDA’s national organic program policy memorandum of April 15, 2011 and read the last statement ” the use of GMO’s is prohibited in all ingredients in “organic” and “made with organic (specified ingredients (or food groups)).
    If you want to see who is walking their talk, check for support on Yes on WA 522 and Just Label It – some brands are NON GMO project labeled, but don’t support labeling of genetically engineered foods, just “Optional Labeling” which is also what Monsanto supports. Optional isn’t the answer unless we are self centered elitists!

    • I’m not sure of your question… the one person who commented was confused by a misleading graphic that ws circulating the internet for a while. Organic Valley continues to maintain good standards, and their farmers appear to be more than willing to address concerns raised by the Cornucopia Institute. However, as you will read in that same article link, there are some questionable issues in regard to hens with no outdoor access, and overall corporate transparency.

  5. Does anyone have any more info on Kind bars? Soy is on the list of ingredients and since I’m eating a lot of them, I’d like to know if it is GMO or not. I may stop eating them anyway unless they come out with an organic version

    • Maura I’m assuming you saw the paragraph about Kind bars towards the bottom of the page; their website has not been updated with any further indication or intentions about organic / GMO free ingredients, so I think their status is the same. They’re tasty bars… I just wish they’d go for USDA Organic and/or Non-GMO Project certification!

      • Back in June 2013, I wrote to Kind Bars asking about GMOs…this was their response: “I am pleased to inform you that all of our ingredients are indeed non-GMO, as indicated on the wrapper. This includes our soy; our soy comes from Identity Preserved Soybeans (NON GMO soybeans). I hope you find this information helpful; please don’t hesitate to contact me with any additional questions.
        KIND Regards,
        Tony Celentano

  6. Hi, thank you for this information! I am trying to find non-gmo/ge/monsanto affiliation organic plants for my home garden and it is proving very difficult! Any suggestions?

    • Are you talking seeds or plants, veggies or ornamentals? Seeds are easiest for us to give you information about… this website is our standard go-to resource. As for plants, the best places to look are either farmer’s markets (though be sure to inquire about their organic practices to be certain), and sometimes your local organic grocery market / co-op will carry organic veggie starts and flowers. Last but not least, try contacting your local Weston A. Price chapter… they can often be a great source of referrals to all things organic in your area. Very best of luck to you!

  7. One Degree Organics is a great brand too. It has the USDA stamp on it and they have sprouted versions of their grains.

  8. I am wondering about the “Field Day” organic / natural brand. Two years ago they had a few items in my area (NE). Though I only see this brand in “natural” stores, today they seem to have a competitive product for almost everything, and all priced at (or below) conventional supermarket level. My gut says “When something seems too good to be true it usually isn’t,” but I’ve been unable to find info on them. Can you help?

  9. Well, as of today, according to Annie’s Facebook page they are becoming partners with General Mills. Although they state they are still committed to natural, organic, non gmo foods, they are no longer family owned and I am very uncomfortable giving my money to a company that supports GMO’s!

  10. Annie’s is now owned by Kellogg’s which as we all know is a big multinational that supports GMOs. I love Annie’s but will not be buying their products any longer. Will Annie’s be removed from this list or at the very least marked with an asterisk noting they are not independently owned?

  11. Unfortunately Eden foods is a party to the “Hobby Lobby” case; they also wish to deny their female employees access to birth control on the basis of the CEO’s “religious beliefs.”

  12. Isn’t Attune Foods owned by Post? I remember reading about the buyout last year and a google search confirms this. Post Foods defintely opposes gmo labeling.

  13. I do not see anything about Newmans Organic. Please inform me. I buy the organic cat food. I’d like to know if I’m wasting my hard earned money. Thank you.

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