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now_even_more_gmo_free_ingredients.jpgA couple of years ago, we started testing our wheat to make sure it is free of Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs— even though there is no commercially-available GMO wheat in America. We do this because the Great Harvest name was built on the quality of our freshly ground wheat and because we have committed to full disclosure about the cleanliness of our wheat.

Read Great Harvest’s Wheat Quality Statement here (pdf).

There are three ingredients in virtually everything we do. Wheat. Yeast. And honey. Because they are so widely used in our products, we need to be aware of what is going on with GMOs in these three ingredients above all others.

Read about the results of our last round of wheat testing here.

We recently made a GMO-free yeast available to Great Harvest bakery cafe owners. We are rolling it out as quickly as our supply chain will allow. This is something we are very excited about. And we think you will be too.

Read about our commitment to Real Food here.

Which leaves honey out of our “big three.” To our knowledge, there is no such thing as domestic GMO-free honey in commercial quantities that isn’t organic. We have found a Brazilian source for GMO-free honey. However, given the choice to ship a very bulky, heavy product halfway around the world (with all of the carbon implications from that), we are staying with domestic honey.

We will continue to test our ingredients and work on making more non-GMO ingredient options available to bakery cafe owners. Stay tuned to the blog, where we will continue to share updates and keep you posted.

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I am Mike Ferretti, the Chairman and CEO of Great Harvest. But, I am also a dad who grew up in a world with old fashioned business ethics. Before Great Harvest, I thought those days and companies were gone. Luckily, I now get to work with a group with a strong moral compass that genuinely lives "Give generously to others" and "Run fast to serve customers." And we do it with more than just lip service in a way that allows us to set an example for others. I am proud that my kids are proud of what I do for a living.