First it was Campbell, now Del Monte Foods says it will convert to using non-Bisphenol A (BPA) packaging as a direct response and commitment to meeting evolving consumer preferences.
Beginning with the company’s fresh pack production in 2016, all Del Monte fruit and tomato products, as well as nearly 100 percent of vegetable products found under the Del Monte brand will convert to non-BPA linings.
Del Monte—whose brands also include Contadina, S&W, College Inn and others—is also increasing its number of products made without genetically modified organisms (GMO). While the fruits, vegetables and tomatoes in Del Monte products have always been non-GMO, some added ingredients for sweeteners or flavorings have traditionally been sourced from genetically modified crops like corn or soybeans. In 2016 all added ingredients in all Del Monte vegetables, fruit cups and most tomato products will be non-GMO, 154 products in total.
“Today’s announcement marks a significant progression for the brand,” says Nils Lommerin, CEO for Del Monte Foods. “These actions reflect our ongoing commitment to providing high quality fruit, vegetables and tomatoes, and meeting evolving consumer preferences. Our non-GMO and non-BPA milestones are the direct result of great dedication and major contributions from many people inside Del Monte as well as our suppliers and other partners.”