Most supermarkets now have their own store brand products, but unlike the old days, they don’t simply have the name of the Supermarket or “Generic” on them, and it can be difficult to discern what brands are a supermarket’s private label brands, much less which ones may use GMOs or not. Additionally, many supermarkets now have private label organic brands to choose from, and a few notable chains have removed GMO ingredients from some or all of their non-organic private label products: Whole Foods Market and 365 brands are non-GMO and all of Trader Joe’s store brand products are Non-GMO! Below is a list of some of the largest supermarkets in the U.S., their store brand products, and company statements on rBGH and GM ingredients. Store-brand products are often a great way to purchase non-GMO and USDA Certified Organic products in the supermarket as they are often much less expensive than the national brands. Dairy is often sourced regionally for supermarket chains, so not all brands listed as rBGH-free may have rBGH-free milk and dairy in all locations–be sure to check the labels!
Key: For companies that have some non-GMO and rbGH-free store brand products, these brands are listed in green. Contact these companies and ask them about their use of rBGH / rBST and GM ingredients in their store brands and let us know what you find out! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Store brands include Trader Joe’s, Trader Jose’s, and Trader Giotto’s. All Trader Joe’s store brands are non-GMO and their milks, butter, ice cream and most cheeses are rBGH-free. Trader Joe’s has a statement on GM ingredients on its website: http://www.traderjoes.com/about/customer-updates.asp#4
Whole Foods Market
Store brands include Whole Foods Market and 365 Brand. Both brands are non-GMO. Most, but not all, dairy products are rBGH-free and there are many organic options. Whole foods has a statement on GM ingredients on its website: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/values/genetically-engineered.php
Supermarkets include A&P supermarkets, Waldbaums, Super Fresh, The Food Emporium, Food Basics, and Pathmark. Store brands include: America’s Choice, America’s Choice Healthy Kids, AC Gold, Via Roma, Hartford Reserve, Green Way organics, Green Way (“natural”), Smart Price, Via Roma and Live Better Wellness. A&P has no statement on rBGH or GM ingredients on its website.
Ahold supermarkets include Stop & Shop, Giant, Martin’s and Peapod. Store brands include Simply Enjoy, Guaranteed Value, Nature’s Promise Organic and Nature’s Promise Natural brands. Ahold has a short statement on GM ingredients on its website and no policy listed for use of rBGH or GM ingredients in its store brands.
Call 1- 781-380-8000
Supermarkets include Bashas’, AJ’s Fine Foods, and Food City. Store brands include Bashas’, Food Club, Value Time and Full Circle Organic (Organic only) and Natural brands. Bashas’ has no statement on use of rBGH or GM ingredients on its website.
Supermarkets include Bi-Lo and Super Bi-Lo. Store brand include Southern Home, Clear Value, and Full Circle Organic (organic only) and Natural brands. Bi-Lo has no statement on use of rBGH or GM ingredients on its website
Costco Wholesale Corp.
Kirkland Signature brand, Kirkland Signature Organics. Kirkland milk is rBGH-free. Costco has no statement on rBGH or GM ingredients on its website.
Supermarkets include Food Lion, Bloom, Bottom Dollar, Harveys, Hannaford Bros., Kash n’ Karry, and Sweetbay. Store brands include Hannaford brand, Harvey’s brand, Food Lion brand, Sweetbay brand, On the Go Bistro, Nature’s Place Organics, Nature’s Place Naturals, Smart Option, and Taste of Inspirations. Delhaize states on its website that in response to customer’s desires, “Delhaize is developing a non-GM supply network for its private label products.” It remains unclear if this policy is true in its US stores.
Email Food Lion http://apps.foodlion.com/CustomerRelations/default.aspx
Call Food Lion 1-800-210-9569
Email Hannaford https://cornucopia1.hannaford.com/webapp/ContactUsMF/feedback/dispStoreDetails.do?feedbackForm=hbcproductfeedback
Call Hannaford 1-800-213-9040
Supermarkets include Giant Eagle, GetGo, Giant Eagle Express, and Market District. Store brands include Giant Eagle (including some Giant Eagle Organics) and Market District. Giant Eagle has no statement on rBGH or GM ingredients on its website.
Store brands include: Hunter Farms (dairy, all rBGH-free), Harris Teeter, HT Traders, Harris Teeter Naturals, Harris Teeter Naturals Organic (Organic only), Harris Teeter Your Tot, and Harris Teeter Your Baby. Harris Teeter has no statement on its use of GM ingredients on its website.
H-E-B (H.E. Butt Grocery Co.)
Supermarkets and brands include H-E-B, Central Market, and Central Market Organics. H-E-B has no statement on GM ingredients on its websites, but all Central Market Organics brands and many Central Market brands are non-GMO; milk is rBGH-free.
Hy-Vee Food Stores
Store brands include Di Lusso deli br brands, World Classics Trading Company, Hy-Vee, Hy-Vee Mother’s Choice, Midwest Country Fare, Full Circle Organics (organic only) and Naturals, O Organics brand, and Eating Right. Hy-Vee has no statement on rBGH or GM ingredient use on its website.
Kroger-owner supermarkets include Fred Meyer, Kroger, Ralph’s, King Sooper’s, Dillon’s, Smith’s, QFC, Baker’s, Ownes, JayC, Hilander, Gerbes, Pay Less Supermarkets, Scott’s Food and Pharmacy, Kroger Fresh Fare, Food 4 Less, and Foods Co. Store brands include Private Selection, Private Selection Organics, banner brands (such as Kroger’s, Ralph’s King Sooper’s, etc) Naturally Preferred, and Value. Fred Meyer and Mountain Dairy milks are rBGH-free. Kroger has no statement on GMO ingredients or rBGH on its website.
Store brands include: Meijer, Meijer Gold, Maijer Naturals and Meijer Organics. Meijer has no statement on rBGH or GM ingredients on its website.
Nash Finch Co.
While Nash Finch is primarily a distributor, they also operate supermarkets including Avanza Supermarkets, Econofoods, Family Fresh Market, Family Thrift Centers, Pick n’ Save, Prarie Market and Sun Mart Food Stores. Store brands include Nash Brothers Trading Company organic brand, Nash Brothers Trading Company “natural” brand, Our Family (including some Organics) and Value Choice. Nash Finch has no statement on rBGH or GM ingredient use on its website.
Price Chopper Supermarkets
Store brands include Price Chopper, Price Chopper Naturals, Price Chopper Organics, and Central Market Classics. All Price Chopper milk is rBGH-free. Price Chopper has no statement on its use of rBGH or GM ingredients on its website.
Publix Super Markets
Publix store brands include Publix brand, Greenwise Market Organics and Greenwise Market Natural. All Publix milk is rBGH-free. Publix has statements on both rBGH and GM ingredients on its website. http://www.publix.com/about/qa/QAProducts.do#Q2 .
Supermarkets include Raley’s, Nob Hill, Bel Air, and Food Source. Store brands include Raley’s, Raley’s Organic, Nob Hill, and Nob Hill Organic. Raley’s has no statement on its use of rBGH or GM ingredients on its website.
Mom to Mom, Safeway brand, Safeway SELECT, O Organics brand, Eating Right, Lucerne, Rancher’s Reserve, Primo Taglio, Basic Red, Signature Café, Waterfront Bistro. Safeway’s Dairy Glen and Lucerne milks are rBGH-Free (may not be rBGH-free in all locations, check the labels). Safeway has information about GM foods on its website, but no company statement on Safeway’s use of rBGH or GM ingredients.
Store brands include Full Circle Organic (Organic only) and Natural brands. Schnuck has no statement on use of rBGH or GM ingredients on its website.
Supermarkets include D&W Fresh Markets, Family Fare Supermarkets, Felpausch Food Centers , Glen’s Markets, and VG’s Food and Pharmacy. Store brands include Spartan, Aroma Street, Value Time, and Full Circle Organic (organic only) and Natural brands. Spartan has no statement on use of rBGH or GM ingredients on its website.
Supervalu stores include ACME, Albertsons, Biggs, Bristol Farms, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Save-A-Lot, Shaw’s, Shop ‘n Save, and Shoppers. Store brands include: Arctic Shores, Carlita, Culinary Circle, Farm Fresh, Farm Stand, Flavorite, Java Delight, Max Velocity, Richfood, Shoppers Value, Stockman & Dakota, Stone Ridge Creamery, SuperChill, SuperCrunch, Wild Harvest Natural and Organic (Organic only). Supervalu has no statement on rBGH or GM ingredients on is website.
Target, Super Target
Target store brands include Archer Farms, Archer Farms Organic, *Simply Balanced, and Market Pantry. Market Pantry, Archer Farms and Simply Balanced milks are rBGH-free (may not be rBGH-free in all locations, check the labels). *Target recently announced that all of their Simply Balanced brand foods will be non-GE by 2014. Right now, only the Organic Simply Balanced products are non-GE.
Wal-Mart’s (Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Supercenters, Neighborhood Market) Store brands include Great Value and Marketside. Great Value store brand milk is rBGH-free and Wal-Mart continues to expand its organic offerings as well. Wal-Mart has no company statement on GM ingredients on its website
Wegmans Food Markets
Store brands include Wegman’s, Wegman’s Food You Feel Good About, and Wegman’s Organics. Wegman’s has no statement on rBGH or GM ingredients on its website.
Call 1-800-WEGMANS x4760
Store brands include Weis, Value Time, and Full Circle Organic (Organic only) and Natural brands. Weis has no statement on use of rBGH or GM ingredients on its website.
Supermarkets include Winn-Dixie, Winn-Dixie Marketplace and SaveRite. Store brands include Winn-Dixie, Winn-Dixie Organics & Naturals (organic only), Thrifty Maid, and Winn & Lovett. Winn-Dixie has no statement on rBGH or GM ingredients on its website.
Store brands include Aldi, Fit & Active, L’Oven Fresh, Grandessa Signature, Appleton, Kirkwood, and Friendly Farms (dairy) among others (Aldi sells almost entirely private label products). Aldi has no US phone or email listed, and no statement on rBGH or GM ingredients on its website.
Store brands include Laura Lynn. Ingles has no statement on its use of rBGH or GM ingredients on its website.
Supermarkets include Roundy’s, Pick N’ Save, Copps, Rainbow Foods, Mariano’s Fresh Market, and Metro Market. Store brands include Roundy’s. Roundy’s has no statement on the use of rBGH or GM ingredients on its website.
Save Mart Supermarkets
Supermarkets include Save Mart, S-Mart Foods, Lucky, and FoodMaxx. Store brands include Sunnyside Farms Dairy, Sunny Select, and Today’s Health. SaveMart has no statement on rBGH or GM ingredients on its website.
Smart & Final
Supermarkets include Smart & Final, Cash & Carry, Harvey’s Farmers Market, Sun Harvest Farmers Market. Store brands include Chef’s Review 3 Star, 4 Star and 5 Star food items, Ambiance coffee, Signature Bakeries baked goods, First Street, Tradewind spices, Montecito, and La Romanella. Smart & Final has no statement on use of rBGH or GM ingredients on its website.