Brazilian company’s non-GMO corn products bolster global market
Published: December 6, 2018
Category: Non-GMO News, The Organic & Non-GMO Report Newsletter
Brazil’s Milhao Corn Ingredients, one of the world’s largest corn processors, opened a new facility in Goias last year to expand its production of over 25 non-genetically modified corn derivatives.
The R&D team plans to supply more niche markets with non-GMO flours, grits, and hominy; the facility’s capacity is 18,000 tons per month, expandable to 36,000 tons over a few years.
“Our great differential is the quality of the raw material that we have—100% GMO-free corn, low levels of mycotoxins, flint corn and no cracks, with large, reddish corn kernels,” said Klayton da Luz Lima, Milhao export supervisor. Cutting-edge equipment comes from Turkey and Brazil-based Zaccaria.
Founded in 2002, the company switched to exclusively non-GMO products in 2008. Customers include PepsiCo, Inc. and The Kellogg Co., along with markets in Haiti, Venezuela, the Philippines, and the Caribbean. Certifying bodies include SGS-HACCP and FSSC 22000. Three quality control labs ensure GMO-free and IP verification.
Processing the corn involves distinct stages, including collection, testing for transgenic material and mycotoxins, pre-cleaning, post-cleaning, segmentation using granulometry, degermination, and final classification.
Milhao recently introduced non-GMO arepa flour, used in making traditional corn tortillas in South America. White corn products are also available.
Source: World Grain
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