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The Cleaner Wiener™ Is Now Even Cleaner Just in Time for National Hot Dog Month


Bridgewater, N.J.

Applegate® Beef Hot Dogs are Non-GMO Project Verified

Applegate, the nation’s leading natural and organic meat company, continues to progress its mission – Changing The Meat We Eat® – with the latest verification from Non-GMO Project for its natural and organic beef hot dogs.

“Last July, we launched our first two Non-GMO Project Verified products, Applegate Organics Chicken Nuggets and Applegate Organics Gluten-free Chicken Nuggets, and made a commitment to third-party verify all our products are made without GMOs throughout the entire supply chain,” said Steve Lykken, Applegate president. “We’re happy to announce that our list of Non-GMO Project Verified products is growing, with 10 added this summer, including both our natural and organic beef hot dogs.”

The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification for products made according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance. Applegate’s verified products are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard—that means ongoing testing of all major GMO risk ingredients, facility inspections and an annual audit to ensure products meet the highest possible standards for GMO avoidance.

“Americans traditionally consume the most hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and with that, we want to provide consumers nationwide with a worry-free hot dog option that is made with 100 percent grass-fed beef that’s humanely raised without antibiotics, and now with no GMOs from animal feed to final ingredients,” said Lykken.

In addition to having its natural and organic beef hot dogs verified, Applegate Organics Turkey Burgers have also been verified by Non-GMO Project – look for the butterfly seal on packaging this summer. For a full list of Applegate products verified by Non-GMO Project visit

About Applegate

For 30 years, Applegate has been producing high-quality natural and organic hot dogs, bacon, sausages, deli meats, cheese and frozen products. Our products are made without GMO ingredients and we source our meat from farms, where animals are treated with care and respect and are allowed to grow at their natural rate, all part of our mission – Changing The Meat We Eat. Natural can mean many things, but to Applegate natural means that the meat inside our products are:

  • From animals raised humanely without antibiotics, hormones or growth promotants
  • From animals fed a vegetarian or 100% grass diet
  • Free of added chemical nitrites, nitrates or phosphates
  • Free of artificial ingredients or preservatives

Applegate became a stand-alone subsidiary of Hormel Foods in July 2015. For more information about our products, visit or talk with us on or