10 stores in the Seattle, Washington region.
General Manager: CEO: Tracy Wolpert
Founded in: 1953
Organic Sales: Overall store sales are more than 50% organic. More than 95% of produce sales are organic.
Annual Sales: More than $10 million a year.
PCC is partnering with the Non-GMO Project, the first independent, third-party certifier to establish Best Practices and testing throughout the supply chain to ensure non-GMO claims. PCC will label foods with at-risk ingredients as organic, GMO-free or "may contain GMOs" by 2018. PCC buyers are instituting an additional level of scrutiny to the store’s already stringent product standards. They're giving priority to new items enrolled in the Non-GMO Project. They also ask all manufacturers making a non-GMO claim to verify that claim with the Non-GMO Project and to label products accordingly. "Transparency and information allow people to make their own decisions."
Product Removal Process
PCC prioritizes organic and Non GMO Project verified products in determining products that are brought into and discontinued at their stores.
PCC has advocated for labels on foods produced through genetic engineering since rBGH entered the milk industry in 1994. The company is a Non GMO Project Partner and PCC stores are Participating Retailers. Stores have a Non-GMO database that makes it easy to see what favorite PCC products and brands are verified to have Best Practices and testing procedures in place to avoid GMOs. The database has a search function by category that lists all Non GMO Project products in the store, including nutrition/food supplements. PCC contributed more than $100,000 to gather petitions to get I-522, a Washington State mandatory labeling citizens’ initiative on the ballot for the November 2013 election.
"This pledge is a natural progression in our long term commitment to transparency about the food we sell."