FAQs

Allergies

We always list peanuts and tree nuts in the ingredient statement on the package when a product contains peanuts or tree nuts.
The ingredient statement on the package is the best source to determine what is in the product. If you are allergic or sensitive to certain foods or ingredients, you should always carefully read the ingredient statement and any allergen statements to ensure the product does not contain ingredients of concern to you.

Annie's Homegrown Allergy Information:

Annie's Homegrown products include cookies, crackers, fruit snacks, granola bars, skillet meals, mac and cheese, frozen snacks, pizzas, and entrees. If you have an allergy question about an Annie's Naturals product, please skip to the "Annie's Naturals" section below.

While there has been no product reformulation or change in manufacturing facilities, Annie's Homegrown has recently decided to go beyond FDA requirements and include an allergen statement on all of our products that are manufactured on shared equipment with any of the top eight allergens.

Our manufacturing facilities meet with the highest standards of cleanliness, and we maintain all allergen cleaning and Quality Control protocol on file. We recognize the needs of our customers who have allergies or sensitivities to nuts, gluten, certain spices, etc. Annie's always fully discloses all ingredients on the ingredient statement and will answer any questions that will help consumers decide what products they can safely consume. At Annie's, we take every precaution to ensure that cross contamination of ingredients does not occur in our production facility. We run the products in a particular order to reduce the risk of cross contamination, take the equipment apart and thoroughly clean it in between runs of product. However, we want you to know that some products are produced in a plant that processes foods containing wheat, dairy, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, crustaceans/shellfish, and egg. This is why we voluntarily chose to update our packaging to include this allergen information.

Annie's Naturals Allergy Information:

Annie's Naturals products include dressings, vinaigrettes, mustards, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce.

Annie's Naturals products do state whether a product contains any of the top eight allergens, though we don't currently list shared equipment information with the top eight allergens on Annie's Naturals products.

If you have questions about shared equipment with any Annie's products, please don't hesitate to reach out to Consumer Relations via email, or contact us at 1–800–288–1089 Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm PST.
We offer a wide variety of gluten-free products.  Please visit our Special Diets page to filter by your dietary preference.
We offer several vegan options.  Please visit our Special Diets page to filter by your dietary preference.

We know many consumers would like a vegan mac & cheese; we have not yet found a vegan cheese that meets our high taste & quality standards, but we're working on it!

Products

All of our products have a day/month/year format date.  Example: 06Jan17 = January 6, 2017
The Best By date is accurate whether the product has been opened and stored in the refrigerator or unopened and stored in a cool, dry place.

Many of Annie's dressings can also be used as marinades to impart even more flavor to meats or veggies. 

Food should be marinated in a nonreactive container, one made of glass, porcelain, clay or stainless steel. Ziplock plastic food bags make great vessels for marinating. Avoid aluminum and cast iron which can react with the acids in the marinade. Use a shallow bowl so the marinade covers as much of the food as possible; turn the food at least once an hour. Let food marinate in the fridge, not on the kitchen counter, to avoid contracting harmful bacteria.




You can also look at our Recipes section for additional ideas!

Unopened Annie's dressings should be stored in a cool, dark place. Once dressings are opened, they should be kept in the refrigerator.

Annie's has two lines of product: Certified Organic and Made-with-Organic. As we grow the amount of certified organic products in our portfolio, we’re also mindful of providing affordable, non-GMO options to consumers who are not able or willing to pay premium prices for our certified organic products. Whenever possible, we provide both options to allow consumers to make the choice through clear labeling on our packaging. Organic refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed, including a system of production, processing, distribution and sales. Instituted in 2002 by the USDA, the National Organic Standards makes organic labeling consistent, clarifies different categories of organic foods, and provides assurance of product integrity. Products with at least 95% organic ingredients can use the USDA Certified Organic seal on packaging. We adhere to the following categories created by the USDA:
  • 100% Organic: all content (excluding water and salt) is certified organic
  • Certified Organic: at least 95% of content by weight (excluding water and salt) is organic
  • Made with Organic: If at least 70% of content is organic the main product panel may display the phrase, "Made with Organic Ingredients" followed by up to three specific ingredients
  • Products containing less than 70% organic content: may identify current content only on the product's ingredient list.

We try to nourish as many organizations as possible with our yummy products. If you would like to apply, please read our complete guidelines and fill out an online application through our Cases for Causes Program.

Ingredients

Our enzymes are sourced from both animal sources and vegetarian sources.

If the ingredient statement on the package lists "enzymes," it is likely derived from an animal source.
If the ingredient statement lists "non-animal enzymes" or "microbial enzymes," then the enzymes are from a vegetarian source.
Currently, the majority of Annie's products do not contain yeast or yeast extract. The following products are free of natural sources of yeast:
  • Natural Mac & Cheese
  • Organic Mac & Cheese (except Peace Pasta & Parmesan)
  • Organic Canned Meals
  • Organic Skillet Meals (except Beef Stroganoff, Tuna Spirals, and Cheddar Chicken)
  • Pasta Meals
  • Bunny Grahams
  • All Natural & Organic dressings
  • Roasted Garlic Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Basil Flavored Olive Oil
  • Dipping Oil Herb Flavored Olive Oil
  • Roasted Pepper Flavored Olive Oil

At Annie’s, we believe the best tasting food comes from the simplest ingredients.  We strongly support organic and sustainable farming because it is better for consumers, farmers, and the environment.  Organic farming eliminates synthetic pesticides from our foods, waterways, and planet; steadily improves soil quality; removes carbon dioxide from the air; improves crop yields; and makes sustainable farming accessible to even the poorest regions of the world.

Consumers should have the choice of knowing what’s in their food.  GMO ingredients are prevalent, pervasive and hidden in many foods.  All GMO ingredients should be labeled as such, so consumers can make a fully informed choice.   



Annie’s uses only non-GMO ingredients.  



We are profoundly concerned about potential harmful effects GMO crops have on our soil, water, and air.  Today’s GMO crops have resulted in increased use of chemical herbicides, the rise of super-weeds, significant loss of biodiversity, and all for no sustained increase in crop yields.  Additionally, the lack of independent research on long-term effects of GMOs on the environment and human health, is a major concern.   To protect consumers and the environment from unforeseen consequences, we believe both thorough independent, and ongoing review of GMO technology is needed and regulatory oversight should err on the side of caution.  We also believe far stronger measures must be taken to prevent unintended GMO contamination that threatens organic farming.   



Annie's endorses Prop 37, the California ballot initiative to label food products made from genetically engineered ingredients, as well as Just Label It, the national labeling campaign.  Additionally, Annie's participates in the Non-GMO project (an independent verification group for best practices for GMO avoidance). We also wrote a letter to the FDA, urging them to require mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. 



Want to take action? Tell the FDA to Just Label It!  Click here to learn more.



Watch Robyn O'Brien's webinar with Chuck Benbrook, Chief Scientist at the Organic Center:

No. These machines are designed to fit comfortably on the cows. A happy cow produces more milk. Milk farmers are very aware of this fact.

The cows are treated very well. Milk farmers know that a happy cow produces more milk. Heifers are happiest when able to roam free and enjoy the sunshine and open air.

Yes, all of the Annie's products use pasteurized milk.

We understand and share your concern about antibiotics in our nation’s food chain. All of the suppliers of the raw materials that go into the Annie's Homegrown products are aware of our mission statement. We ask that they do not supply materials that contain excessive and unnecessary amounts of antibiotics, but the reality is that cows do get sick. When appropriate treatment calls for antibiotics, the animals get them.

Since 2011, Annie’s has been able to verify that all of our milk ingredients come from cows not treated with synthetic growth hormones.

No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rSBT-treated and non rSBT-treated cows.

According to the FDA, natural flavorings are "derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, egg, milk product...whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional." Our Pasta Meals and Peace Pasta with Parmesan utilize less than one tenth of one percent of natural flavors and extract. Please know that Annie's never puts any of the top eight allergens under "natural flavors."

Absolutely not!  Our products contain no synthetic preservatives, artificial flavors or artificial colors. All our straight-from-nature ingredients are clearly marked on our labels.

Annie's uses all-natural colors that come from plants, like purple carrots, beets, and annatto - the seed of a tree that grows in South America. You'll never find anything artificial in Annie's.

Annatto is a natural plant extract used in tropical American cultures for generations. The annatto tree grows 20 or 30 feet in height and when its seeds are stirred in water, they produce orange annatto dye, also called achiote, used to color foods such as cheese, butter, and mustard. Many cultures use achiote oils and pastes, with their mild flavor and intense color, on meat, fish, and rice.

Coupons and Promotions

We do occasionally offer coupons! Like Annie's on Facebook or join our email newsletter list (scroll to the bottom of the page) to get notified about the latest savings. You can also visit our Savings page to see our new products and check for coupons.

Company Information

Annie's will never re-sell or share your email or personal information with another company.  If you have any questions about this policy, please contact Consumer Relations. Shopping and Security We take every precaution to protect our users’ information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and off-line. When our registration or order forms ask users to enter sensitive information (such as credit card numbers), that information is encrypted and protected with the best encryption software in the industry - SSL. While on a secure page, such as our order form, the lock icon on the bottom of web browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to un-locked when you are just ‘surfing’ the internet. What personal information does Annie's gather? The information we learn from users helps us personalize and continually improve your shopping experience at Annies.com. We may monitor and track information such as customer usage patterns on our website. We compile this information into a statistical aggregate, which we use for internal business and administrative purposes including improving our website, our operations and our consumer relations. Here are the types of information we gather: Personal information provided by you  Annie's currently has an electronic newsletter. In order to receive our newsletter, it is necessary that you provide us with information, such as your name and email address. We will never share your information with another company. Our guestbook and blog collect names and locations to add a personal touch to the comments. These are not used for marketing purposes. When you contact Consumer Relations, apply for our scholarship or community giving programs, or submit a recipe, your contact information is stored in our database, so that we may respond to your comment or application. Finally, from time-to-time, we may also provide you the opportunity to participate in contests or surveys on our site. If you participate, we will request certain personal information from you, such as contact and demographic information. All of the above information that we receive from you is voluntary on your part. You do not need to send us any information to use our website. However, if you wish to voluntarily participate in any of the above programs, you will need to provide us with the applicable information. Automatic information We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us. For example, like many web sites, we use "cookies," and we obtain certain types of information when your web browser accesses Annies.com. This information may include your IP address, your web browser type and operating system, session time, click path analysis, and the pages you request. We use this information in an aggregate way to monitor usage and improve our website. Cookies DO NOT contain any personally identifiable information such as your name or email address. E-mail Communications To help us make our e-mails more useful and interesting, we often receive a confirmation when you open e-mail from Annies.com if your computer supports such capabilities. We will never share your email address or personal information with another company. Privacy Policy Changes Use of our website indicates agreement and acceptance of the terms of this privacy policy. Annie’s reserves the right to update this policy at any time. We will post electronic announcements on the website notifying you of any revisions to this privacy policy. Please review all revisions to our policy. We maintain the option to change this policy at any time by electronic notice posted on our website. Your continued use of our website after the date that such notices are posted will be deemed to be your agreement to the changed terms. Children and Annie's Like other Web sites that contain content directed to children, Annie's is required by law to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA"). Under COPPA, parental consent is required for the online collection, use and/or disclosure of personal information obtained from a child under the age of 13.

We believe that healthy soils and healthy farms are the foundation for healthy foods, which help make healthy people!  Therefore, we’re proud to support the next generation of farmers. Through our Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship program, we will award $100,000 in scholarship assistance each year to some very deserving students.  This money can be used for tuition, books, and other education expenses. Learn more about our Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship.

Submit a question or comment by clicking here. The Consumer Relations staff can also be reached at 800-288-1089, Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time.

Our mailing address is: 
1610 Fifth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

Annie was 27 when Annie's Homegrown was incorporated.

Annie co-founded Annie's Homegrown in 1989 with the idea of making a great-tasting, all-natural macaroni and cheese. Read our story here.

No. Annie and Rob live and work on their organic farm. It is not open to the public. Want to see what it looks like? Watch a YouTube video of it here:

You can see all our listings here. We are located in Berkeley, CA. 

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