FAQs - Annie's Homegrown


Recent Questions

Food integrity and consumer trust are our top priorities at Annie’s. We are troubled by the recent report of phthalates found in macaroni and cheese and take this issue seriously. While the FDA has not yet adopted a threshold for levels of phthalates in food, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published risk assessment data which notes a Total Daily Intake of 0.05 mg/kg of body weight. Our mac and cheese products have been tested and we know any trace of phthalates are below the EFSA standard. We are also reviewing available scientific research on the issue to ensure we are informed about the most current evidence related to phthalates and food. Phthalates are chemicals that are widely used to make plastics more pliable and can be found in anything from farm equipment to conveyor belts and packaging ink. Their presence in the supply chain is a widespread and complex issue that affects products well beyond the food industry. Annie’s remains committed to sourcing high-quality organic ingredients and ensuring our food is handled in the safest way possible. We are working with our trusted suppliers to understand where phthalates are coming into our supply chain and how we can evaluate and limit them. We are also working closely with our industry partners including the Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center to better understand this emerging issue and determine how Annie’s can be part of the solution.  


We always list peanuts and tree nuts in the ingredient statement on the package when a product contains peanuts or tree nuts.
We recognize the needs of consumers who have allergies or sensitivities to nuts, gluten, certain spices, etc., which is why we fully disclose all ingredients on the ingredient statement on our packaging. The packaging is the most accurate and up-to-date source for allergen and ingredient information. At Annie's, we take every precaution to ensure that cross contamination of ingredients does not occur at any point in the process, including the farm where we source our ingredients, transportation and shipping, and production and packaging. Our manufacturing facilities have the highest standards of cleanliness and have documented and verified allergen handling policies. During production, we run our 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. We routinely test for the effectiveness of our allergen procedures. If an ingredient, equipment, or cleaning process poses any risk of cross contamination, we use a “May Contain” or “Made on Shared Equipment” statement to alert you of potential cross contamination allergen. This transparency is to allow you to make an informed decision best for you and your family. If you have questions about shared equipment with any Annie's products, please don't hesitate to contact our Consumer Relations team.
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.


All of our products have a day/month/year format date.  Example: 06Jan17 = January 6, 2017

If your product is open and has been stored in the refrigerator, it is good until the Best By date.

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.


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.
Annie’s uses only non-GMO ingredients. We are committed to supporting organic farming, which by definition means non-GMO, because it has positive impacts on soil health, biodiversity, water quality, animal welfare and more. Organic farming minimizes synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, while also using crop rotations, biological pest control, and other innovative approaches. We also believe consumers should have the right to know what’s in their food and believe all GMO ingredients should be labeled as such.  Annie’s has been a longtime supporter of Just Label It, the national labeling campaign. Additionally, we participate in the Non-GMO Project, an independent verification group for best practices for GMO avoidance. Learn more about our stance on GMOs here.

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 rBST-treated and non rBST-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 synthetic in Annie's products.
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 love spreading the word about sustainability and our mission here at Annie’s. If you’d like to display a sticker on your car, bike, backpack, or notebook, click here to request one.  Please note: we have limited supplies available and may not be able to fulfill every request.

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.

Click here to access contact details for our consumer relations team, including our phone number, mailing address, and our contact form where you can submit a question or comment.

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.