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Frequently Asked Questions

Recent Questions

Does Annie's mac and cheese contain phthalates?

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.

Allergies

Do Annie's products contain peanuts or tree nuts?

We always list peanuts and tree nuts in the ingredient statement on the package when a product contains peanuts or tree nuts.

Allergy Information

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. Our 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.

Annie’s products are labeled for the following top eight allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy, wheat, crustaceans, and fish. In addition, we also label for sesame. We label for these allergens using ‘CONTAINS’ and/or ‘MAY CONTAIN’ lists located directly below the product’s ingredient list. Ingredients may vary from one package to another due to product reformulation.

Which of your products are wheat-free or gluten-free?

We offer a wide variety of gluten-free products. Please visit our Special Diets page to filter by your dietary preference.

Are any of Annie's products vegan?

We offer several vegan options. Please visit our Special Diets page to filter by your dietary preference.

Products

Expiration dates

All of our products have a day/month/year format date. Example: 24OCT2021 = October 24, 2021
If your salad dressing or condiment is open and has been stored in the refrigerator, it is good until the Best If Used By date.

What's the difference between Certified Organic and "Made with Organic" Annie's products?

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.

Ingredients

What kind of enzymes do you use in your cheese?

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.

What is Annie's stance on GMOs?

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.

Has the milk that is used in Annie's products been pasteurized?

Yes, all Annie’s products use pasteurized milk.

Is Annie's cheese rBST free?

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.

What is natural flavor?

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.” Please know that Annie’s never puts any of the top eight allergens under “natural flavors.”

Does Annie's use artificial flavor or colors?

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.

How does Annie's make colored products - like orange mac & cheese or pink fruit snacks?

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.

What is annatto?

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

Do you ever offer coupons?

We do occasionally offer coupons! Sign up for 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

How long has Annie's been in business?

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.

How can I find out about career opportunities at Annie's?

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