All the information you need before you choose sustainable products for your operation: Organic, Natural, Vegan / Vegetarian, Compostable, Green Products

Understanding Sustainability

Organic
USDA National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) definition, April 1995: Organic agriculture is an...
Natural
Food labeled "natural" does not contain any artificial ingredients, artificial coloring agents,...
Vegan/Vegetarian
This is one area that elicits questions like "Vegetarian or Vegan?", "Strict or loose adherence...
Compostable
A product that is “compostable” is one that can be placed into a composition of decaying...
Green
Once you have decided to commit your restaurant to becoming a greener operation, there are some...
GMO: Genetically Modified Organisms
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit multi-stakeholder collaboration committed to preserving and...

Definitions & Standards

What is the difference between natural and organic food? What is the difference between source verified and process verified?

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Research Library

Check here for our latest listing of available research studies as well as downloadable documents that are provided by our partners and industry experts.

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Best Practices / Trends

Learn how the industry is developing best practices so operators can find the right balance between consumer demand and going green.

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