We love that food manufacturers are becoming more attune to consumers’ desires for healthier foods. Nutritional awareness of, and demand for, foods free of dyes and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as well as more organic foods are driving changes in the marketplace.
Foods free of GMOs, dyes
Sourcing products free of GMOs, dyes and other food additives for child nutrition programs can be challenging as the USDA label requirements for products sold to schools focus on statements for meat/meat alternatives and whole grain equivalents. CN labels may not indicate if GMOs or dyes are used in products. While we generally don’t see references to red or yellow dyes on ingredient labels, we cannot guarantee products are free of dyes as they are very hard to track. Products containing GMOs may not be identified as such on labels, but we are increasingly seeing non-GMO products being marketed as such as more manufacturers respond to consumers’ desires.
Health-conscious consumers are also buying organic fruits and vegetables with more regularity. CKC has worked with schools to offer organic fruits and vegetables in the past, however, none have continued the organic offerings long term for two reasons:
Until the supply catches up with the demand and drives prices down, schools will have limited access to organic produce.