Annie's Homegrown - Macaroni & Cheese Bernie's Farm - 6 oz. (170g)
Annie's Homegrown Macaroni & Cheese Bernie's Farm has a great taste in a convenient gluten-free format! Annie’s new gluten-free Micro Mac is the first and only microwavable mac & cheese item on the market.
- No Artificial Flavors, Synthetic Colors, or Preservatives.
- Good Source of Vitamin B6
- Good Source of Calcium
- Cheese from cows not treated with growth hormone rBST*
*No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST-treated and non rBST-treated cows
Frequently Asked Questions
ARE TOURS AVAILABLE OF ANNIE AND ROB'S ORGANIC FARM?
No. Annie and Rob live and work on their organic farm. It is not open to the public.
IS ANNIE'S A PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANY?
Yes. Annie's became a publicly traded company on March 28, 2012. Their common stock is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “BNNY.”
WHAT DOES "ORGANIC" MEAN?
Organic refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. It includes a system of production, processing, distribution and sales that assures consumers that the products maintain the organic integrity that begins on the farm. Effective October 21, 2002, U.S. organic standards were instituted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). For the consumer, the goal of the National Organic Standards is to make organic labeling consistent, clarify different categories of organic foods, and provide assurance of product integrity. The standards are expected to expand the marketing of organic products and support the credibility of U.S. organic agriculture. Products with at least 95% organic ingredients can use the USDA Certified Organic seal on packaging. The categories created by the USDA distinguish between the percentage of organic ingredients in food products in the following manner:
- 100% Organic: all content (excluding water and salt) is certified organic
- 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.
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.
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." Their 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."
WHAT IS "YEAST EXTRACT?"
Yeast Extract is a savory flavoring agent naturally produced by growing, harvesting, and concentrating yeast cells. The yeast self-digests (autolyzes), breaking down the cell walls, and creates a savory base used to formulate a multitude of different flavors.
DOES ANNIE'S USE ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS OR COLORS?
Absolutely not! Their products contain no synthetic preservatives, artificial flavors or artificial colors. All their straight-from-nature ingredients are clearly marked on their 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 artificial in Annie's.
ARE THERE ANY HORMONES IN ANNIE'S CHEESE?
Annie’s organic products have always been free of any synthetic hormones, and they have always purchased as much rBST-free milk ingredients as possible for their Natural line. While in the past they were not always able to source enough to fulfill their total needs, consumer demand for rBST-free milk has helped create additional supply.
I AM CONCERNED ABOUT EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS OF ANTIBIOTICS IN THE NATION'S FOOD SUPPLY. WHAT HAS ANNIE'S DONE TO PROTECT THEIR PRODUCTS?
They understand and share your concern about antibiotics in their nation’s food chain. All of the suppliers of the raw materials that go into the Annie's Homegrown products are aware of their mission statement. They 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.
They are pleased that in 2011, Annie’s will be able to verify all their milk ingredients from cows not treated with synthetic growth hormones. This marks an important milestone, one they’ve been working towards for many years. They have always recommended their consumers choose organic products if this issue is of importance to them.
HAS THE MILK THAT IS USED IN ANNIE'S PRODUCTS BEEN PASTEURIZED?
Yes, all of the Annie's products use pasteurized milk.
HOW ARE THE COWS TREATED BY THEIR MILK SUPPLIER?
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.
ARE THE MILKING MACHINES USED BY THEIR SUPPLIERS HARMFUL TO THE COWS?
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.
WHAT IS ANNIE'S STANCE ON GMOS?
At Annie’s, they believe the best tasting food comes from the simplest ingredients. They strongly support organic and sustainable farming because it is better for consumers, farmers, and the environment. Organic farming eliminates synthetic pesticides from their 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.
They are profoundly concerned about potential harmful effects GMO crops have on the earth's 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, they believe both thorough independent, and ongoing review of GMO technology is needed and regulatory oversight should err on the side of caution. They 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). They also wrote a letter to the FDA, urging them to require mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods.
DO ANNIE'S PRODUCTS CONTAIN PEANUTS?
Currently, the majority of Annie's products are packaged in peanut and tree nut-free facilities. However, please always refer to actual package labels for the latest ingredient and allergen information.
WHAT IS THE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM?
They believe that healthy soils and healthy farms are the foundation for healthy foods, which help make healthy people! Therefore, they’re proud to support the next generation of farmers. Through their Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship program, they 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.
I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT; MAY I APPLY FOR THE ANNIE'S SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE SCHOLARSHIP?
International students attending an accredited technical, 2 or 4-year college within the Continental U.S. may apply. International students attending school outside of the Continental U.S. are not eligible for the scholarship program.
I AM VERY CLOSE TO GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE; MAY I APPLY FOR THE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE SCHOLARSHIP?
You are not eligible to apply if you are in your last year of study.
I AM A GRADUATE STUDENT; MAY I APPLY FOR THE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE SCHOLARSHIP?
Yes, you may apply.
EXPIRATION DATES - ALL PRODUCTS
All of their products have a day/month/year format date. Example: 06Jan10 = January 6, 2010
The nourishing food they make starts with rich soil, fresh water, and clean air, and so they’re committed to doing their part to make the planet a better place to live and eat, not only for this generation, but for many more to come.
If it’s not real, it’s not Annie’s. That’s why every ingredient they use to make their food is chosen with care. The farmers who grow their ingredients are just as passionate about quality and sustainability as they are, and they value the people and places that help their product travel from farm to fork. They make it their responsibility to take on important issues–such as supporting organic practices and honest labeling – so you can be sure that the products you buy from Annie’s are as authentic as possible.
Although their foods might be sold in a box or a bottle, their ingredients were started on a farm, like the organic durum wheat in their pastas, each seed nurtured and harvested by a farmer’s hands. That’s why they’re working hard to create strong partnerships with the people who help grow their food, which ultimately makes its way onto your plate.
Supporting Upcoming Farmers
About the program: Sustainable and organic agriculture is at the heart of everything they do. That’s why each year they award scholarships to students through their Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship program. They’re proud to support the next generation of farmers committed to sustainable farming practices.
Since the beginning, they've been dedicated to their community at large: their employees, local community, and programs that make a difference nationwide. They give back to programs that connect people directly to real food, including grants to help establish and sustain school gardens that provide children access to education about healthier food; scholarships to college students studying sustainable agriculture; and partnerships with like-minded organizations committed to healthier people and a healthier planet.
At Annie's, they strongly believe in doing the right thing for people and planet. They've learned a lot over the years as their business has grown. Their learning comes from their day-to-day experiences. And it also comes from partnering with expert organizations that dedicate themselves to improving the lives of others and earth's natural resources. They learn from their partners and they strive to create enduring relationships with them so that they continue to raise the bar for sustainability and the organic industry – as well as help it grow.