Media Coverage

The Plant Café Organic Becomes the First Platinum REAL Certified® Restaurant in the Nation

** To read an interview with Founder and Owner, Matthew Guelke, click here. Originally posted on PR Underground Industry: Restaurant/Hospitality San Francisco, CA (PRUnderground) August 15th, 2017 – Bay Area fast-casual pioneer, The Plant Café Organic, has undergone the Eat REAL® Certified Audit and become the first in the nation to qualify for Platinum level certification. This certification… Read More


Clif Bar & Company’s On-Site Café First in the Nation to Receive Gold REAL Certification

Business Wire || August 2, 2017 EMERYVILLE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Clif Bar & Company’s Kali’s Kitchen, an employee-run sustainable café at Clif’s headquarters, is the first to receive Gold certification in sustainability and nutrition from the United States Healthful Food Council’s (USHFC) non-profit organization Eat REAL. Eat REAL, or Responsible Epicurean Agricultural Leadership, holistically audits food service providers’… Read More


It’s About Time You Learned What Your Meat Labels Mean

by Emma Loewe || Mind Body Green || August 1, 2017 Photo: Agencia As far as fruits and veggies are concerned, there’s one major label that people know they can trust. The USDA Certified Organic seal makes it easy to find produce you can feel good about eating (just make sure it’s 100 percent organic). Shopping for meat, on… Read More


Program ethically certifies eateries; one in Arkansas takes spot on list

By Nathan Owens Arkansas Online || July 4, 2017 As a way to make healthful and sustainable foods more profitable for producers and to give consumers peace-of-mind about what they’re eating, the U.S. Healthful Food Council developed Eat REAL, a nonprofit group designed to improve the quality of restaurant fare and treatment of farm animals. With… Read More


Seattle restaurant recommendations: Where to go pre-karaoke, hailing the best Caesar salad and more

True Viral News || 06.07.2017 Questions! You, dear readers, have restaurant-related questions, and when you write to me with them, I (try to!) always (eventually!) answer. Herewith, three recent inquiries that I took way too long thinking about. Dear Bethany, My dearest old friends and I will be going out to kill it at karaoke… Read More


Does your restaurant get 5 stars for animal welfare?

Zlati Meyer , USA TODAY || 7:02 a.m. ET June 8, 2017   For diners who want to know what kind of life the animals on their dinner plates had, there’s a new source of insight. An independent program that certifies restaurants, cafeterias and some packaged-goods companies as meeting certain health and nutrition standards now include certification for animal… Read More


This new food label goes further than any previous certification

By Maria LaMagna for MarketWatch. Published: June 5, 2017 10:54 a.m. ET MarketWatch photo illustration/iStockphoto: Friesian cattle in a farmers field taken from under a tree. Your head may already be spinning when trying to remember the differences between food labels including “organic,” “fair trade” and “non-genetically modified.” Here’s one more you may start seeing… Read More


Eat REAL Creates Market-Based Incentives For Healthy, Sustainable Food

Originally from Food Tech Connect.  Many foodservice operators are benefiting from the halo effect of sustainability, but it’s hard to tell how truthful their sustainability claims really are. Similar to what LEED certification did for the building industry, United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) is bringing transparency and guidance to the food industry by creating market-based… Read More


Doctors tell patients to Eat REAL®

Leading physicians leverage REAL Certified® to help consumers identify real food San Francisco, CA (March 22nd, 2017) – Recognizing the irrefutable connection between diet and chronic disease, the medical community is increasingly starting to advise patients on what—and where—to eat. To that end, the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) and the Institute for Responsible Nutrition… Read More


7 Habits of Highly Effective Fruit & Veggie Marketers

By Dennis Hardy EvansHardy+Young For more food marketing insights, check out their blog. Stephen Covey first published his hugely popular book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, back in 1989. Since then, a cottage industry seems to have risen up with various pundits proposing their own “seven habits” lists for all kinds of industries and… Read More