REAL Certified Businesses

Interview with an Owner: The Plant Cafe Organic

Motivated by the results he and his family saw after a health retreat, Matthew Guelke joined forces with Mark Lewis to create the Plant Café to provide clean food made with 100% organic ingredients. After leaving the tech industry, they refocused their careers on feeding people healthy, local food with a focus on maintaining a… Read More

Food CMO’s Guide to Choosing a Social Monitoring Tool

By Keith Butler || April 4, 2017 Originally posted by EvansHardy+Young The large number of social monitoring tools available makes choosing the correct one a challenge for food commodity and CPG brands. At EvansHardy+Young, we take an aggressive approach to tool selection, and you should too. We know selecting the right tool is a crucial business… Read More

UCSF Becomes the First REAL Certified® Medical Center in the Nation

San Francisco, CA (PRUnderground) March 29th, 2017 University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Health’s Nutrition and Food Services has become the first healthcare organization to be REAL Certified® for its use of nutrition and sustainability best practices. Serving over 8,000 patients, customers, faculty, staff, and students per day, UCSF joins other institutions in higher education… Read More

How Healthy Pizza Became a Reality in Quick Service

By Mary Avant || Originally from QSR Magazine || December 2016 Pizza brands are finding ways to deliver the cleaner ingredients and better-for-you options customers are craving. There are certain words that come to mind whenever pizza is mentioned: indulgent, delicious, comforting, crowd-pleasing. And now another, perhaps surprising, one is entering the lexicon: healthy. That’s because a growing number of limited-service pizza concepts are… Read More

REAL Certified Restaurants Work to Create Healthier Dinning Out Options Throughout the Nation

Originally posted by Salud America! There are many options for dining out these days, but which restaurants offer healthier and more sustainable options for families? REAL, standing for Responsible, Epicurean, and Agricultural Leadership, is a nationally recognized mark of excellence for food and foodservice operators committed to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship.  The United States Healthful Food Council… Read More

Hot Italian — a healthy type of pizza

  Jay Gelvezon / Aggie By Betty Wu || Originally posted on The California Aggie || October 30, 2016 Restaurant offers variety of pizza made from local, organic ingredients As an international student studying in the United States, I must admit that I have mixed feelings about American cuisine. Juicy hamburgers, cheesy pizzas and extra-large Cokes are all… Read More

Part 1: Why more restaurants are getting REAL

Orginally posted on Fast Causal  By now, most members of the restaurant industry have heard of both the U.S. Healthful Foods Council and its program, Responsible Epicurean Agricultural Leadership, or REAL. The council has certified hundreds of restaurant brands nationwide that live up to its high standards for sustainable sourcing, environmentally sound practices, and healthful menus. Additionally, the… Read More

UC Davis becomes second university to be REAL Certified

Original Article on University Business Wednesday, January 27, 2016 The United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) announced today that the University of California, Davis, has become only the second university in the nation to be audited and certified for Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL). “UC Davis recognizes the critical link between food, health and… Read More

Taziki’s Holiday Offer

Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe was the first national franchise to gain REAL Certification – a year later, they are still setting the standard for healthful living. As the holiday season begins, Taziki’s is offering a promotion to get you and your loved ones eating REAL through the festivities. For every $25 gift certificate purchased, you get… Read More

Zoo’s Eateries First in Indiana to Earn REAL Certification

Kokomo Perspective || September 3, 2015 Program recognizes restaurants offering healthy, sustainable foods INDIANAPOLIS — Fresh flavors, local ingredients, healthy options — those are the principles that recently earned two of the Indianapolis Zoo’s eateries the United States Healthful Food Council’s REAL Certification. Café on the Commons and the seasonal Farm to Table salad cart are… Read More