REAL News

Molinari’s: First Independent Restaurant in PA REAL Certified

Bethlehem, PA (August 15, 2017) – Molinari’s restaurant isthe first independently owned restaurant in the state of Pennsylvania to become REAL Certified®. REAL Certified is the nationally recognized mark of excellence for food and foodservice operators that have gone through a rigorous process to evaluate the healthfulness and sustainability of the food being served. By… Read More


Plant-based diet should be central to national food policy

By Jean-Pierre Kiekens || Policy Options || July 21, 2017 I recently visited in a university hospital in Montreal a relative who had suffered a significant cardiovascular event. After 24 hours, she was offered a meal: macaroni and cheese. Other options included more junk foods: pizza, hamburger, spaghetti with meat sauce, and so on. There were no… Read More


Study: Nearly all consumers find transparency in food and beverage important

by Megan Poinski || Food Dive  || July 13, 2017 Dive Brief: Consumers are overwhelmingly interested in more transparency in food products, according to a new study from Response Media. Study results say almost everyone finds transparency important in food products — 99% for fresh food and 98% for packaged food — and 70% said their purchases are… 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


Doctors Condemn Hospital for Housing a McDonald’s Inside It

Fast-food franchises inside medical centers are under fire again by Erin DeJesus || Eater || July 26, 2017 Cate Gillon/Getty Images News Should hospitals be offering its visitors access to triple-decker burgers and candy-topped shakes? The seemingly odd practice of hospitals leasing space to fast-food franchises is coming under fire yet again: In the newest debate, a group… Read More


Inside the big revamp of Canada’s Food Guide

By Ann Hui || The Globe & Mail || July 19, 2017 Seventy-five years after the country’s official nutrition guide made its debut, Ottawa is hard at work on a new version, Ann Hui writes. Health Canada faces a tremendous task in their first update since 2007: Addressing concerns from experts who feel the document is dated,… Read More


Eat REAL® Collaborates with the ASPCA to Provide More Humane Options in Foodservice Establishments

First US foodservice certification program to adopt farm animal welfare standards. San Francisco, CA (PRUnderground) May 2nd, 2017 Eat REAL®, the nation’s leading certifier of nutritional and environmental excellence in foodservice, has announced that by 2021 all REAL Certified® restaurants and foodservice providers will be required to source a significant portion of their animal products… 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


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