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Frequently Asked Questions

Newman’s Own Organics Cookies in General

  1. What is the organic sugar used in your Family Recipe and Alphabet Cookies?
  2. Are dairy, soy, peanuts or their derivatives used in Newman’s Own Organics cookies?
  3. What type of flour is used in Newman’s Own Organics Cookies?
  4. Are Newman’s Own Organics cookies kosher?
  5. What does the OUD on the front of the Newman-Os and ABCs packaging stand for?
  6. Do you use iodine in Newman's Own Organics cookies?
  7. Do Newman's Own Organics cookies contain corn or corn by-products?
  8. Is the palm fruit oil you use hydrogenated?

Family Recipe Cookies
  1. What kind of sugar is used in the non-organic chips in the Family Recipe Chocolate Chip cookies?
  2. Is there bleach used in Newman’s Own Organics Family Recipe cookies?
  3. Do Newman’s Own Organics Family Recipe cookies contain any milk products or red dye?

Newman-Os & Ginger-Os
  1. Are there any peanuts or nut based products in Newman-Os?
  2. Is the canola oil used in Newman-Os GE (Genetically Engineered) free?
  3. What country does the conventional cocoa in Newman-Os come from?
  4. What is the source of the monocalcium phosphate in the Ginger-Os?
  5. Where does the natural ingredient in Newman-Os come from, and is it vegan?
  6. Is there lactose in the Newman-Os or Ginger-Os?
  7. Does the powdered sugar used in the Newman Os creme have corn starch or wheat starch in it?
  8. What type of sugar is used in the creme part of Newman-Os?
  9. How much caffeine is in the Chocolate Creme Newman-Os?
  10. Is the salt used in Newman-Os iodized, and does it contain dextrose?
  11. How much polyunsaturated and trans-fats are there in a portion of Newman-Os?

Alphabet Cookies
  1. What is monocalcium phosphate listed in the ingredients of the Alphabet Cookies?
  2. What is the natural flavor in the ABC cookies?
  3. Is the vanilla extract in the ABC cookies made from corn alcohol?
  4. Is the honey you use in your ABC cookies pasteurized?

Fig Newmans
  1. What types of figs are used in Fig Newmans?
  2. What are the natural flavors in Fig Newmans, and do they contain any hydrolyzed proteins or extracts?
  3. Are the Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free Fig Newmans also gluten free?

Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
  1. What are the omega levels in your Olive Oil?
  2. Are there Sulfites in your Balsamic Vinegar?
  3. Is the Balsamic Vinegar exposed to heat during production?
  4. Is the Olive Oil cold pressed or refined?
  5. Does your Olive Oil contain nuts?
  6. What is the shelf life of the Olive Oil?
  7. What is the fat content of your Olive Oil?
  8. Is your Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar gluten free?

Pop's Corn
  1. What types of allergens are in your Butter Flavor Pop’s Corn and Light Butter Flavor Pop’s Corn?
  2. Do your microwave popcorn bags contain PFOA?
  3. Does Newman’s Own Organics Pop’s Corn contain Diacetyl?
  4. How does Pop’s Corn pop?
  5. What types of allergens are in your Unsalted Pop’s Corn?
  6. Are all of your Pop’s Corn (Butter, Light Butter, and Unsalted Pop’s Corn) run on the same production line?
  7. My Pop’s Corn creates an aftertaste, why?
  8. What type of corn is your Pop’s Corn made out of?
  9. Does your Pop’s Corn contain yeast?
  10. Is the Pop’s Corn gluten free and does it contain Vitamin E?

Pretzels
  1. Are your Spelt Pretzels wheat free?
  2. Why is your Spelt Pretzel not brown on the inside?
  3. Are the organic barley malt, yeast and white distilled vinegar corn free?
  4. Is there iodine or dextrose in the salt, nuts or eggs in your pretzels?
  5. What kind of fat is in your Spelt Pretzels?
  6. Is there folic acid in your pretzels?
  7. Are your pretzels flax free and do you use sea salt?

Dried Fruit
  1. Is Sulfur Dioxide added to Newman’s Own Organics dried fruit products?
  2. Are Newman’s Own Organics dried fruit products certified kosher?
  3. Are Newman’s Own Organics dried Apricots supposed to be dark in color?
  4. Are Newman's Own Organics dried fruit products gluten and allergen free?

Chocolate
  1. What is the caffeine content in your Espresso Dark Chocolate Bars?
  2. I received chocolate with air holes, why?
  3. Do you use slave labor in producing your chocolate?
  4. Does your chocolate liquor contain alcohol?
  5. Is the organic vanilla used in your chocolate bars and cups gluten and wheat free?
  6. I received a pack of Peanut Butter Cups that only had 2 cups instead of 3, why?
  7. Do your Peanut Butter Cups contain trans fat?
  8. In your Milk Chocolate Bars, does the milk used contain growth hormones or antibiotics?
  9. What type of sugar is used in your chocolate?

General Questions
  1. Do your products contain GMOs?
  2. Why do you use palm oil?
  3. Where does your Palm Oil come from?
  4. Which of your products are considered Vegan?
  5. Do you carry any products that are gluten free?
  6. Why does Newman’s Own Organics use plastic and other materials of this nature to package food? What about more environmentally friendly methods?
  7. What is the difference between Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil in regards to saturated fats?


Newman’s Own Organics Cookies in General
  1. What is the organic sugar used in your Family Recipe and Alphabet Cookies?
    The sugar is from dehydrated cane juice that goes through a crystallization process. No bone char is used in the processing of our sugar.
  2. Are dairy, soy, peanuts or their derivatives used in Newman’s Own Organics cookies?
    Fig Newmans are the only cookies that contain dairy. Both the Fat Free and Low Fat contain Non-Fat Dry Milk. Peanut Butter Newman-Os contain peanuts. Additionally, all of our cookies are run on production lines that contain dairy, peanuts or their derivatives, Fig Newmans are run on production lines that contain dairy, tree nuts and peanuts. Newman-Os are run on lines that contain dairy. ABC cookies are run on lines that contain dairy and peanut butter derivatives. Family Recipe Cookies are run on lines that contain dairy, peanut butter and peanut oil derivatives.
  3. What type of flour is used in Newman’s Own Organics Cookies?
    Organic unbleached wheat flour is used in our Newman-O’s, Champion Chip Cookies, and Fig Newmans (except the Wheat Free Cookies). Organic brown rice flour, organic corn flour and organic barley four are used in the Wheat Free, Dairy Free Cookies.
  4. Are Newman’s Own Organics cookies kosher?
    All Newman’s Own Organics cookies are kosher. They are certified kosher by the Orthodox Union.
  5. What does the OUD on the front of the Newman-Os and ABCs packaging stand for?
    Although there is no dairy in these products, the certifying rabbi assigns the OUD symbol to signify that there are dairy materials present in the production facility.
  6. Do you use iodine in Newman's Own Organics cookies?
    No, we don't use iodized salt or iodine in any of our cookie products.
  7. Do Newman's Own Organics cookies contain corn or corn by-products?
    Corn syrup is present in all the Fig Newmans. Corn starch is added to the powdered sugar used in the creme filling of our Newman-O's. Our Champion Chip Cookies are made with corn syrup solids as well. There is no corn or corn byproducts in any of the ABC cookies except in our Wheat Free/Dairy Free ABC Chocolate Cookies, although other products containing these ingredients are manufactured in our plants.
  8. Is the palm fruit oil you use hydrogenated?
    Palm shortening is not hydrogenated and does not contain trans-fatty acids. We use palm fruit which is cold press extracted.

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Family Recipe Cookies
  1. What kind of sugar is used in the non-organic chips in the Family Recipe Chocolate Chip cookies?
    Beet sugar is used.
  2. Is there bleach used in Newman’s Own Organics Family Recipe cookies?
    No, we do not use bleach in our sugar or dextrose.
  3. Do Newman’s Own Organics Family Recipe cookies contain any milk products or red dye?
    No dyes or milk products are contained in the Family Recipe Cookies. Some of our products are manufactured on equipment that processes products containing gluten and dairy. There could be trace amounts of egg, milk powder, peanuts, tree nuts, gluten, and soy in any of our items.

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Newman-Os & Ginger-Os
  1. Are there any peanuts or nut based products in Newman-Os?
    Peanut Butter Newman-O’s contain organic peanut butter and peanut flour. The rest of the Newman-O’s line does not have any nut ingredients, although nuts are present in the manufacturing plant.
  2. Is the canola oil used in Newman-Os GE (Genetically Engineered) free?
    The USDA’s National Organic Program does not allow the use of GEs in organic food products. All ingredients both organic and non organic must be grown without the use of GE seed.
  3. What country does the conventional cocoa in Newman-Os come from?
    It is a blend of beans from around the world.
  4. What is the source of the monocalcium phosphate in the Ginger-Os?
    The source is limestone and phosphoric acid. It is not animal derived.
  5. Where does the natural ingredient in Newman-Os come from, and is it vegan?
    The natural ingredient comes from vanilla beans, and yes, it is vegan.
  6. Is there lactose in the Newman-Os or Ginger-Os?
    All ingredients used in our Newman-Os and Ginger-Os are lactose free.
  7. Does the powdered sugar used in the Newman Os creme have corn starch or wheat starch in it?
    2 to 4% of corn starch is added to the powdered sugar as a non caking agent. The material used has been reviewed by Oregon Tilth and is Non GE in nature.
  8. What type of sugar is used in the creme part of Newman-Os?
    Powered sugar, which is pulverized beet sugar and corn starch, is used in our Newman-Os.
  9. How much caffeine is in the Chocolate Creme Newman-Os?
    Chocolate Creme Newman-Os have approximately 6 mg of caffeine per two cookie serving.
  10. Is the salt used in Newman-Os iodized, and does it contain dextrose?
    The salt is not iodized and does not contain dextrose.
  11. How much polyunsaturated and trans-fats are there in a portion of Newman-Os?
    Our Newman-Os contain no trans-fats nor is the palm oil hydrogenated. They contain 0.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat.

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Alphabet Cookies
  1. What is monocalcium phosphate listed in the ingredients of the Alphabet Cookies?
    Monocalcium phosphate is an acid commonly used with baking soda for leavening purposes.
  2. What is the natural flavor in the ABC cookies?
    Vanilla is the natural flavor in our ABC Cookies.
  3. Is the vanilla extract in the ABC cookies made from corn alcohol?
    The alcohol used to extract vanilla could be from corn or grain alcohol. During the baking process the alcohol is evaporated and not detectable in the final product.
  4. Is the honey you use in your ABC cookies pasteurized?
    No, the honey we use in our cookies is not pasteurized.

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Fig Newmans
  1. What types of figs are used in Fig Newmans?
    The fig varieties used are Calimyrma, Conadria and Black Mission.
  2. What are the natural flavors in Fig Newmans, and do they contain any hydrolyzed proteins or extracts?
    The flavors are natural lemon and natural vanilla. They do not contain hydrolyzed proteins or extracts.
  3. Are the Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free Fig Newmans also gluten free?
    No, the WFDF Fig Newmans are not gluten free. Barley, rice, and corn flours are used in their production which contains gluten.

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Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
  1. What are the omega levels in your Olive Oil?
    Omega 3 is approximately 0.7% Omega 6 is approximately 17%
  2. Are there Sulfites in your Balsamic Vinegar?
    Yes, there are naturally occuring sulfites in our Balsamic Vinegar.
  3. Is the Balsamic Vinegar exposed to heat during production?
    No, our Balsamic Vinegar is not exposed to heat during the production process. After the blending of raw materials, it is filtrated and afterwards it is aged for at least 2 months in oak casks.
  4. Is the Olive Oil cold pressed or refined?
    Our Olive Oil is cold pressed for the highest quality.
  5. Does your Olive Oil contain nuts?
    No, the olives that we use are not allergens and the Olive Oil itself does not contain nuts.
  6. What is the shelf life of the Olive Oil?
    Our Olive Oil has 2 years from the date of the production but our bottles come with an expiration date.
  7. What is the fat content of your Olive Oil?
    8% Polyunsaturated 12% Saturated 80% Monounsaturated
  8. Is your Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar gluten free?
    Yes, both products are gluten free

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Pop's Corn
  1. What types of allergens are in your Butter Flavor Pop’s Corn and Light Butter Flavor Pop’s Corn?
    The Natural Butter flavor in both of our Butter Flavor and our Light Butter Flavor Pop’s Corn contains milk and soybeans. Our Vitamin E source also contains peanut and soy allergens as well. Eggs, seeds, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, sulfiting agents (greater than 10 ppm), and monosodium glutamate are not added to the Butter Flavor or the Light Butter Flavor Pop’s Corn. However, allergens may be produced in the same line or the same plant. There are strict cleaning regimens in place to prevent cross-contamination of flavor as well as allergens.
  2. Do your microwave popcorn bags contain PFOA?
    All three varieties of our Microwave Pop’s Corn are packaged in PFOA free bags.
  3. Does Newman’s Own Organics Pop’s Corn contain Diacetyl?
    Diacetyl is not added to any of Newman’s Own Organics varieties of Pop’s Corn (Butter, Light Butter and Unsalted). However, it is a naturally occurring substance found in butter in miniscule amounts. (Please note that Newman’s Own Organics and Newman’s Own are two separate companies and this information only applies to Newman’s Own Organics Pop’s Corn.)
  4. How does Pop’s Corn pop?
    Popcorn’s ability to pop lies in the fact that the kernels contain a small amount of water stored in a circle of soft starch (endosperm) inside the hard outer casing (pericarp, also referred to as the hull). When heated, the water expands, creating pressure within, until eventually the casing gives way, and the kernel explodes and pops, allowing the water to escape as steam, turning the kernel inside and out.
  5. What types of allergens are in your Unsalted Pop’s Corn?
    There is nothing added to the Unsalted Pop’s Corn, it is 100% organic popcorn. Please Note: Allergens may be produced in the same line or the same plant. There are strict cleaning regimens in place to prevent cross-contamination of flavor as well as allergens.
  6. Are all of your Pop’s Corn (Butter, Light Butter, and Unsalted Pop’s Corn) run on the same production line?
    Yes, The Unsalted Pop’s Corn is always run first, next is the Butter and last is the Light Butter.
  7. My Pop’s Corn creates an aftertaste, why?
    The palm oil we use, which is a natural oil and is better for you than hydrogenated oils, solidifies at a higher temperature. This can create an aftertaste. As with all popcorn, ours is best when consumed hot.
  8. What type of corn is your Pop’s Corn made out of?
    Our Pop’s Corn is made out of yellow corn.
  9. Does your Pop’s Corn contain yeast?
    No, our Pop’s Corn does not contain yeast.
  10. Is the Pop’s Corn gluten free and does it contain Vitamin E?
    Yes, our Pop’s Corn is gluten free and our Butter and Light Butter flavors do contain vitamin E. Our vitamin E source does contain soy and peanut allergens.

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Pretzels
  1. Are your Spelt Pretzels wheat free?
    No, our Spelt Pretzels are NOT wheat free. In fact, Spelt is a member of the wheat family. Additionally, the Spelt Pretzels are packed in a facility where other wheat products are made. Please see product packaging for additional information.
  2. Why is your Spelt Pretzel not brown on the inside?
    We use organic white spelt flour, so the flour starts out white.
  3. Are the organic barley malt, yeast and white distilled vinegar corn free?
    Yes, barley malt, yeast and white distilled vinegar are all corn free; none of our pretzels contain corn. However, allergens may be produced on the same line or in the same plant. There are strict cleaning regimens in place to prevent cross-contamination of flavor as well as allergens.
  4. Is there iodine or dextrose in the salt, nuts or eggs in your pretzels?
    There is no iodine or dextrose used in the salt we use for our pretzels. We also do not add eggs or nuts to our pretzels nor is it located in the plant. However, allergens may be produced on the same line or in the same plant. There are strict cleaning regimens in place to prevent cross-contamination of flavor as well as allergens.
  5. What kind of fat is in your Spelt Pretzels?
    We use organic sunflower oil in our Spelt Pretzels. Sunflower oil belongs to the group of fats know as the monounsaturated fats.
  6. Is there folic acid in your pretzels?
    No, there is no folic acid in our pretzels.
  7. Are your pretzels flax free and do you use sea salt?
    Our pretzels are flax free and we do not use sea salt.

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Dried Fruit
  1. Is Sulfur Dioxide added to Newman’s Own Organics dried fruit products?
    No, the use of Sulfur Dioxide in organic food items is expressly prohibited by the USDA’s National Organic Program. All of Newman’s Own Organics Organic dried fruit products are 100% USDA Organic, with no additives or preservatives.
  2. Are Newman’s Own Organics dried fruit products certified kosher?
    All of Newman’s Own Organics dried fruit products are certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union. You will find the circle U symbol on all Newman’s Own Organics dried fruit packaging.
  3. Are Newman’s Own Organics dried Apricots supposed to be dark in color?
    Yes! Organic Apricots will be anywhere from light peach in color to light tan to dark brown. Organic apricots will always have the dark look because there is no sulfur dioxide added to preserve their bright color after the drying process. Sulfur dioxide is strictly prohibited in organic food items and we are happy to abide by that rule. Also, we recommend storing all dried fruit items in your refrigerator. This will help to maintain optimum freshness right up to the expiration date.
  4. Are Newman's Own Organics dried fruit products gluten and allergen free?
    All of our dried fruit products are produced in a facility that is peanut, tree nut, milk, gluten, and casein free. All of our products that contain allergens are packed in a separate facility and strict procedures are in place to prevent cross contamination.

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Chocolate
  1. What is the caffeine content in your Espresso Dark Chocolate Bars?
    The caffeine content in our Espresso Dark Chocolate Bar 2.25oz is 23.95 milligrams/bar and 71 milligrams/bar for our 3.25oz Espresso Chocolate bar.
  2. I received chocolate with air holes, why?
    Because our chocolate is organic it lacks all the emulsifiers that make it smooth out like an ordinary non-organic product; therefore when it settles into the mold, it doesn’t settle out into all the ridges of that mold with as much evenness as a non organic product. There may be bars with one end slightly thicker than the other because of this settling as well.
  3. Do you use slave labor in producing your chocolate?
    We have confirmed in writing that the cocoa products we purchase have been produced on farms that treat their workers fairly, and pay them a fair wage. Our suppliers do not and will not support any farms or plantations that mistreat children and adults or engage in Slave Trade Practices.
  4. Does your chocolate liquor contain alcohol?
    Our chocolate liquor does not contain any alcohol, in fact the contents are cocoa solids and cocoa butter. Chocolate liquor is merely a roasted cocoa bean that has been pulverized into a liquid form.
  5. Is the organic vanilla used in your chocolate bars and cups gluten and wheat free?
    Yes, the grain used in the alcohol base for our vanilla is GE-free Corn grain. It contains no wheat, wheat gluten, barley, spelt, oats or rye.
  6. I received a pack of Peanut Butter Cups that only had 2 cups instead of 3, why?
    As part of our production, the trays are hand packed, bulked off and then feed into a wrapping machine. On a rare occasion, a cup may pop out of the tray just prior to being wrapped causing an empty cavity to be present. In an effort to prevent this from happening we have increased our quality control on this line with additional checks and balances. In addition, we are implementing an additional level of weight checking to validate the increased quality control measures.
  7. Do your Peanut Butter Cups contain trans fat?
    No, our Peanut Butter Cups do not contain trans fat. Trans fat is a component of hydrogenated fats. It is a separate category of fats from saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. In our Peanut Butter Cups, the total fat is 12 grams, saturated fat is 6 grams the remaining fat is a mix of mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
  8. In your Milk Chocolate Bars, does the milk used contain growth hormones or antibiotics?
    According to our supplier, no growth hormones or antibiotics are ever given to their cows.
  9. What type of sugar is used in your chocolate?
    We use powdered evaporated cane juice in our chocolate.

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General Questions
  1. Do your products contain GMOs?
    The USDA’s National Organic Program does not allow the use of GMOs in organic food products. All ingredients both organic and non organic must be grown without the use of GMO seed.
  2. Why do you use palm oil?
    Our experience has shown us that Palm Fruit Oil Palm Oil creates better tasting products when used in certain commercial baking processes, particularly in the cell structure of our cookie dough. We recognize that there are other less saturated oils and we tried using them during the product development of our items and found they did not create as good a product as palm oil. While organic palm oil is a saturated fat, it is not as saturated as palm kernel oil or coconut oil (the other two tropical oils). Palm Fruit Oil is only 51% saturated as compared to Palm Kernel Oil at 83% and Coconut at 92%. In fact, it is close to the saturated fat level of butter but contains no cholesterol. It is used by other natural food manufacturers and has been widely used in Europe for decades as a fat in cookies and crackers. We recognize that there are trade-offs in creating good tasting, popular foods made with organic ingredients, that have some nutritional benefits and are reasonably priced. It’s not that easy, but that is what we strive to do.
  3. Where does your Palm Oil come from?
    Newman’s Own Organics uses Organic Palm Oil that comes from large co-ops in Colombia. Our Organic Palm Oil Supplier is certified according to the standards of Pro Forest. The standards are quite high regarding the treatment of employees and whether the company is socially and environmentally responsible. The Organic certification also takes the social aspect very much into account.
  4. Which of your products are considered Vegan?
    Certain products we carry do not have added animal by-products in them but are manufactured on equipment that processes other products containing animal ingredients. There could be trace amounts of egg or milk powder in any of our products. Our products which do not include animal ingredients or animal by-products are: All Pretzels; Wheat Free-Dairy Free Fig Newmans; All Newman O’s; All Hermits; Chocolate ABC Cookies (Cinnamon and Arrowroot ABCs are vegan except for the added honey); Pop’s Corn 94% Fat Free (No Butter/No Salt); Dark Chocolate, Espresso Dark Chocolate, Orange Dark Chocolate, Super Dark Chocolate; All Licorice Twists; All Mints; Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar; All Royal Tea; All Coffee.
  5. Do you carry any products that are gluten free?
    Some of our gluten free products include our: Chocolate Bars, Chocolate Cups, and No Salt/No Butter Pop\'s Corn, Olive Oil, and Our Balsamic Vinegar. Note: All of these items are manufactured on equipment that processes products containing gluten. There could be trace amounts of egg, milk powder, peanuts, tree nuts, gluten, and soy in any of our items. Our Wheat-Free/Dairy-Free items do have a type of gluten known as glutenin and gliadin, which is found in barley flour.
  6. Why does Newman’s Own Organics use plastic and other materials of this nature to package food? What about more environmentally friendly methods?
    We are so glad you are learning about how to take care of the world we live in. It is the only one we have and taking care of it should be a priority. We at Newman’s Own Organics are also concerned about the environment which is why we support sustainable agriculture and produce organic products. Organic products must have months of shelf life to compete at retail level. Rather than use preservatives we use packaging that will insure freshness.
  7. What is the difference between Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil in regards to saturated fats?
    Palm Fruit Oil is only 51% saturated as compared to Palm Kernel Oil at 83%.



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