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Cal Dining is committed to serving nutritious & sustainable food. In addition to focusing on plant-forward cooking, Cal Dining prioritizes ingredients from producers that practice environmental and social responsibility. We adhere to the principles of Menus of Change including:

  • Be transparent. We want our customers to know how their food was produced, including information on labor, animal welfare, and environmental practices. The products below are consistently sourced. Other products might change regularly. If you have any questions about where our food is sourced from, please reach out.
  • Fresh and seasonal, both local and global. We strive to source fresh, peak-of-season from farms practicing sustainable operations both locally and globally.
  • Plant-forward.  Whether you follow a plant-based diet or not, we aim to increase the ratio of plant-based foods on every plate. Our carbon footprint menu icons help customers recognize which menu options have the lowest carbon footprint. When animal products are sourced, we prioritize those certified for humane treatment.
  • Focus on whole, minimally processed foods. We focus on serving whole ingredients and work to reduce processed foods in our kitchens and operations. 

We define sustainable food according to the University of California Policy on Sustainable Practices (PDF).

Explore our sustainable food options!

  • Mary's Free Range Chicken logo
    Mary’s Free Range Chicken
    Locally raised in Sanger and Certified Humane, Mary’s Chicken is served in all four dining commons, including the halal chicken served at Café 3.
  • Hodo soy
    Hodo Soy
    Tofu used in Cal Dining is organic and made with soybeans grown on small family farms in the midwest. Hodo Soy Tofu is hand-crafted in Oakland, just 5 miles from the UC Berkeley campus.
  • Next Generation Foods
    Next Generation Foods
    Next Generation Foods aggregates and distributes local and sustainably grown foods. Find rice and beans from Next Generation Foods at the Bear Fit station.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch logo
    Sustainable Seafood
    Most seafood served throughout Cal Dining is listed on the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Guide’s best choice or good alternative list. The Seafood Watch program helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that’s fished or farmed in ways that protect sea life and habitats
  • Deb El Food logo
    Deb El Food
    All eggs served in Cal Dining are from Deb El Foods, located in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Deb El is Certified Humane.
  • Fair Trade
    Fair Trade
    Fair Trade Coffee is served daily in all four dining commons, and as a drip option at all of our Peet’s Coffee locations. Fair Trade certified chocolate is also sold at our convenience stores.
  • Coleman Natural Foods
    Coleman Natural
    Raised with no antibiotics or added hormones, Coleman Natural pork is American Humane Certified and served at CKC and Crossroads.
  • Real Good Fish Logo
    Real Good Fish
    Real Good Fish provides us with local, fresh seafood direct from the fishermen. Select species from Real Good Fish are served in the dining commons.