Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the history of the Back to Nature® brand?

In 1960 in the back of a small health food store in Pasadena, we created something people really liked: a delicious, low-fat granola. Soon, it was our most popular item, and health food stores across California were asking for it. Our business has grown, but our mission has never changed: Give people truly delicious foods made from recipes inspired by nature. We strive to introduce more people to the Back to Nature experience with each successive year!

Where can I find Back to Nature products?

Back to Nature foods are distributed nationally at Whole Foods Market, natural foods stores, PublixKrogerTarget, and Stop & Shop, and online at Amazon.com.

How can I tell which Back to Nature products are certified organic, and how are they certified?

Back to Nature products that are certified organic will either carry the USDA organic seal or state that they are made with organic ingredients on the front panel. They will also state below the signature line that they are certified organic by a USDA-Accredited Certifying Agent. In addition, we use organic ingredients in several of our items, though the entire product may not be organic. Any ingredients listed in our ingredients list as organic comply fully with the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards. Our current certified organic products are: Shortbread CookiesOrganic Stoneground Wheat CrackersClassic Saltine CrackersOrganic Roasted Garlic & Herb Stoneground Wheat and Organic Rosemary & Olive Oil Stoneground Wheat Crackers. We use two USDA Accredited Certifying Agents: Quality Certification Services, Inc., and Quality Assurance International are accredited certifiers per the USDA National Organic Program.

Why can‘t I recycle any of the bags that are used in Back to Nature packaging?

Unfortunately, other than PE grocery bags, recycling facilities do not accept films.

Are Back to Nature products kosher?

Many Back to Nature products are kosher certified. Please refer to the product label or our website for a kosher symbol, or learn more at our Terms and Definitions page.

Do you have any recipes you can send me using Back to Nature products?

Check out Facebook @backtonature and Instagram @back2naturefood for recipes and ways to enjoy Back to Nature products!

How do I store Back to Nature products to best keep them fresh?

For all Back to Nature products, we recommend that they be stored in a cool, dry place. For our bags of granola, clusters, and nuts, make sure to keep the resealable closure tightly shut. Keeping the item in a warm area (such as on top of a refrigerator) will decrease the amount of time it will remain fresh.

How do I read the Best When Used By date on Back to Nature products?

Here’s how to interpret the Best When Used By date on Back to Nature products. An example is provided below:

 

04OCT2016 BD 12

 

04 = Day of month of expiration

 

OCT = Month

 

2016 = Year of expiration (2016)

 

BD = plant code

 

12 = hour code

 

We recommend consuming these Back to Nature products until the Best When Used By date if properly stored. We don’t recommend consuming the products after this date as we can’t guarantee that they will have retained their optimal flavor and texture qualities.

Do you have a list of Back to Nature products that are gluten-free?

We understand how important it is for people with gluten sensitivity to have accurate information about the gluten content of foods. To make sure our consumers have the best source of information, gluten-containing ingredients are always listed on our ingredient label, no matter how small the amount. We list ingredients that are a source of gluten on our labels ingredient statement in commonly known terms, such as wheat, barley, oats or rye. For other gluten-containing ingredients, the grain source is declared in parentheses after the ingredient name.

 

For example, if a natural flavor ingredient contains a gluten source that is not otherwise declared on the ingredient statement, the label would read: natural flavor (contains rye). Examples of other grains that contain gluten are triticale, spelt, kamut, mir, and farina, and, if included in our products, they are labeled.

 

While the majority of Back to Nature products DO contain gluten (as listed on our ingredient lines), we also offer a variety of gluten-free products in crackers and granola.

Are your plant based products made on the same equipment that processes milk or egg?

Certain Back to Nature plant based snacks are made on equipment shared with other products which contain milk and egg. Consistent with good manufacturing practices, equipment is cleaned thoroughly to prevent cross-contamination.

How does Back to Nature define plant based?

Back to Nature plant based snacks feature plant derived ingredients as the base of our products, such as seeds, nuts, whole grains and wheat flour. With the exception of honey, in our plant based snacks, Back to Nature avoids any ingredients sourced from animals. Our plant based products may also contain ingredients derived from neither plants nor animals, such as ammonium bicarbonate, baking soda, salt, minerals and vitamins.

Do your products contain ingredients from GMOs?

As of February 2020, 75 products have been Non-GMO Verified. Please refer to our website for this offering.

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