Suggestions Through 10/1/15
"Which cereals are vegan? Does the Kellogg's granola have milk powder in it?"
For starters, the Kellogg's Lowfat Granola does contain milk powder.
When we received your question we jumped into the research - on our own and also by writing to General Mills and Kellogg's. General Mills has not responded yet. Here's the answere we received from Kellogg's:
"We do not label the majority of our products vegetarian or vegan because there are varying definitions for these terms. For example, vegetarians may or may not choose to eat seafood, dairy products, or eggs. Vegans do not eat any animal products or by products, including milk, butter, cheese, eggs, and sometimes honey. Therefore, we encourage you to review the ingredient label to determine if the product meets your individual needs.
Unfrosted Mini Wheats can be considered vegan by some. However, we will always add the caveat that each consumer needs to make such a choice based on individual preferences.[Note: Oxy does not stock Unfrosted Mini Wheats]
Our ingredient listings on packages and our websites are the best place to check for animal-derived ingredients. Some of the recognizable animal-derived ingredients in our products include milk; milk ingredients such as whey, casein, and cheese; egg and egg ingredients like egg whites and albumin. There are other ingredients that may be less obvious like gelatin, Vitamin D, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), glycerin and some enzymes. Please note, the enzymes and glycerin we use in our products are not from an animal source.
For any remaining ingredients not listed above, we are often unable to provide detailed information regarding processing and sourcing since many different suppliers are used. However, if you have a question about a certain ingredient in a specific product, feel free to contact us further."
The Marketplace stocks the following Kellogg's cereals: Special K, Frosted Mini Wheats. Low Fat Granola, Corn Flakes, Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops & Cocoa Krispies. All of them may contain the vitamins (D and B2) that Kellogg's mentions in their statement. The General Mills cereals carried by the Marketplace include: Lucky Charms (contains dairy), Cheerios, Rice Chex, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Total. General Mills also lists Vitamin D and B2 in their ingredients. The Marketplace stocks Kashi cereals in individual packaging, which contain honey. The Tiger Cooler stocks many cereals in individual packaging, all with ingredients labeled. If and when General Mills sends a response, we will post it on an upcoming version of our suggestion response page.
"Could the raspberry chocolate muffins please return to the recipe from last semester/year? They are sorely missed by students."
"Can the marketplace please switch from the raspberry chocolate muffins this year to the ones from last year/ semester (2014-2015)? Thanks! I miss them so much."
We're sorry, but no can do. The majority of our muffins are baked in our bakery from frozen batters. Only the vegan muffins are made from scratch at Oxy (we start with a vegan baking mix). The frozen batters come from Le Chef Bakery. This year Le Chef changed all their muffin batters to all-natural ingredients. That's a good thing! But it does mean that the taste and appearance of some of the flavors have changed. No more food coloring either ;-).
"What about making paleo muffins available in the Marketplace? They would be a much more nutritious option and they always taste great!"
As noted above, the majority of our muffins are not made from scratch. Our baking team is really stretched thin with all the products they produce, and keeping up is a challenge. We'll put this on the wish list and see what we can do. Thank you for the idea.
"Are the potatos from the potato bar roasted in/with something or are they completely plain?"
The organic Russets and Yams are rubbed with vegan "Earthbound" margarine and sprinkled with salt before roasting.
"Is it possible to look into using the sustainable eco clamshells at the berkus courtyard dinners."
Can do!!! Look for a supply of clamshells at our next dinner at Berkus - Saturday October 24. Don't forget your token!
"... is there a more hygienic approach to the ice dispensing at the market place. Too many hands on that scoop runs a risk of illness to the next person and passed along. I have also seen students place ice in their water bottles, that are already filled, and having their potential drinking water spill in the ice. It may be time to designate a person to serve ice to individuals."
Eeeewww! The good news is that the ice dispenser on the soda machine has been repaired. The bad news is that the mechanism is old and cranky and occasionally stops working when it is used many times in a row. Please try the ice dispenser first. If it does not work, the ice bucket is still in place, and we have added signage about appropriate usage. We have noticed improved behavior. We are in the process of purchasing a new soda machine with ice dispenser.
"Can we please have more fresh berries/ fruit variety! The fruit selection gets a bit repetitive."
Berries, unfortunately are not in season right now. Check out any grocery store and see their prices ;-) That said, we are still buying berries in limited quantities, and you can find them in the following places around the Marketplace:
- Fruit Parfaits at the Bakery (occasionally we make plain fruit cups)
- Berry Bowls in the Grab & Go - after the ones from "Berry Bowl" on York Blvd. run out we've recently put out containers of Organic Blackberries we pack ourselves - around 11am. They are pricey however.
- Specialty Salad at the Deli Station - changes daily - follow us on Twitter to see what's being served weekdays.
As for the cut fruit at the salad bar - we understand that it often gets repetitive, especially at this time of year. We are presently rotating honeydew, cantaloup, papaya, and pineapple. Those are the fruits that fit into the price point for self-service.
Don't forget the whole fruit. Fall is a great season for apples and pears, and they are local and/or organic!
Johnson Student Center, 2nd Floor