Food Sourcing & Safety

Food Sourcing

A key part of sustainability involves the food itself—where it comes from, how it’s produced, and how we use it. Campus Dining Services is dedicated to utilizing high-quality ingredients to ensure our customers receive the best possible products. We offer an ever-growing selection of organic, natural and local products in all of our operations. We also support the university Fair Food Statement of Values.

How we define…

  • Organic: Food produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, do not contain genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) or growth hormones, and are not processed using irradiation or any chemical additives or preservatives. Ninety-five percent of ingredients in a processed food item must be organically certified for the product to be considered organic.
  • Natural: Foods that do not contain artificial dyes, flavorings and preservatives: high-fructose corn syrup; genetically-modified organisms (GMOs); or growth hormones and antibiotics.
  • Regional: Food product that is grown, raised or caught and produced, processed or manufactured within 400 miles of the University of Colorado. 
  • Local: Food product that is grown, raised or caught and produced, processed or manufactured within 250 miles of the University of Colorado.
  • Fair Trade Certified™: Standards for socially responsible production and trade.

Apples Always organic
Almond milk

SO Delicious—organic, gluten and dairy-free, kosher and vegan

Baby spinach and field greens

Always organic, available on our salad bars


Applegate, all-natural, humanely raised, nitrate and nitrite free

Bagel and breads

Provided by various local bakeries including Blue PointMoe'sRudi’s, Breadworks and Udi’s


Aspen Ridge—all cuts hormone-free


Purchased from Organic Valley


Coleman, antibiotic-free chicken thighs

Coconut milk

SO Delicious—organic, gluten and dairy-free, kosher and vegan


Fair Trade, Rain Forest Alliance, locally roasted Elevations Coffee Traders

Deli meats

Purchased from Applegate Organic and Natural Meats and Wellshire Farms


Acadia Redfish, Cod, Salmon, Shrimp are wild-caught

Fruit juice

Anthem, natural juices with no high fructose corn syrup

Ground beef

Vegetarian-fed, *Never Ever ground beef

Ice cream

Locally made, organic Boulder Ice Cream

Iced tea

Teatulia—organic, unsweetened tea at C4C

Just Mayo

Vegan, pea protein based mayonnaise substitute


Simply Heinz, with no high fructose corn syrup

Maple syrup

Maple Grove Farms, maple syrup/sugar mix - no high fructose corn syrup


2% purchased from Horizon Organic

Peanut butter

Justin's local, organic peanut butter


Purchased from Zoe's

Pizza crust

Organic crust purchased from Rustic Crust


Locally sourced during seasonal availability


Locally produced by Monse’s Taste of El Salvador


Keen One Quinoa, organic, gluten-free, vegan and local

Salad dressings

Organic dressings from Chelten House Chef Select Recipes

Side dishes and beverages

All side dishes and beverages are natural—organic and local when available. Products carried include Late July, Back to Nature, Boulder Canyon Natural Foods, and Food Should Taste Good


Stubborn Soda with no artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup 


All-natural soup purchased from Pacific Foods and Kettle Cuisine


Natural, locally manufactured tea from Celestial Seasonings


We serve Chobani and Oikos Greek yogurt