Thursday, February 25, 2010

BOCA Foods (as in Boca Burgers)

I had heard a rumor that BOCA Foods is going eggless. But this is only 10% true. From the Associate Director of Consumer Relations from BOCA:

"We do continually review our practices and policies and continue to consider options. Our Website is not up to date and is currently under a refresh. If you are able to look at the actual products in the store you'll see we offer 13 vegan items and we offer five products that contain eggs.

BOCA is committed to reducing our use of eggs by 10%. We are removing eggs from the BOCA All American Classic Burger made with organic soy. The work had begun and the new eggless BOCA All American Classic Burger made with organic soy will launch during the third quarter of this year. Changing ingredients can take time; we actively reviewing the remaining three products that contain eggs. We continue to review this matter."

From their website:

"Which BOCA® Foods products are vegan, or free of animal-derived ingredients?

The following BOCA products in our Mainstream line are now desginated vegan: Chili, Vegan Burger, Roasted Garlic Burger, Roasted Onion Burger, Chik'n Nuggets, Chik'n Patties, Spicy Chik'n Patties, and Ground Burger. For the Roasted Garlic Burger and Chik'n Nuggets and Patties, we've recently removed egg, milk, and dairy ingredients to make them vegan. To ensure that the package you have is vegan, we recommend that you check the ingredient line to ensure that egg, milk and dairy ingredients aren't listed. In our line made with no artificial preservatives or flavors, both the BOCA Vegan Burger and BOCA Ground Burger are vegan."

I have heard that places like Denny's and Red Robin carry BOCA burgers, but not sure which type. Do you have any BOCA products that you recommend?

As an aside, did you know that BOCA is owned by Kraft? Check out the first part of their email to me:

"Here at Kraft, we recognize animal welfare is a growing societal concern. We require all our facilities and our direct suppliers' facilities that manage live animals to meet animal welfare standards. The standards cover handling, housing, transportation and slaughter. In the U.S. we hold suppliers to species-appropriate industry trade organization standards. In the case of eggs, we use standards developed by United Egg Producers. Direct suppliers demonstrate compliance with the respective animal welfare standards by performing annual third-party audits."

It always amazes me when I learn how few independent companies there are in the food industry.

click here for the BOCA website


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the article. I am surprised (but probably shouldn't be) that Kraft owns BOCA. So many organic-type, natural, or vegetarian companies are owned by larger ones that are not. Also, my experience at restaurants is that many of the staff don't know what type of veggie bugers they serve or if they contail egg, cheese, or other dairy products. Keep up the good work and help spread the word!!

Anonymous said...

BOCA is going 100% egg-free:

while some products in the shelves still contain eggs, these should be phased out by June 2010.

Sarah said...

Hi Anonymous,
I had noticed that website and actually wasn't sure about it. That's why I wrote to the company itself. They gave me the above response instead.