It started as a joke and got out of control -Paul Newman

Frequently Asked Questions

Got a question about Newman's Own? Please choose a category below to find answers to the most common questions about our company and products.

  • General

    Do Newman's Own products contain trans fats?
    Newman's Own products all contain zero grams trans fats.

    What does "USDA Certified Organic" mean?
    The food has gone through a third-party certification process that validates that at least 95% of the ingredients are organic. Even the manufacturing facility is inspected by an accredited agency to validate cleanliness, manufacturing procedures and record keeping as well as that food ingredients are indeed certified organic.

  • Salad Dressing

    I noticed that some of your salad dressings have a "plant-based" claim. How do you define plant-based?
    Newman's Own plant based products consist of at least 95% non-animal-derived ingredients and up to 5% non-plant-derived and non-animal-derived ingredients (excluding water and salt).

    Why does the Olive Oil & Vinegar dressing look cloudy or lumpy in the refrigerator?
    When refrigerated, olive oil tends to solidify giving the cloudy appearance to our olive oil-based dressings. Once the product gets close to room temperature the product will return to its normal appearance. There is nothing wrong with the product and most olive oil dressings act this way.

    Tell me more about the salad dressing packets sold at McDonald’s.
    Newman’s Own is the exclusive salad dressing served with McDonald's Premium Salads in restaurants nationwide. The salad dressings offered at McDonald's are restaurant formulations that are refrigerated to preserve their freshness.

    These salad dressing packets are not sold in retail grocery stores. The McDonald’s salad dressing packets are only available at McDonald’s, although bottled versions of some of the dressings can be found in grocery stores.

    Can I buy Southwest Dressing in grocery stores?
    The dressing used in the Southwest Salad at McDonald’s is no longer available in retail stores.

    How long will Newman's Own salad dressing last in the refrigerator once it's opened?
    Once opened and refrigerated, our dressings should keep until the use-by date printed on the bottle neck.

  • Pasta Sauce

    The top has already popped – is the sauce safe to eat? If the top is popped, it means air has gotten inside the jar and we therefore do not recommend eating the sauce. Instead, you should return the jar to the store you purchased it from.

    I cannot find Garden Peppers Pasta Sauce, is it still available? No, we have discontinued production of Newman’s Own Garden Peppers Pasta Sauce.

    I cannot find Fra Diavolo Pasta Sauce, is it still available? No, we have discontinued production of Newman’s Own Fra Diavolo Pasta Sauce.

    What Newman's Own pasta sauces are kosher? The following products are certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union and have the “Circle U” symbol on the label:
    • Marinara, 24oz and 45oz sizes
    • Mushroom Marinara, 24oz
    • Sockarooni, 24oz
    • Tomato Basil Bombolina, 24oz
    • Roasted Garlic, 24oz
    • Fire Roasted Tomato & Garlic, 24oz
    • Organic Sockarooni, 23.5oz
    • Organic Marinara, 23.5oz
    • Organic Tomato Basil 23.5oz
    • Common Good Marinara, 23.5oz
    • Common Good Tomato Basil, 23.5oz
    • Common Good Roasted Garlic, 23.5oz
    • Common Good Spicy Marinara, 23.5oz

    What Newman's Own pasta sauces are gluten free? All of our Pasta Sauces, including the 24oz Red pasta sauces, 15oz Alfredo sauces and 23.5oz Organics and 23.5oz Common Good sauces are gluten free.

    Where is allergen information available? Below the ingredient list, each label will state if the recipe contains any of the 8 major allergens as identified by the FDA including milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat or soybeans. If, for any reason, you cannot read the ingredient list or allergen warning on your jar, this information is also available on our website,

    Where can I find my favorite Newman’s Own sauce? Visit our website, and click on your favorite variety to view the product locator to find a location near you.

    How long will Newman's Own pasta sauces and salsas last in the refrigerator once they are opened? Once opened and refrigerated our pasta sauces and salsa typically last 3-7 days. They may keep longer but are susceptible to spoilage because they are all natural and do not contain preservatives. Storage times will be longer if stored at a colder temperature. Therefore, if you wish to keep them longer, turn down the temperature setting on your refrigerator or consider storing frozen in a freezer-safe container until you wish to use them.

    What do I do when the vacuum safety button on the pasta sauce or salsa is popped up before I first open it? The product should be returned to the store for a refund. If not, contact Newman's Own for a replacement coupon.

  • Refrigerated Drinks

    Are Newman’s Own refrigerated drinks pasteurized?
    Yes, our refrigerated drinks are pasteurized and always have been. Pasteurization is the process of heating a liquid to a high temperature for a set amount of time and then cooling it to reduce the amount of pathogenic bacteria (disease causing) and spoilage organisms present in the product. Without pasteurization, the product would spoil more quickly or possibly make the consumer sick.

  • Cookies

    What does the kosher on the front of the packaging stand for?

    The certifying rabbi assigns the kosher symbol to signify that there are dairy materials present in the production facility.

    Is the palm fruit oil in your cookies hydrogenated?

    Palm shortening is not hydrogenated and does not contain trans-fatty acids. We use palm fruit which is cold press extracted.

    Are the Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free Fig Newmans and Newman-O’s also gluten free?

    No, the WFDF Fig Newmans and Newman-O’s are not gluten free. Barley flour is used in their production which contains gluten.

  • Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

    Is the Olive Oil cold pressed or refined?
    Our Olive Oil is cold pressed for the highest quality.

  • Popcorn

    Do your microwave popcorn bags contain PFOA?
    All of our microwave popcorn is packaged in PFOA free bags.

    Does Newman’s Own Microwave Popcorn or Pop’s Corn contain Diacetyl?
    Diacetyl is not added to any of the Newman’s Own varieties of microwave popcorn. However, it is a naturally occurring substance found in butter in miniscule amounts.

  • Pretzels

    Is there iodine or dextrose in the salt in your pretzels?
    There is no iodine or dextrose used in the salt we use for our pretzels.

    Are your Spelt Pretzels wheat free?
    No, our Spelt Pretzels are NOT wheat free. In fact, Spelt is a member of the wheat family. Additionally, the Spelt Pretzels are packed in a facility where other wheat products are made. Please see product packaging for additional information.

  • Dried Fruit

    Are Newman’s Own Dried Apricots supposed to be dark in color?
    Yes! Organic Apricots will be anywhere from light peach in color to light tan to dark brown. Organic apricots will always have the dark look because there is no sulfur dioxide added to preserve their bright color after the drying process. Sulfur dioxide is strictly prohibited in organic food items and we are happy to abide by that rule. Also, we recommend storing all dried fruit items in your refrigerator. This will help to maintain optimum freshness right up to the expiration date.

    Is Sulfur Dioxide added to Newman’s Own dried fruit products?
    No, the use of Sulfur Dioxide in organic food items is expressly prohibited by the USDA’s National Organic Program. All of Newman’s Own Organic dried fruit products are 100% USDA Organic, with no additives or preservatives.

  • Chocolate

    What does the Rainforest Alliance seal mean on your chocolate?
    The Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal guarantees that the cocoa in our Signature Series was grown on farms that meet comprehensive standards for sustainable farming, protecting soil, waterways and wildlife habitat as well as the rights and welfare of workers, their families and communities.

    Do you use slave labor in producing your chocolate?
    We have confirmed in writing that the cocoa products we purchase have been produced on farms that treat their workers fairly, and pay them a fair wage. Our suppliers do not and will not support any farms or plantations that mistreat children and adults or engage in Slave Trade Practices.

  • Pet Food

    Which Newman’s Own dog foods are grain-free?
    We offer a wide variety of options including both grain-free and products containing grains. Following are our grain-free products:

    Canned Dog Food
    • Organic Chicken Dinner
    • Organic Chicken & Liver Dinner
    • Organic Turkey Dinner
    • Organic Turkey & Liver Dinner
    • Organic Beef Dinner
    • Organic Liver Dinner
    • Organic Beef & Liver Dinner
    • Beef & Vegetable Stew
    • Beef Liver & Vegetable Stew
    • Lamb, Liver & Vegetable Stew

    Dog Treats
    • Original Recipe Beef Jerky
    • Beef & Sweet Potato Recipe Beef Jerky
    • Chicken Recipe Hip & Joint Snack Sticks
    • Salmon Recipe Skin & Coat Snack Sticks
    • Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe Snack Sticks

    There have been media reports of a potential connection between grain-free dog foods and canine heart disease, known as dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Should I be concerned?
    The safety of our consumers and their pets is of utmost importance to all of us at Newman’s Own, and we are taking this matter very seriously. The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is investigating a potential dietary link between DCM and dogs eating certain grain-free pet foods and is soliciting data from pet owners and vets to help inform its investigation. Further information on this FDA investigation can be found here and here.

    Should I stop feeding my dog grain-free dog food?
    At this time, the FDA is not advising dietary changes based on the information they have gathered thus far. We recommend that concerned pet owners consult with a licensed veterinarian who can address their dog’s specific dietary needs.

    A lot of thought and care goes into the products we make. We consult with a veterinarian for the creation of all our pet food recipes and we follow all FDA regulations when it comes to pet food.

    Are your pet products thoroughly tested?
    Yes. All of our pet products are manufactured to the highest standards of quality control and samples are obtained during each production run for analysis and retention for additional evaluation.

    Is there any animal testing involved?
    No. The only analytical testing done is in a laboratory where animals are NOT allowed. We do "taste testing" with animals awaiting adoption in a local humane society shelter.

    I would like to begin feeding Newman’s Own pet food to my dog and cat. I have read that if this is done too fast that intestinal upsets may result. What are your recommendations?
    Whenever there is a change of diet, it's advisable to slowly introduce the new food by mixing it into the food currently fed. We recommend mixing Newman’s Own pet foods with your current pet food over a period of approximately 2-3 weeks to guarantee that your dog or cat’s digestive system adjusts to the new food. It is important to remember that Newman’s Own pet food ingredients such as fresh natural chicken and organic brown rice, being whole foods, may be richer and may be more nutritionally concentrated than your current food. We always recommend that you contact your veterinarian if your animal has persistent digestive upsets.

    What are the benefits of feeding organic dog and cat foods?
    Feeding organic foods eliminates the buildup of residues of chemical additives, preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides which have been clinically proven to have adverse health effects on dogs, cats and in fact all animals including humans.

    Can I mix Newman's Own canned foods with dry foods?
    Yes. Canned foods are a great way to add a little variety and "extra" taste to dry foods.

    Why do the dry formulas contain soy? Soy is an excellent low-fat source of bio-available protein that contains antioxidant compounds and amino acids that boost the immune system and decrease levels of LDL cholesterol. We use organic soybean meal in all our dry food formulas. Our team of veterinarians, including a board-certified veterinary nutritionist, felt that organic soybean meal provided an excellent hypoallergenic and concentrated source of many of the essential micro and macro nutrients that animals can benefit from.

    What is carrageenan?
    Carrageenan is a seaweed extract and used as a thickening agent in place of animal-based products like gelatin, which is extracted from animal bones. Seaweed is boiled to extract the carrageenan, and in that sense, carrageenan is completely "natural" and not much different from tomato in its creation. Note: Chemically treated, degraded carrageenan however, is a known cancer causing agent and is not used or permitted in food production.

    What Is Taurine and why is it important for my cats?
    Taurine is an essential amino acid for cats that is found in meat protein. It is a dietary requirement for a good eyesight, heart function, digestion (production of bile salts) and proper reproduction. Taurine is essential in cats because it is required by the heart and eyes however it is neither manufactured nor available in the body. Therefore, cats need meat to fulfill this requirement (obligate carnivores), as Taurine is only found in animal proteins such as chicken.

  • Tea

    What are your tea bags made out of?
    The filter paper we use to make our Newman’s Own Organic Tea is made out of natural components, the primary component is abaca (manila hemp).

    Do the tea bags contain epichlorohydrin?
    All filter paper tea bag types used for Newman's Own Organic Teas are safe for direct food contact. They have all been tested for epichlorohydrin / 3-MCPD residues to ensure that they meet FDA regulations for materials in direct contact with food. Recent testing shows epichlorohydrin is non-detectable in the filter paper.

    Is the tea gluten free?
    Newman’s Own Organic Teas are gluten free! There is no gluten in our teas, tea bags, or gluten traces in our tea wrapping.

    Are the tea bags bleached?
    To produce our Newman’s Own Tea bags, we use a TCF (Totally Chlorine Free) bleaching process, one that is recognized as a global standard in processing of wood pulps for the food industry.

    What is the difference between Royal Tea and Newman’s Own Organic Tea?
    Newman's Own Royal Tea has been renamed and redesigned to Newman’s Own Organic Tea. The great-tasting blend of organic teas remain the same!

    Does the tea contain caffeine?
    Yes. All tea made from the tea plant (botanical name-Camellia Sinensis) contains caffeine.   Both black tea and green tea are come from the same plant. The average cup of tea contains 30 to 50 milligrams of caffeine.  This is about half the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee.