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Ingredients & Nutrition

ARE DAIYA PRODUCTS ORGANIC?

Daiya products are not certified organic.

ARE YOUR PRODUCTS NON-GMO PROJECT VERIFIED?

Yes, all Daiya products are Non-GMO Project Verified.

ARE YOUR PRODUCTS VEGAN?

Daiya Foods has always been and always will be a vegan brand that offers vegan products, meaning all ingredients and finished products are free from animal and animal by-products and certified plant-based by the PBFA US and https://www.plantbasedfoodscanada.ca/

ARE DAIYA PRODUCTS TESTED ON ANIMALS?

Daiya products have not and will not be tested on animals.

DO YOUR PRODUCTS CONTAIN MSG?

We do not add any MSG to our products. Yeast extract and other yeast ingredients are not a synonym for MSG. Yeast extract does contain some naturally occurring glutamate. Glutamate is an amino acid, which is found in many foods, such as tomatoes, yeast, and mushrooms.

I AM ON A LOW IODINE DIET, WHAT TYPE OF SALT DOES DAIYA USE?

We use non-iodized salt in all products. Daiya does not test any products for iodine.

DO YOU USE PALM OIL IN YOUR PRODUCTS?

We do not add palm oil as an ingredient in any of our products. There are small amounts of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) sourced palm derivatives in the vegan natural flavors used in some of our products (all Cream Cheeze Style Spreads, Salted Caramel Swirl Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Bar, Vanilla Creme Frozen Dessert Pint, Salted Caramel Chip Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Pint, Pumpkin Spice Cheezecake and Cutting Board Collection Parmesan Style Shreds).

DO YOU USE CANOLA OIL IN YOUR PRODUCTS?

The only products we currently use Non-GMO Project Verified expeller pressed canola oil in Daiya Dairy- Free dressings. For our remaining products, we currently use safflower oil. You may notice that many of our labels contain the statement “canola and/or safflower oil” to allow us to toggle between the two in case of supply shortages. To date, we have not encountered a shortage of this nature.

DO YOU USE CARRAGEENAN IN YOUR PRODUCTS?

We do not add carrageenan to any Daiya products.

DO YOU USE TITANIUM DIOXIDE IN YOUR PRODUCTS?

We use Titanium dioxide, a naturally occurring mineral, to keep some of our products’ base color consistent (Original Shreds, Cheezy Mac and Cheeze Sauce). Our level of use is well below the international standard and the FDA maximum level of 1%. Unlike the Titanium dioxide that is used in cosmetics, the form we use is not a nano particle. This ingredient is considered safe for human consumption by both the FDA and CFIA.

Allergies & Dietary Restrictions

ARE YOUR PRODUCTS ALLERGEN-FREE?

At Daiya, we are committed to making sure everyone can eat freely. Peace of mind starts by knowing our plant-based foods are free of common allergens, as per US and Canada regulations: soy, dairy (casein, whey and lactose), gluten, eggs, peanuts, fish, shellfish, sulphites, sesame, tree nuts (except coconut in some items), and mustard (only present in Honey Flavoured Mustard Dressing). We achieve this level of certainty and trust by following a strict sourcing and production process that includes supplier controls, ingredient segregation, production run scheduling, equipment cleaning and our own testing program. Click here to learn more about our allergen control program.

ARE DAIYA PRODUCTS GLUTEN-FREE?

Yes, all Daiya products are gluten free. Almost all Daiya products are GFCO certified. Our Daiya Dessert Bars, Daiya Pints, and Daiya Dairy Free Dressings are not currently GFCO certified but are part of our stringent allergen control program. These products are tested for gluten and must pass testing to proceed to market, allowing us to confidently list all Daiya products as gluten-free.

DO DAIYA PRODUCTS CONTAIN COCONUT?

Our products that contain a highly refined coconut oil WILL NOT contain the allergenic protein.
Our products that contain coconut meat or coconut cream WILL have the allergenic component present.
 
The US Food and Drug Administration considers coconut a “tree nut” allergen and therefore requires that coconut be declared on the ingredient label. All Daiya products that contain coconut ingredients (except coconut oil) have a “contains: coconut” statement on the packaging to comply with this regulation.
Please note however that according to the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA), highly refined oils derived from an allergen are NOT considered a major food allergen. Therefore, Daiya products that contain only coconut oil (Refined Bleach and Deodorized) are considered allergen-free.
 
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada do not consider coconut a “tree nut” for the purposes of food allergen labelling in Canada. Therefore, Daiya products containing coconut ingredients are considered allergen-free.
 
All flavors of the following Daiya products contain highly refined coconut oil as described above, it is refined, bleached, and deodorized and the allergenic protein component is not present.

  • Daiya Cutting Board and Original Recipe Shreds
  • Daiya Plant-Based Sticks
  • Daiya Slices
  • Daiya Burritos
  • Daiya Pizzas
  • Daiya Cheeze Sauces
  • Daiya Cheezy Macs
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    The following products contain coconut cream or creamed coconut which contains the allergenic protein.

  • Daiya Farmhouse Style Blocks
  • Daiya Frozen Dessert Bars
  • Daiya Frozen Dessert Pints
  • Daiya Cheezecakes
  • Daiya Cream Cheeze Style Spreads
  •  
    The only Daiya product that is coconut oil free is the Daiya Dressings.

    WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT FOOD SENSITIVITIES AND ALLERGIES?

    Our allergen control program only includes top allergens. If there is something you are allergic or sensitive to that is not part of our allergen control program, we are happy to help answer any questions that will help determine if Daiya products are right for you and your family. Please contact our team for more allergen and ingredient information.

    ARE DAIYA PRODUCTS KOSHER?

    Many of our products are certified Kosher and Daiya’s main production facility has received the Orthodox Union (OU) Kosher certification.
    OU Certified Kosher Pareve Products:

  • Daiya Original and Cutting Board Shreds
  • Daiya Slices
  • Daiya Blocks
  • Daiya Deluxe Plant Based Cheeze Sticks
  • Daiya Cheezy Mac except meatless Bacon Cheddar Flavor
  • Daiya Cheeze Sauce
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    The following products are not certified Kosher because they are made in a co-packer facility that is not certified kosher or the product contains an ingredient that is not certified Kosher:

  • Daiya Pizzas
  • Daiya Burritos
  • Daiya Cheezecakes
  • Daiya Dressings
  • Daiya Dessert Bars
  • Daiya Pints
  • Cheezy Mac Meatless Bacon Cheddar Flavor
  • ARE DAIYA PRODUCTS CERTIFIED HALAL?

    The following products are certified by the IFANCC

  • Daiya Cutting Board Shreds
  • Daiya Slices
  • Daiya Cream Cheeze Style Spreads: Plain, Chive and Onion, Roasted garlic
  • Daiya Original Shreds
  • Freshness & Packaging

    HOW SHOULD DAIYA PRODUCTS BE STORED?

    We want you to love every purchase of Daiya products, here is a handy guideline to get the most out of them:
     
    Our refrigerated foods (Shreds, Blocks, Slices, Cream Cheeze Style Spreads, Cheeze Sticks) should always be kept refrigerated. Once the package is opened, we recommend consuming our products within 7 days. These products cannot be frozen, except for our Shreds.
     
    Our frozen foods (Pizzas, Burritos, Cheezecakes, Dessert Bars and Pints) should be kept frozen before cooking or serving. Do not thaw and refreeze these products.
     
    Our shelf stable products (Cheeze Sauce, Cheezy Mac, Dressings) are shelf stable until opened. Please refrigerate the dressings after opening. Cheezy Mac and Cheeze Sauce leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator in airtight containers and consumed within 24 hours.

    IS DAIYA PACKAGING RECYCLABLE?

    For our entire line of consumer products, we endeavor to use packaging that supports a sustainable society:

  • Promote use of recycled, plant-based, and biodegradable materials.
  • Promote use of reusable packaging and examine alternative packaging and practices to be more sustainable and eco-friendlier by reducing the amount of plastic.
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    Our glass Dairy Free Dressing bottles, Pizza, Deluxe Cheezy Mac and Deluxe Cheeze Sauce paperboard packaging are all recyclable.
     
    Our new Cream Cheeze Style Spread packaging is recyclable through the How2recycle program. Please check the link to see if this is available in your community.
     
    Our other refrigerated products (Shreds, Blocks, Slices, and Sticks) require packaging that prevents oxygen from entering the package. We have recently achieved the goal of reducing the plastic of our slice packaging by 81%. Although not all our plastic packaging is currently recyclable, some retailers and recycling stations will accept soft plastics used in the packaging on some of our products. Please inquire with your local soft plastic drop off locations for more information!

    General/Company Info

    HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE DAIYA?

    We pronounce Daiya as “day-ah.” As in “Have a nice Daiya!” The name came from a play on the words ‘dairy’ and “Dayaa,” which is Sanskrit for “loving, kindness and compassion.”

    WHAT CAN I DO IF I’M UNABLE TO FIND DAIYA PRODUCTS IN A STORE NEAR ME?

    If you’ve already checked the store locator on our website, and you can’t find a location nearby store, please contact us for further assistance.

    DOES DAIYA PROVIDE MONEY SAVING COUPONS?

    If you would like to receive money saving coupons, please join our newsletter where we often include a coupon!

    WHAT PRODUCTS ARE YOU COMING OUT WITH NEXT?

    We’re in the research and development process for many new product ideas and you can be amongst the first to know if you follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

    WHO IS DAIYA’S PARENT COMPANY?

    In 2017, Daiya was acquired by Otsuka Holdings, a global holistic health company, based in Japan, with an agreed commitment to uphold the legacy of the Daiya founders and the company focus. Otsuka’s additional experience, knowledge and financial support has allowed us to realize our goals to bring our plant-based offerings to people around the world, while allowing Daiya to operate as an independent subsidiary with the same leadership, employees, and facilities based in Canada.

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