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Food and Beverage Choices Policy

The University of California, Berkeley is strongly committed to supporting the health and well-being of all members of the campus community by ensuring that healthy food and beverage choices are available in the foodservice operations identified in this policy. This policy establishes nutrition standards for retail foodservice and markets, vending machines, Athletic concessions, and University-sponsored meetings and events to ensure accessibility of whole and fresh foods, provide healthier alternatives to sugar-sweetened beverages, and engage positive communications promoting healthier choices.

Food and Beverage Choices Policy - Full Version

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Why We Have This Policy

A nutrition policy on the Berkeley campus is one of the most effective environmental strategies to address obesity, prevent diabetes, and improve the diet and health outcomes of the campus population. Health education alone—in the absence of change to the food environment —does not produce lasting behavioral change. This policy will help to ensure that healthy food and beverage choices are available in retail foodservice operations and markets, vending machines, Athletic concessions, and University-sponsored meetings and events. 

What is Required

This policy applies to:

  • University operated retail foodservice operations on campus, including Cal Dining and Cal Athletic Concessions
  • University operated retail markets and convenience shops on campus
  • Third-party tenants with new leases or lease renewals on campus
  • Snack and beverage vending machines.
  • University-sponsored meetings and events

Bear Minimum Nutrition Standards for Food Service

Healthy Approach to Variety and Choice:

  • Nutritious, fresh, whole foods that are minimally processed.
  • Options and ingredients from various cuisines, reflective of Berkeley’s cultural diversity.
  • Fresh vegetables and fruit featured across meals and snacks; and available as sides.
  • Whole grain options provided; 100% whole grains are recommended as the standard choice.
  • Plant-based protein/entrée always available when meat entrée is offered.
  • Lean meats that are minimally processed. 
  • Trans-fat free plant oils.

Quality and Quantity:

  • Options of small/moderately-sized portions of baked items, pastries, and desserts.
  • Options of healthier breakfast fare.
  • Combination meals paired with sides of salad greens/non‐fried vegetables or fresh fruit (instead of fries or chips) if combination meals are provided.
  • Combination meals with half portion entrée paired with sides of salad greens/ non‐fried vegetables or fresh fruit if combination meals are provided.
  • Cooking techniques prioritize grilling, roasting, stir-fry, baking and poaching, with minimal deep-frying used as a preparation method. 

For more information, including vending criteria, see the full policy on the Campus Policies and Procedures website.

Who Will Participate

Compliance is not required until after January 1, 2019, when the policy becomes effective.

Campus Restaurants and Retail Markets

  • ASUC Student Union eateries*
  • Babette*
  • Brown's, a California Cafe
  • Cafe Zeb*
  • Cafe Think*
  • Common Grounds
  • Free Speech Movement Cafe*
  • Golden Bear Cafe
  • Peet's Coffee (in Brown's, Golden Bear Cafe, RSF coffee cart, Terrace Cafe)
  • Press*
  • Pro Shop
  • Qualcomm*
  • Rice and Bones*
  • Tea One*
  • Terrace Cafe
  • V & A Cafe*
  • Yali's (Stanley Hall and VLSB cart)*

Learn more at Eat Well Berkeley Restaurants and Retail.

Athletic Concessions

  • Athletic events at Cal Memorial Stadium

Meetings and Events


  • Snack vending provided by Canteen
  • Beverage vending provided by Pepsi*
  • More information about vending

*Not required to participate until contract/lease is renewed after 1/1/2019.

Voluntary Participation

Foodservice operations recommended (but not required) to adhere to the policy:

  • Restaurants that are off-campus but on University-controlled property
  • Campus restaurants that are not under leases (independent, private, etc.).

Those who participate voluntarily will be recognized on this page.

How You Can Support the Policy

If you purchase food for University meetings and events - Include nutritious and sustainable options as outlined in the Healthy Meeting and Event Guide. This is required when University funds are used to purchase food or beverages for University meetings and events. In addition, water, preferably served in bulk to minimize use of single-use water bottles, must be offered as a choice when beverages are offered.

Provide feedback - Everyone in the campus community, including visitors, are encouraged to provide feedback to us about the policy and to foodservice operators about adherence to the policy.

Look for healthy choices on campus - Support businesses that offer healthy options.

Vendors - Visit our Eat Well Berkeley Restaurants and Retail page to find out how you can become an Eat Well Berkeley partner. This process may involve adding a few healthy choices, adjusting your beverage product mix, and/or using simple strategies to promote the healthier choice. Our nutrition staff is here to help.

Policy Oversight

University Health Services is responsible for implementation and oversight of this policy. 

This policy is overseen by the Food and Beverage Choices Advisory Committee, which consists of registered dietitians and other public health experts.

Provide Feedback

Complete this form to provide feedback regarding the Food & Beverage Choices Policy or any of its components. 

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