I HEARD LÄRABAR WAS PURCHASED BY GENERAL MILLS.
LÄRABAR was acquired by the Natural and Organic Division of General Mills called Small Planet Foods in June 2008. Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, and Food Should Taste Good complete the Small Planet Foods division. View a letter from Lara regarding the acquisition.
HOW HAS LÄRABAR CHANGED SINCE THE ACQUISITION?
LÄRABAR will always be committed to making simple and delicious food. We also value having a meaningful, open, transparent relationship with our consumers. We are very excited to be a part of General Mills and we assure you that LÄRABAR is 100% committed to the core values on which we were founded.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR PACKAGING.
All LÄRABAR Original Fruit & Nut Bars wrappers are able to be recycled through our partnership with TerraCycle, and the caddies/display boxes are made of 100% Recycled Paperboard and made using 100% Wind Energy.
WHAT DOES "FAIR TRADE" OR "FAIR TRADE CERTIFIED" MEAN?
The cocoa and coffee used in our products is sourced from farmers who are Fair Trade Certified™ by Fair Trade USA. The organization's mission is to "enable sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and earth." For more information, visit Fair Trade USA.
WHY AREN’T ALL LÄRABAR FLAVOURS AVAILABLE IN CANADA?
The LÄRABAR options available in Canada represent the most popular selling flavours. There are several factors for offering a reduced number of flavours, one of which is to honour our commitment to meeting the expectations of our reselling partners and their customers. Of course, we are always considering future opportunities to bring new flavours to Canada.
If you are interested in ordering U.S.-only flavours, www.iherb.com does ship LÄRABAR internationally.
WHY ARE THE FLAVOUR NAMES DIFFERENT IN CANADA?
The messaging and claims that we print on our packaging must satisfy both FDA (USA) and Health Canada regulations. Due to minor differences between the two countries, the flavour names are slightly varied, i.e. “Cashew Cookie” in the USA = “Cashew - Noix de Cajou” in Canada.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT LÄRABAR® ORIGINAL FRUIT & NUT BAR?
LÄRABAR Original Fruit & Nut bars are a delicious blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices. Made from whole food, each flavor contains no more than nine ingredients. Pure and simple, just as nature intended.
WHAT ARE THE QUALITY STANDARDS FOR LÄRABAR ORIGINAL FRUIT & NUT BAR INGREDIENTS?
Fair Trade Certified™ cocoa and coffee
No artificial ingredients
Non-GMO (not made with genetically engineered ingredients)
No added sulfites
No preservatives, fillers, or colorings
ARE LÄRABAR ORIGINAL FRUIT & NUT BARS UNPROCESSED?
LÄRABAR Original Fruit & Nut bars are made by a simple process in which fruit, nuts, and spices are ground and mixed together. They are not baked or cooked. We use a handful of ingredients, as close to their natural state as possible.
DOES LÄRABAR HAVE ADDED VITAMINS, MINERALS OR SUPPLEMENTS?
No. LÄRABAR only contains the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients inherent in the ingredients we use – the way nature created them.
WHAT IS THE SHELF LIFE OF A LÄRABAR ORIGINAL FRUIT & NUT BAR?
The shelf life for each bar is 9 months. We use a multi-layer package that keeps out UV light which, in turn, maintains freshness without the use of preservatives. The “best by” date may be found printed on the back panel of the wrapper (on the underside of the flap that runs lengthwise down the back of the bar) as well as on the back panel of the caddie box (contains 16 bars).
HOW MUCH FRUIT DOES A LÄRABAR ORIGINAL FRUIT & NUT BAR PROVIDE?
Each LÄRABAR Original Fruit & Nut bar flavor offers at least a ¼ cup of fruit. Apple Pie and Cherry Pie each offer a ½ cup of fruit in each full-size bar.
DO THE LÄRABAR ORIGINAL FRUIT & NUT BAR PRODUCTS MADE WITH CHOCOLATE CHIPS CONTAIN SOY?
LÄRABAR Original Fruit & Nut bars, including the chocolate chip varieties, do not contain soy. However, we have not verified that these products meet a Soy Free claim.
DO THE LÄRABAR ORIGINAL FRUIT & NUT BARS MADE WITH CHOCOLATE CHIPS CONTAIN DAIRY? ARE THEY VEGAN?
We have recently made a switch to a new dairy free chocolate chip in our original LÄRABAR Original Fruit & Nut bar line, making these products 100% Vegan. The packaging on these products has been updated to state Dairy Free and Vegan. Because this change just happened recently, there may still be product out that is not Dairy Free or Vegan. Make sure you look at the packaging to determine if the product you have in hand meets these claims.
ARE LÄRABAR ORIGINAL FRUIT & NUT BARS CERTIFIED AS KOSHER?
Yes. LÄRABAR Original Fruit & Nut bars are certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union. For products made with chocolate chips, we recently made a change to a new dairy free chocolate chip, making these products also Kosher certified. Previous to this change, product was classified as Kosher Dairy. Make sure you look at the packaging to determine if the product you have in hand meets an Orthodox Kosher claim.
IS THERE ADDED SUGAR IN LÄRABAR ORIGINAL FRUIT & NUT BARS?
There is no sugar added to the LÄRABAR Original Fruit & Nut bars. The sweet taste comes from the natural sweetness of dates. The claim “No Added Sugar” appears next to the nutrition panel. The exception to this are products that contain chocolate chips. Chocolate chips contain sugar.
DO THE CHOCOLATE CHIP FLAVOR VARIETIES CONTAIN SUGAR? IF SO, WHAT KIND?
Yes. The simple, 4-ingredient chocolate chips in our chocolate chip varieties contain cane sugar.
WHERE DOES THE COCOA IN LÄRABAR COME FROM?
The cocoa used in LÄRABAR is sourced from farmers who are Fair Trade Certified™ by Fair Trade USA. The organization's mission is to "Enable sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and earth." For more information, visit Fair Trade USA.
WHERE DO THE JUICE CONCENTRATES AND FLAVORINGS USED IN LEMON BAR, KEY LIME PIE, AND BLUEBERRY MUFFIN COME FROM?
The citrus juice concentrates that we use are made from pure citrus juice and pulp, which is flash pasteurized to ensure it is safe to consume. The citrus flavors we use are made from a cold press process during which the fruit skin yields pure essential oil.
Our blueberry concentrate is extracted from blueberries, and then pasteurized.
WHERE DOES THE FAT IN LÄRABAR ORIGINAL FRUIT & NUT BARS COME FROM?
The fat in LÄRABAR Original Fruit & Nut bars comes from nuts and, in some cases, coconut or chocolate.
WHY ISN'T THERE MORE PROTEIN IN LÄRABAR ORIGINAL FRUIT & NUT BAR?
The protein in LÄRABAR Original Fruit & Nut bars is inherent to the nuts. To provide more protein in our bars, we'd have to add ingredients like soy protein isolates. Why mess with a good thing?
WILL A LÄRABAR FREEZE OR MELT?
If placed in the freezer or outside in cold temperatures, LÄRABAR bars will become firmer, but will not freeze. Similarly, LÄRABAR bars (with the exception of the flavors containing chocolate chips) will not melt when heated. However, to preserve product quality we recommend that you store LÄRABAR products in a cool area.
IS THE LÄRABAR WRAPPER RECYCLABLE?
The LÄRABAR caddies/display boxes are recyclable.
LÄRABAR bar wrappers are not recyclable.