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Food & Purchasing

Sustainable Foods

Made in Grown in New York

We are proud to support New York State food growers, producers and manufacturers because doing so benefits our state economy and the environment. To help you identify these products that are grown, produced and manufactured in New York State, we created the Made In/Grown In New York icon. We know the importance of helping our community find and choose New York products, so we are focused on building relationships with growers, food artisans, and food manufacturers throughout the state.

When you see the Made In/Grown In New York icon on campus, you know you can enjoy great tasting products that are fresh from the farm, supporting New York jobs and even helping reduce carbon emissions.

Supporting New York

Manufacturers

  • Adams
    • Great Lakes Cheese — Adams
  • Akron
    • Perry's Ice Cream — Ice Cream
  • Avon
    • Barilla — Pasta
  • Buffalo
    • Battistoni — Meats
    • Al Cohen's Bakery — Breads
    • Father Sam's — Pitas/Breads
    • Galbani/Sorrento — Cheese
    • Golden Cup — Coffee
    • General Mills — Cereal
    • McCullagh Coffee — Coffee
    • Rich's — Pizza Dough
    • Rosina Foods — Pasta/Meats
    • Upstate Farms — Dairy Products
    • Wardynski's — Meats
  • Cicero
    • Pepsi Beverages Company — Bottled Beverages
  • Cheektowaga
    • Costanzo's Bakery — Breads/Rolls
  • Avon
    • Barilla — Pasta
  • Cuba
    • Empire Cheese — Cheese
  • Jamestown
    • The Basket Co. — Dried Fruits/Snacks/Nuts
  • Kirkwood
    • Frito-Lay — Chips/Snacks
  • Latham
    • Pepsi Beverages Company — Fountain Beverage Mixes
  • New Berlin
    • Chobani — Yogurt
  • Port Byron
    • NY Malted Waffle — Waffle Mix
  • Rochester
    • Midstate Bakery — Breads/Rolls
  • Rome
    • Sovena — Cooking Oils
  • Stafford
    • Red Osier — Roast Beef

Farms

  • Burt
    • Niagara Fresh Fruits — Seasonal Fruits
  • Clarence
    • Kreher's Farm Fresh Eggs — Eggs
  • Eden
    • Eden Valley Growers — Seasonal Vegetables
  • Holley
    • Piedmonte Farms — Seasonal Vegetables
  • Lockport
    • Freatman Farms — Seasonal Vegetables
    • Robinson Farms — Seasonal Vegetables
  • Lyndonville
    • Dobbins Orchards — Seasonal Fruits
  • North Collins
    • Bowman Farms — Seasonal Produce
  • Ransomville
    • Goodman Farms — Seasonal Vegetables

Distributors

  • Auburn
    • Johnston Paper — Paper Goods/Cleaners
  • Buffalo
    • Boulevard Produce — Produce
    • U.S. Foods — Major Foods Accounts
    • James Desiderio Produce — Produce
  • Falconer
    • Maplevale Farms — Meats
  • Rochester
    • Regional Distributors — Specialty Cones/Ice Cream Products

More Information About Our Farms

Eden Valley Growers
  • For over 125 years, W.D. Henry & Sons, Inc., located in Eden, New York has provided fresh produce and flowers. They continue to supply UB Campus Dining with fresh vegetables such as broccoli, sweet corn, green & red bell peppers, and squash.
    “We pride ourselves on quality, integrity, and maintaining up-to-date production and food safety practices.” — Mark & Dan Henry
  • Located in Eden, New York, Amos Zittel & Sons, Inc. is focused on producing highest quality fresh fruits and vegetables. They currently harvest over 300 acres of fresh produce, sending peppers and squash to UB Campus dining services.
Piedmonte Farms

Bowman Farms Inc.
Since 1944, Bowman Farms has operated to provide the best produce for its customers in North Collins, NY. Bowman Farms has produced many ingredients used in our dining centers such as tomatoes, various peppers, summer and winter squash.
“We have made it our mission to provide reliable products and services in our customer-driven approach.” — Bowman Farms

Piedmonte Farms
Piedmonte Farms had its start in 1911, now they are located on 3,000 acres of land in Holley, New York. They grow a variety of fresh produce such as green beans, green peppers, tomatoes, and garlic that are delivered to UB.
“We are committed to the development and conservation of healthy soil that will grow crops which are healthier and safer for everyone.” — Piedmonte Farms

Sustainable Purchasing

Chef Neil at herb garden
  • Our napkins, made from recycled paper, are housed in single-sheet dispensers that let you pull one napkin at a time. This system allows you take only what you need, eliminating wasteful piles of unused napkins.
  • Our resident and retail dining locations are Polystyrene (Styrofoam) free – using only paper-based tableware, many of which are compostable.
  • Stewardship of ocean resources and supporting sustainable aquaculture is critical for long-term viability of our seafood supply. Campus Dining & Shops is dedicated to ensuring that all of the seafood we serve is caught or raised sustainably.
  • We do not use any endangered fish or any type of endangered seafood.

Green Scene

Recycling & Waste Reduction

  • All resident and retail dining locations recycle their cooking oil through Buffalo BioDiesel.
  • In cooperation with the university’s Facilities department, we recycle glass and plastic bottles, metal cans, cardboard boxes, office paper and toner cartridges.
  • TOMRA Uno reverse vending machines are in use across UB North and South Campuses. The machines recognize, accept and sort all plastic recyclable containers, giving a bottle refund receipt for items that qualify under the New York Bottle Deposit program. You can find reverse vending machines in the Ellicott Complex's Porter Quad & Ellicott Food Court, Natural Sciences Complex, Capen Hall, Knox Hall, Student Union, Governors Complex's Lehman Hall, Goodyear Hall and Harriman Hall.
  • All of our Residential Dining Centers and several of our retail dining locations such as The Greenery, Pistachio’s, The Tiffin Room, and The Center for Tomorrow use china plates and silverware which are washed and reused.
Campus Dining & Shops reusable mug
  • We encourage the use of personal reusable mugs and cups for coffee and fountain beverage purchases at all Campus Dining and Shops locations. When you use your own travel cup or mug, you'll save $0.20 on your drink purchase.

Energy & Water Conservation

  • Our Residential Dining Centers are trayless. By being tray-free we use less energy and water to wash each tray. It takes about ¼ gallon of water to wash just one tray. Research also shows that by being tray-free, the amount of food waste decreases by one ounce per plate. The average person throws 163 pounds of food away each year!
  • To conserve on water, spray heads that are used in our kitchen dish rooms to rinse dirty pots, pans and dishes are high efficiency low-flow. This reduces our water usage by more than 50 gal. per minute.
  • We have purchased wind energy certificates to offset the carbon emissions from the power it takes to operate our public websites. 

Ecosystem Preservation

  • compostingOur locations use environmentally friendly dish soaps and cleaning sanitizer. 
  • We compost kitchen & post consumer food scraps which produces a soil amendment that is used in landscaping across UB and in community gardens across Western New York. We have composted over 1.5 million lbs. of food scraps and turned it into 600,000 lbs. of soil amendment!
  • The new Residential Dining Center will house its own state-of-the-art food decomposer system which will grind and dehydrate kitchen food scraps and post consumer waste.