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Who is Upton’s Naturals?

Since 2006, Chicago-based Upton's Naturals has been committed to making delicious meat alternatives and other vegan foods using real, simple ingredients. Owner and president Daniel Staackmann, a vegan of more than 20 years, hopes that by cooking with Upton’s Naturals, more people will see how easy it is to be vegan.

What do you make?

We got our start as a meat alternative brand,making Seitan and Jackfruit. We've since expanded to making hot dogs, soups, vegan mac and cheese and more!

Will you send me coupons or samples?

We are not able to mail coupons or free samples, however our products go on sale at most retailers several times a year.

Will Upton’s Naturals participate in my event or send donations to my group?

Throughout the year, we work with organizations on fundraisers and events all over the world. While we do everything we can, we simply can’t do everything. If you're interested in having us sponsor, exhibit, or make a donation to your event, check out the form linked below

Can Jackfruit be part of a PKU-friendly diet

Absolutely! Most Upton's Naturals Jackfruit products are less than 2g of protein per serving, making them an excellent meat alternative for those on a PKU diet. Plus, Upton's Naturals collaborates with How Much Phe (howmuchphe.org) to provide a phenylalanine count for each Jackfruit product, making tracking easy.

Are your products non-GMO certified?

Our products are non-GMO. The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard requires food manufacturers to disclose information about whether food offered for retail sale is bioengineered (BE) or uses BE food ingredients. Therefore, a non-GMO certification is no longer necessary.

Why does the jackfruit look different?

We're proud to announce that in 2022 we transitioned our entire line of Jackfruit products to a source that is both kosher and organic certified. You may notice a color difference between the Jackfruit you bought previously, and we did update our seasoned Jackfruit product recipes to be fully organic. Please use the link below to read our new ingredient lists.

Where can I buy your products?

Use our Where to Buy map to find a retailer near you. Scroll down on the page to find online retailers, too. Can't find Upton's Naturals in your favorite store? Leave a request with their customer service!

Where can I find ingredients, nutritional information, recipes, etc?

The ingredients, nutritional information, cooking and storage instructions, and even links to recipes can be found on our products page.

Are your products vegan?

All of our products are 100% vegan. This includes the sugar in any of our products that contain sugar.

Which of your products are certified kosher?

All of our seitan products, including the Updog vegan hot dog are kosher certified. Our new Banana Blossom and Lightly Seasoned Shredded Jackfruit are also certified kosher. In Spring 2022, we transitioned our entire Jackfruit line to be kosher certified. Look for the certification on the box to ensure the package you purchase is kosher!

Should my Banana Blossoms be grey?

Like any flower, Banana Blossoms can vary in color - from white to purple to a greyish tone.

How should I store my Upton's Naturals products?

Seitan and Updogs: Keep refrigerated and use within 5 days of opening the package or by the best by date on the box. You can also store in the freezer for up to one year!

Jackfruit and Banana Blossom: Jackfruit and Banana Blossom can be stored refrigerated or at room temperature (yep, it's shelf stable!) until the best by date on the box. Store any leftovers in a refrigerator and use within 5 days of opening!

Ch'eesy Mac and Soup: These should all be stored at room temperature until the best by date on the package. Store any leftovers in a refrigerator and use within 5 days of opening!

Are your products non-GMO certified?

Our products are non-GMO. The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard requires food manufacturers to disclose information about whether food offered for retail sale is bioengineered (BE) or uses BE food ingredients. Therefore, a non-GMO certification is no longer necessary.

Why does the jackfruit look different?

We're proud to announce that in 2022 we transitioned our entire line of Jackfruit products to a source that is both kosher and organic certified. You may notice a color difference between the Jackfruit you bought previously, and we did update our seasoned Jackfruit product recipes to be fully organic. Please use the link below to read our new ingredient lists.

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