FAQs

ingredients

What is fat free?

According to U.S. nutritional labeling guidelines, a product that contains less than half a gram of fat per serving can be labeled as “fat free.”

What is lactose?

Lactose, or milk sugar, is found in most dairy products such as milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc. Some people are lactose intolerant, meaning they have difficulty digesting lactose. If you are lactose intolerant, the simplest solution is to read ingredients labels and avoid consuming foods with dairy product ingredients.

Are there any animal bi-products in your food?

No! The enzymes are microbial (produced in a lab)

What is trans-fat?

Trans fat are “transitional fats” between saturated and unsaturated, and can be present in hydrogenated oils and also, to a much smaller degree, in animal products such as meat and dairy products.

Which of your products is gluten free?

Grated cheeses, shredded cheeses, sauce, artichokes, mushrooms, beans, red & white clam sauce, peppers & pepperoncini.

What is gluten?

Gluten is a mixture of plant proteins that occurs in grain. A small percentage of the population has an intolerance or allergy to foods containing these proteins.

Are your products tested?

Yes, all of our products are tested to ensure quality, safety, and taste.

Do your products contain ingredients that I’m allergic to?

Our products may contain an allergen. However, if a common allergen is in the food, it will be listed on the ingredient statement even if it appears in small quantities. We do purchase certain ingredients such as flavors and spices from suppliers, and they are required to comply with the same standards pertaining to labeling of allergens.

packaging

What is the date code?

The date code is the numbers and letters coded onto a package that indicates the date of the product, not the expiration date. This could be a Julian number.

What do I do if my product’s packaging is damaged?

Colonna Brothers, Inc. does not recommend that you continue to use a product with damaged packaging. It is up to the retailer of your product to decide to accept returns.

What is a UPC?

The Universal Product Code symbol is the bar code that is printed on the package, with several thick, black vertical lines and a group of numbers printed underneath. It is used as an inventory control for both the manufacturer and the store.

How do I read the code date?

Some of our products show a Best By date.

Example: Best By 09 24 2016 means product will expire on that date

*SEE CODE DATE EXAMPLES BELOW* for more information. If a product is not listed, please feel free to contact us either at customerservice@colonnabrothers.com or 201-864-1115 press 0 and ask for customer service.

Colonna Bread Crumb Coding:

Bread Crumbs Code Date Information Is Located On The Bottom Of All Bread Crumb Canisters. They Are Read As: MM/DD/YY CB.

FOR EXAMPLE: 07 22 16 CB3

This indicates that the expiration date is: JULY 22, 2016

MONTH = 7, DATE = 22, YEAR = 2016, CB = COLONNA BROTHERS 3 = PRODUCTION BIN #3

Also, Bread Crumbs have a shelf life of 2 years, which means that the Bread Crumbs were produced Two Years Prior to the year on the can.

 Colonna Grated Cheese Coding

Grated Cheese Code Date Information Is Located on the front of the bottle, following the end of the label.

FOR EXAMPLE: 7111512CB01

This indicates that the expiration date is: JULY 11, 2015

MONTH = 7, DATE = 11, YEAR = 2015, MONTH OF PRODUCTION = 12, CB = COLONNA BROTHERS, 01 = PRODUCTION BIN #1

Grated Cheese has a shelf life of 7 months.

 Colonna Clam Sauce Coding

Clam Sauce Code Date Is Located On the lid of each can / 2 year shelf life

FOR EXAMPLE:

M161 CWCS078
08:00
BEST BY 3/19/16

  • M = Production Facility Id
  • 1 = Production Shift
  • 3 = Last Numerical Digit of the Year 2016
  • 1 = Production Period (increases at 2 hour intervals)
  • C = Colonna
  • WCS = White Clam Sauce
  • 078 = Julian Calendar Day of Year
  • 08:00 = Eastern Standard Military Time of Product being made
  • BEST BUY: MONTH = 3,  DATE = 19, YEAR = 2016

Colonna Pasta Sauce Coding

Code date is located on the base of the neck of the jar (above label) / 2 year shelf life

FOR EXAMPLE:

BEST BY:04/5/2016
27814 L2 17:44

 Best By date = is established by being 2 years from the date of production.
Example = 04/05/2016 would be the expiration date used for a product produced on 04/05/2014.

27814 = is the date of production expressed as the Julian date.
Example = 27814 is code used for a produce made on 10/05/2014

L2 = The line on which the product was manufactured. Example L2 = Line #2

17:44 = The time the container was encoded in military time. Example 17:44 = 5:44pm

Colonna Artichokes Coding

 FOR EXAMPLE:   CM LB2 L3268

BEST BY: 09 24 2016

  • CM = “Cuartos Marinados” which is the Spanish name for quartered marinated
  • LB2 = Identifies the supplier
  • L3268 = Lot of Production
  • BEST BY: 09 24 2016 = the date product will expire

What does the expiration date mean?

The expiration or “use by” date on a food product is the date before which the manufacturer recommends the product be used or stored to ensure the quality and consistency.

Where can I find the UPC?

The UPC will be visible on the outside packaging, although it might be covered by transparent plastic. Most likely located towards the bottom of the label or on the backside of the label.

Colonna and its products

Can I purchase products direct from Colonna?

Can I purchase products direct from Colonna?
Yes! We only sell our products per case and you are responsible for shipping and handling. You can call us at 201-864-1115 to place an order.

Why can’t I find a specific product at my local grocery store?

Why can’t I find a specific product at my local grocery store?
We do not have any control over the inventory your retailer chooses to carry. Our sales representative can make suggestions, but the retailer makes the final decision as to what products they will sell. As a consumer, feel free to contact the manager of the store where you shop to inform them of your interest in Colonna Products.
Another reason could also be: the product may not be available in your area due to limited distribution.

Are your products tested?

Yes, all of our products are tested to ensure quality, safety, and taste.

Where can I find Colonna Products?

If you are having difficulty finding a specific Colonna product, ask the manager of your grocery store. He or she often bases stocking decisions on consumer interest.
Otherwise, we are located in Shop-Rite, Pathmark, Key Foods, Jack’s 99cent stores, Dollar Tree, Manhattan Fruit Exchange and more…

Do your products contain ingredients that I’m allergic to?

Our products may contain an allergen. However, if a common allergen is in the food, it will be listed on the ingredient statement even if it appears in small quantities. We do purchase certain ingredients such as flavors and spices from suppliers, and they are required to comply with the same standards pertaining to labeling of allergens.

Which of your products is gluten free?

Grated cheeses, shredded cheeses, sauce, artichokes, mushrooms, beans, red & white clam sauce, peppers & pepperoncini.