Environment & Health

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Regional Products

Regional products have become an important issue and there’s a good reason for it. Due to short delivery routes, which spare the environment, local products are also especially fresh and contain lots of important vitamins. Besides, by using local products you can economically support producers and manufacturers from the area.

As far as possible, we obtain our food supplies from within Bavaria. Short delivery routes are especially important for us with seasonal fruit and vegetables; for years, we have therefore obtained our asparagus from Schrobenhausen.

Because of the fact that we want to guarantee our canteen guests a large variety, availability as well as moderate prices, it is unfortunately not yet possible for us to obtain our food supplies exclusively from Bavaria or even the Munich region. One of the reasons is that suppliers do not have the amounts required for mass catering. We are nonetheless constantly working on increasing the percentage of regional and local food. We can, however, celebrate a first success; our sausages are obtained exclusively from regional suppliers.


Weltgenusserbe Bayern (World culinary heritage Bavaria)

Enjoy food from Bavaria! The Studierendenwerk München Oberbayern’s canteens now offer EU certified specialties, which guarantees the origin of the food – that is, original Bavarian food with history and tradition. There are two different Weltgenusserbe labels; the yellow/blue and the yellow/red one. Products with the g.U. label (“geschützte Ursprungsbzeichnung”; Eng: PDO, protected designation of origin) must be produced, processed and prepared in the stated region. Also, all of the ingredients must come from this region. Specialties with the g.g.A. label (“geschützte geografische Angabe”; Eng: PGI, protected geographical indication) are traditionally prepared and processed within the specific region. So, if it says “Schrobenhausener Spargel” on the canteen’s menu, then the asparagus was traditionally looked after and harvested in the Schrobenhausen area. The specialties are part of the “WeltGenussErbe Bayern.”. Further information:



Animal Welfare


As the first German Studierendenwerk, the Studierendenwerk München Oberbayern has decided to make a further step towards supporting animal welfare. After talks with the Albert Schweitzer Stiftung, the Studierendenwerk München Oberbayern is joining the “Europäische Masthuhn-Initiative” (Eng: European broiler initiative). 

This union of 30 renowned animal welfare organisations aims to significantly improve the way broiler chickens are kept. It aims to implement important aspects regarding animal welfare beyond legal requirements, such as lower stocking density in chicken farming, reducing over-breeding as well as meeting minimum standards for light and occupation material. The Studierendenwerk München Oberbayern will meet the demands of the “Europäische Masthuhn-Initiative” by, at the latest, 2026.

Brief report on the “Masthuhn-Initiative” (German)


All our gastronomic services solely use eggs from alternative farming methods. In 2011, the Studierendenwerk München Oberbayern was thus awarded “Das Goldene Ei” (Eng: the golden egg), an animal welfare award for food. It is awarded by the “Albert Schweitzer Stiftung für unsere Mitwelt” in cooperation with the international animal welfare organisation Compassion in World Farming. Since July 2011, we exclusively use organic eggs (Kontrollstelle: DE-ÖKO-006).


Sustainable Fish

Fish is extremely healthy and rich in proteins and nutrients, which is why we like having it on our menus. We mainly use fish from sustainable fishing sources.


Organic Products

Organic farming is particularly resource-sparing and environmentally friendly. For instance, animals have enough space and are kept in an appropriate way. They are fed good food without any fattening ingredients. The soil or crop do without chemical synthetic pesticides, supporting soil fertility. The Studierendenwerk München Oberbayern fulfils the requirements set by EU legislation on organic farming. We are therefore entitled to use the official “Bio-Siegel” and sell organic food. These dishes are explicitly labelled on the menus.



Fair Trade

Many of us consume products such as coffee, tea or cocoa on a daily basis. These products, however, unfortunately cannot be grown in Germany. Because of the fact that some of them are exclusively grown in developing countries, we want to make sure that the people there can live from the money they earn and have good working conditions. We therefore opt for fair trade products provided there are no regional alternatives. Therefore, all our gastronomic services solely offer fair trade coffee, tea and hot cocoa. Furthermore, also various different juices and soft drinks.



Not eating any meat has a positive impact on both your own health and the environment. Many of our guests therefore refrain from eating meat or even any animal products; the number of vegans is continuously increasing. For this reason, we offer at least one vegan main dish every day. There’s also always the option to create your own vegan alternative at our salad bars or put together a meal out of the various vegan side dishes.

We are working hard to further extend our vegan menu. For instance, the StuCafés have introduced vegan snacks such as the Muffin Double Choc or the apple nut cake. Our commitment has once again been rewarded 3 stars. According to Peta, the Leopoldstraße Canteen is still one of the most vegan-friendly canteens throughout Germany.





We order large quantities that make it possible to reduce packaging waste as much as possible, while, at the same time, making sure that no food goes to waste. We consider all aspects of waste, i.e. we avoid unnecessary packaging and organize it in the most environmentally-friendly way already when obtaining our supplies.


Handling raw products with care so that there is as little waste as possible when preparing our food is a matter of course for us and our employees. And even this “waste” is used, for example, for juice or fruit salads. Furthermore, we produce in batches, preferring to redeliver if necessary than having to throw out food.


Apart from reducing waste when preparing the food, it is also important to us to calculate the required amount as exactly as possible in order to avoid waste. Therefore, please do not hold it against us should a dish run out or not be available in large quantities throughout the opening hours. We are happy to say that our self-service system and paying according to weight have indeed led to less food waste.

Unsold Meals

We also consider it legitimate to offer perfect not sold dishes the following day if they were not at the counter the day before.

Actual Waste

Both production and food waste of our guests are used for generating energy.


To Go

Reusable Cups

Since the 2023/24 Winter Semester, coffee and other hot beverages have no longer been available in disposable cups.  More information on the Stuwerk's Reuse Concept can be found here.


StuBowl – the reusable bowl

Why not take your own cutlery. You can easily transport it in your StuBowl. The StuBowl is reusable and was specifically developed for our cash desk system.

We kindly ask you to understand that, from 10 May 2021 onwards, we’ll have to ask for a charge for our packaging.

Disposable packaging: bowls, soup cups, set of cutlery, pizza carton:   €0.35

More information can be found here.


Our disposable products are all sustainable and biodegradable.


Bagasse plates

Bagasse is a waste product of the sugar industry and a renewable raw material. Various technical processes press the fibres into different shapes. Bagasse is biodegradable.

CPLA cups for smoothies and desserts

This bioplastic, which is made out of polylactic acid, starch and talc powder, is completely biodegradable and has similar properties to conventional plastic. CPLA production solely uses industrially grown corn (no forage corn). No microplastics are produced.

Wooden cutlery

Our completely biodegradable cutlery is mainly made from scrap wood and sawdust. The wood comes from sustainable forestry and is regionally sourced.


Allergen Labelling

In accordance with EU Regulation 1169/2011 (Provision of food information to consumers), unpacked food is to be labelled if it contains the ingredients stated in the regulation which can cause allergies or intolerances in some people.


  • (f)
    without meat
  • (v)
  • (R)
  • (S)
  • Bio =
    organic production (DE-ÖKO-006)

Allergens and additives

Allergens and products thereof

  • Ei
  • En
  • Fi
  • Gl
    cereals containing gluten
  • GlW
  • GlR
  • GlG
  • GlH
  • GlD
  • Kr
  • Lu
  • Mi
    milk (including lactose)
  • Sc
  • ScM
  • ScH
  • ScW
  • ScC
    cashew nuts
  • ScP
  • Se
    sesame seeds
  • Sf
  • Sl
  • So
  • Sw
    sulphur dioxide and sulphites
  • Wt


  • 1
    colouring agent
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
    flavour enhancer
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
    contains a source of phenylalanine
  • 11
    types of sugar and sweetener


  • 13
    compound chocolate containing cocoa
  • 14
  • 15
    Use of animal rennet in cheese
  • Kn
  • 99

Where can you find the labelling?

The various information can be found as abbreviations for each meal on the menu on the specific stand-up counter displays – after the word “enthält” (Eng: contains) as well as in our online menus.

Allergens and other labelling could change due to short-notice changes in the recipes or contents of the menu which, in this case, cannot be seen in the online menu. For this reason, please always pay attention to the labelling on the stand-up counter displays.


Where can you find information on allergens in the StuBistrosMensa, StuCafés and StuLounges?

We put up stand-up counter displays for the various meals.

For any other unpacked food (e.g. cake, “Semmel” or sausages) you can have a look at our “Was-ist-drin?-Liste” (Eng: What’s in it? list) at the counters. This list contains information on allergens, types of meat, gelatin, garlic, alcohol and other additives that require labelling.

Any allergens that may be present in packaged food (e.g. sandwiches, dairy products or sweets) are listed in the list of ingredients on the packaging or the sticker.


What about traces of allergens?

Due to technical and organisational reasons and despite working very carefully, it’s not possible to entirely prevent traces of allergens being present, because meals cannot be prepared separately.


Is there any lactose-free or gluten-free food on the menus?

According to the Commission Regulation (EC) 41/2009, “gluten-free” food is allowed to contain at the most 20 mg gluten per kg.

Unfortunately, there is no gluten-free food on our menus because it is not possible to prepare it separately in our kitchens. Should traces of gluten not be a problem for you, pay attention to the abbreviation “Gl” which stands for the ingredient gluten in the recipe. Check for food that is not marked “Gl” on the stand-up counter displays.

Guests with lactose intolerance can also orient themselves by the labelling of ingredients: If food is not labelled “Mi”, it does not contain milk/dairy products including lactose. However, this food is not explicitly marked as “lactose-free”.