GF Retail News – Sep 2016

ADM Adds to Specialty Pasta Capabilities with Purchase of Caterina Foods | Company press release 09-30-16
Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) announced that it has purchased the assets of Caterina Foods, a leading manufacturer of specialty gluten-free and high-protein pastas. “The addition of the Caterina business gives us yet another way in which to meet the needs of health-conscious consumers—in this case expanding our ability to produce specialty pastas from legumes and grains other than wheat,” said Vince Macciocchi, president of ADM’s WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients business.

Gallaghers Bakery proves it is no flash in pan with export deal | Irish Times 9-30-16
Gallaghers Bakery, a family run business in Donegal, is to create 70 jobs after winning a multi-million euro contract to supply its gluten-free bread to up to 10,000 outlets in the U.S. and Canada. The company, which entered the gluten-free market in 2012 with its PureBred and Promise Gluten Free brands, exports its products across the world. Gallaghers is targeting increased sales of €50 million over the next three years.

Pedon pulse pasta rides Europe’s protein wave | Nutra Ingredients 9-30-16
Dutch consumers’ first impression of Pedon’s red lentil pasta may have been lackluster but the Italian pulse processor is unworried as it rides Europe’s triple trend wave for healthy protein, flavored gluten-free pasta and sustainable pulses.

Clean Label Is on the Rise | Natural Products Insider 9-30-16
Clean label is no longer a trend; rather, it has become a driving force behind the way companies are thinking about new and existing products. According to Innova Market Insights, 25% of new products in the U.S. had clean-label positioning in 2015, up from 17% in 2014.

New wacky 100% quinoa gluten free cereal launched in UK | ResponseSource Press Release Wire 09-29-16
A French farming family passionate about clean, honest eating has launched a nutritious new snacking cereal called “Quinoa Crack”, made from 100% toasted grain. The cereal is being distributed direct to consumer and sold in “8-packs,” said founder Jason Abbott.

Half Moon Bay chef concocts gluten-free baked goods from home | Half Moon Bay Review 09-28-16
For gluten-free eaters and anyone who appreciates comfort food on the Coastside, there’s good news: Half Moon Bay chef and cooking teacher Amy Fothergill has begun making and selling baked goods from her own home. With more than 25 years of experience as a caterer, chef and cookbook writer, Fothergill has received plenty of requests to start her own bakery. Instead of opening a brick-and-mortar shop, she decided to experiment with a cottage food operation, which allows her to run her business from her kitchen.

Skinny Pizza Will Bring Thin Crust & Gluten Free Pies To Addison | Eater Dallas 09-28-16
New concept Skinny Pizza brings quick-fired thin crust pies that can be made with gluten-free or whole wheat crusts for those who are really trying to keep things healthy.

BI Showcasing Quinoa Pita Chips and Two Unique Beverages at SupplySide West | Natural Products Insider 09-28-16
BI Nutraceuticals will be sampling products made from a selection of the company’s most popular functional ingredient offerings at the SupplySide West in Las Vegas. Among items featured are Gluten-Free Pita Chips made with BI’s Psyberloid™ (psyllium powder) and quinoa flour, which can be dipped in either an antioxidant peanut butter dip featuring BI’s Acai, Blueberry, and Green Tea Extracts or a hummus dip featuring a blend of BI’s vegetable powders such as Broccoli, Carrot, Parsley, and Spinach.

Do we need to take gluten out of our beauty products? | Global News Canada 09-28-16
“Topically applied gluten is not absorbed through the skin, so it can’t trigger the formation of those antibodies that result in a rash or GI symptoms,” Robyn Gmyrek, a New York-based dermatologist said to Allure magazine. For those whose sensitivity can be tipped off by the slightest ingestion of gluten – for some, all it takes is 50 mg of the protein, the equivalent of 1/70th of a slice of bread – lip products containing gluten should be avoided, as well as toothpaste and mouthwash.

Gluten-Free Flour Trends the Functional Foods Market; Ingredion Set to Cash-In | PR Newswire company press release 09-27-16
Mordor Intelligence has published a research report on the global functional flour market. The report titled “Global Functional Flour Market – Segmented by Type, Application, Source and Geography,” discusses the current landscape and outlook of the said market. The functional flour market is projected to reach $861B (USD) by 2021, growing at a projected CAGR of 7% during the 2016-2021 forecast period. Functional flours are increasingly being used in the baking and ready-to-eat industry as an answer to a healthier alternative to plain flour.

Godrej Looks to Gluten-Free Pastas to Increase Profit Margins | Bloomberg 09-27-16
Godrej Group, the 119-year-old Indian conglomerate which operates retail stores and sells soaps and shampoos, is looking to introduce premium products across its businesses to boost profit margins. Godrej’s Nature’s Basket unit has unveiled a new Healthy Alternatives’ brand that includes products such as organic grains and gluten-free pastas. These will be marketed as its high-end food offering and the group plans to add premium products across other businesses.

Arizona Student Unions explain why there’s only one gluten-free option on campus | The Daily Wildcat 09-26-16
Having gluten-free dining options is more than just a want for some students, it’s a need. “Core+ is the one dedicated gluten-free restaurant with ingredients that also do not contain peanuts, tree nuts or shellfish,” said Marites John, interim assistant director of the Student Unions. Core+ can guarantee that gluten-free food will not get cross-contaminated, but other vendors on campus cannot say the same.

PepsiCo US Quaker mill to supply gluten-free oats for UK market | Bakery and Snacks 09-26-16
PepsiCo has launched a raft of new products under its Quaker Oats brand in the UK, including gluten-free oats and breakfast pouches containing cereal and yogurt.

Doherty’s unveils rebranding | Meat Trades Journal 09-26-16
Northern Irish gluten-free meat specialist Doherty’s has refreshed its brand as part of a marketing drive to expand business in Britain and the Republic of Ireland. Based in Londonderry, the company has invested in a new corporate identity and packaging along with a revamped website for its extensive range of gluten-free burgers, traditional Irish pork sausages, special mince and other meat products.

Pastry chain goes gluten-free, using mangoes | Sun Star – Cebu 09-26-16
Philippines-based Magic Melt Foods Inc. is introducing a line of gluten-free products made out of mango flour, milled from mango peel and mango seeds, instead of wheat flour. CEO Carolyne L. Go said her frequent visits to the US and her observations on a trend that favored organic, gluten-free, all-natural food choices have inspired her to embrace healthier bread and pastries.

Green Tree Natural Food Market open in Rapids | USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin 09-26-16
Green Tree Natural Food Market recently opened in Wisconsin Rapids. The store is stocked full of produce, drinks, snacks, cleaning supplies, beauty supplies and more, but customers will never find preservatives, pesticides, dyes, hormones or any artificial colors or flavors on the shelves. The store sells gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free products to accommodate customers with allergies, ADHD, autism and other health issues that can come with dietary restrictions.

Watson Announces Prototypes to Be Shown at IBIE 2016 | Watson Inc. Press Release 09-20-16
West Haven, Conn.-based Watson Inc. will be exhibiting at the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) in Las Vegas from Oct. 8-11. Gluten-free brownies are among the products the company will be sampling.  The brownies are made with Watson’s gluten-free mix and have a moist, fudgy texture. The flavor-profile and texture are said to be indistinguishable from traditional brownies made with wheat flour.

Gluten, dairy and wheat free treats make Nottinghamshire cafe a success | Nottingham Post 9-20-16
It may be down to the friendly family welcome and lovely cakes at Dottie’s Tea Room in Beechwood Road. It may also be down to the service they provide to customers with food tolerance problems. Customers come from round the corner and from as far afield as Oldham for an offer that embraces gluten-, wheat- and dairy-free foods, plus some egg-free and low-sugar items.

Pasta Category Busting with Innovation | Supermarket News 09-19-16
The healthy and alternative segment of the pasta category continues to explode with nutritious, innovative and delicious items from all over the globe. For example, Explore Cuisine expanded its product offerings to include nine new pastas: six brand new pastas and three re-formulations of existing SKUs. All SKUs are certified organic, gluten free and non-GMO. Explore Cuisine doesn’t take shortcuts when including claims on their packaging, which features certification icons directly on the front of the package.

Gluten free cake mix shortlisted for prestigious UK food award | New Food 09-19-16
The Ultimate Carrot Cake Mix, produced by UK-based Wow Cake Company has been officially shortlisted for the Good Choice! Quality Food Awards 2016. The gluten-free mix has already beaten hundreds of UK products to become one of only four shortlisted in the Free From – Sweet Category Award. “We may not have been around for as long as the others, but we produce mixes with passion: It’s a simple passion for gluten free food that doesn’t compromise on taste!” said Susan Craddock, Wow Cake Company managing director.

Bobo’s bar brand unveils new name, packaging and flavors | Food Business News 09-19-16
Bobo’s Oat Bars is getting a brand refresh. As part of the move, the company’s name will change to Bobo’s. The company also is introducing a new logo, packaging and five new flavors. “Bobo’s is poised for incredible growth and it’s important our brand identity reflects not only where the brand comes from, but also where it’s headed,” said T.J. McIntyre, chief executive officer of Bobo’s.

Tennent’s Lager launch new Gluten Free T in pubs, clubs and shops across Glasgow | Glasgow Live 09-19-16
Gluten Free T is a 5%abv premium lager which is now available in pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants and Tesco stores across Scotland. Having been launched in Italy to great acclaim back in 2014, Tennent’s is now rolling the lager to Scotland.

Food Allergy Experts to Gather for Food Allergy Symposium for Industry | Restaurant News 09-19-16
AllerTrain by MenuTrinfo, a leader in food allergy and gluten free training, has announced the launch of its Food Allergy Symposium for Industry (FASI). FASI will bring together leading experts from foodservice brands such as Sodexo, PF Changs, University of Arizona, Red Robin, GF Jules, and others. “This event was created to help teach foodservice operators the correct tools, policy and protocols needed to protect lives,” said Betsy Craig, founder and CEO of AllerTrain by MenuTrinfo.

Bibibop adds rainbow of color to Cincinnati food scene | The News Record 09-18-16
Bibibop Asian Grill is adopting the concept of the burrito and applying it to Korean food, successfully proving that fresh Asian cuisine is no more than a three-minute wait in line away. In college student vernacular, Bibibop is essentially Chipotle for Korean food. With 21 vegan options, most of which are gluten-free, Bibibop makes it easy to include its meals as a part of unique diets.

Woman-Owned Brand Gluten-Free Prairie Launches Simply Wholesome All-Purpose Flour | Press Release, Project Nosh 09-15-16
Gluten-Free Prairie, a woman-owned and family operated business and gluten-free industry brand innovator, is once again on the cutting edge to meet the growing demand for naturally gluten-free products.  GFP’s new wholegrain, all natural, high-protein all-purpose flour is a true cup-for-cup replacement for wheat flour in most recipes. “The health benefits of certified gluten-free oat protein, include essential amino acids that help with proper cardiovascular health and weight management,” says Deb Wheaton, founder of Montana based Gluten Free Prairie.

Paramount 21 gluten-free products certified by Coeliac UK | The Caterer 09-15-16
Frozen seafood and vegetarian foodservice supplier Paramount 21 has announced that its gluten-free range has been certified by Coeliac UK and is now licensed to carry the crossed grain symbol. Research carried out by Coeliac UK found that 77% of Coeliac UK members are more likely to buy a product with crossed grain symbol certification compared with a product that has not been certified.

Elevation Brands CEO: Gluten-free bakery is saturated, but there’s a ton of white space in other allergy-friendly categories | Food Navigator – USA 09-15-16
The world will probably keep turning without another gluten-free cookie or cracker, but there is a ton of white space for allergy-friendly foods in other parts of the store, and untapped opportunities in c-stores, club stores, schools, and in Mexico, where the gluten-free retail market is set to “explode,” says the CEO of Elevation Brands, the parent company of Ian’s.

Expect changes in Target’s grocery aisles – but no sushi chef | The News & Observer 09-15-16
When you head to a Target store to buy groceries these days, here’s what the chain hopes you’ll see: More organic and gluten-free foods. A wider selection in snack products such as yogurt. Fresher-looking fruit. What you shouldn’t expect to see any time soon? A butcher, a deli counter or a sushi chef.

Baking company switches to allergen-sensitive manufacturing | Baking Business 09-15-16
Leadbetter’s Bake Shop has changed its name to Better Bakeries, Inc. The San Francisco-based company also discontinued producing its flagship item English muffins to instead pursue allergen-sensitive food manufacturing and co-packing, including the production of gluten-free and nut-free products. Earlier this year, the firm obtained certification as an approved manufacturer from the Gluten-Free Certification Organization.

Wholesome! and Surf Sweets Launch New Products For Families On-the-Go | Press Release, MarketWatch 09-15-16
Wholesome! Is introducing new items to its product line, including Wholesome! Organic Frostings and Wholesome! Organic DelishFish. Both items are gluten-free, vegan and Kosher. Organic DelishFish. Surf Sweets is introducing candy multipacks for its Organic Fruity Bears and Organic Jelly Beans products. Each pack will contain 10 individually wrapped 0.5 ounce packs of candy. Multipacks will be available in Spring 2017.

Gluten and allergy free station to open in Fresh Food Co. | WKU Herald 09-15-16
Fresh Food Company in Downing Student Union will be opening a gluten-free and allergy-free station, offering more options for Western Kentucky University students with dietary restrictions. Food served at Simple Selections will not contain peanuts, eggs, gluten, dairy, shellfish, soy, wheat or tree nuts, according to information from the WKU Restaurant Group.

The University of Toronto Mississauga: Canada’s First Certified Gluten-Free Campus | PR Web press release 09-15-16
The University of Toronto Mississauga has become the first Canadian university campus to offer a certified gluten-free facility to their students and faculty. It earned its certification through the Gluten Free Food Service (GFFS) Certification program. fusion 5 Asian Food Box launched earlier this month in the Temporary Food Court in the university’s Davis Building.  “The menu at fusion 5 will accommodate growing demand from those who wish to avoid gluten because of allergies or other concerns. With this expansion of dining options, we are pleased to offer nutritious and delicious meals that meet a wide variety of dietary needs,” said Professor Ulrich Krull, the university’s Interim Vice-President and Principal.

Opportunities persist for gluten-free baked foods | Food Business News 09-15-16
Americans are eating more snacks, according to several industry sources. But pretzel sales are down, according to IRI. To ignite pretzel sales, snack makers might consider using such ingredients as rice flour and ancient grains to create gluten-free varieties.

Vegan, Gluten-Free and Diabetes-Friendly NuGo Slim Now Available in Two New Flavors | PRWeb 09-14-16
Pittsburgh-based NuGo Nutrition adds two new vegan high-protein bars in the popular NuGo Slim line: Chocolate Mint and Toasted Coconut. The gluten-free, low sugar bars are sweetened with real dark chocolate and chicory root fiber without using maltitol or artificial sweeteners.

Gluten-free Muesli | Whole Foods Magazine 09-14-16
Bakery On Main of East Hartford, Conn. has launched a new breakfast and snack line: Organic Happy Muesli made from raw rolled oats, seeds and fruits. Products are certified organic, gluten free, non-GMO and kosher. View Bakery on Main’s original blog post: Going Organic! Introducing New Organic Happy Muesli!

Boosting nutrition in gluten-free foods | Country Guide 09-13-16
The Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) has been investigating the use of pulse ingredients – including Peas, beans and lentils in lieu of corn starch and rice flour – as a way to improve nutrition in commercial gluten-free food products, and to add value to Canadian pulse crops.

What is Fresh Thyme? 5th store opens in MN this week | KARE11 09-13-16
On Wednesday, Minnesota will welcome its fifth Fresh Thyme grocery store — one of eight slated for the state in the coming years. “We have a lot of natural, gluten-free options here and really, we want people to come in and be able to feed their family healthy products but we don’t want you to spend the farm to be able to do that,” said Troy Logan, director of operations for the northwest region.

Column: Looking for gluten free, food allergy friendly or just plain cheap healthy food at the UA? You’re SOL | The Daily Wildcat 09-13-16
The University of Arizona offers students over 35 locations on campus to purchase food, but when you’re trying to count calories and control what you eat, options quickly become limited. The only place on campus that is completely gluten-free is Core+ in the Park Student Union. Most other places on campus either can’t guarantee there is no trace of allergens or the employees preparing the food will simply change their gloves and use a different utensil according to the UA food allergy practices.

Arooga’s Celebrates National Celiac Disease Awareness Day with Industry Leading Options EVERY Day | Restaurant News 09-13-16
Harrisburg, Penn.-based Arooga’s is celebrating National Celiac Disease Awareness Day by doing what it does best everyday: serving more than 50 Gluten-Free menu options, most without upcharges. All Arooga’s locations have received GREAT Kitchens Accreditation from Beyond Celiac.

Boulder Canyon Jumps from Snack to Frozen Food Aisle to Introduce Microwave-Ready, Grain-Free Riced Vegetable Line | PR Newswire 09-13-16
Boulder Canyon Authentic Foods has introduced a new line of grain-free and gluten-free rice made from one primary ingredient: 100% real vegetables. Boulder Canyon Riced Vegetables are pre-washed, pre-cut and ready to heat and eat in just three minutes. “Vegetable ricing is a huge trend right now, whether it’s consumers on gluten-restricted diets or simply those looking to reduce calorie and carb impact,” said Steve Sklar, senior vice president and general manager for Boulder Canyon Authentic Foods.

Stolichnaya’s gluten free vodka goes global at TFWA World Exhibition | The Moodi Davitt Report 09-13-16
Stolichnaya will introduce Stoli Gluten Free vodka into global travel retail at the upcoming exhibition in Cannes. Stoli Group Retaional Director Duty Free North and Central America Dayna Dennington said: “We are absolutely delighted with the feedback so far, our high expectations have been met and we expect sales to continue growing throughout the year.”

SF startup Nima Labs to launch its gluten-detecting sensor, companion app | Mobi Health News 09-13-16
Finally. After three years in the making, Nima Labs’ portable gluten sensor and companion app, which can detect gluten down to 20 parts per million, will be available to consumers within the next few weeks.

New-age gluten-free cookbook ‘A Gluten Free Food Repertoire’ with surprising worldwide recipes to seek crowdfunding support | Digital Journal 09-13-16
Seasoned Aussie chef Gavin Draper is soon to launch a crowdfunding campaign at Kickstarter seeking support for his revolutionary gluten-free cookbook that promises to surprise with re-imagined dishes from around the world. The campaign launched on September 7 and is geared to raise 20,000AUD by October 9, 2016.

Snyder’s-Lance leaning into wellness | Food Business News 09-12-16
Better-for-you snacks account for a third of Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.’s total portfolio sales, up from 25% two years ago, and that proportion is expected to rise to 40% next year, said Carl E. Lee Jr., president and chief executive officer.

New program at Nature’s Food Patch offers personalized help with nutrition, shopping | Tampa Bay Times 09-12-16
Nature’s Food Patch Market and Cafe in Clearwater, Fla. has launched a new program. The grocery store is introducing the idea of personalized shopping and wellness consultations with a nutritionist. For a fee, shoppers can consult an expert who will walk them through making smarter food choices. One of the forces driving this program is the recent rise in food allergies and intolerances, and helping those who have them figure out how to stay healthy and nourished.

New all-natural, organic, gluten-free restaurant in Boca | 09-12-16
Husband and wife Chris Twardowski and Jen Antonuccio are fine-tuning their second fast-casual location since opening in May. They say they founded Fit Body in Jupiter three years ago to provide gluten-free, all-natural, 98 percent organic fare…

Scottsdale gluten-free food company releases new line of pizza crusts | Phoenix Business Journal 09-11-16
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Mikey’s LLC, known for its gluten-, grain-, soy- and dairy-free Mikey’s Muffins, has released Mikey’s Pizza Crust…

ShopRite Celebrates 10th Anniversary of In-Store Dietitian Services | ShopRite press release 09-08-16
ShopRite announced that it will officially celebrate the 10th Anniversary of its in-store Registered Dietitian program with a series of events, giveaways, health and wellness workshops, cooking demonstrations and more. “When ShopRite launched its in-store Registered Dietitian program a decade ago, the idea of having a full-time health professional offering nutritional advice in the supermarket aisles was practically unheard of,” Natalie Menza, health & wellness manager, said in a press release.

Enjoy Life Foods Opens Doors To New State-of-the-Art Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Facility | GLOBE NEWSWIRE 09-08-2016
Today marks the grand opening of North America’s largest dedicated allergy-friendly bakery, which is owned and operated by Enjoy Life Foods, the leading brand in the growing Free-From category in the United States. Located in Jeffersonville, Ind., the new 200,000 sq.ft. state-of-the-art facility is also Certified Gluten Free and dedicated nut-free.

Bakery On Main Website Gets New Look@BakeryOnMain tweet 09-08-2016
Check out the new look to our website! New look, same great functionality.

New gluten free phone app points the way for coeliac sufferers | The Plymouth Herald 09-08-2016
It’s good news that Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease, has announced the launch of a new mobile app ‘gluten free food checker’ to support people on a gluten-free diet in finding food while shopping.

Kent State Opens Country’s First Entirely Gluten-Free Campus Dining Hall | NBC News 09-07-2016
Classic college fare such as pizza, burritos, and grilled cheese are on the menu at Kent State’s Prentice Cafe, an entirely gluten-free dining hall that the university says is the first of its kind. While many colleges offer gluten-free stations within dining halls, Prentice Cafe is the first certified all-gluten-free campus dining facility in America, according to the Ohio university.

Nearly a million people following a gluten-free diet don’t have celiac disease | USA Today 09-07-16
About 2.7 million Americans avoid gluten in their diet, but 1.76 million have celiac disease, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine this week. Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys showed from 2009 to 2014, participants who reported having celiac didn’t exceed 0.77%. During the same period, participants who didn’t have the disease, but avoided gluten more than tripled.

Boulder’s BIGR closes on new $55 million fund | Daily Camera 09-07-16
An investment group started by former Boulder Brands’ executives has closed its first fund, $55 million in capital to be funneled to up-and-coming natural food brands. Boulder Investment Group Reprise (BIGR) was founded by Boulder Brands’ Carole Buyers, senior vice president of investor relations; and Duane Primozich, investment managing partner; who together ran the investment arm of the company, which in November was acquired by New Jersey-based Pinnacle for $975 million.

Ohio college opens entirely gluten-free dining hall | Fox News 09-06-16
Kent State University has opened what it says is the nation’s first entirely gluten-free dining hall. According to,  the Ohio college restructured its Prentice Cafe in Prentice Hall after administrators noticed a rising number of students with intolerance to gluten.

Shamicka Lawrence Is Keeping Things Spicy After Reality TV Starting Her Own Line of Gluten-Free Spices Because That’s What Famous Exes Do | VH1 09-06-16
Martin Lawrence’s ex-wife and the former star of VH1’s Hollywood Exes started her own line of all natural, organic, gluten-free spices because that is exactly what you should do when you are the beautiful ex-wife of a famous comedian.

Best-Selling Author Diane Sanfilippo Releases Second Edition Of Practical Paleo | Yahoo! Finance 09-06-16
Author Diane Sanfilippo’s debut book Practical Paleo spent an astonishing 97 weeks on The New York Times best-sellers list and redefined how people think about food and health. Now, the nutrition consultant is releasing an updated and expanded version to her runaway hit, alongside a 12-city book tour, launching today.

Cafe owner sparks social media firestorm after demanding gluten-free diners provide doctor’s note | Fox News 09-06-16
On Saturday, White Moose owner Paul Stenson posted the following warning on his café’s Facebook page: **DOCTOR’S NOTE REQUIRED TO GET GLUTEN-FREE FOOD**

Ballymena gluten-free bakery secures Asda listing | The Irish News 08-30-2016
Moditions Bakery has secured a contract to supply its range of gluten-free products to Asda stores in Northern Ireland. The line includes jam and coconut cake, sticky tealoaf fruitcake, gingerbread cake, coffee cake and an Irish soda bread mix. Founder and Director Christine Shaw states: “The business we have secured with Asda has been invaluable ─ helping to propel Moditions from a home-based operation, to a recognized commercially viable enterprise supplying major supermarkets.”

Ingredion promises gluten free and non-GMO rice flour through Sun Flour deal in Thailand | 08-30-2016
Illinois-based ingredient company Ingredion is acquiring Thailand-based Sun Flour as part of the company’s strategic plan to expand its portfolio and geographic scope. The deal is expected to close by year’s end. “Rice is an on-trend ingredient. It’s gluten-free, non-GMO and hypo allergenic… Using rice flour allows the application of consumer friendly, non-GMO and gluten-free labels on many bakery and snack products,” said Jorgen Kokke, president of Ingredion’s Asia Pacific and EMEA branch.

TetherBox Introduces Nut Free and Gluten Free College Care Packages | PRWeb 08-29-2016
TetherBox is a subscription gift service that sends care packages with a curated assortment of all natural snacks, personal care items, fun gadgets and other surprises to college students. The company recently added nut-free and gluten-free options to meet increasing demand for food allergy customers. “Parents and students alike have been asking us if we could provide nut free and gluten free products in our care packages. Fortunately our momentous growth and streamlined operation affords us the ability to react quickly…” says co-founder Lynn Holdsworth.

Boulder’s Free2b Foods hires new CEO | Daily Camera Boulder County Business 08-26-2016
White Wave executive and General Mills veteran Mike Murray has landed the top post of CEO at Boulder, Colo.-based Free2b Foods, maker of Sun Cups. In July, former CEO John Becker left the firm to head up Ancient Grains.

Purely Elizabeth Probiotics Now Available at Publix | Food & Beverage Magazine 08-26-2016
Boulder, Colo.-based natural foods brand Purely Elizabeth is expanding its reach. The maker of what’s touted as the world’s first Probiotic Granola has recently attained distribution in select Publix locations in the Southeastern U.S. “We are thrilled to continue widening our distribution, and furthering our mission to redefine the standards of packaged foods,” said founder and CEO Elizabeth Stein. A selection of Purely Elizabeth products can be found nationwide in natural grocery stores, including Whole Foods, independent grocers, and leading retailers such as Kroger and Target.

Schär expects double digit growth after UK gluten-free bakery launch | 08-24-2016
Leading European gluten-free brand Schar continues to penetrate the U.K. market. The manufacturer recently introduced six new products in major grocers, including Morrisons and Tesco. The new products include: Pain au Chocolat; Salti; Seeded Ciabatta; White Baguette; Veggie Pizza; and Panini. UK managing director Bradley Grimshaw told BakeryandSnacks: “…the growing demand for these [gluten free] products really does present a significant opportunity for our retail partners.”

SPAR Switzerland introduces new healthy snacks | Company report 08-22-2016
SPAR Switzerland, a division of The Netherlands-based global retailer, has added two new snacks to its 100% natural Natur pur private label range: organic spelt cookies and organic mini corn cakes, the latter of which is suitable for people intolerant to gluten.