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Foothill Farms® Creates Gluten-Free Infographic for Foodservice

ST. LOUIS, MO - One in every 133 Americans has Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder triggered by consuming gluten protein. Because of this statistic, Foothill Farms® created an infographic, A Foodservice Guide to Gluten Free, which informs restaurant owners about the importance of offering gluten-free menu items. The infographic contains relevant data from leaders in the foodservice and research industries illustrating trends in dining behavior, popular gluten free menu items, and tips to ensuring a gluten free dining experience. The infographic also details a new FDA regulation that determines how much gluten can be in a product before it can legally be labeled gluten-free.

Foothill Farms® offers 67 gluten-free products, including mixes for dressings, gravies, sauces, soup bases, cheese sauces, seasoning and desserts. Recently, the company created an easy reference sell sheet for operators wanting to offer gluten-free menu items, now located on their website under the resources/marketing materials tab. For K-12 customers, they expanded the gluten-free sell sheet and targeted a wider scope of dietary restrictions. The Kids Allergens, Intolerances and Special Diets sell sheet features Flavorwise™ products in an easy chart that showcases gluten-free products as well as products free from nuts, crustaceans, lactose, HFC, no added MSG and vegetarian products. It is also housed at foothillfarms.com.

The gluten-free eating trend is on the rise and restaurant owners and chefs are taking note. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. If a person with Celiac or gluten-sensitivity chooses a dish at a restaurant that is labeled gluten-free, they do so for health reasons. If they get sick with symptoms similar to a gluten reaction, they will likely not return for a second dining experience. Secondly, if a family member is gluten-sensitive or has Celiac Disease they are likely to influence dining decisions. The infographic that Foothill Farms® created addresses important concerns for operators including cross contamination.

Foothill Farms Flavorwise products were created to help offer more options without sacrificing taste. All products with the Flavorwise designation are conscious of sodium, fat and cholesterol and don't contain added MSG, so customers can make smarter choices.

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