French Meadow Bakery™, a leading manufacturer of breads and bagels, tortillas and desserts in the all natural and organic foods market, has launched three new all natural breads: Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread, Gluten-Free Cinnamon-Raisin Bread and Gluten-Free Multigrain Bread.
The breads are Certified Gluten-Free by The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), a program of the Gluten Intolerance Group™. More information can be found at www.gfco.org or by calling (206) 246-6652. Additionally, French Meadow Bakery is a proud sponsor of the Celiac Disease Foundation.
The new French Meadow Bakery breads are soft and moist. In addition to offering a traditional bread texture and taste, the Gluten-Free Multigrain Bread in particular is a good source of fiber, which offers added nutritional goodness for gluten-free shoppers. Consumers will find these products in two locations in stores across the US – the freezer case and in the In-Store Bakery. The SRP for the breads ranges from $4.99 to $5.49.
Elizabeth Naffziger, Marketing Manager at French Meadow Bakery, said the new breads give gluten-free shoppers variety and added nutritional food options.
“With a growing gluten-free market, we felt it was essential for us to offer some new great-tasting and nutritional options,” Naffziger said. “The Multigrain Bread, a good source of fiber, features the Whole Grain Stamp. Furthermore, the availability of our gluten-free breads within the In-Store Bakery department gives the consumer a ready-to-eat product that doesn’t need thawing.”
Industry reports continue to show the gluten-free market as a growing segment in the all natural and organic foods industry. According to Packaged Facts, the gluten-free market has grown at an average annual rate of 28 percent since 2004, from $580 million five years ago to $1.56 billion in 2008. Increased diagnoses of Celiac disease and gluten sensitivities appear to be a major reason for this growth.*
ABOUT FRENCH MEADOW BAKERY:
In operation since 1985, French Meadow Bakery™ is the longest continuously running certified organic bakery in the U.S. Founded by Lynn Gordon as a means to make healthy bread for her macrobiotic diet, French Meadow has become internationally recognized as a leader in the naturally delicious and nutritious bakery products and desserts that are certified organic, gluten free, vegan, yeast free and kosher. French Meadow has been recognized for the 2007 “Selling Wellness Trailblazer Award” and the “Ten Best Bread Bakeries in the U.S.” by Bon Appetit. Its performance breads are endorsed by nutrition experts Dr. Barry Sears, Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman. French Meadow, which operates in Minnesota and has a global strategic business alliance with Rich Products Corp., is a sustainable company that maintains its commitment to the environment through small farmers, community involvement and innovative healthy eating. Its trend-setting products are available nationally at mainstream grocers and independent natural food stores. Please visit www.frenchmeadow.com or call (877) 669-3278.
*Whole Foods, June 2009