Maybe this is the sign the gluten-free community has been waiting for? A sign that companies recognize gluten free isn’t just the current fad diet, but the only way to control celiac disease? If not, the community will continue to rejoice because big brands have jumped into the gluten-free fray with some truly wonderful options, like Cheerios, Special K cereal, Eggo waffles, Funfetti mixes, and more.
- American Flatbread Pizza, according to Gluten Free Philly, is introducing two new gluten-free pizzas: Cheese Trio & Tomato Sauce and Pesto & Cheese. The Cheese Trio & Tomato Sauce is a handmade flatbread topped with mozzarella, parmesan and Vermont Cookeville grana cheese, with homemade tomato sauce and fresh herbs. Pesto & Cheese is topped with pesto, made with fresh basil, toasted pine nuts, extra virgin olive oil, fresh minced garlic and parmesan.
- Cascadian Farm just released its first gluten-free cereal, Berry Vanilla Puffs, which is also organic. Ingredients: Whole Grain Purple Corn*, Yellow Corn Meal*, Sugar*, Whole Grain Yellow Corn Meal*, Tapioca Syrup*, Sunflower Oil*, Sea Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Vanilla Extract*, Natural Flavor*, Vitamin E Added to Preserve Freshness
- General Mills is transforming all five varieties of Cheerios gluten free by July: Original, Honey Nut, Multi-Grain, Apple Cinnamon, and Frosted. Multi-Grain will be reformulated to replace wheat and barley with gluten-free sorghum and millet. The other flavors will remain the same, but will be made from oats that are mechanically processed to eliminate cross-contamination from gluten-containing grains and not oats that are grown to be gluten free. There will be no price increase.
- Coors recently launched a “naturally gluten free” version called Coors Peak Copper Lager that will only be sold in Seattle and Portland during its test period. The beer is made on dedicated lines to prevent cross contact and replaces barley with brown rice, malted brown rice, and protein from peas.
- According to Gluten Free Philly, dinner rolls are the newest Gluten Free Bakehouse item from Whole Foods. They’re sold frozen and can be heated in the microwave for 15 seconds. The rolls are made with Manini’s Ancient Grains flour.
- Glutino expanded its line of gluten-free pretzels to include salted caramel and buffalo style.
- Kellogg has added a number of gluten-free options to its Special K line: protein shakes in various flavors, a touch of brown sugar cold cereal, and popcorn chips. They are also offering gluten-free Eggo waffles (regular and cinnamon).
- The new snack-food version of Nathan’s Famous Beer Battered Onion Rings is gluten free. Because they are baked instead of fried, the result is a light, yet hearty onion ring snack with only 140 calories per serving. Additionally, the snack is free of trans fats. The new baked onion snack is available in convenience and grocery stores nationwide in 2 and 3.5-ounce bags with a suggested retail price of $1.99 – $2.49 per package.
- Pillsbury has added to its gluten-free offerings with three new mixes: Funfetti cake mix, Funfetti sugar cookie mix, and Banana quick bread and muffin mix. These mixes are slowly working their way on store shelves, but most have been able to find them at Wal-Mart.
- Simple Truth, Kroger’s private label brand, has added chicken strips to their selection of gluten-free products. Some of their other offerings include: regular and blueberry waffles, animal crackers, and pasta.
- Snack Factory has two new gluten-free flavors of Pretzel Crisps that will be available nationally in late spring. The Original Minis and Salted Caramel Minis are also certified gluten free.
Stay tuned for more gluten-free product news!