May is Celiac Awareness Month. Who cares? We do. About one in 100 people around the world has Celiac Disease, and many more are gluten intolerant. Far from being a “fad” that is on it’s way out, the gluten free diet is a necessary response to a crippling autoimmune condition. We believe in speaking up for those who suffer, and doing our best to bring delicious certified gluten free desserts to those who have limited choices and deserve to enjoy food as much as anyone else. That is why a large part of our presence in the food community is educating buyers who may not understand Celiac and gluten sensitivity, as we work toward our mission of becoming the premier provider of top quality delicious gluten free desserts in the United States.
The Celiac Disease Foundation has put together a short primer on 9 Fast Facts About Celiac Disease, which you can find at this link: https://celiac.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Celiac-Disease-Fast-Facts-Infographic-1.pdf
If you or a friend or family member has recently been diagnosed, or you want to help others understand your own case, this little info sheet can be useful. And speaking of the Celiac Disease Foundation, we will be participating in the CDF Expo again this year in Pasadena, this coming weekend. Check out our Events and Expos page for details, and if you will be there, stop in to visit Rachel to tell your story, ask questions and sample our desserts.
Mother’s Day also falls in May. This is a time to celebrate and honor our mothers and the moms who have inspired us. If you live in Utah or Boise, look for our 6-inch Triple Berry Streusel Cheesecake at one of the following Costco stores, especially for this occasion: Orem, Sandy, West Valley, Murray, South Jordan, Spanish Fork, Boise. Please understand, to revert to our first topic, expanding access takes time, and sometimes education. We are thrilled to be working with Costco NW region to provide local (made in Utah, proud member Utah’s Own) AND certified gluten free desserts in several stores, and encourage you to go out and purchase, and to help get the word out, so that we can show the gluten free community is looking for affordable options. The NW Region buying team at Costco has been fantastic to work with over the past several months, and we look forward to more opportunities with them in the future!
Just a couple other notes from our end:
– If you haven’t heard, our signature Flourless Chocolate Torte (available in three sizes) was honored with a Bronze in the Specialty Food Association sofi Awards in the Gluten Free category. Look for the Torte in stores and on Amazon, in individual 3-inch and shareable 6-inch size.
– We are now officially nut free. We removed all nuts from the facility, donating a case each of pecans and almonds to Utah Food Bank, and began nut free production in April. By early June you should start seeing our Carrot Cake and our Triple Berry Cheesecake arrive in stores with no nuts. We believe it a natural extension of our commitment to those with food allergies, to remove nuts from our products and from our bakery. We hope you agree!
Remember to check out our website Events and Expos page for upcoming events, the Specials page for a downloadable manufacturer coupon, and our Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts for all the latest from our certified gluten free bakery!