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gluten free food, the story

In Allergy, Celiac Disease, Gluten Free on October 23, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Celiac disease currently affects more Americans than Epilepsy, Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis, Multiple Sclerosis and Cystic Fibrosis as reported by Celiac.com.  For years, gluten free foods have been labeled with the stigmatism of being expensive, hard to find and unpleasant tasting.  However, over the course of the last few years, many companies have emerged with products they believe can fight some of the nasty rumors going around about gluten free goodies.

“Awareness is at an all- time in my eyes. The business has really grown over the past two years, due to the demand by the consumer,” said Still Riding Pizza assistant manager Alex Magliocco.

Still Ridding Pizza, a gluten-free pizza distribution company based out of Connecticut, currently distributes to more than 30 states.  Still Ridding Pizza currently hopes to expand their business into the profitable gluten free pasta market.

Of the new gluten free pasta enterprise Magliocco said, “The pasta should sell relatively well especially since we are a gluten free facility, unlike the restaurants who make both and have to keep all gluten free products separate.”

According to the blog Gluten Free Raleigh, gluten free foods are on average, 242 percent more expensive than their non-gluten free counterparts. This price increase is something Luigi Cirillo, owner of Sapore Italian Deli and Catering in Trumbull, Conn., knows all about.

“Gluten free foods are expensive, anyone who buys it knows that, and any business man knows how to sell a product in demand,” Cirillo said of the prices of gluten free foods.

Magliocco said it is not hard to find restaurants with gluten free options. Websites such as The Gluten Free Registry, the Gluten Free Restaurant Awareness Program and Gluten Free Restaurants all provide the information needed for people struggling with Celiac disease to eat out.  In conjunction to the overwhelming number of people being diagnosed with celiac each year celiac-disease.com stated that, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that the gluten-free industries revenues will reach $1.7 billion by the end of this year. Cirillo said he hopes that the increase in a need for gluten free product will put his new family deli on the map and also be good for business.

 

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