Even though Thanksgiving has passed, this season offers us the opportunity to be appreciative of all the things that have come about over the last year. The gluten-free community has so many exciting things going on that it’s hard to keep up with them all.
Not everything has been wonderful, but the positive things that have happened in 2009 far outweigh the negative. The number of excellent products that are now available in the Atlanta market, and many others, is quite high. This list isn’t conclusive, but it contains some of the highlights that changed many people’s lives – at least in the Atlanta area – for the better in 2009.
- Kettle Cuisine – delicious frozen gluten-free soup line with several dairy free options as well.
- Bella Monica – tasty frozen pizza made with organic high quality ingredients. People in the Raleigh, NC area can also dine at the Bella Monica restaurant.
- Betty Crocker – gluten-free mixes available in most mainstream grocery stores nationwide.
- American Gra-Frutti– wonderful gluten-free cakes, coconut drops and Pimento Peachtree cheese spread. The cakes and drops are also dairy free!
- Pamela’s Products – introduced Jiffy-type cornbread mix.
- Jules Gluten Free – wonderful all purpose gluten-free flour that works in most gluten recipes.
- The Grainless Baker – introduced the first Cheese Crackers that taste like gluten cheese straws.
- Udi’s Gluten-Free – rolled out exceptional breads, muffins and pizza crusts line. Bagels are being test marketed in the Denver area Einstein’s!
- Progresso – started labeling several of their soups gluten-free and stopped adding MSG to all their soups.
- General Mills – introduced LiveGlutenFreely, the first gluten-free website from a mainstream top 5 food company.
In the words of Dr. Cynthia Rudert, MD (celiac specialist in Atlanta), it’s a great time to be a celiac! Please let us know what you are thankful in the gluten-free world these days.