An interesting piece of news flitted across my screen the other day. The US decided to revoke the countervailing duty (CVD) on a certain type of Italian pasta: gluten-free. The change in rules came at the request of Heinz.
Obviously, my first thought was, “pasta!” I’m not actually the biggest fan of pasta, but still. Sometimes a girl’s got an itch that only a big bowl of spirals with tomato sauce and cheese can scratch. And more choices is certainly never a bad thing.
My second thought was, “huh?” Why would Heinz care enough about my access to gluten-free pasta to petition the government on my behalf? I put on my sleuthing hat and found the answer.
Heinz owns a line of gluten-free pasta called BiAglut. BiAglut’s been making gluten-free pasta in Italy since 1964; it’s unclear to me when the line became a part of Heinz or if it’s been a Heinz brand since the beginning.
The pasta is made in Italy but has fairly wide European distribution. BiAglut also makes cookies, fresh/soft breads, even pudding. Many of their lines are egg and/or dairy free as well. These products will not be affected by the ruling.
It’s worth noting that a company called Maplegrove Gluten Free Foods objected to the overturned tariffs. Because they represent “substantially all” domestic production (more than85%), their objection wasn’t supported. Maplegrove is apparently North America’s largest producer of gluten-free pasta, which seems odd since their Pastariso and Pastato brands aren’t particularly well-distributed. However, they make a good deal of gluten-free private-label pasta for other brands (and a good deal of pasta that gets included as an ingredient in other gluten-free things).
Back to BiAglut’s gluten-free pasta, though. I’d be surprised if we didn’t all start seeing it on supermarket shelves over the next few months – which begs the question: have you had a chance to try BiAglut’s products? What did you think?
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