Monthly Archives: June 2013

Ritrovo | Triumph Dining Product Review


Ritrovo is an importer and wholesale distributor of fine Italian foods. They work with Italian organic famers and producers to develop, import and distribute quality Italian food products. Last year, Ritrovo began working with selected US food artisans, to create exciting new products.

Ritrovo offers a huge selection of gluten-free products to choose from, including:



Artisanal Balsamics & Vinegars

Olive Oils

Honey and Jam

Salts & Spices

Sauces & Spreads


Grains, Nuts & Legumes

Cookies & Chocolate

These gluten-free products contain no gluten containing ingredients but I can’t be certain about the manufacturing processes in place to eliminate cross contamination. Ritrovo are hoping to get gluten-free certification for these products in the near future.

Check out the Ritovo website for the full range of gluten-free products available and to buy online.

Post authored by The Gluten-Free Traveller

Update on Possible Future Gluten-Killing Drug

Whilst I’m not exactly holding my breath for a cure, news of possible future celiac disease treatments are always pretty exciting.

After positive results from a Phase 11a trial with an experimental drug called Alvine AVL003, a company called Abbvie have secured the rights to the treatment, paying Alvine $70 million in upfront costs. Alvine is getting ready for a Phase 11b trial which will involve 500 patients.

The way the drug works is similar to lactase pills, which many sufferers of lactose intolerance take. An enzyme breaks down a chemical that the body cannot deal with.

In the case of this gluten-killing drug, ALV003 contains two proteases, enzymes that chop up proteins specific to gluten, which have been effective and safe in Phases 1 and 11a clinical trials in comparison to placebo.

“A collaboration between Alvine and AbbVie combines our respective strengths and expertise in the development of what could become the first therapeutic option for this major unmet medical need,” said Abhay Joshi, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer at Alvine. “We are pleased to have an industry leader in gastroenterology as a collaborator, whose considerable global development reach can be focused on getting this novel therapy to more patients.”

This drug was given fast-track status by the Food & Drug Administration in September 2012 and could be on the market in as little as five years.

This brings us back to the important question, would you take a pill which would allow you to eat gluten?


Post authored by The Gluten-Free Traveller

Wendy Turnbull: Gluten-Free Cookbook Author and Advocate

turnbullwebSadly, about one month ago Gluten-Free baker and author Wendy Turnbull died tragically while crossing the street in Canada. The author of “Gems of Gluten-Free Baking” contributed a huge amount to the gluten-free baking effort, creating special mixes of gluten-free whole-grain flours that yielded delicious baked goods for the celiac community.

Turnball had been initially diagnosed with Celiac disease as a young child after having a critical reaction to wheat as an infant. Though her parents were originally told the disease was one she would outgrow, her symptoms arose again after suffering a medical infection. Blending her own passion for baking with education as a registered nurse, Turnball sought to create gluten-free goodies that were still healthy for celiac eaters. She worked to find the combination of grains that would Click to continue reading »