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Get in the Gluten-Free Game

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Written by Hannah
10 September 2013

GF Bread

The proliferation of the gluten-free market and the corresponding store brands popping up around the country to address the needs of the nearly 18 million Americans who suffer from gluten sensitivity means big business for food manufacturing. The Raymond-Hadley Corp. is thrilled to be a premier private label gluten-free food manufacturer and honored to have our perspective included in the August issue of Private Label – Store Brands special report on gluten-free. The feature article, "Get in the Gluten-Free Game," (p. 34) features insight from our President of Business Development, Elliot Dutra, who shares how retailers can position themselves for a successful gluten-free store brand program.

Read the article here (p. 34) or here to garner the advice of Elliot and other industry experts on how to best tailor your own gluten-free store brand. Reach out to The Raymond-Hadley Corp. today to learn how we can help you become a player in this fast growing market where the sky's the limit!

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FDA Defines Gluten-Free

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Written by Hannah
02 August 2013

Making it official, today the FDA issued a press release announcing a definition of "gluten-free" for food labeling. According to the FDA press release, "This new federal definition standardizes the meaning of "gluten-free" claims across the food industry. It requires that, in order to use the term "gluten-free" on its label, a food must meet all of the requirements of the definition, including that the food must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten."

Prior to today's ruling, a third-party audit program under the guidance of the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GIG), The Gluten-Free Certification Organization, was the first program established to provide customers and manufacturers confidence in knowing that products labeled with the GFCO certification mark meet strict standards for gluten-free foods. While the new FDA ruling will help consumers, the GFCO seal helps gluten-intolerant customers quickly identify that certified food companies' products are safe.

GFCO, the certifying body for The Raymond-Hadley Corp., requires that products contain <10 ppm of gluten; a requirement more stringent than the FDA's ruling.

Additional Gluten-Free resources: "What is Gluten-Free? FDA has an answer"

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Good News for Gluten-Free

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Written by Hannah
18 June 2013

Public awareness of celiac disease and a gluten-free living has certainly increased over the years, but it has taken the food industry a while to keep pace. There's good news, however, for those looking for gluten-free foods that don't taste like cardboard (as many of the initial GF products did). According to a recent article in The Chicago Tribune, the imes they are a-changin'.

Even industry analysts are surprised by the number of new gluten-free products on the market. According to Datamonitor Consumer, which tracks the introduction of new products into the U.S. market and who is quoted in the article, "So far this year, more than 18% of the new food products put into stores make a gluten-free claim . . . That's compared with 11.5% in 2012 and 11.7% in 2011."

This is good news! Not only is it good news for those who must practice gluten-free living, but also for others who are just interested in healthy living or share a household with someone who must avoid gluten.

The sky's the limit for Gluten-free products (at least for now), and we're certainly not complaining!

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New Rules for U.S. Food

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Written by Hannah
06 May 2013

According to a press release issued from the Reuters Health Summit in New York today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering revamping rules for food additives.

This news comes just weeks after two U.S. senators proposed legislation requiring more stringent label of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). The FDA is under pressure to reexamine its rules, amid growing public concern over the safety of additives in a range of roods, including caffeinated energy drinks to industrial chemicals in food containers and water bottles.

According to the news release, it has been more than half a century since U.S. regulations governing food additives were last revised. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg addressed the issue saying, "It's perhaps a time to look at what the legal framework looks like and what opportunities there are now to ask and answer questions in new ways because of advances in science and technology. We are an agency with a wonderful history, but many of our laws are rooted in a different historical era. An important question to ask is, 'Would this be a good time to look at this issue again?'".

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New Legislation Introduced for Labeling GMOs

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Written by Hannah
24 April 2013

The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act was introduced today. The bipartisan legislation would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to clearly label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. The purpose of the proposed labeling is to help consumers make informed choices about what they eat.

According to Sen. Barbara Boxer, one of the two U.S. senators to introduce the law, "Americans have the right to know what is in the food they eat so they can make the best choices for their families. This legislation is supported by a broad coalition of consumer groups, businesses, farmers, fishermen and parents who all agree that consumers deserve more – not less – information about the food they buy."

According to reporting from Specialty Food News, the proposed legislation would require clear labels for genetically engineered whole foods and processed foods, including fish and seafood. The proposal would require the FDA to develop new labeling standards that are consistent with U.S. labeling standards and international standards. Currently, 64 countries around the world already require the labeling of genetically modified foods, including all the member nations of the European Union, Russia, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand. Read the full story here.

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