Inventure Foods receives gluten-free certification from GFCO

PHOENIX — Inventure Foods, a leading specialty food marketer and manufacturer, has received certification from the Gluten-Free Certification Organization for its Boulder Canyon natural foods products and manufacturing facilities in Bluffton, Ind., and Goodyear, Ariz., the company stated.

The Bluffton plant, located at 705 West Dustman Rd., produces snack chips for the company-owned Boulder Canyon brand, in addition to salty snacks under the T.G.I. Friday's, Nathan's Famous and Vidalia Brands licensed brands. Inventure's Goodyear plant, located at 3500 South La Cometa, is a state-of-the-art kettle-cooked potato chip facility, producing potato chips under the Boulder Canyon, Poore Brothers and Bob's Texas Style brand names.

All Boulder Canyon products will carry the certified Gluten-Free logo going forward.

The Auburn, Wash.-based GFCO is considered the leading global gluten-free certification program, Inventure Foods stated. The strict certification process includes periodic gluten testing of the manufacturing facility, regular plant inspections by a GFCO contracted auditor and random product-testing in the marketplace. Products carrying the GF logo meet similarly strict gluten-free standards constituted by the GFCO.

Sales of certified gluten-free products in the chips, pretzel and snack category grew 54% from 2010 to 2011, and sales of the overall gluten-free food category grew 27% from 2009 to 2011. World-leading market research group, Mintel, estimates the gluten-free food category will reach $8 billion in 2013.

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