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Inventure Foods receives gluten-free certification from GFCO

BY Jason Owen

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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Target bridges mobile, social networking, coupons with Cartwheel

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Target is beta testing a new app that allows users to save on items and share deals on Facebook.

A Bullseye View, Target’s online magazine, announced the introduction of Cartwheel, where people can find offers on products by browsing the system or looking at friends’ activites, and add up to 10 of their favorites to a list. Once a red check appears in the corner of the offer card, the item can be purchased, and customers can either print a special barcode from their desktop computers or use their mobile devices in-store to access it.

"We know our guests solve a great value, and Cartwheel offers another fun and easy way to save money at Target," Target present of multichannel Casey Carl said. "Cartwheel bridges the in-store experience with social technology to help our guests discover and share personalized deals and inspiration with their friends."

After customers present the barcode to a cashier in the store, the cashier will scan the barcode and incorporate savings into the purchase.

 

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Alliance Boots distributes equity interest in Galenica

BY Michael Johnsen

BERN, Switzerland — Alliance Boots on Friday announced that it has distributed its equity interest in Galenica, its Swiss associate, to the group’s ultimate parent company, AB Acquisitions Holdings, in accordance with the terms of the agreement with Walgreens reached last year.

Galenica continues as an associate of AB Acquisitions Holdings. Stefano Pessina, executive chairman of Alliance Boots, continues as non-executive director of Galenica while Etienne Jornod, executive chairman of Galenica, stays as a non-executive director of Alliance Boots.

Galenica is a diversified group active throughout the healthcare market which, among other activities, develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products, runs pharmacies, provides logistical and database services and sets up networks. The Galenica Group enjoys a leading position in all its business sectors — Pharma, Logistics, Retail and HealthCare Information. A large part of the group’s income is generated by international operations.

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