AUBURN, Wash. (September 22, 2022)—The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), one of the largest nonprofit gluten-free advocacy organizations, will be at Natural Products Expo East showcasing its Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) program, a leading gluten-free certification program with more than 60,000 products certified worldwide. The tradeshow, being held September 28 – October 1 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, unites the leading producers and retail buyers of healthy, natural and organic products to share the latest products, trends and innovations in the food and consumer packaged goods industry.
In Booth 1504, GIG will share the benefits gluten-free natural products manufacturers are gaining by having products certified by GIG’s independent, third-party certification program, GFCO. Representatives of GIG and GFCO will share what is involved in certifying products and why GFCO is the most highly trusted mark recognized by gluten-free shoppers because of the stringent process required to obtain it. GFCO has earned and retained this reputation thanks to its world-class certification process that includes reviews of product ingredients, finished products, manufacturing practices, labeling and the facilities in which products are made.
Sharing the booth with GIG will be representatives of GIG Cares, an action-oriented organization working alongside GIG to combat hunger in the gluten-free community. Through its Cutting Costs program, GIG Cares has teamed with GFCO-certified brands to provide monthly care packages full of certified gluten-free products to those in need. The GIG Cares team will be on hand to share how companies and individuals can support their grass-roots efforts aimed at tackling food insecurity for those eating gluten-free.
“Our team is excited to once again meet with manufacturers and retailers who are dedicated to providing outstanding products to the gluten-free community,” said Jeanne Reid, marketing manager at GIG. “We also look forward to sharing how brands with GFCO-certified products can further serve this community by partnering with GIG Cares to fight food insecurity.”
The market for gluten-free products has grown substantially over the past decade; according to GIG research, nearly one in four adult shoppers in the U.S. avoid gluten and people in 7% of U.S. households follow a strict gluten-free diet. This rise in demand has encouraged food companies to develop more gluten-free products and to seek certification for these products to provide peace of mind for the consumer.
About the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG)
The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association funded by private donations, sponsorship opportunities and food safety programs. It relies on tax-deductible contributions to support its many innovative industry, service, social and awareness programs. GIG has been a highly respected leader in the gluten-free community since it was founded in 1974. In addition to more than 80 local support groups across the United States, GIG has increased its presence internationally to 50 countries. GIG’s mission is to make life easier for everyone living gluten-free and does this through consumer support, education and its food safety programs. The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), a program of GIG, is a leader in the verification of quality, integrity and purity of gluten-free products. The Gluten-Free Food Service (GFFS) program is a proven model of established best practices for foodservice facilities offering gluten-free options. GIG is committed to ongoing food safety research to assure customers and consumers the highest level of excellence in its gluten-free programs and services. For information, visit www.gluten.org.
About GIG Cares
GIG Cares is an action-oriented organization driving grassroots efforts aimed at tackling the biggest challenges facing the gluten-free community. Born through a partnership with the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), a 48-year-old institution in the gluten-free community, GIG Cares is an independent organization on a mission to tackle the fundamental needs of the gluten-free community, starting with food insecurity. Donations to support GIG Cares and expand this mission can be made at this website: https://www.gigcares.org/how-to-help.
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