Leader Within the Meal Kit Space Becomes First to Obtain Gluten-Free Food Service Certification
BOULDER, Colo., October 10, 2017 (Newswire.com) – Green Chef Corporation, a USDA certified organic and leading meal kit company, announced today that it has become the first meal kit company to receive Gluten-Free certification through the Gluten Intolerance Group’s Gluten-Free Food Service (GFFS) program. This is a landmark moment for the Gluten-Free community, which is traditionally an underserved community within the food landscape. While numerous food and beverage products claim to be gluten-free, many do not invest in gluten-free authentication.
This is another “first” of many for Green Chef as it continues to pave the way in food safety and customer personalization. Green Chef was the first meal kit company to receive USDA organic certification and also the first national meal kit company to launch Vegan, Keto, and Paleo options. “As someone who has spent my entire life working to make a difference in the food system, I am truly excited for this latest milestone for our customers and company. We understand the difficulties of those facing issues with gluten, and as leaders in our field, are thrilled to be able to provide the gluten-free community with healthy and delicious gluten-free food options,” said CEO/Founder, Michael Joseph.
As many as 1 percent of Americans today suffer from Celiac disease and upwards of 10 percent of people in the US are considered to be gluten-sensitive. Many people who suffer from Celiac disease or sensitivities to gluten may otherwise opt not to dine out, or to dine out in fear because many food establishments may not control for gluten cross-contamination. Green Chef aims to provide highly trusted, restaurant quality gluten-free food options for these consumers.
The Gluten Intolerance Group, considered to be the “gold standard” in the gluten-free space, has partnered with Green Chef to provide people with gluten intolerance or sensitivity issues the peace of mind that Green Chef has implemented rigorous standards and procedures to control gluten cross-contamination with respect to all of its sourcing and manufacturing processes. In addition to the standard Gluten Free meal kit option, Green Chef’s Keto and Paleo meal kit options have also obtained the Gluten Free certification, making these three meal kits the only options in the market today to offer such certified choices.
“We are thrilled that Green Chef has completed our certification process and has made the effort to meet the needs of the gluten-free community,” says Chris Rich, vice president of development for the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG). “Gluten-free consumers are excited when an innovative service such as the one provided by Green Chef provides them with unique, safe eating options.”
ABOUT GREEN CHEF
Founded in 2014 by CEO Michael Joseph, Green Chef led the way as the first meal kit delivery service to be certified organic by the USDA. Green Chef ships throughout nearly all of the continental U.S., and provides everything required to cook incredible, wholesome dinners at home. Each recipe is designed by expert chefs to deliver five-star flavor typically only found in top-rated restaurants. Green Chef also pioneered options for specialty diets, including Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, and now Keto. The company was the first to use fully compostable plant-based insulation, and remains a leader in sustainable packaging to this day. Green Chef is proud to work with sustainable suppliers to source and curate the highest quality ingredients for its customers.
ABOUT THE GLUTEN INTOLERANCE GROUP
The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit association funded by private donations, fundraising, sponsorship opportunities and industry 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 70 local branches across the United States, GIG has increased its presence internationally to over 29 countries. GIG empowers the gluten-free community through consumer support, advocacy and education.
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) Certification Program is a proven model of established best practices for food service 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.
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