Perdue Foodservice is proud to announce its partnership with The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), an industry leader in the certification of gluten-free products and food services. All PERDUE® deli turkey breast meat and turkey breast roasts are now Certified Gluten-Free and recognized by the Gluten Intolerance Group’s Gluten-Free Certification Organization. Perdue understands the importance of fresh, nutritious menu offerings that respond to special needs and personal preferences like gluten intolerance.
“At Perdue, it is important for us to provide proteins that meet demand from consumers with special dietary needs. We’ve been providing gluten-free turkey options with our HARVESTLAND® brand, and we are thrilled to expand our offerings to include PERDUE® brand deli turkey breast meat and turkey breast roasts as well,” said Gary Nennstiehl, director of turkey product marketing for Perdue Foodservice. “With the increasing demand for gluten-free food options, we are happy to bring something new to the table.”
From ready-to-cook roasts to fully cooked carving meat, all PERDUE® turkey breast roasts and deli turkey breast meat are now Certified Gluten-Free! This could mean more profits for foodservice operators, as many consumers are willing to pay more for high-quality gluten-free products that have a better taste and texture compared to those products available in previous years.1 Gluten-free food sales reached $8.8 billion in 2014, representing an increase of 63% from 2012 to 2014. 2 Mintel estimates that at current prices, the category will achieve $14.2 billion in sales in 2017. 2
Many consumers continue to perceive gluten-free products as preferable. It is these consumers, not those who have to eat a gluten-free diet for medical reasons, who are driving market growth. 1 The preference toward gluten free is reflected in NPD’s finding that only 25% of those living in gluten-free homes say celiac disease or gluten sensitivity is the main reason for choosing gluten-free products. 3
Whether the starring ingredient or combined with other gluten-free foods like fresh vegetables and gluten-free pasta, PERDUE® brand gluten-free turkey breasts can be prepared in a variety of ways to meet the demand of consumers cutting down on or avoiding gluten completely. For more information on Perdue Foodservice brands, please visit www.PerdueFoodservice.com or call 1-888-737-3832.
1 Mintel, “Non-Celiacs Drive Gluten-Free Market Growth,” 11/21/14
2 Mintel, “Gluten-Free Foods,” US, September 2014
3 NPD Group, “Consumers Generally View Gluten Free Diet as Healthy For Everyone, Reports NPD,” 5/28/14