The Bluffton plant 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 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 a leading global gluten-free certification program. 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. For a complete list of GFCO certified companies and products, please visit www.gfco.org.
Sales of certified gluten-free products in the chips, pretzel and snack category grew 54% from 2010-2011 and sales of the overall gluten-free food category grew 27% from 2009-2011. Mintel estimates the gluten-free food category will reach $8 billion in 2013.
"We continue to place the utmost importance on improving our food safety and manufacturing capabilities, said Laura Setzfand, vice president of marketing for Boulder Canyon. "The growth in the gluten-free food category is a direct result of consumers' demand for better-for-you products. Boulder Canyon offers consumers a wide range of better-for-you snacks that will now also carry the GFCO certification."