Gluten Free seems to be the buzz word of the past 2 years. Every magazine, newspaper and TV show is talking about gluten. Restaurants are now offering menu items that are gluten-free. Since when did eating a sandwich, pizza or a delectable dessert become so harmful? Well, if you look at the surge in diabetes, celiac disease and over-all trend in healthy eating you can see why the everyday typical consumer demands such a product.
Gluten is the gluey protein that is in a lot of the things we eat on a daily basis. Staples such as breads, pastas and cereals contain gluten which gives the baked goods their “full”, “fluffy” or “stretched” appearance. Gluten is different from an animal protein, a protein in rice (a grain that doesn’t have gluten), or even a dairy protein because it is really hard for the human stomach to completely digest. And just because you don’t have celiac disease doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be more conscious. We as Americans tend to eat a lot of processed food. Everything is processed and uses wheat fillers, so basically, our stomachs are facing a very unnatural gluten over load.
Manufacturers are seeing the trend and responding to the needs with new products to offer the consumer. The grocery stores now have isles with gluten-free pancake mix, brownie mix, cereals, flour; the list goes on. However, not all dough is the same. There are a few obstacles to over-come such as its very labor intensive, the existing equipment may not be able to adapt to producing the product and it may require custom pieces or attachments.
The global gluten-free product market is projected to increase in growth according to this report found on NASDAQ.com. Add the growth to the increased labeling requirement issued by the FDA and you have a great market segment to watch! With demand like this as well as healthier, better tasting products, the growth is unlimited. Bakers are creating baked goods that have a great taste, texture and visual appeal of wheat based products by incorporating specialty starches, flour blends and other functional ingredients. It can only get better!
With all these changes and focus on ingredients, it is a good thing that Peerless still provides the best mixers in the industry! Please visit our website and contact your sales executive with your new Gluten Free recipes. We would be happy to design a mixer to meet your exact ingredient mixing needs.