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The 7 Best Gluten-Free Brands in this Booming $4.2 Billion Food Industry

Whether it’s for an intolerance or simply to try out the latest diet fad, going gluten-free has become quite the money maker for brands this year. The Los Angeles Times reported this morning that the gluten-free industry looks to hit a value of $4.2 billion in 2012.

The report from Packaged Stats stated that the booming gluten-free industry has grown at a compound annual rate of 28% since 2008 and that it looks to be valued at $6.6 billion by 2017.

This growth in the popular diet choice translates to two out of every 10 adults in America going gluten free. That’s a lot of people shopping for those unique items in the grocery store. Even a few years ago these brands were obscure and hard to find on most shelves. Today, the options are plentiful. Now the only issue comes with finding the ones that taste the best and won’t break the bank.

Gluten-free foods, typically breads, crackers, and baking mixes, tend to be drier than their wheat flour counterparts and are usually more expensive. Thankfully, the boom has changed that. Many products are exceptional in taste and many are comparable in value as well.

Here are 7 of the best gluten-free brands that you should be able to find in most grocery stores.

1. Udi’s

One of the biggest challenges in going gluten-free is giving up bread. Even a few years ago, the typical gluten-free bread option was not very appetizing. Thanks to Udi’s there’s an option for those who just want a normal sandwich or toast. They sell some of the best bread in the GF market, in addition to great pizza crusts, buns, muffins, and even cookies.
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Celebs Flock to Udi’s Gluten Free Snacks at Sundance

Whether it’s a trend or a legitimate health concern, there’s no argument that gluten free is the biggest buzz in dieting. One of the most prestigious celebrity events is the Sundance Film Festival and this year, gluten free made a big appearance.

Elizabeth Olson, Emily Blunt, Rashida Jones, Mario Lopez, and Lil Jon were just a few of the big names that strolled through the Fender Lounge and Miami Oasis Gifting Lounge to taste several varieties of Udi’s gluten free foods. On Sunday night Udi’s also provided the gluten free meal for the Creative Coalition’s Annual Spotlight Initiative Awards Gala Dinner.

The Udi company has a had a health nut following for several years. The company was started in the Denver, Colorado area by a husband and wife team. The family business has always been noted for its breads and has since branched out in to free standing cafes, bakeries, and even a Middle-Eastern themed restaurant. The separate company, Udi’s Gluten Free, has blossomed as one of the front runners in quality gluten free foods. Bagels, bread, cookies, granola, and pizza crusts are just a few of the products Udi has produced and made available to the public.

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