Corn is nature’s gluten-free food. It is an affordable alternative to other specialty gluten-free products and has similar properties to wheat. This makes it the ideal gluten-free ingredient to add to your line to give you the lead in the gluten-free market.
Gluten-free diets have been rated as one of the top five health trends of 2013. In the next five years, the gluten-free substitute market is expected to grow from $2.7 billion to $4.3 billion. Celiac disease is on the rise. Currently, one percent of the nation’s population has celiac disease. That’s four times more prevalent than in the 1950s according to the Mayo Clinic. Nearly 18 percent of consumers eat gluten-free foods, says Packaged Facts, while 30 percent are trying to avoid foods containing gluten according to a NPD Group research survey.
The demand for gluten-free products is increasing due to more people becoming sensitive to gluten and the perceived health benefits of gluten-free products. Restaurants are now offering 275 percent more gluten-free menu options than in 2009.
Since corn has similar properties to wheat, it makes an excellent ingredient in gluten-free foods. Corn works well in cake mixes, breadings and thickeners because of its viscosity.
Here at Didion, we focus on processing corn. That means little-to-no risk for cross-contamination with grain that contains gluten.
All Didion products are recognized as kosher by the Chicago Rabbinic Council. To maintain this certification, our facility is inspected by a Rabbinic coordinator periodically to ensure quality and proper processing to the organization’s standards.
The word kosher means proper or acceptable, says Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Kosher food is purchased for its quality by 62 percent of consumers, according to a Mintel survey. In the same survey, 51 percent responded that they view kosher food as healthy. From June 2008-2010 the kosher industry grew by 10 percent.
Food Safety Management System
Didion Milling has a Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000. We are one of 25 Wisconsin manufacturers to achieve this distinction. FSSC 22000 is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-recognized food safety scheme, and is the only ISO-based system.