Did Grocery Giants kill Bumbalooza?

 

Did Grocery Giants kill Bumbalooza?

Bumbalooza

We love Bumbalooza products.  That is why my jaw dropped when I saw that they had closed the business.  Bumbalooza maker of unique gluten-free baking mixes had built momentum in the retail marketplace and was already in 400 stores.  What happened?  Reports indicate Bumbalooza went too big too fast.  Giant grocery chains often charge $20,000 for shelf space and typically have 90 day payment terms.  Inventory can change over three times before the company sees any return.

Have you ever wondered why some gross gluten-free products remain on store shelves?  The manufacture has enough capital to fund product placement.  This is one of the reasons why we host The Gluten-Free Awards.  We want to connect stores and consumers with the BEST products.  Grocery chains should be focused on providing quality to their customers and not cater to those producers who have enough cash to float years of product placement fees.  It’s unfortunate that a company like Bumbalooza who made great products had to overextend their cash flow.

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2015 Gluten-Free Buyers Guide

 

Best Gluten-Free Colleges

Best Gluten-Free Colleges

Best Gluten-Free Accommodating Colleges

Best Gluten-Free Accommodating Colleges

This is one of the most exciting categories we have in the gluten-free awards line-up.  Each year students at colleges and universities normally associated to a campus celiac support group vote for their school.  If you are searching for the best gluten-free accommodating colleges this list is a great place to start.  We recommend you talk to the school dietitians, and reach out to the campus support group as part of your gluten-free college evaluation process.  For further information, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) has a great resource here.

5th Annual Gluten-Free Awards for Best Gluten-Free Colleges.

1st Place: UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Arizon Gluten-Free Campus

2nd Place: UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO: BOULDER

Boulder Gluten-Free Campus

3rd Place: GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

Georgetown Gluten-Free Campus

Other nominees:

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

YALE UNIVERSITY

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

ITHACA COLLEGE

CARLETON COLLEGE

CLARK UNIVERSITY

 

Did you know there are over 40 more gluten-free award categories?  You can have the results in this handy little gluten-free shopping guide.  Multiple version to choose from:

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The 2015 Gluten-Free Buyers Guide

 

Pharmaceutical Treatment for Celiac Disease Trial Update

Celiac Disease Medication Treatment

Pharmaceutical Treatment for Celiac Disease Trial Update

Celiac Disease Medication Treatment

I ran into a very interesting article written about the potential pharmaceutical treatments for Celiac Disease. Research has moved into an exciting phase. For the first time there may be a substitution to the gluten-free diet. Don’t think all of these medications in trial do the same thing.

Drugs

SOURCE: Gastroenterology Report, online February 26, 2015. http://gastro.oxfordjournalsGluten Free Submissions.org/content/early/2015/02/26/gastro.gov006.full#sec-16

In fact, most of these pharmaceuticals act completely different and address gluten in a variety of ways. As drugs move from concept to Phase 3 confirmatory trials, they need to be evaluated by endpoints that are tailored to the drug, disease, and target patient populations. Perhaps most importantly, these endpoints need to be acceptable to regulatory agencies.

Would you try any of these medications during the trial period? How about once approved by the Feds? Would you wait a while? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

Best Gluten-Free Cereal

Best Gluten-Free Cereal

Best Gluten-Free Cold Cereal

5th Annual Gluten-Free Awards:

I have always been a huge fan of cold cereal. It brings back childhood memories of Saturday morning cartoons (when there was no such things as dedicated cartoon channels) and hanging around in PJ’s until the neighborhood kids came to play. Today gluten-free cold cereal has come a long way. The Chex brand of gluten-free cereals continue to show strong support from the celiac disease community. Post’s Fruity Pebbles is another great option if you are looking for that sugary morning kick. 2015 is going to be a huge year for gluten-free cereal since General Mills has announced a special process that ensures gluten-free cheerios. The gluten-free community is optimistic but also rightfully concerned. Hopefully during next year’s award for best gluten-free cold cereal we will have move brands to nominate. Please feel free to leave any comments of questions below. Enjoy your cereal and yes, it’s OK to drink the milk straight out of the bowl when you are done eating. ;0)

1st Place: General Mills Honey Nut Chex

Gluten Free Honey Nut Chex

2nd Place: Nature’s Path Sunrise® Crunchy Maple

Gluten-Free Crunchy Maple Cereal

3rd Place: Post Fruity Pebbles

Gluten-Free Fruity Pebbles Cereal

Other nominees:

Bakery on Main Nutty Cranberry Maple Granola

Enjoy Life Crunchy Flax Original Cereal

Freedom Foods TropicO’s

Mom’s Best Safari Cocoa Crunch

Attune Foods Strawberry Crisp

 

Get the rest of the award results and tons of coupons in:

The 2015 Gluten-Free Buyers Guide

2015 Gluten-Free Buyers Guide

 

Best gluten-free beer brands

Best Gluten-Free Beer Brands

Best Gluten-Free Beer Brands

We wanted to eliminate any confusion this year and scaled down the best gluten-free beer brands to those who brew only with gluten-free products.  There is too much uncertainty around gluten removed beers and the safety for those with celiac disease.  If you have a favorite brand that is not represented here, please leave a comment.  Cheers!

5th Annual Gluten-Free Awards

1st Place: Redbridge

2nd Place: New Planet

3rd Place: Greens

Other Nominees:

Glutenberg

 

Get all of the gluten-free award results now with The 2015 Gluten-Free Buyers Guide

 

2015 Gluten-Free Buyers Guide

Best Gluten-Free Bagel 2015

Best Gluten-Free Bagel

5th Annual Gluten-Free Award

Have you noticed how expensive gluten free bagels are?  We started the Best Gluten-Free Bagel category to help you understand what products are available and what bagels are everybody’s favorite brand.  We have thousands each year vote for their favorite gluten free products to help you make wise purchasing decisions. There is nothing worse than buying an overpriced bag of gluten free bagels to find out the next morning that you can’t even sink your teeth into them.  We provide a price check that typically links to Amazon so you can see how much you are going to pay either online or at a grocery store.  If you can’t find any of these brands at your local store, please ask them to stock them.  If they don’t want to stock the best gluten free bagels you can always shop on Amazon.

5th Annual Gluten-Free Awards:

1st Place: Udi’s

2nd Place: Against the Grain

3rd Place: O’Dough’s

Other Nominees:

Kinnikinnick

Glutino

Best Gluten-Free Vacations for 2015

Gluten-Free Disney Vacation

Best Gluten-Free Vacation Destinations:  2015

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Going on vacation should always be relaxing. For those of us on a gluten-free diet, it can be the opposite.  This list of gluten-free vacation destinations was designed to give you some locations where you can actually enjoy your vacation and have great food. Here are some tips to have the best gluten-free vacation.
Pre-trip planning will always ensure your vacation remains stress free.  If going to Disney World or Disneyland, plan your meals and reserve your tables months in advance, the good restaurants book fast.  This is also true for the good restaurant on cruise ships.  Royal Caribbean has always had great gluten-free reviews from bloggers and other Celiacs we know.  As always, pack some g-free vacation essentials like KIND Healthy Snack Bars and easy to pack certified gluten-free oat meal.  Bakery on Main has some great granola mixes that could be used as a snack of late night bowl of cold cereal.  The locations below should give you the best gluten-free vacation too.

5th Annual Gluten-Free Awards:

1st Place: Walt Disney World

Gluten-Free Disney Vacation

2nd Place: New York City

NYC Gluten Free Vacation

3rd Place: Portland, OR

Portland has great gluten free vacation spots

Other nominees:

Italy

Asheville, NC

Disney Aulani Resort Hawaii