June 26, 2008
Mr. Krispers(R) and Crunchmaster(R) Baked Rice Crackers and Snacks Now Certified Gluten-Free
The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) announced today that it has certified all Mr. Krispers Baked Rice Snacks and Crunchmaster Baked Rice Crackers gluten-free. TH Foods, Inc. has been the exclusive manufacturer of Usuyaki-style (Japanese for thin/flat) in North America since 1994. The entire line of Mr. Krispers and Crunchmaster products are gluten-free, making them great tasting, snack options for the growing market of consumers following a gluten-free diet.
GFCO standards are met through a rigorous process of third-party audits and frequent product and ingredient testing at the manufacturing facility. The GFCO sets strict standards that finished products may not contain more than 10 ppm gluten, twice as strict as the proposed FDA and Codex definitions for gluten-free.
This announcement comes at the perfect time for TH Foods as we are preparing for the national launch of our Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Cracker line in supermarkets nationally in August. The new line is made with a combination of California brown rice, sesame, quinoa, amaranth and flax seeds.
"Until recently, it's been very challenging for consumers on gluten-free diets to find snacks that meet their dietary concerns and still deliver great taste," remarked Jim Garsow, Director of Marketing, TH Foods, Inc. "We are pleased that the GFCO is assisting us in providing an extra level of assurance for consumers that are looking for delicious, gluten-free snacks."
The Gluten-Free Certification Organization's (GFCO) provides an independent service to supervise gluten-free food production according to a consistent, defined, science-based standard that is confirmed by field inspections, in order to achieve heightened consumer confidence and safety. GFCO is 'Gluten-free you can easily see' through a trademarked logo on packaging. Products labeled with the GF certification mark allow consumers to easily identify items that have been independently verified to meet our high standards for gluten-free... potentially stricter than even the FDA will set as the standard for labeling. For more information visit: www.gfco.org, or call 253-218-2956.
ABOUT TH FOODS, INC.
TH Foods, Inc. is a leading manufacturer in the natural snack food industry. Our product offerings include all natural snack items, such as sesame and corn sticks; Usuyaki-style baked rice crackers like Crunchmaster(R) Baked Rice Crackers (www.crunchmaster.com); as well as innovative baked snacks such as the Mr. Krispers(R) Baked Rice Snacks (www.mrkrispers.com). Formerly known as Sesmark Foods, the company was founded as a privately owned company in 1984, and in 1989 Mitsubishi International Corporation and parent Mitsubishi Corporation, together with Kameda Seika (the market leading producer of rice crackers in Japan), joined as our joint venture partners. TH Foods strives to bring innovative, authentic "Better for You" balanced nutrition, rice-based crackers and snacks to North America.
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Contact Information: Mr. Jim Garsow TH Foods, Inc. (815) 639-3044 Email Contact
SOURCE: TH Foods