CHELSEA, Mass., June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- al fresco All Natural, America's top-selling chicken sausage, announced today that its entire line of products is now gluten-free. While most premium sausage makers have select items that are gluten-free, al fresco All Natural guarantees that 100% of our all natural products are gluten-free and always will be.
"We are constantly seeking and getting feedback from our consumers and over the past year we heard loud and clear that our customers desired – and often needed – to eat gluten-free products as part of their healthy lifestyle," said Sarah Crowley, al fresco Sr. Brand Manager. "As nearly all of our products were gluten-free already, it was an easy decision to make."
al fresco replaced the Mango Chipotle Fresh Dinner Sausage with the new Spicy Chipotle Fresh Dinner Sausage, keeping the smoky chipotle flavor but leaving out the gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley that causes a toxic allergic reaction in those with Celiac Disease, a lifelong inherited autoimmune condition.
The demand for gluten-free products has exploded in recent years, as general awareness and interest in gluten-free dining and cooking has increased, becoming a mainstream lifestyle. Cases of Celiac Disease have doubled every 15 years since 1974, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in September 2010. In addition, many Americans without issues digesting gluten have adopted a gluten-free diet as part of a healthy lifestyle.
"As more and more Americans adopt a gluten-free lifestyle, we felt it was important to offer an entire line of healthy, delicious products they could enjoy worry-free," Crowley said.
In addition to being gluten-free, al fresco has no artificial ingredients and is made with lean, skinless chicken meat and only the freshest herbs and spices. With 70% less fat than traditional pork sausage and 30% less sodium, al fresco is the delicious and healthy choice, perfect for grilling season.
al fresco All Natural chicken meatballs and chicken sausages are available at major grocery stores nationwide in the refrigerated section.
To learn more about the al fresco All Natural brand or to explore the many recipes created to highlight al fresco's gluten-free variety of flavors, please visit www.alfrescoallnatural.com.
About al fresco: al fresco All Natural is manufactured by Kayem Foods, Inc. the largest meat processor in New England, making over 500 products under eight brand names. Based in Chelsea, MA, the privately held and operated company has been owned and operated by the same family since 1909. Kayem Foods offers the best of both worlds - "Old World" flavor and "New World" quality and freshness. For more information, visit the al fresco All Natural website at www.alfrescoallnatural.com. Consumers can further interact with al fresco on Twitter and Facebook.
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