Allergen-Free Products: The Stars of the (Food) Show!
Companies at the Grocery Innovations Canada trade show, held in Toronto every year, showcased a large number of peanut- and gluten-free products. A rise in peanut and gluten allergies has led to an increase in awareness, especially in schools and grocery store. Celiac disease affects 1 in 133 Canadians, and as people become more aware of the disease, demand for suitable products has increased. Food manufacturers are also targeting those with autism. Retailers have also been responding to the consumer demand by including a gluten-free section in stores. Canada.com [no date – accessed 11/8/08]