Kristy Lewis’ goal when she created Boulder, Colo.-based Quinn
Snacks was to make a safer, healthier alternative to microwave popcorn, and thus the Pure Pop Bag
was born—the first and only clean
microwave popcorn bag stripped
of all chemical and plastic coatings
made with real ingredients.
Transparency and sustainability have played key roles in the company’s
success and push it to dig much deeper when sourcing to make food differently. Its farm-to-bag policy means consumers always know where the
ingredients come from, how the products are made and the types of manufacturers and suppliers they work with. “I wanted to create a snack company that cares about what they are putting into their food—to create a
brand that people can trust,” says Lewis.
SMART FLOUR FOODS
After Charlie Pace discovered
his own gluten intolerance, he
was inspired to make gluten-free
foods so good that they appealed
to everyone. He purchased Smart
Flour Foods in 2011 after enjoying a gluten-free pizza made with
Smart Flour’s proprietary ancient-grain, gluten-free dough at his
local pizzeria. Pace, who today
serves as president and CEO of the Austin-based company, immediately
realized that not only was the ancient-grain blend a better option for him,
it had the taste, texture and nutrition that would appeal to all consumers.
The company’s latest innovation is Snack Bites, gluten-free pizza snacks.
Available in the traditional and time-tested pizza flavors including Three
Cheese, Uncured Pepperoni and Pepperoni & Sausage Combo, Snack Bites
are certified gluten-free, free of artificial colors and flavors, made with several organic ingredients, and free of many allergens including wheat, nuts,
tree nuts, soy and eggs.
One of the chief reasons TH Foods cre-
ated its gluten-free Crunchmaster crack-
ers was so that consumers did not have
to choose between eating better and hav-
ing food that tastes good. Kim Holman,
director of marketing for the Loves Park,
Ill.–based company, says every recipe
starts focused on taste. “Then, our crack-
ers just happen to be gluten-free, kosher
and free from artificial colors, flavors,
and preservatives because we believe
tasty foods can also be better for you,” says Holman.
The company’s latest innovations include Protein Snack Crackers,
which have 5 grams of plant-based, soy-free protein and only 130 calories in 32 crackers. The crackers come in Sea Salt, Barbeque and Roasted
Garlic flavors. The company’s Crunchmaster Tuscan Peasant crackers
have a rich, authentic flavor baked right into the base cracker, with a light
and crispy crunch.
For almost 90 years, the Toufayans have been filling lunch boxes, toasters,
and stomachs with fresh lines of pitas, flatbreads, bagels, wraps, lavash and
breadsticks. Based in Ridgefield, N.J., with bakeries in Orlando and Plant
City, Fla., the third-generation of Toufayans oversee the entire process from
ingredient sourcing and production to distribution. Today, Toufayan is one
of the largest privately held specialty bread bakeries in the U.S.
Toufayan was among the very first companies to develop and introduce
a gluten-free wrap that had the taste and texture of regular wraps and also
offers gluten-free pita chips. One of the company’s latest products, Goodie
Girl Gluten-Free Cookies, comes in classic flavors such as Mint Slims,
Chocolate Chunk, Midnight Brownie, Toffee Crunch, and Oatmeal Raisin.
“Toufayan has always been sensitive to health trends and ensuring
that we offer a range of products that satisfied all consumers,” says Karen
Toufayan, vice president of marketing and sales.
ZEMAS MADHOUSE FOODS
Ever since she was 16, Jill Motew,
founder of Zemas Madhouse
Foods, based in Highland Park,
Ill., understood the connection
between what she ate and how
she felt. After getting married
and having five kids, she began
to create her own line of baking mixes for her family. Zemas
Madhouse Foods grew organically out of her kitchen and today the company has a line of ready-to-eat
cookies as well.
Motew says Zemas products stand apart from competitors because they
only use ancient whole grains that are naturally gluten-free and nutrient
dense. “We are also set apart by our certifications which include kosher,
GFCO, Non-GMO Project Verified, Vegan and Top 8 Allergen free—
making our products safe for all families,” she says.