HomeFree, LLC Receives National Restaurant Association Food & Beverage Product Innovations 2012 Award: Cookies Recognized as Delicious, Healthy and Inclusive

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HomeFree LLC’s Gluten Free Vanilla Mini Cookies were recently awarded a Food & Beverage Product Innovations 2012 Award presented by the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. HomeFree Vanilla Mini Cookies are delicious and healthy for everyone, and additionally make it easy for food service operators to meet the needs of customers with almost every special diet, all with a single product.

HomeFree LLC’s Gluten Free Vanilla Mini Cookies were recently awarded a Food & Beverage Product Innovations 2012 Award presented by the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. This award recognizes consumable products that deliver significant restaurant operator benefits. HomeFree Vanilla Mini Cookies are delicious and healthy for everyone and, additionally, make it easy for food service operators to meet the needs of customers with almost every special diet, all with a single product.

Founder Jill Robbins, mother of a child with food allergies, and clinical psychologist, started HomeFree so that everyone can be included when snacks and desserts are offered. She is very pleased to receive this award, saying, “It’s great to see food service experts from such a broad variety of commercial and non-commercial segments recognizing and appreciating the importance of including people that have food allergies and other special dietary needs.”

Jack Crawford, Convention Chair for NRA Show 2012 and President and CEO of Ground Round Independent Owners Cooperative, LLC, said, “Our esteemed panel of judges selected groundbreaking food and beverage products that customers will soon be buzzing about.”

Research reported in Pediatrics in June, 2011 indicates that 1 in 13 U.S. children now have food allergies, a number that continues to grow. This number does not include people with gluten sensitivities, another growing demographic which HomeFree cookies also serve. HomeFree Vanilla Mini Cookies are certified gluten free, and are free of the eight most common food allergens. HomeFree is a pioneer and leader in the packaged food industry with regard to allergy safety, setting a high bar for standards.

HomeFree Gluten Free Vanilla Mini Cookies will satisfy most other special diet requests as well. They are low sodium, contain no trans fat, and are certified as a good source of whole grain. The cookies also are certified organic (70%), kosher pareve, vegan, and Non-GMO Project Verified. Additionally, they are heart healthy and SB-12 compliant for schools.

HomeFree cookies are available for food service as single serve bags in a 10-pack point of sale box and a 100-pack bulk box and bulk wrapped in a 3 pound and a 10 pound box. HomeFree cookies are distributed for the grocery channel in 5 ounce and 6 ounce boxes.

HomeFree is a certified woman owned business, and also a certified B Corporation for its strong commitment to social and environmental responsibility (http://www.bcorporation.net/homefree). HomeFree Gluten Free Vanilla Mini Cookies have won a Best Snack Award 2011 from Shape Magazine and were a finalist for Best New Food at Natural Products Expo East 2011. HomeFree will be exhibiting at booth # 3681 at the 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, May 5-8 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Jill Robbins also can be contacted at http://www.homefreetreats.com, foodservice(at)homefreetreats(dot)com, http://www.facebook.com/homefreetreats, http://www.twitter.com/homefreetreats, or telephone 800-552-7172 for more information, samples, and distribution information.

The annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is the largest single gathering of restaurant, foodservice and lodging professionals. The event attracts 58,000+ attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 100+ countries, and showcases the latest products, services, innovative ideas, up-to-the-minute information about trends and issues and other growth opportunities than any other industry event. Visit http://www.restaurant.org/show for more information.

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