Gluten-Free Solutions for the Food Service and Hospitality Industry

With 2.5 million Canadians eating gluten-free, there is an overwhelming amount of information available on what and how to eat gluten-free.  Disseminating what is fact and what is fiction can be a near impossible task.

The Gluten-Free Food Program (GFFP) has developed GF-Verified, GF-Dedicated and GF-Smart to support the food service and hospitality industry’s efforts to service the gluten-free community. These two programs consist of gluten-free training and operational best practices tailored to commercial food providers, including restaurants, caterers, camps, hotels, convention centres, healthcare and educational institutions, to name a few. Participation provides the added assurance to consumers that establishments have met stringent requirements for the production and handling of gluten-free products, setting themselves apart from all others displaying “GFFP Trade Marks” or making their own gluten-free claims.

By participating in the Gluten-Free Food Program, operators can benefit from the gluten-free market and its exponential growth by communicating their commitment to producing safe, reliable and trusted gluten-free products for consumers.

Become a GF-Verified or GF-Dedicated Establishment.

GFFP helps you meet gluten-free regulatory requirements and arms you with the knowledge, systems and training you need to keep your gluten-free customers safe. Either membership confirms your sincere commitment to gluten-free and maximizes your ability to effectively market to and reach the gluten-free community.

Training and food handling

• Take the guess work out of how to implement gluten-free operational processes

Verification

Third-party verification for objective accountability

Marketing

• Display the designated GFFP Trade Mark – consumer’s mark of assurance that your gluten-free program is done right

• Receive special establishment annual membership package to access resources and reach celiac and gluten-sensitive consumers with the endorsements from Canada’s two leading national organizations

• Receive establishment endorsed listings on the Canadian Celiac Association and Fondation québécoise de la maladie coeliaque web sites linked to our GF-Finder

• Access the full complement of GFFP’s marketing and public relations member benefits package

GF-Verified Benefits and Implementation Steps

Take GF-Smart Training.

GF-Smart is professional training for managers, servers and back of house staff covering the essential aspects of providing safe gluten-free foods within a commercial kitchen. The program covers all elements of the operation, and includes topics such as ingredient sourcing, proper storage practices, avoiding cross-contamination, gluten-free food preparation and serving. Taking the GF-Smart program will help food handlers:

• Understand the dietary needs of a growing medically diagnosed group

• Increase their confidence when dealing with a gluten-free request

• Provide better customer service

• Receive less complaints, improve job efficiency

• Become a more desirable hire

• Be socially responsible

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