Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Chick-fil-A testing gluten-free bun

I wrote about this a couple of months ago but Chick-fil-A wouldn't confirm it, but now it's official: Chick-fil-A is testing a gluten-free bun.

The gluten-free bun is being tested in select restaurants in Idaho, Seattle and Jackson, Miss., with no guarantee that it will be rolled out to other markets, Chick-fil-A spokeswoman Leigh Jackson said by email.

But not in Jacksonville
"The bun is being tested in response to customer inquiries about gluten-free menu options," she said.

Chick-fil-A has several gluten-free options on the menu at all of its restaurants, including grilled chicken nuggets and waffle fries. The grilled chicken patties are also gluten free, giving the opportunity of a regular sandwich with a gluten-free bun.

However, Jackson cautioned that the kitchens are not gluten-free environments, meaning there is a risk of cross-contamination. Because of that, the gluten-free buns are individually packaged and sealed by the supplier before they arrive at Chick-fil-A restaurants.

You can get more information on Chick-fil-A's gluten free options at all restaurants here: www.chick-fil-a.com/Food/Allergen-Gluten-Diabetic.

It will be interesting to see how this works out. I've been disappointed by tests at other restaurant chains that didn't work out, such as gluten-free rolls at Subway and gluten-free doughnuts at Dunkin' Donuts. I'm hoping for better results here.

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