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Bella Lucia Gluten-Free Vanilla Pizzelles

Posted in Featured Brand on March 22nd at 4:40 pm

Bella Lucia Gluten-Free Pizzelles began five years ago when founder Maryann Petta Cook experimented by substituting gluten-free flour for wheat flour in her pizzelle recipe. The rest, she says, was history, and soon a local natural food store began selling her cookies. After just a few months, the cookies were such a hit that customers began asking for them by name!

Gluten-Free Food Examiner Jennifer Harris recently reviewed the cookies for her column, beginning her review with, “I never tried a pizzelle before my [Celiac] diagnosis, but I think the quality of this product is such that it is hard to tell they are gluten-free.” She ends her report urging her readers to ask retailers like you to start carrying the cookies because they’re THAT good.


If you’re interested in carrying these delicious Italian treats, the following varieties of Bella Lucia Pizzelles are available through Garden Spot Distributors:

247300 BELLA LUCIA Anise Pizzelle

247310 BELLA LUCIA Vanilla Pizzelle

247320 BELLA LUCIA Saigon Cinnamon Pizzelle


We hope these products help you introduce another gluten-free alternative to baked goods in your store. They’re sure to be a hit!

Shiloh Farms Chia Seeds

Posted in Featured Brand on March 15th at 4:30 pm

Chia seeds have been a popular source of energy and nutrition for centuries – dating back to the Aztecs and other pre-Columbian cultures of Mexico. The seeds are known as ‘hydrophilic’ because they can absorb 10 times their weight in water. The gelatinous substance they form when water logged is soothing to the digestive tract, beneficial for keeping the body hydrated, and helps maintain electrolyte balance.

Chia seeds are a great source of fiber, and they promote good digestion in the body, contributing to a healthy colon and decreased exposure to harmful toxins. The seeds have also been known to slow down the body’s digestion of carbohydrates to help the body stabilize blood sugar levels. In addition, they’re a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, boron, phosphorus, manganese and zinc.

For your customers, chia seeds can be a great yogurt or breakfast cereal topping. Bake them into muffins or pancakes, or add them to salads and smoothies. You could even sample them in your retail store over a small bit of Greek yogurt as a breakfast option. Just be sure your customers know to drink a 12-ounce glass of water for every tablespoon of chia seeds consumed to counteract the water absorption properties.


The following Shiloh Farms Chia Seeds are available through Garden Spot Distributors:

222025 SHILOH FARMS Chia Seeds, Black ORGANIC

222031 SHILOH FARMS Chia Seeds, Black

222035 SHILOH FARMS Chia Seeds, White

Tonya’s Gluten Free Soft Pretzels

Posted in Featured Brand on February 27th at 7:37 pm

Tonya Bernard’s venture into gluten-free baking started when her young daughter Cailie was diagnosed with celiac disease. Cailie suffered extreme malnutrition and weight loss before doctors discovered her gluten intolerance, and Tonya wanted to be sure her daughter could enjoy the same lifestyle as other children regardless of her disease.

When Tonya herself was diagnosed with celiac disease shortly after Cailie, the pair searched high and low for delicious gluten-free baked goods with no success. That’s when Tonya decided to begin experimenting with gluten-free recipes on her own.

By the time her daughter reached kindergarten, Tonya had successfully developed a recipe for gluten-free bread, but she still missed the buttery taste of an old-fashioned soft pretzel. After more experimenting with recipes, she finally found one that resembled the taste of her Aunt’s famous soft pretzels, and Tonya’s Gluten Free Soft Pretzels were born!


The following Tonya’s Gluten-Free products are available through Garden Spot Distributors:

169100 TONYA’S GLUTEN FREE Original Soft Pretzels, 16.2 oz.

169110 TONYA’S GLUTEN FREE Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels, 16.2 oz.

169120 TONYA’S GLUTEN FREE Original Soft Pretzel Bites, 14.52 oz.

169130 TONYA’S GLUTEN FREE Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites, 14.52 oz.

Tonya’s soft pretzels, both regular and cinnamon sugar, are by far her most sought after product. We recommend giving them a try today – your customers will love them!

Featured Brand: Second Helpings & a Product Giveaway

Posted in Featured Brand on February 19th at 4:23 pm

Like most gluten-free eaters, Second Helping founder Jillian Taffe’s decision to remove gluten from her family’s diet wasn’t a choice, but a necessity. After Jillian and two of her children were diagnosed with celiac disease, her husband and middle child soon discovered they were suffering from a gluten intolerance as well. Soon after, the busy mom of three struggled to find healthy, wholesome gluten-free dinner options for her family that didn’t take all day to cook.

Jillian was determined to find a way to serve the ‘normal’ foods her family had grown to love at mealtime. After getting creative in the kitchen, her first recipe for gluten-free corn dogs – now fondly dubbed Corn Puppies – was born, and so was Second Helping.

Since then, Jillian has worked with Executive Chef Amy Fothergill to create delectable gluten-free, dairy/casein-free, soy-free and nut-free frozen food options that help families eat well on the go. She is committed to only producing Second Helping products in a dedicated gluten-free facility and to ensure that they’re gluten-free verified through ELISA batch testing. All of Second Helping products are gluten-free certified through GFCO.

The following Second Helping products are available through Garden Spot Distributors:

172750  Corn Puppies

172760  Mama’s Meatballs

We’re so excited about adding Second Helping products to our product distribution list in 2013 that we’re giving away a free sample of the product to one lucky winner! To enter, just send us an email at telling us why you would like to try these gluten-free and freezer-friendly products by February 26, and we’ll choose one lucky winner to receive our Second Helping prize pack. Check out the list of products below that are included with this prize, and check back next week to find out if you’ve won. Good luck!

Second Helping Prize Pack:

1 case Mama’s Meatballs

1 case Corn Puppies

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Le Veneziane Pasta

Posted in Featured Brand on February 12th at 2:33 pm

If you’re looking for a delicious gluten-free pasta offering for your retail location – look no further. Quattrobimbi’s imported Le Veneziane pasta from Molino di Ferro is just the ticket! Perhaps due to their strong preferences for bread, pasta and pastry, Italy is one of the leading producers of gluten-free foods, and Le Veneziane has been the best selling gluten-free pasta brand in Italy for more than 10 years.

Le Veneziane pasta is created from GMO-free corn meal. Thanks to the corn, the pasta is chock full of carotenes (provitamin A) which give it a natural yellow color and it ensures excellent cooking quality of the pasta that tastes great and is easily digestible for those with a gluten intolerance – and it’s even certified Kosher from Italy’s Kosher Union.

The following Le Veneziane pastas are available through Garden Spot Distributors:

186600 Eliche (Rotelle) Corn Pasta

186610 Fettucce (Tagliatelle) Corn Pasta

186620 Penne Rigate Corn Pasta

186630 Rigatatoni Corn Pasta

186640 Spaghetti Corn Pasta

If you’re looking to stock more gluten-free pasta options in your store – you’re in luck. La Veneziane is available in eliche, fettuccini, penne, rigatoni and spaghetti. Your customers will think they’ve been transported to a rustic Italian dinner table, and they’ll surely thank you for it!