Popular chicken sandwich joint Chick-fil-A has unveiled a new option for patrons who are gluten-free: the Gluten-Free Bun. Those with Celiac’s disease or gluten sensitivity won’t have to shy again from Chick-fil-A anymore. Here’s more on the Gluten-Free Bun:
Made from a mix with ancient grains—like sorghum, amaranth, millet, quinoa and teff— this new bread option makes sandwich-eating-on-the-go easier for those looking to eat less or no gluten in their diet.
According to Chick-fil-A’s website, the Gluten-Free Bun will be unveiled in stores across the country starting this month.
“We know our customers are looking for more gluten-sensitive alternatives. They asked, and we listened,” said Leslie Neslage, senior consultant of menu development at Chick-fil-A. “We heard positive feedback in test markets that the bun tastes better than some other gluten-free breads. That’s because instead of rice flower, we’ve made the bun with more premium ingredients like quinoa and amaranth. Our hope is that the Gluten-Free Bun addition opens up options for gluten-sensitive customers to enjoy more of our menu.”
Per the official press release, the Gluten-Free Bun was tested in several markets and was commonly ordered with both the Grilled Chicken Sandwich and the Grilled Chicken Deluxe Sandwich. The Gluten-Free Bun reportedly has 150 calories and costs an additional $1.15, the popular chain notes.
More restaurants are adopting this dining option as more Americans are battling Celiac’s disease or gluten sensitivity. An estimated 3 million people here in the U.S. suffer from Celiac’s disease, while 18 million are estimated to have some degree of gluten sensitivity.
The Atlanta, GA-based Chick-fil-A was founded in 1967 by the late S. Truett Cathy. Best known for their original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A boasts over 2,100 stores across 46 states and in Washington, D.C. It reportedly raked in $8 billion in profits last year.
Good move, guys!