Sunday, June 28, 2009

Hail Caesar

A local family-owned and operated pasta maker recently expanded its product line to cater to gluten-intolerant diners. Caesar's Pasta Specialties, a third-generation business based in Blackwood, New Jersey, has introduced all-natural, gluten-free frozen Italian entrees. Caesar's gluten-free meals are made with rice pasta, ricotta cheese filling and marinara sauce. Varieties include stuffed shells, manicotti, cheese lasagna and vegetable lasagna.

Michelle Hennessy, the company's Director of Sales, says that the idea for adding gluten-free entrees came from the fact that several members of the family that owns Caesar's are on gluten-restricted diets. According to Michelle, every batch of gluten-free product made by the company is lab-tested by third parties for the presence of gluten. She adds that based on the early success of this product line, the company is developing other gluten-free meals that she hopes will debut before the end of the year. Michelle also tells me that the company will be updating its website to provide more information about the meals.

Caesar's gluten-free dishes are available at area supermarkets and health food stores. In addition, customers can stop by the company's headquarters at 1001 Lower Landing Road in Blackwood and purchase the gluten-free meals Monday through Friday during regular business hours.
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