Great news for the GF Community… GlutenFreeTravelSite and the Celiac Sprue Association have recently announced a partnership to spread the word about “gluten-free friendly” restaurants and other businesses. Read the PRweb release below:
South Riding, VA, July 10, 2012 –
GlutenFreeTravelSite, a website containing thousands of user-submitted gluten free dining and travel reviews, today announced their partnership with the Celiac Sprue Association, one of the most prominent non-profit organizations dedicated to educating and supporting individuals with Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity. The partnership goal is to further spread the word within the fast-growing gluten free community about the many restaurants and other businesses that safely accommodate people on gluten free diets.
“We’ve made the exciting choice to work with Silver Advocacy Partner, GlutenFreeTravelSite, to consolidate our local chapters’ valuable dining and travel reviews on one site — in a consistent format that’s accessible to Celiac Sprue Association (CSA) members – and the greater gluten free community,” said CSA Executive Director Mary Schluckebier.
CSA members will be able to access other members’ reviews on a dedicated page – and the reviews will also be accessible to any visitor to GlutenFreeTravelSite via a geographic search by town, zip code, state, or country. By having CSA members’ recommendations and reviews on GlutenFreeTravelSite, their feedback will help other people with Celiac or gluten sensitivity, whether they are searching the reviews on GlutenFreeTravelSite for someplace safe to eat in their area – or in a location where they are traveling.
“We are honored to be working with CSA on this important initiative,” said Karen Broussard, founder and president of GlutenFreeTravelSite, the original and most robust online source of gluten free dining and travel reviews. “As members of CSA’s chapters add their reviews, there will be an even greater treasure trove of personal guidance to search on our site — in addition to the thousands of existing reviews of restaurants, markets, bakeries, hotels/resorts, B&Bs, cruises, colleges, and even churches that offer GF communion. At the same time, we’ll be giving increased exposure to the many wonderful businesses that serve our gluten-free community.”
Most people who follow gluten-free diets do so because of Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disease in which the body is unable to digest gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. As many as 1 in 133 people in the United States have it, according to a 2003 study, but over 90% of these people remain undiagnosed. In addition, a study in 2011 established that an additional 7-8% of the population has gluten sensitivity. As awareness of these two conditions has grown, more restaurants and other businesses have recognized the need to serve this market by offering gluten free options.