I met the owners of Full Flavor Foods when I started helping with the Lansing Gluten Free Fair years ago. Their products make gluten free meal preparation so much easier. I’m excited to be able to introduce them, and their owner, to you!
Paul Swanson, on the right, is the man and vision behind this line of gluten-free sauce bases. Their products makes it easier for life to “go back to normal” after a Celiac Disease diagnosis. Green Bean Casserole becomes easy again with their Cream of Mushrom Sauce Mix. Make Macaroni and Cheese in a snap with their Cheese Sauce Mix. Their cream sauce allows my pork-free husband to easily have biscuits and gravy again. Simply put, they help bring the joy back to cooking
Read further for the background behind Paul and his company, in his own words.
1. What inspired you to become a food producer? Why the focus on gluten-free?
Well, here is the “short” story: We have a long family background (over 100 years combined) in the creation of commercial soups, sauces and gravies. My mother discovered her intolerance to wheat/ gluten almost 50 years ago. She felt frustrated about the lack of quality options at the grocery store, so we started making our own. As the gluten free industry grew, we felt there might be real interest in quality soup, sauce and gravy choices like ours.
2. Are there other highlights of your products? Low sodium, fat free, etc?
Full Flavor Foods products are free from gluten, egg, nuts, MSG, hydrogenated oils, and trans fats. They contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. In addition, the majority of our products contain no soy. (The beef gravy is the exception.) Our 4 gravies are also dairy-free. In addition, our Mushroom and Cream Soups/Sauces are also lactose free! (We use coconut oil instead of cream in our cream soups and sauces.)
3. What steps do you take to insure that your products are truly gluten-free?
A company independently tests every batch of Full Flavor Foods mixes before we ship them for sale. We have never received a result indicating a trace of gluten, using the very best testing, which tests for less than 5ppm. (“parts per million”). Our products are also third- party certified as being gluten-free by the Gluten Free Food Program. (Which is endorsed by the National Celiac Association.)
4. Do you have any stories of customers who reported back to you how important your
products have been in their life?
I had a woman in Texas literally break into tears after tasting our Southern Style Breakfast Sausage Gravy (made with our Cream Soup/Sauce Base mix). She had not enjoyed it in years because she could not find anything GF or make it correctly without using wheat flour. So, it feels like we are make a small difference in people’s lives, helping them recreate many of those comfort foods they miss.
5. What would you like consumers to know about your products and your business?
We want consumers to know our products are safe for those with Celiac Disease. Not only that, but they are quite delicious, very versatile (check out our GF Recipe Booklet) and better than most similar products found in the marketplace. Why? Because we care about quality. Where other companies make “brown gravy,” our beef gravy mix is made from real beef.
To us, this company is more than just a business. We understand (from firsthand experience) about the challenges faced by those with Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance . We know they still want, and deserve, great tasting food. Being gluten-free does not mean consumers have agreed to settle for substandard food!
We also want to spread the word that our mixes now come in bulk for food service customers and larger families. Our larger bags can make up to a full gallon of sauce or gravy. Orders have mostly been from grocery chains (with commissary operations), nursing homes, schools, and hospitals. However even larger families love our bigger, resealable bags.
You’ll find Full Flavor Foods products on their website, in many stores, and at many events nationwide. Some of their products are also available on Vitacost and Gluten Free Mall. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see where they’ll be next as well as recipe ideas!
**Full Flavor Foods sponsored this post. I adore them regardless, and all of my thoughts and opinions are my own.**