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While their dietary needs may vary wildly, in truth, free-from food shoppers all want the same thing — to enjoy delicious meals that nourish without the worry of unwanted ingredients.

If cheese is, as American writer Clifton Fadiman declared in the 1960s, "milk's leap toward immortality," then discovering and selling artisanal and specialty cheeses never gets old. Americans certainly like cheese, consuming about 35 pounds of it on a per capita basis, according to the

The best things in life are free, but the next best thing when it comes to diet and nutrition may be "free-from." The term "free" has always resonated among consumers, but in many respects, it now refers not just to price, but also to whether a food or beverage is gluten-free, tree nut-free, lactos

Gluten, with a name derived from the Greek word for "glue," may serve to bind products together to impart texture and bite, but manufacturers and retailers are coming together to offer more products without this protein found in wheat and other types of grains. As an ingredient, gluten hasn't been

Examples of gluten-free companies that entered the market early and subsequently have become category leaders include Pamela's Products in Ukiah, Calif.; Crunchmaster in Loves Park, Ill.; and Boulder Brands in Paramus, N.J., the last of which produces gluten-free products under the Udi's, Glutino a