Universities accommodate all students without sacrificing taste

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Universities accommodate all students without sacrificing taste



Westwood, Kan. – College brings students of all backgrounds together in one place, which means satisfying the complexity of their dietary needs can be challenging. And according to a survey from the NPD Group, a staggering 30 percent of the population is interested in avoiding or cutting down on gluten in their diets.

Beyond the medical necessity, pop culture has promoted a gluten-free diet as a healthy lifestyle choice. In fact, the number of people who adhere to a gluten-free diet has tripled in the last five years, even though those diagnosed with actual gluten intolerance has not increased. Whether it’s for health needs or personal preference, those in campus dining need to adapt to this trend.

Today, you can enjoy just about any type of food without the gluten—including waffles. In fact, Heartland Waffles offers a delicious gluten-free waffle mix that uses a blend of white and brown rice flour to create a sweet, crisp and soft Belgian-style waffle. The company works with a large number of colleges and universities across the country that are realizing how valuable this kind of breakfast option can be for their students.

“The gluten-free students really like the waffles and like having the option,” said Thomas Ludewig, executive chef at Pace University. “And even our non-gluten free students like the waffles!”

Everyone’s dietary needs are different, and going gluten-free isn’t a quick fix for everyone. But many people giving it a try are finding the benefits worth the sacrifice. Having access to gluten-free alternatives is appealing, if not necessary, which means dining halls on college campuses need to provide these accommodations.

“Our waffles are a popular option for students eating in the dining hall,” said Mark Truitt, president of Heartland Waffles. “And as more and more campuses expand their gluten-free options, we’re proud to be able to offer a waffle that not only accommodates this dietary need but is also so good that no one can tell the difference.”

About Heartland Waffles

Founded in 1986, Heartland Waffles is a waffle service company headquartered in the Midwest, providing full-service programs to hotels, restaurants, universities and other fresh-meal establishments across North America. Our waffle bakers and waffle mixes are created to ensure a great experience for your customers and a more profitable product for you. Our company, our bakers and our mixes are proud to be made in the U.S.A. Learn more at heartlandwaffles.com.

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Mark Truitt

– President