• Firebird Artisan Mills Expands to Serve Growing Gluten-Free Market

    With the addition of two new production lines, Firebird Artisan Mills has boosted their capacity to likely become the largest 100% dedicated, certified gluten-free and allergen-free flour mill in North America. “When you factor efficiency improvements, this expansion nearly triples our plant capacity to about seven million pounds, and enables us to be a better […]

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    Why Gluten-Free?

    The Mayo Clinic Proceedings journal states that one percent of the United States population have been diagnosed with celiac disease, a long-term digestive disorder that damages the intestinal lining. Celiac disease sufferers cannot eat gluten, which is a protein found in barley, rye and wheat. More than 3 million people in the U.S. without a […]

  • The Enduring Appeal of Ancient Grains

    In a Packaged Facts survey, about a fifth of American adults say they’ve recently bought ancient grain items off of a menu or grocery store shelf. So what are ancient grains and what’s the appeal? Ancient grains are a group of grains, pseudograins and pseudocereals that have remained unchanged over the last several hundred (if […]

  • Right Now: Quinoa and Pulse Flours

    We’re Keen On Quinoa The Incans called quinoa “chisaya mama,” which means “The Mother of All Grains.” Although technically this protein-packed ancient grain is a seed, it’s not hard to see why quinoa is appreciated: It’s gluten-free, high in magnesium and iron and contains all nine essential amino acids. “Quinoa flour is an airy, light […]

  • Organic and Gluten-Free Ingredients:  The Power Behind Your Product Assortment

    In 2013, gluten-free food sales – versions of foods such as cereal or pasta that aren’t naturally gluten-free – accounted for 2.8 percent of total food sales, according to Mintel research. By 2015, gluten-free food sales grew to 6.5 percent of total food sales. The numbers prove it: wheat-sensitive, celiac and other health-conscious customers want […]

  • Why Testing Matters

    Anyone who lives with celiac disease or a wheat allergy knows all too well that you can’t always trust a company’s claim that a product is “naturally gluten-free.” It takes only one trip to urgent care for a consumer to become a constant skeptic. Firebird understands how important it is for manufacturers to earn the […]

  • March Madness 2016: SoCal IFT, Engredea and Natural Products Expo West Recap

    Think the only excitement that happened in March was on the basketball court? Think again. The Firebird team found plenty of energy and innovation in Anaheim at the Southern California IFT Supplier Expo and Engredea/Natural Products Expo West. The fellas from Firebird enjoyed a fantastic few days in Anaheim at the Southern California IFT Supplier […]

  • Pulse Crops Get a Year in the Sun

    As one of the handful of facilities that can process pulse proteins, we at Firebird Artisan Mills couldn’t be more excited that the United Nations proclaimed 2016 “The Year of the Pulses.” Pulse crops are an often-overlooked nutrition source, and it’s finally their time in the sun. If you aren’t familiar with pulse crops and […]