Entries by bwarner

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 […]

Particle Size Matters in Baking Applications

For as much discussion as there is about getting the right flour mix for the right application, there could be as much discussion about particle size and its importance to a recipe’s performance. Just as you wouldn’t use a cake mix as the base for a pizza crust formulation, applications that need a more elastic […]

Three Highlights from Natural Products Expo East

Firebird was one of more than 1,450 exhibitors at the largest Natural Products Expo East on record at the Baltimore Convention Center. Unlike the famed “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” mantra, what happens at Expo East is designed to spread like wildfire. And when it comes to supporting natural, organic, gluten- or allergen-free […]

Cooking up Great Things From IFT16 to PLMA

The Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo (IFT16) at McCormick Place in Chicago just ended, and Firebird was there to stay on top of growing trends and industry news. With so much energy and innovation happening in one place, we had a hard time fitting our enthusiasm into a few choice highlights. […]

Firebird Artisan Mills Partnership is Part of Bakery’s Recipe for Success

MyBread Gluten Free Bakery was a small shop in 2013, a one-man artisanal bakery with a singular vision: to provide a delicious, versatile, gluten-free bread alternative. In 2011, founder Dan Gallagher and his mom refined a recipe for a gluten-free flatbread that celiac sufferers could use for anything from pizza to sandwich buns. That’s where […]

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 […]