Chick-fil-A has added a gluten-free bun, now available for all of its sandwiches, in response to the estimated 18 million Americans who want bread free of the substance for either medical reasons or dietary preferences.
The chicken chain on Monday rolled out a gluten-free bun nationwide.
Before launching the menu addition across the country, Chick-fil-A has been testing the bun in Washington state, Idaho and MS since April 2016, according to a report by Gluten-Free Living. McDonald's restaurants in the Netherlands are testing gluten-free buns as well, according to NBC.
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But the distribution facility recently stopped that practice and began delivering pallets of the fruit to its customers instead. In 2015, California exported $US25 million worth of avocados , according to the UC Davis Centre for Agricultural Issues.
"We know our customers are looking for more gluten-sensitive alternatives". The bun was tested in three cities across the US past year and is now being rolled out to all stores. "They asked, and we listened", said Leslie Neslage, senior consultant of menu development at Chick-fil-A.
The bun costs an extra $1.15 and comes individually packaged.
But people may be sticking to the gluten-free diet more than necessary. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,100 restaurants in 46 states and Washington, D.C.