GFN Foods was founded
in 2004 by members of the Graven family. But the story goes
much farther back than that.
In the late 1990's
one of our spouses injured his back. They found
that his bone density was low, which seemed unusual, since
osteoporosis is typically found in the elderly and he was
a man in his
he had no other obvious symptoms and no explanation for his condition,
he and his wife began an exhaustive search for the cause of his
After months of visiting doctor
after doctor who had no idea what may be causing
the osteoporosis, they were referred to a specialist who
performed a simple blood test which confirmed he had celiac
disease. The diagnosis was then reconfirmed with a small bowel
news was bittersweet. While on the one hand, it was wonderful
news that a correct diagnosis had been made,
and a treatment for his condition was available, but
on the other hand, he was told he had to give up gluten
for life! His initial reaction was near panic..."What
will I eat?!?!", but slowly, together they
began to learn the gluten-free diet.
They remember their first shopping
trip to a grocery store after the diagnosis.
They spent hours reading labels and bought very little.
They tried the gluten-free foods they found in health food
but they were disappointing to say the least.
Similar to thousands
of celiacs and their loved ones, they researched the disease
and learned about what foods were safe to eat. But with baked
goods, they felt there was some room for improvement. So they
worked at it. They went through hundreds of iterations of blends
and recipes to get as close to the gluten-based foods that
he missed eating. His wife drew upon her extensive baking experience
which had been passed down from mother to daughter through
generations of cooking in the European tradition. She compared
her new gluten-free versions to the traditional family favorite
recipes and developed baked goods that were virtually indistinguishable
from their gluten filled counterparts.
Over time, the results
got better and better, and they started serving the baked goods
to celiacs and non-celiacs alike to get their opinions. They
knew they were onto something when they brought plates of
gluten-free baked goods to parties and the goodies were gobbled
up before they even had a chance to explain to the guests that
the treats were all gluten-free. No one even thought that there
was something different about them. Several people asked for the
recipes simply because they were so delicious – they didn’t
even know what celiac disease was and couldn't have cared less
that the baked goods were made without wheat.
With many more responses like this, they decided to find a way
to share their baked goods with others, celiac and non-celiac
alike. As a results of those efforts, GFN Foods was born. Now
you can enjoy those same baked goods fresh from home.
So why do we call them Gluten-Free Naturals? These are the foods
that someone on a gluten-free diet would naturally want to have.
The foods that someone would miss if they couldn't eat wheat
We hope you enjoy our products
as much as we do. A gluten-free diet does not have to mean
food with poor texture.
You can enjoy the best, without the serious side effects of eating
gluten. Our co-founder’s husband can attest to that. As
a result of the gluten-free diet, his bone density is back to
normal. He feels great, and he doesn't miss wheat at all. And
with our products, you can too!