Rich Products Adds Gluten-Free Pizza Crust to C-Store Foodservice Offering

Meanwhile, Hershey announces its lineup of new treats and returning favorites for Valentine's Day and Easter.

January 20, 2023

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Rich Products has introduced a certified gluten-free pizza crust to its menu for convenience-store operators. The gluten-free, parbaked Detroit-style pizza crust is a 9”x7” premium personal-sized crust in a freezer-to-oven format.

“Rich’s truly has a pizza crust option for every consumer at the table,” said Alyssa Barrett, customer marketing manager—convenience, Rich Products. “The new Gluten Free Parbaked Detroit Style Pizza Crust is the ideal solution for c-store operators. It’s a delicious crust that’s not only labor-friendly, but also uniquely meets the exploding demand for this regional pizza style and the growing requests for gluten-free alternatives.”

Three out of four consumers consider gluten-free products beneficial for everyone, not just those with a gluten allergy, intolerance or sensitivity, according to Mintel’s “Gluten Free Foods” report, while Detroit-style pizza ranked the fourth most popular menu item on Grub Hub’s Dining Trends in 2021.

Rich’s Detroit Style Pizza Crust contains no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, no high fructose corn syrup and no hydrogenated oils. It omits more than 70 sensitive ingredients such as bleached flour, MSG and added sulfites. The crusts are each nine ounces and come 20 per case with a shelf life of 240 days frozen or seven days refrigerated.

Meanwhile, Hershey has announced its Valentine’s Day and Easter candy line up.

New Valentine's Day treats include Hershey's Milk Chocolate Heart Bars, Hershey's Kisses Chocolate Dipped Strawberry, Rolo Creamy Caramels and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups-Shaped Gift Box.

"We're thrilled to help consumers share their love for others on Valentine's Day through classic products such as Reese's and Rolo, as well as through our new innovations such as Hershey's KISSES Chocolate Dipped Strawberry," said Brian Jones, senior associate brand manager, Valentine's Day, at The Hershey Company.

Hershey’s new Easter candies are Cadbury Rainbow Mini Eggs, Almond Joy Snack Size, Hershey's Solid Milk Chocolate Eggs Easter Egg-Shaped Gift Box, Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs Easter Egg-Shaped Gift Box, Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milk Chocolate XL Bar and Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramello XL Bar.

"We've brought back seasonal favorites such as Cadbury Royal Dark Chocolate Mini Eggs and Reese's Peanut Butter Bunnies and introduced familiar delights like snack-sized Almond Joy in brand new festive packaging to assist in filling homes with sweetness this Easter," said Stephen Tiemeyer, senior associate brand manager, Easter, at The Hershey Company.