US restaurant firm Chick-fil-A announced the addition of a new Gluten-Free Bun, which is now available in restaurants nationwide, comes individually packaged and can be ordered with any of Chick-fil-A's sandwich offerings.
The addition comes in response to customers' requests for more gluten-free/sensitive options on the menu.
ata shows roughly 18 million Americans have a gluten sensitivity or preference.1 Chick-fil-A is one of the few quick-service restaurants to offer a gluten-free bun.
"We know our customers are looking for more gluten-sensitive alternatives. They asked, and we listened," said Leslie Neslage, senior consultant of menu development at Chick-fil-A. "We heard positive feedback in test markets that the bun tastes better than some other gluten-free breads. That's because instead of rice flower, we've made the bun with more premium ingredients like quinoa and amaranth. Our hope is that the Gluten-Free Bun addition opens up options for gluten-sensitive customers to enjoy more of our menu."
In test markets, the Gluten-Free Bun was most commonly ordered with the Grilled Chicken Sandwich and the Grilled Chicken Deluxe Sandwich.
The new bun has 150 calories and costs an additional $1.15.
While individually packaged and certified free of gluten, guests will be required to assemble their own sandwiches to reduce risk of cross-contamination. Chick-fil-A kitchens are not gluten-free.