Summer 2023

Manitoba Chamber of Commerce

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28 SUMMER 2023 A local entrepreneur is taking a bite out of the food industry with tasty products that cater to dietary needs. Amanda Lynn Gluten Free found its beginnings in 2015 at a Christmas craft sale with gluten-free perogies that stirred up a lot of interest. "We got started because I found out I had celiac so I needed to eat gluten-free. My family has a perogy business, Sevala's in Transcona. I had no intention of starting my own perogy business, but I worked on creating a recipe for gluten-free perogies for about two years just for myself," says owner Amanda DeSutter. "My husband said, 'Amanda, these are really good. We should share them with the world.' We sold them at the craft sale and the rest is history." Fast-forward to today and the Anola- based business sells its gluten-free and nut-free products in more than 60 retail locations throughout Manitoba. In addition, DeSutter continues to be a familiar face at markets across the province. Perogy sales make up more than half of their business, while they also offer other SUBMITTED PHOTOS GLUTEN-FREE COMPANY CONTINUES TO GROW BY JENNIFER MCFEE Manitoba business thrives with specialty foods WORLD TRADE CENTRE WINNIPEG

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