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Federal Way-based Forza to carry Spanaway bakery’s gluten-free products

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on Jan. 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
January 28, 2011 2:15 pm

Interesting news, in light of the spirited conversation going on lately about supporting local businesses:

A Spanaway bakery that specializes in gluten-free, vegan baked goods has added Forza Coffee Company to its list of Puget Sound retailers.

According to a news release today from Federal Way-based Forza, Granny Lala’s Baking Company will have its products in seven Pierce County stores and one in Silverdale.

“We understand a number of people have dietary restrictions and cannot consume certain foods found in popular coffeehouse food selections,” Brad Carpenter, Founder and CEO of Forza, said in the release. “Secondly, much of what is available to those on a restricted diet is less than delicious.”

Granny Lala products at Forza will include carrot cake, mini muffins, double chocolate brownies, cookies and a signature Granny Lala item, chocolate quinoa “Katie Cake” with a chocolate ganache.

Beginning Feb. 1, Forza customers can find Granny Lala products at these Forzas:

  • 1202 South Union, Tacoma
  • 2700 Bridgeport Way W. Suite G, University Place
  • 4828 Bridgeport Way, University Place
  • 1520 Wilmington Dr Suite 100 Dupont
  • 5275 Olympic Drive NW Gig Harbor
  • 2209 N Pearl St., Tacoma
  • 210 West Pioneer, Puyallup
  • 9995 Silverdale Way NW, Suite 111, Silverdale

Granny Lala, whose real name is Lara Weihs, also sells her products at MultiCare’s Tacoma General Hospital, according to her website. The news release says the products – which are free of gluten, dairy, egg, nut, soy, and corn – will be individually packaged for display at Forza stores to prevent cross-contamination.

I’ve left a voicemail with Granny Lala, and I’ll update this post if I learn more.

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