The Rudi’s story-Baked on the Bright Side

Finding the bright side to a situation is easy if you know where to look.

In the 1970’s, the founders of Rudi’s Organic couldn’t find a bread that was good enough to make their families happy. They had a healthy, holistic & optimistic approach to life and believed that eating healthy went along with being happy. They wanted food, and specifically bread, that fit this belief.

In 1976, Rudi’s Organic Bakery was founded. We wanted a bread with heart & purpose behind it, not a corporation. We knew there had to be a way to make bread nutritious and delicious – it just hadn’t been discovered yet. Our breads needed to have a list of ingredients you could pronounce and recognize. It was to be the perfect blend of whole ingredients, a dash of sunshine, baked with love and delivered with a smile… and maybe some fresh butter. At the heart of it all, we’re driven by our belief that living a healthy life leads to happiness.

It wasn’t long after our humble beginnings in Boulder, Colorado before Rudi’s fresh, organic breads quickly stood out in the sea of sameness that was the bread aisle. Our delicious baked goods were being gobbled up by the community not just for their wholesomeness and taste, but also for the local flavour that was baked into every batch. It was the biggest innovation in bread, since…well, sliced bread. Our passion for baking better breads the right way is alive and well today.

Just over 30 years later, in April 2008, Rudi’s  breads and baked good were introduced in Canada and spread like wildfire. While our products are still baked in the U.S., we take extra care to provide the same wholesome products to our friends in the North!

In 2010, we started on our gluten-free journey. For years, people were asking us to bake gluten-free breads that are as delicious and wholesome as our organic lines. As bakers who enjoy creating high quality, delicious bread, we immediately understood the desire of our new friends with celiac disease or gluten intolerance to enjoy the simple pleasure of a piece of toast with breakfast or a sandwich for lunch.  It became our mission to make gluten-free bread with the taste, look and feel of regular bread.

We worked long and hard with the help of many fabulous people who provided invaluable insight and counsel. We tested more than 100 formulas and finally landed on a recipe that we believe tastes, looks and feels like regular bread. Plus, sticking to our heritage, all of our gluten-free breads are made with only the highest quality, simple ingredients.

Since 1976 we’ve been making the lives of families healthier & happier simply by baking their small batch breads a brighter way. Our organic and gluten free breads bring energy, optimism, and a little fun not only to our families, but to families everywhere. We hope you enjoy our organic and gluten free breads as much as we enjoy creating them. Give each loaf a try and remember to always live on the bright side!

Rudi’s Organic

The best things in life are free. Free from (anything bad like) synthetic ingredients, chemical pesticides and fertilizers. When we say organic, we mean it. Our products are COR/USDA Certified Organic. This is good for you, your family and the environment.

Rudi’s Gluten Free

For years, people have been asking us to bake a gluten-free bread that’s as delicious as our organic breads. For those of you that have missed bread, we’ve missed you too! Now you can enjoy bread that tastes like real bread, because it is real bread. Not even your toaster can tell the difference.

FAQ

ORGANIC

What does the term ‘Organic’ mean?

Organic is the term used to describe products that contain ingredients that are grown and processed without the use of synthetic fertilizers, fungicides or pesticides. Organic farming also prohibits the use of genetically modified organisms, pesticides, chemicals, irradiation or artificial preservatives.

Do Rudi’s breads carry the Canadian Organic Regime seal for organic products?

Yes, Rudi’s Organic breads carry the Canadian Organic Regime (COR) seal. Additionally, Rudi’s bakery and breads are carefully monitored and certified by Quality Assurance International, an independent organic foods certification company.

What makes Rudi’s Organic breads the right choice for my family?

Rudi’s Organic breads are made without the use of synthetic pesticides which can affect children more than adults, and are more likely to be in the types of foods that children eat. Our breads are also made without artificial ingredients, preservatives, or genetically modified organisms. The organic farmers who produce our ingredients minimize agriculture’s impact on the environment, working to conserve the earth’s precious resources, and reduce soil, air and water pollution.

Are your new organic products non-GMO?

Yes, consistent with our long tradition of baking better breads on the bright side, all of the ingredients in our organic breads are non-GMO.

Do any Rudi’s Organic breads contain peanuts, peanut oil or tree nuts of any kind?

We do use hazelnuts in our facility in our Nut & Oat Bread. Good manufacturing practices are in place to minimize cross contamination however we cannot guarantee that the Rudi’s Organic Breads are 100% free from tree nuts and do carry a “May contain tree nuts” allergy warning statement.   No peanuts or peanut oil is used at Rudi’s Organic Bakery.

Do Rudi’s Organic products contain soy, eggs or dairy?

All of Rudi’s Organic products are soy-free, egg-free* and dairy-free. 

*Please note Rudi’s Gluten-Free products do contain eggs

Does Rudi’s Organic Bakery use hydrogenated oil?

No, Rudi’s uses trans fat free oils in our breads – organic high oleic expeller-pressed sunflower oil which is cold pressed without the use of chemical solvents.

Can I order directly from you and if not, where can I get it in my area?

No, we do not have an on-line store at this website.

I found a hole in my loaf of bread – why are there sometimes holes in the bread?

Rudi’s Organic breads are made in small batches rather than mass-produced like some of our conventional competitors. Our baking processes create delicious, nutritious breads but not all the loaves look the same. Yeast can form bubbles of gas, creating an air pocket. This old dough process is what gives our products their distinct flavor.

Are Rudi’s breads kosher?

Yes, Rudi’s bread and the bakery itself are certified Kosher Orthodox Union kosher certification.

Are Rudi’s breads vegan?

Yes, Rudi’s Organic breads are vegan with the exception of the following varieties that contain honey: Honey Sweet Whole Wheat, European Multigrain, Spelt Tortillas and Whole Spelt Tortillas.
Please note Rudi’s Gluten-Free breads are not vegan, they contain egg white and organic honey.

What is the shelf life on Rudi’s Organic breads?

Rudi’s Organic Bakery uses a patented process to delay staling that guarantees product satisfaction above and beyond other organic breads. Once thawed, the sandwich breads have a 7-day ‘sell-by’ code life with an additional 3 days for home consumption. The artisan breads, spelt bread, hamburger buns and hot dog rolls have a 5-day ‘sell-by’ code life with an additional 2-3 days for home consumption. PLEASE DO NOT REFRIGERATE OUR BREADS – refrigeration only dries out our bread faster. The Spelt Tortillas are different and will last 7-10 days in your refrigerator after purchase.

Should I refrigerate my bread?

We recommend freezing the bread if you are not going to consume the loaf within the week. Refrigerating the bread causes it to dry out quickly.

What is spelt?

Spelt (Triticum spelta) is an ancient relative of wheat (Triticum aestivum). Often, people with wheat allergies can tolerate Spelt bread. Spelt has a higher protein content than modern wheat. Spelt is also loaded with complex carbohydrates and is easier for many to digest than wheat. Spelt does contain its own spelt gluten, which is important for those that cannot tolerate gluten from any source. Rudi’s line of spelt products includes: bread, hamburger buns, hot dog rolls, tortillas, and english muffins.

Why do you have flax in your 7 Grain with Flax bread? Are there health benefits to eating flax?

Flax, or flaxseeds, can be used in a variety of foods, including bread, to add flavor and texture. Besides its mild, nutty flavor, flax provides health benefits as well. Flax is low in saturated fat, but rich in ALA, an essential omega-3 fatty acid. Research has shown that flax helps lower blood cholesterol levels and helps reduce inflammation, therefore reducing the risk of certain chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke.

I’ve read that Rudi’s breads contain NO trans fats. Why is that important?

Trans fats are formed during hydrogenation or partial hydrogenation of oils. Hydrogenation is a process that changes the structure of a fat to increase shelf life and stability of foods containing those fats or oils. Trans fats, like saturated fats, raise LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels – which increases your risk for coronary heart disease. Experts recommend limiting trans fat intake as much as possible. Trans fats are commonly found in processed snack foods including crackers, cookies, cakes and fried foods.

Why is the shelf life of Rudi’s breads shorter than most non-organic breads?

Unlike its conventional counterparts, Rudi’s breads, buns and tortillas are made without any artificial ingredients or preservatives. It’s these preservatives that increase the shelf life of a product. Rudi’s products are made with the highest-quality ingredients, for optimal freshness and taste from the supermarket to your home.

What is the difference between white spelt and whole spelt?

Spelt is a type of grain, like wheat or barley. And, just like other grains, spelt can be used in its whole or refined form. Refined, or white spelt, requires removing various parts of the grain. Whole spelt contains all parts of the grain in tact – the germ, endosperm and bran – and therefore contains more fiber and nutrients than white spelt.


GLUTEN –FREE

General

Why did Rudi’s Organic Bakery decide to launch Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery?

At the heart of it all, we believe that living a healthy life leads to happiness. For years, people have been asking us to bake gluten-free bread that’s as delicious as our organic breads. Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery is a natural extension of our commitment to baking on the bright side, creating healthy and wholesome breads the whole family can enjoy.

What experience does Rudi’s Organic have for launching a gluten-free line?

Our passion is baking better bread and we’ve been doing it since 1976. We used our extensive baking experience to create gluten-free bread that tastes and feels like the real thing. Since 2010, we have successfully launched our gluten-free bread line in the U.S. We’ve quickly built a reputation for delicious, soft tasting gluten-free bread that tastes like real bread. All of our breads are certified gluten-free and carry the recognizable Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO) GF Symbol for the U.S. and Canada.

What is celiac disease?

Celiac is an autoimmune disease that damages the small intestines and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food. It is triggered by consumption of the protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, rye oats and barley..


Product details

How did you develop the products?

Our master bakers worked extensively with gluten-free experts and consumers to develop breads that have the same taste, look and feel of regular bread – you don’t have to give anything up to go gluten-free.

How did you make gluten-free bread that tastes so much like real bread? What’s your secret?

Although we’re not able to share our proprietary recipes, what we can tell you is that our master bakers worked with gluten-free experts for more than 15 months to get our formulas to taste like real bread. Our passion is baking better bread and we’ve been doing it since 1976. We used our extensive baking experience to create gluten-free bread that tastes and feels like the real thing.

Are your new gluten-free products organic?

Although our gluten-free products are not certified organic, they do contain many organic ingredients. Plus, you won’t find any artificial chemicals or preservatives in our breads. While we do believe we developed the best-tasting gluten-free bread on the market, it was also important to us that we keep the breads affordable so the whole family can truly enjoy bread again.

Are your new gluten-free products non-GMO?

Yes, consistent with our long tradition of baking better breads on the bright side, all of the ingredients in our gluten-free breads are non-GMO.

Are your gluten-free products kosher certified?

Yes, our gluten-free breads are certified kosher by the Orthodox Union (OU).

What is xanthan gum?

Xanthan gum is a food additive that is produced by fermentation of glucose or sucrose. It’s commonly used in gluten-free baking products and helps give the dough a “stickiness” that would otherwise be achieved with gluten.

What is potato extract?

Potato extract is unrefined potato starch. It contains more of the minerals and non-starch plant components than purified starch. The comparison is similar to whole wheat flour vs refined white flour.

What is inulin? Where does it come from?

Inulin is a form of soluble fibre that is derived from plants. The inulin in our gluten-free breads comes from organic agave plants.

Are your products vegan?

No, our gluten-free breads contain egg white and organic honey.

What is the shelf life of your gluten-free breads?

Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery breads can stay fresh in your freezer for up to six months. Plus, our bread can also be left out on the shelf for up to four days before they begin to dry out. If your bread does dry out, put it in the toaster to create that soft texture again.

Is your product allergen free?

Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery breads contain eggs so they are not allergen free. Our products do not contain dairy, soy, or tree nuts.

Do I need to toast / refresh your gluten-free breads?

Our passion is baking better bread and we’ve been doing it since 1976. We used our extensive baking experience to create gluten-free bread that tastes and feels like the real thing without you having to toast it to eat it.

Does your bread need to be stored in the freezer?

We recommend freezing our gluten-free breads to lock in their moisture and freshness. However, our bread can also be left out on the shelf for up to four days before they begin to dry out.

 

Safety & Certification

Is your facility dedicated gluten-free?

All Rudi’s Gluten-Free breads are certified gluten-free and carry the recognizable Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO) GF symbol for the U.S. and Canada. While our facility is not dedicated gluten-free, we bake our gluten-free breads on separate, dedicated equipment and on separate production days – you can feel assured our gluten-free products never come into contact with something used to make a product containing gluten. Plus, every batch of our gluten-free bread is tested and must test below <10 ppm of gluten for distribution.

What does certified gluten-free mean? What does Rudi’s Gluten-Free do to become certified?

Rudi’s Gluten-Free breads are certified gluten-free and carry the recognizable Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO) GF Symbol that is recognized in the U.S. and Canada. We worked extensively with gluten-free experts to make sure we’re making products that are safe and do not contain gluten. As part of our gluten-free certification, every batch of our gluten-free bread is tested and must test below < 10 ppm of gluten for distribution.

What is the circle GF symbol on your package mean?

Rudi’s Gluten-Free breads are certified gluten-free and carry the recognizable Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO) GF Symbol. This certification means we have worked with gluten-free experts to make sure we’re making products that are safe and do not contain gluten.

Who is the Gluten Free Certification Organization?

Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO) provides an independent service to supervise gluten-free food production according to a consistent, defined, science-based standard that is confirmed by field inspections, in order to achieve heightened consumer confidence and safety.

What is your GF Testing process?

As part of our gluten-free certification, every batch of our gluten-free bread is tested and must test below < 10 ppm of gluten for distribution. In addition, all incoming ingredients are tested and certified to be gluten-free. We also send product to an outside lab to validate our internal test results and ensure we have less than 10 ppm of gluten.