Jan 2012 - Newsday Article Resolved To Rebuild
In four years, Joan Popkin's gluten-free food business had outstripped her wildest dreams. Overnight, that dream was reduced to the blackened, melted remnants of her baking facility. Surveying her new reality, Popkin had to ask herself a hard question: Could she rebuild? On ]uly 2O, an electrical short sparked a fire at the |oan's GF Great Bakes commercial kitchen in Bellmore. A month later, Tropical Storm Irene completed the destruction. At that point, her business seryed lB0 stores - including Whole Foods locations with gluten-free baked products. Rebuilding would be tough, but she said she had to try. This business "made such a profound change to my life for me as a person," Popkin, 67, said. "And I couldn't not do it". Read the full article
2012 - About.com's Readers' Choice Award Best Gluten-Free Frozen PizzaFans of Joan's traditional pizza like that it's, well, traditional: "It's just like regular pizza you buy at a pizzeria — it really folds!" said one. The pizza crust is based on white rice flour and tapioca, and the pizza is topped with mozzarella cheese and fresh tomato sauce. The ingredients include eggs. Joan's works with ingredient suppliers to guard against gluten cross-contamination and get the "cleanest" possible ingredients, and also has products tested by an independent laboratory to make sure they contain fewer than 5 parts per million of gluten. Statement from Joan's GF Great Bakes: Joan's GF Great Bakes began in Joan's kitchen as food for her family. She prepared food that was delicious, appealing and healthy. She never used artificial ingredients at home and still does not in her commercial kitchen. Joan uses the same recipes and methods and still cooks for her family, but now her family includes the many friends and customers she has met over the years. Every product prepared by Joan's is made for someone she loves, and that makes all the difference. You can taste it in every product that Joan's makes. Read the full article
2012 - Triumph Dining's Best of Gluten Free Award Best Gluten-Free Mail Order Bakery, Runner UpThe Best of Gluten-Free Awards™ are designed to select the best gluten-free products available and to give recognition and thanks to the companies that provide them. With this event, we give you the opportunity to reward the brands and products you love, acknowledging how much easier they have made your life. The Best of Gluten-Free Awards™ winners are chosen by popular vote, and this year almost 10,000 people came forward to have their say. The Best of Gluten-Free Awards™ are the first of their kind. They consist of 55 different categories ranging from Best Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread to Best Gluten-Free Cookbook. This year’s winners are a wonderful and diverse group of products hand-picked by the gluten-free community. Did we miss your favorite product? Write to us to nominate a product for next year, or with any other suggestions you might have. Read the full article
2012 - Long Island Press Best Of LI Official Winners - Best Gluten Free Menu on Long IslandFor those of us who have a gluten intolerance, there is no longer a need to suffer because of it. Thankfully, the Best Gluten-Free Menu is actually a really competitive category in the Best Of Long Island competition. So many places have expanded their offerings to include gluten-free items, but who stand out from the pack? We bring you this year's winners for Best Gluten-Free Menu on Long Island. Long Islanders Voted Joan's GF Great Bakes in Freeport Best Gluten Free Menu on Long Island! What began as a mission to create the tastiest and healthiest gluten-free baked goods for her eldest son—who was diagnosed with Celiac disease—and grandchildren, Joan's has become the most renowned gluten-free menu on Long Island, according to voters. Joan's offers more than a dozen scrumptious products, from gluten-free English muffins, bagels, bialys, Italian bread and Sicilian pizza to calzones, double chocolate muffins and crumb cakes. All taste indistinguishable and even better than their wheat-based namesakes—child-tested! Read the full article
March 2011 - My Long Island TV
Joan was featured on My Long Island TV, March 2011. Watch her give you a tour of her kitchen, see the facility and watch as her team makes cornbread and pizza!
2011 - Constant Contact's All Star AwardEvery year, we recognize the small business and nonprofit organizations that have gone above and beyond with their marketing efforts, and have found great success.
How do you become an All Star?
Only 10% of our customers qualify. Here are some other examples of the criteria that go into the selection process:
Having been a customer the entire calendar year
Consistently high open rates (greater than 25%), click through rates, and low bounce rates
Regular contact with your audience, or sending at least three surveys, or publishing at least three events
Using tools like Join My Mailing List to grow your audience, either on your website or on Facebook
Using social tools to share and promote your content or events
Regularly viewing your reports to see how you're doing
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2011 - Long Island Press Best Of LI Official Winners Best Gluten-Free Menu on Long IslandThere is no reason those of us on Long Island who have a gluten intolerance should have to suffer for it. Thankfully, we don’t have to. The Best Gluten-Free Menu is actually a really tough category on Long Island, where so many places have expanded their offerings to include gluten-free items. This is a very competative category, but there are some who stand out from the pack, so We bring you this year’s winners for Best Gluten-Free Menu on Long Island.
Long Islanders Voted Joan’s GF Great Bakes in Bellmore Best Gluten-Free Menu on Long Island!
Whether due to health conditions or lifestyle choices, the number of people who practice a gluten-free diet has been on the rise. However, finding restaurants and food suitable for this lifestyle remains a challenge. Thankfully, Joan’s offers an arsenal of enjoyable, high-quality gluten-free bagels, bialys, English muffins, breads, cookies, and even pizza to choose from! Many can be purchased and shipped online, making this healthy decision even that much easier and Joan’s delicious goods that more accessible.
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