Celiac.com 01/28/2020 - Whole Foods Market will be closing its main gluten-free bakery for the entire Southern US market, a move that is expected to leave over 100 employees out of a job. The company, Gluten-Free Bakehouse, is set to close on March 8th, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filed with the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
How the move will impact the company's supply of gluten-free bakery products remains unclear. The move mainly seems to be a result competition. The company says that the bakery has played a steadily shrinking role in its gluten-free offering over the years.
The Gluten Free Bakehouse featured an onsite testing lab, with every lot number of incoming ingredients and a sample of each finished product tested for the absence of gluten.
The facility’s products are only available at Whole Foods Market stores in the United States and Canada. The products are shipped to the stores frozen.
Whole Foods Market says it is "working closely with all impacted team members and hope to place them in our nearby locations or in other roles within the company.”