Russo’s Momentum Behind Gluten-Free Movement Is Strong

January 10, 2014
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The beginning of the new year is a great time to kick bad habits to the curb and adopt a healthier lifestyle. For some, this means abstaining from sugar or soft drinks, for others it can mean trying a new eating regime like the Paleo diet or going gluten-free. But for many people, going gluten-free isn’t a choice – it’s a necessity.

One percent of Americans have Celiac disease or another intestinal disease that renders eating gluten impossible. That’s why Russo’s is committed to providing healthy, delicious and creative gluten-free options for its guests, both in the store and on shelves in more than 3,000 nationwide grocery stores.

And it’s not just health that’s affected – the gluten-free sector is a significant business opportunity. In fact, according to Bloomberg, gluten-free sales reached $4.2 billion in 2012 and are estimated to reach $4.8 billion by the end of 2013.

Not only are more stores selling gluten-free retail items, but restaurants all over the country are beginning to introduce more gluten-free options to their menus.

Chef Anthony Russo of Russo’s Restaurants is no stranger to this gluten-free movement – in fact, gluten-free pizza has been on his menu for several years. After sensing the popularity of gluten-free items, Chef Anthony spent two years developing a gluten-free pizza crust that is competitive in both taste and texture. In fact, in the last year alone, Russo’s Restaurants have sold more than $1 million worth of gluten-free food – and that includes the frozen gluten-free pizza line.

With more than 30 years of experience in restaurant management and ownership, Russo’s Restaurants has perfected the classic Italian dining experience, and the brand is making it easier than ever to get started on this exciting journey yourself. For franchise information please contact Russo’s at

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*The following data involves historic performance information for Domestic Restaurants corporate- or affiliate-owned, open and operating under effective Franchise Agreements by the same franchisee for fiscal year 2021. There are 35 franchised domestic Russo’s New York Pizzeria Restaurants operating under effective Franchise Agreements as of December 31, 2021. 30 of which had been open for 12 months or longer. The following results include (a) the average Gross Sales for the 24 Domestic Russo’s New York Pizzeria Restaurants that were franchisee owned, open, and operated for fiscal 2021. (b) The cash flows for the FOUR (4) company-owned Russo’s New York Pizzeria Restaurants operated for fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. Because we do not maintain the accounting records of our franchisees, we are unable to make any representation to the reliability of the financial data provided by franchised Restaurants.
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