Applegate, the nation’s leading natural and organic meat brand, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Autism Hope Alliance, the first non-profit foundation for Autism to emerge from the natural foods industry. As Applegate continues to fulfill its mission of bringing consumers high-quality, worry-free foods, the brand proudly offers more than 65 Autism Approved products – providing a variety of delicious options for families searching for gluten-free, casein-free options.

A GFCF diet is recommended for individuals with autism looking to reduce inflammation as a reaction to gluten and casein. These reactions may link to the brain and intensify behavioral symptoms of autism, such as mental difficulties, anxiety and mood abnormalities.

“When you have a child with Autism so many things change, but mealtime shouldn’t be one of those things,” said Kristin Selby Gonzalez, Autism Hope Alliance president. “Bringing the family together for a meal is so vital, which is why we look to partner with brands like Applegate that offer gluten-free and dairy-free options for our families. We feel if a child can feel good, then they can do good.”


Applegate offers GFCF products that can be incorporated at breakfast, lunch, and dinner such as Applegate Organics Chicken and Maple Breakfast Sausage, Applegate Naturals Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets, and Applegate Naturals Beef Hot Dog.

“We recognize that allergens are a serious matter for many families and is one of the motivating factors as to why we choose to keep our ingredient lists simple and clean,” said Nicole Glenn, Applegate vice president of marketing. “Transparency is one of our core values, which is why we make it easy to search for specific allergens on our website in addition to labeling common allergens on product packaging.”

To search allergen-friendly Applegate products – peanut, egg, shellfish, wheat, tree nut, soy, fish, and milk – visit