Meet the Sponsors

In 1962 Elwood Richard opened his first health food store in Elmhurst, IL. He knew enough about the health food industry from owning the company Fearn Soya Foods, but he wanted to avoid distributors and sell direct to the public. He also felt that retailing would be a good business to make money, while at the same time helping people become healthier. Elwood lived in Elmhurst and found a retail site in town that looked ideal. He quickly signed a lease for the store, but soon discovered that the building was one inch over the correct property line and a legal tangle ensued. Nine months later, an alternate site was chosen and the store opened on Second street downtown. The health food movement was still very young, struggling financially and definitely not recognized as a bona fide industry. Almost no one thought that opening a health food store would be a good business idea. Elwood named his first store “Health House” and managed to sell just over $25,000 in 1964. As sales climbed quickly, additional stores were opened starting in 1969.

EAT WELL, SMILE OFTEN. That is the mission of Udi’s. They want to show you a new way to approach gluten free living. Don’t waste another bite on bland, crumbly, and tasteless food!

Glutino is committed to creating the best tasting gluten-free products, including frozen meals, mixes, snack food, and so many more mouth-watering treats the whole family is sure to enjoy.

Enjoy Life Foods brings allergen-freedom back with tasty bars, chips, granola’s and more that are gluten-free, as well as free from the top 8 allergens, and verified by the Non-GMO Project.

SunButter Sunflower Butter is a delicious sunflower seed spread – perfect for sandwiches and recipes. With 7 grams of protein per serving, SunButter has as much protein as the leading peanut butter, and it’s top 8 food allergen free, so it is safe for people with peanut allergies and other food allergies. It’s a perfect school safe solution to pack for lunches and snacks where peanuts can’t be served.

GoMacro® is a family owned, vegan nutrition bar company. Our story begins in 2003 on a farm in rural Wisconsin, where our co-founder Amelia was diagnosed with breast cancer. Rather than traditional treatment methods, she chose a macrobiotic diet, using ingredients from the farm to create recipes that are the inspiration for MacroBars and our new line of THRIVE Bars. Today, we stay true to our roots by making certified organic, vegan and gluten-free food crafted from Ingredients Grown Not Made™

Smart Flour Foods believes that everyone should love what they eat, and their passion is creating great tasting better for you foods through the power of Ancient Grains. Their current line of delicious items include pizza crusts, pizzas, pancake and waffle mixes and hamburger buns.

BFree specializes in delicious and nutritious allergen free products. All our products are free from gluten, wheat, dairy, egg, nuts and soy. Not to mention they are made with all natural, non GMO ingredients and have no added sugar, high fiber and low fat.

Earth Balance offers everything from baking sticks and nut butters to snacks and more, and is committed to food that’s not just good for cooking, baking, snacking and spreading, it’s delicious and made with the Earth in mind.

If you are allergic to Gluten, Corn or Soy or all 3, then 2Good2B is our gift to you. You can now safely eat out, celebrate with a delicious cake, enjoy a crispy baguette or indulge in a pizza.

At Sprouts, we love to INSPIRE, EDUCATE and EMPOWER every person to eat healthier and live a better life. This isn’t just a mission. It’s our passion. Sprouts is the grocery shopping experience that makes healthy living easy and affordable. You’ll find mountains of colorful, fresh fruits and vegetables, barrels of wholesome grains, nuts and sweets, and full-service deli, meat and seafood counters—complete with handmade burgers and sausages. Roam around our spacious, low-profile aisles and you’ll find fresh baked goods, tasty and convenient, ready-to-eat meals, gourmet cheeses, sensibly-priced vitamins and supplements, and thousands of natural, organic and gluten-free groceries.

Enjoy the fresh, authentic flavors of the old-world cuisine in your kitchen with our line of sauces, dressings and gluten-free pizzas. Our signature recipes use only the finest ingredients and traditional seasonings, so you and your family can enjoy a quality, old-fashioned meal without spending all day cooking over the stove. It’s what Mamma would have wanted.

Namaste Foods is a family-owned and women-operated maker of exceptionally tasty food that is better for you than the run-of-the mill choices on most grocery store shelves. We’ve been in business since the year 2000 making outrageously delicious food that everyone in your family can enjoy, including those with food allergies. We care deeply about the quality of the food we eat and we know you do, too.