Gluten Free Cookie Pilot
This two-year pilot has been developed in response to volunteers, girls and consumers who have asked for a gluten free Girl Scout cookie. According to Nielsen research*, for the year ending April 2013, sales of gluten free cookies sold in retail stores are up 42% in dollar sales versus a year ago. By introducing this new chocolate chip shortbread cookie, we’re inviting consumers who have had to eliminate the standard Girl Scout cookies from their diet to join this great American tradition. A new cookie allows celiac disease sufferers and those avoiding gluten to support the efforts of Girl Scouts as they enjoy a product created just for them. The gluten free pilot is available exclusively to ABC Council partners.
About the Cookie: Gluten Free Goodness
Our new Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookie tastes delicious. The flavor is proven to be popular in the gluten free cookie market. Nielsen research shows that four of the top selling gluten free cookies are chocolate chip. A few facts about our new gluten free cookie:
- No artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no high-fructose corn syrup, no palm oil and no hydrogenated oils. Nutritional information available here.
- Made with real chocolate chips and real butter
- Available in a 5-ounce re-sealable foil pouch package with 12 packages per case
- Price per package is $5.00
How Does the Pilot Work?
Troops interested in selling the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookie must place their order before September 22, 2013.
The Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookie will not be in Snap. Orders, receipts, and ACH withdrawal will all be done separately from the rest of the cookie management system. Troop volunteer managing the gluten free cookie pilot for their troop does not need to be the Troop Cookie Manager.
Troop will earn 75¢ proceeds per package of Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookies sold.
Girls will earn a special Gluten Free Pilot patch for selling 4 or more packages of gluten free cookies. Girls will not earn credit towards any other recognitions on their Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookie sales.
Only troops that order before September 22, 2013 will have Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookies for direct orders and booth sales. Gluten free cookies will not be available in Cookie Cupboards, Jars or Warehouses.
The Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookie will be distributed to participating troops with their initial cookie order in January 2014.
A free sample package of the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookie will be given to each troop placing an order by September 22, 2013.
Troops must meet the following criteria in order to participate in the gluten free pilot:
- Leaders and girls registered for the 2014 membership year
- New Troop ACH Authorization form on file - this is an all new online form and it must be completed by every troop even if the troop turned in an ACH form for 2012-2013.
The order period for the Gluten Free cookies has been closed.
Need more information or having trouble with the form? Contact Cookies@GirlScoutsOC.org with your questions.
*Source: Nielson Syndicated Data latest 52 weeks ending 4/20/13