For consumers who may have Celiac Sprue disease (also known as tropical sprue or gluten-sensitive enteropathy), Utz Quality Foods, LLC. manufactures a number of snack food products that DO NOT contain any of the following grains, or their protein derivatives:

  • Wheat (including durum, semolina, bulgur, couscous, graham, spelt and kamut).
  • Rye
  • Triticale
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Einkorn
  • Grains that are believed to be safe include rice, corn, sorghum, amaranth, quinoa, and millet.

The citric acid, maltodextrin and monosodium glutamate (MSG) we use in some of our seasonings are manufactured in the United States. The citric acid is made from the fermentation of corn-based dextrose and maltodextrin from the partial hydrolysis of cornstarch. MSG is the salt form of glutamic acid. It is not a source of free glutamate, as it is molecularly bound up as a salt. This compoud contains no protein gluten, e.g. gliadin.

It is also our understanding that adhering to a gluten free diet is also very important for those with an associated skin disease known as dermatitis herpetiformis. In addition, people who have been diagnosed with any of the following diseases should discuss with their physician the possible health benefits of adopting a gluten free diet:

  • Addison’s disease
  • Aphthous stomatitis
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Peripheral neuropathy

Below is a list of Utz products that should not trigger the symptoms of celiac disease:

Potato Chips:

Fried in cottonseed oil

  • Regular, plain (Regular, Ripple, Wavy Cut)
  • Reduced fat (Regular, Ripple, Sour Cream & Onion Ripple)
  • Barbeque
  • Carolina BBQ
  • Sour Cream & Onion
  • Salt & Vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Cheddar && Sour Cream
  • Red Hot
  • No Salt
  • No Salt BBQ
  • Crab
  • Honey BBQ
  • Onion & Garlic
  • Mystic Kettle Cooked (Plain, Sea Salt & Vinegar, Dark Russet, Reduced Fat)
  • Potato Stix

Fried in peanut oil

  • Kettle Classics (Regular, Dark Russet, Sweet Potato, Smokin’ Sweet, Jalapeno, Reduced Fat, Reduced Fat Smokin’ Sweet, Maui BBQ)

Fried in sunflower oil

  • All Natural Kettle Cooked (Lightly Salted, Dark Russet, Sea Salt & Vinegar, Reduced Fat, Salt & Cracked Pepper)

Fried in lard

  • Grandma Utz Kettle Cooked (Regular, BBQ)

Corn Products:

  • Multigrain Tortilla Chips
  • Baked Tortilla Chips
  • Rice Crisps (Sea Salt, Garden Salsa, Sweet Chili, Sweet Potato)
  • Popcorn (Butter, Cheese, White Cheddar, Caramel with Peanuts)
  • White Cheddar Cheese Curls
  • Baked Cheese Curls, Hot Cheese Curls
  • Baked Cheese Balls, Hot Cheese Balls
  • Cheese Crunchies, Hot Cheese Crunchies
  • Cheese Twists
  • Puff ‘N Corn (Original, Cheese, Caramel)

Miscellaneous Products:

  • Mild Cheddar Cheese Dip
  • Cheddar & Jalapeno Dip

Please note that we believe the aforementioned product listing is accurate, but we can not completely guarantee it at all times. It is possible that some of our suppliers may change the source of some of the raw materials they use to manufacture our various seasonings and flavorings without notifying us, as long as it does not alter the required ingredient statement, nutrition content, flavor profile, and shelf life. As a consequence, we periodically contact all our ingredient suppliers to update our file for the purpose of determining if such generic food groups as flavorings, spices, certain colorings and even incidental additives (normally used as processing aids) may contain allergenic components and which may not be reflected in our current ingredient statement. An additional complication to this matter is the potential fact that the manufacturing facilities of our ingredient suppliers may use common manufacturing lines to produce different formulations for accounts other than our own. Obviously, these production lines are thoroughly cleaned between changeovers, but there is always the potential for trace contamination. Notwithstanding the above concerns, we have been giving out the aforementioned list of Utz branded “safe” snacks to people who have celiac disease for a number of years, with obvious updates as our product line changes. We hope this information is helpful to you.

Though we believe the information provided here is accurate, we can not assume responsibility for any undesirable consequences. We encourage you to use this information in consultation with your physician or nutrition specialist. If we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us again.

For our consumers who wish to learn more about gluten sensitive diseases, we encourage you to contact the Celiac Sprue Association using their toll free number, 877-272-4272. You may also visit their website, Other useful website are as follows: