Business briefs | Gluten free pie makers expand operation; Coast Central offering scholarships – Times-Standard

Humboldt County pie company expanding

Raised Gluten Free, the Bayside-based women-owned company behind the allergy-friendly, heat-and-eat pies sold at retailers across the country, is tripling its production capabilities and bringing a new product line of kid-friendly baking mixes to market.

“We’re humbled and proud of the success we’ve seen to date,” Rosa Dixon, co-founder and CEO of Raised Gluten Free, said in a prepared statement. “With our roots solidly planted in Northwest California and our community, we are thrilled at the opportunity to expand and share our allergy-friendly, artisan products with more people across the country to enjoy.”

Raised Gluten Free is sold in more than 3,000 stores across the country and are designed for those with special diets. The new baking mixes are now sold at select Kroger locations and available for retailers nationwide to carry.

The company was founded in 2011 by two childhood best friends, Dixon and Milia Lando, and inspired by a child with celiac disease. Today, the team includes Humboldt Investment Capitol, along with new investors from the Littlefield Family, which owns Eureka Natural Foods. Proudly headquartered in Humboldt County, Raised Gluten Free started producing products in a commercial kitchen located in Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. To keep up with increased demand, the business will stay based in Humboldt County but has moved its manufacturing beyond the Redwood Curtain to a new location, which will increase capacity — from 2,000 pies per day to 6,000 — and provide access to more storage and easier transportation.

Coast Central accepting scholarship applications

Coast Central Credit Union announced it is accepting applications for up to 25 college scholarships, available to students graduating this year from high schools throughout Humboldt, Del Norte, or Trinity counties. Scholarships can be up to $5,000 each and are disbursed over a four-year period.

Recipients will be selected based on multiple factors including financial need; essay on overcoming adversity; commitment to education, either through academic performance or consistent improvement during high school; and community and/or school involvement.  Recipients are required to attend Cal Poly Humboldt, College of the Redwoods, Chico State or Shasta College for at least the first two years.

“As 2023 represents an unprecedented amount of giving to a total of $650,000, I am pleased to announce that we have increased our number of 4-year scholarships again, from 19 to 25 available this year to young people seeking to further their education,“ CCCU President/CEO James T. Sessa said in a news release.  “We are appreciative to our volunteer Board of Directors for approving this level and our members who directly support these efforts through their membership. We look forward to continuing to recognize the hard work and future dreams of graduating high school seniors.”

The deadline to apply is March 24, and applications are available at


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