NEW JERSEYDr. Schar USA has opened the company’s first gluten-free manufacturing facility in the United States. Located in Swedesboro, the 60,000-sq.-ft. facility will produce gluten-free baked goods.

“The launch of our first facility in the United States is an exciting milestone for the Schar brand,” said Donna L. George, president and COO of Dr. Schar USA Inc. “The facility will help accelerate the growth and availability of innovative gluten-free foods in grocery, natural, and specialty stores as well as restaurants and other food outlets across the country. Dr. Schar is committed to raising awareness and improving the quality of life of those in the U.S. who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.”

The new production site is projected to create more than 50 new jobs and help fuel the state’s local economy in addition to supplying the demands of the exploding gluten-free marketplace, which is expected to top $2.6 billion by the end of 2012.

Dr. Schar’s parent company, Dr. Schär AG/SPA based in Burgstall, Italy, invested more than $15 million into its new facility

The company has been developing and producing gluten-free products for more than 30 years. The company’s comprehensive portfolio offers a range of products, including breads, rolls, pasta, cookies, crackers and frozen meals. Schar USA was incorporated in 2007 and has introduced over 33 products to the U.S. market.