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Delight Those With Dietary Restrictions This Holiday Season

BOONTON, N.J., Nov. 7, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The holidays are a time to gather with loved ones, often around a table laden with family recipes and favorite dishes. The increase in dietary restrictions among Americans makes it difficult for a host to accommodate the unique needs each guest when a celebratory meal. Emmi Roth USA, the US subsidiary of the premier Swiss dairy company, suggests some simple solutions to serve delicious food that considers the needs of several special diets.

Just because a guest is lactose-intolerant does not mean they can't enjoy high-quality specialty cheeses. Those hosting a guest with a lactose issue may not realize that aged cheeses are actually lactose-free; the aging process eliminates the lactose from the cheese. Imported cheeses like Emmi of Switzerland's Kaltbach Cave-Aged Le Gruyère AOC or Kaltbach Cave-Aged Emmentaler allow guests to enjoy full-flavored cheeses without the worry of a reaction to lactose. These cheeses are also gluten-free, so those with Celiac disease or a gluten-intolerance can enjoy them as well. Serve these cheeses with a bean-based cracker like Lentil Crackers from Mediterranean Snacks and guests can enjoy a classic snack that has all the flavor and none of the gluten.

"There are so many options now for those following special diets, but someone who is hosting these guests may not be as well-versed or knowledgeable about what's out there," said Guido Kaelin, Vice President of Marketing, Emmi of Switzerland. "People may not realize how easy it is to serve food that all guests can enjoy."

Another diet to consider is vegetarian. While many holiday menus feature vegetable side dishes, they are typically the "same old, same old" every year. One way to add a new element that both vegetarians and meat-eaters will love is to incorporate cheese fondue as an appetizer or part of the main meal. Fondue allows for variety, as each person can choose from an array of items to dip into the rich, melted cheese. From fresh fruits and vegetables and crusty bread, to boiled shrimp or pieces of cooked beef or chicken; fondue is something everyone can enjoy in their own way. Emmi's Original Cheese Fondue from Switzerland is ready to heat and eat right out of the package, eliminating the need for measuring, mixing or following recipes- a plus in a busy, crowded kitchen.

While it's a good idea to ask guests about their individual needs whenever possible, options like aged cheeses and Emmi Fondue from Switzerland make it easier to entertain this holiday season.

Emmi Roth USA provides a wide variety of fine Swiss-style cheeses great for use in recipes or on their own. You can find them at your local grocer and online at Emmi.com.

PRESS: For more information about Emmi of Switzerland, please contact Allison Greco at The S3 Agency: 973-257-5533 or agreco@theS3agency.com

About Emmi Roth USA, Inc.

Emmi Roth USA, a subsidiary of Emmi Group, is a leading provider of specialty and artisan cheeses and premium fresh dairy products. Their expansive portfolio includes award-winning cheeses from Switzerland, Europe, and the United States, each crafted with pride from the freshest local milk. Key cheese brands include Kaltbach cave-aged, Grand Cru® and Buttermilk Blue®. Emmi Roth USA also features specialty dairy products, including Swiss Premium Yogurts. For more information about Emmi Roth USA, please visit Emmi.com.

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