Jules Gluten Free Needs Your Help

Jules Gluten Free Needs Your Help | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

This is my friend Jules. You might know her from her gluten-free flour mix, or books, or cooking classes. She has helped a lot of gluten-free people in those ways, but she has helped all gluten-free people in the U.S. through her grassroots effort to get the FDA to create a gluten-free labeling standard.

Jules, along with John Forberger founded 1 in 133.org and put pressure on the FDA by bringing their attention to our cause with the world’s largest gluten-free cake. I participated and helped out at the event where the cake was displayed, and I can’t imagine how many hours went into planning, baking, and assembling the cake, let alone the rest of the event.

But, as a result of the work put in by Jules, John, and the American Celiac Disease Alliance, we now have a gluten-free labeling standard which will go into effect this August.  So, if you live in the U.S. and buy gluten-free food for yourself or a loved one, Jules has helped you.

Jules Gluten Free Needs Your Help | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Now Jules needs our help. You see, Jules created a great gluten-free flour mix that worked really well in recipes and she wanted to share that mix with others. She learned what she needed to know about being a gluten-free food manufacturer and released her first products in 2007. As the business grew, she took on business partners who did not invest cash but exchanged their work for half of the company.

That arrangement worked for a while, but over the past year and a half it became clear that they did not share the same vision for the company’s future and how to interact with customers. The relationship became hurtful with the partners no longer paying Jules for her work, locking her out of the communications program, denying her access to her blog, and cancelling flour orders she had placed to make her wedding cake!

Jules finally resigned and rescinded any license they had to use her name, likeness, or image. They ignored her.

Jules is now involved in an expensive litigation process, all the while trying to start a new company and make her products available once again to her loyal customers (and get married next month!).

She has set up a new site, gfJules.com where you can sign up for her new email list, find more information, get her latest recipes, and support her with a financial gift to help cover the costs of this expensive legal process. She put together a variety of thank yous depending on the size of the gift, but anything you can give is appreciated.

As I said, Jules has helped all of us. I know her personally, and she is a very self-sacrificing, giving person. She has given more than you will ever know to the gluten-free community, and whether you use her products or not, I think it is appropriate to give back and help her in this time of need. I have.


About Linda Etherton

Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. Kimberly Ellis says:

    Good luck Jules!! Thank you for all you’ve done and will continue to do to help and support the GF community.

  2. Jules. Hang tuff. I love your flour.

  3. Following you and gf. Journey….

  4. agnes g jackvony says:


  5. Cheryl says:

    So sorry! I hope you can gain some relief and peace throughout this tiring process. Keep your chin up!

  6. Deanna Cox says:

    How awful!

  7. Jill Settembrino Iverson says:

    Good luck !!!!

  8. I am new to the gluten-free world and wanted to thank you for all the work you have done. I look forward to trying you flour and recipes on my family. My prayers are with you in this time of struggle.

  9. Christine norman says:

    Do you have a recipe for hot cross buns please

  10. Jules,
    Continue to stay strong and know that the GF community is behind you….I am a true believer in karma and that they will get what they have dished out ten fold as you will have your good karma that you have shared with the GF community come back to you

  11. Dawn Parsons says:

    Good luck from Nova Scotia Canada!

  12. Donna Lee Butler says:

    Wishing all the best, Jules.
    Nova Scotia celiac

  13. Viktoria says:

    I read your blog and I am sorry the lose of your business. I am from in Toronto, Canada. Financially I am not in a place where I can give you financial support, however I can offer prayers on your behalf if that’s ok with you. I can only imagine how this has changed your trust in people. If it’s ok with you I will keep you in my prayers.

  14. Peggy Fera says:

    I wish you well in your endeavor. Adapting to gluten free has been a long but necessary struggle. Also it has been a lifesaving one. The information and advise received from you and your linkage has beneficial to me.
    From Ontario Canada

  15. Jules,
    Good luck on winning your litagation and with your new site, we have talked before and you know I love your flour and products and will continue to buy them from your new site. All I can say about those people/partners is Karma is not kind to those that are unkind to others…

  16. Good luck with everything! Thank you for all you’ve done for the gluten free community and for your fabulous flour!

  17. Denise Brockwell says:

    Thank you for all you have done! I love baking with your flour and mixes. I am so glad I found your products when I was diagnosed with celiac.

  18. Best wishes on your new venture.

  19. Kristine says:

    I was shocked to read this story. Your baking products were the 1st I ever used successfully to make my husband his 2 favorite things: chocolate chip cookies and chocolate chip banana bread. It had renewed his faith that he could be gf and still have delicious home baked treats. I believe anyone who gives so much of themselves and shares their love and knowledge to help others will be rewarded 2-fold. I know you will rise above this crazy nonsense with you old business partner and restart on your own better and stronger than before. Prayers to you.

  20. Lisa hood says:

    Please keep up your great work- I follow your feed from the UK, so please know your influence is great! I wish you all the best of luck now and in the future.

  21. Pamela W Garrett says:

    I am glad to have what happened, explained. However, I am so sorry for WHAT happened.

    It is unfortunate that “people” will readily take advantage of others and their ideas and vision. But, this IS the type of world we live in.

    I became aware of Jules’ products when I was diagnosed ‘gluten intolerant’ a few years ago, and was desperately searching for products that worked and that were actually palatable.

    I have become a dedicated fan and have fervently recommended her products to others; making gifts of the flour, so that there was no expense to those trying for the first time.

    I am a committed follower and will direct other have to stay connected.

    Blessed to have found Jules Sheppard and her products.

    Praying for a successful outcome in the litigation.

    Pamela W Garrett

  22. Danielle McEwan says:

    Jules you promptly messages me on Facebook about a year ago when I had a question regarding possible nut allegens being in your flour. You put my mind at ease that my family could use your flour & we’ve enjoyed it along with many of your other mixes. I will be unsubscribing from the hijacked Jules gluten free emails & are happy to join you on your new companies launch. My best to you.

  23. Barbara keans says:

    Wishing you the best

  24. Mette haghighat says:

    Good luck with everything Jules. All of your products are amazing and has change my world.

  25. Renea Patterson says:

    Jules you have changed my life with your products. I actually enjoy eating pastries etc again and got me back into the kitchen as I love to bake. I’m behind you 100%.

  26. Wendy mcgrath says:

    Glad you are not giving up. Love your products. Anxious to see what new web site has on it. Blessings.

  27. Jill Vokey says:

    Thank you for all you have done to help.I checked your blog all the time for ideas when I was first diagnosed never got a chance to order your flour but I will. I hope everything works out for you. Have a wonderful wedding !!

  28. Lynn Berardo says:

    Have removed my name from the original site. Tired of being bombarded with “sale” emails. Happy to support with purchases the original Jules. Good luck.

    • Thank you, Lynn! I so appreciate the well wishes and can’t wait until my products are available again under my own label! Thanks for your loyalty and support!

  29. Sue Delaney says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about this awful situation! I love your products and will get on your new list. Hang in there, best of luck in the litigation, and prayers are with you!

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