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Enormous growth in ‘free from’ reflected by award entries

With three new categories this year – FreeFrom Food for Export, FODMAP Friendly Food and Milk Alternatives – the FreeFrom Food Awards have entered their 11th year. They are the industry’s only award for ‘free-from food’ such as gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soya-free, and organisers say the increasing number of entries reflects the enormous growth in the ‘free-from’ market.
Organisers say there are few areas that cannot now offer a gluten-free, milk free and often all-top-14-allergens-free alternative.
The awards are run by the FreeFrom Matters team who also run The FreeFrom Eating Out Awards, The FreeFrom Skincare Awards and The Foodsmatter websites, one of the biggest online resources for anything to do with food allergy and intolerance.
The awards presentation will take place at the Royal College of Physicians on April 17th and the shortlist has now been announced.
Awards Director, Michelle Berriedale-Johnson said: “Again this year our judges have been amazed by the range and quality of the foods they have tried! We are not surprised that the number of those choosing to eat from keeps on growing – the food is just so good.’
Award categories are as follows: Innovation Award, No Top 14, Best product from a start-up, FODMAP Friendly Foods  – FODMAP Friendly, FreeFrom Foods for Export, Breakfast –  Integrated Food Projects Ltd, Milk Product Alternatives, Bread, Store cupboard, Pasta and Pizza, Superfoods & sport supplements, ‘Food to go’, Down the Pub and the Bar, Savoury Snacks and Crackers, Meaty & Fishy Ready Meals, Veggie Ready Meals, Foods designed for children, Tea Time! , Desserts and Puddings, Confectionery and chocolate, Bars – cereal, fruit, superfood, grain-free etc. Special awards are Retailer of the Year and the FreeFrom Hero Award.
This year’s shortlist includes: Hot Chocolate & Aubergine Fondants with Spirulina, fresh raviolini free of all 14 major allergens, gluten and milk free chocolate eclairs, beef and almond protein snack bars, gluten and milk free hot cross buns, milk-free smoked cashew ‘cheeses’, rustic sourdough loaves free of all 14 major allergens, nut-free marzipan and 17 gluten-free beers, lagers, ales and stouts .

Our picture shows last year’s winners receiving their awards.

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