You may remember I was invited to help judge the Free From Foods Awards again this year…The winners were announced at the awards ceremony last week, and I went down to London for the evening.
Entries were up by 40% since last year, and it’s not surprising.
Apparently there is a 15% growth year on year of the free from market, and it is expected to be worth 6bn dollars by 2017. That’s a lot of us eating—and drinking—gluten free…
The two key points I took away from the evening this year were:
The array of free from beers that are now available
I’m not a big beer drinker, but I was surprised by the range now available. If you’re interested in gluten free beer, then you should definitely check out the beers people were enjoying on the night:
- Celia Premium Czech Lager
- Daas Ambré
- Daas Blond
- Estrella Damm Daura
- Green’s Export Lager Lite
- Green’s IPA
- Green’s Lager Dry Hopped
- Hop Back Brewery Crop Circle
- La Zaragozana Ambar Gluten Free
- Oak & Barrel Schnitzer Bräu Organic German Hirse Premium GF Beer
- Oak & Barrel Schnitzer Bräu Organic Lemon GF Beer
- St Peter’s Brewery G-Free
- Wold Top Brewery Scarborough Fair IPA
The number of new entrants to the market
There are always newcomers to the free from market, particularly in the cakes/biscuits area, but it is sometimes difficult for such companies to find their place, and grow from supplying farmers’ markets locally to supplying nationally.
However, this year, almost every manufacturer I spoke to during the evening had been in business for a very […]