The vast array of gluten-free products is such a positive development for those with Coeliac disease. There’s nothing worse than looking at a menu and finding there’s nothing suitable for your dietary requirement. No longer a restricted option, diving into a delicious piece of gluten-free Alabama Chocolate Fudge Cake is not an issue and demand remains strong within the retail and foodservice sector.
According to the Coeliac UK, over 1 in 100 people suffer from the disease, but 1 in 5 consumers are still choosing gluten-free food for health reasons. What started as the occasional ground-breaking product has expanded into an amazing variety of products from bread, sauces, and cakes to name but a few.
In the past, gluten-free had a reputation for being expensive and lacking in taste and texture. This has become a distant memory, for example, Riverside Ltd have pioneered their gluten-free crumb, perfected to be an excellent replacement with crunch and flavour so that the difference is barely noticeable.
This is especially welcomed in the cost sector where having a product that can be easily substituted, without noticing the difference and has the benefit of being able to be consumed by everyone. At a time when rationalising product ranges is vital it removes the need for multiple SKU’s by adding an excellent gluten-free product.
So how can we make the most of gluten-free products?
1. CHOOSE VERSATILE PRODUCTS
Make life easier for your kitchen staff by choosing a versatile gluten-free product that can be oven-baked, deep-fried, air fried. This makes it easier to dedicate an area in the kitchen to prepare and reduce cross-contamination.
2. BE DISCERNING
Many products and cakes are gluten-free as standard and developed in such a way you would never notice the difference. You can offer this product to all and it’s a great selling point that it’s also gluten-free.
3. STAFF TRAINING
We all understand the importance of well-trained staff especially when it comes to intolerances and food preparation. Ensure kitchen staff are fully trained in segregating gluten-free products in line with the correct foodservice standards and procedures.
4. CLEAR ALLERGEN DATA
Use menus to highlight gluten-free options, this could be a symbol on the menu or a segregated area for dietary specific products. Erudus the online product data pool is an excellent resource for this, with nutritional and allergen information at your fingertips.