Gluten-free bakery brand Genius has unveiled a soft breakfast biscuit that it claims is a first for UK free-from aisles.

Gluten-free brand Mrs Crimble’s is to launch three new cake bars in supermarkets from April.

Primal Joy, which makes all-natural, gluten-free snacks and granolas, has unveiled a new look and improved packaging as part of its continued expansion. 

Medical experts have been fiercely debating the £25m the NHS spends on prescription gluten-free food for coeliacs.

New trade body the Gluten Free Industry Association (GFIA) has been created in response to soaring sales of gluten-free food.

Food and drink advisory service Campden BRI will hold a conference on 16-17 March 2017 for the food manufacturing sector on the development of gluten-free bakery products.

Gluten-free bakery Bells of Lazonby has added two new gluten-free products to its ‘We Love Cake’ range.

Gluten and wheat-free brand Lovemore is set to extend into the Chinese market after attending a trade event in the country last month.

Babies who consume high amounts of gluten products before the age of two are at higher risk of developing coeliac disease, according to researchers.

Christmas pudding manufacturer Matthew Walker has launched a brand new gluten-free sponge pudding range that is available in two variants.

The Hampshire-based gluten-free bakery Mrs Crimbles has released a new range of home baking mixes.

Gluten-free bakery brand Genius has announced Jeremy Bradley as the company’s new CEO. He will succeed Roz Cuschieri from the 16 October.

California-based baking supplier Bellarise has developed an organic gluten substitute that it says can replace 25% to 50% of gluten used by bakers.

Charity Coeliac UK has launched a new mobile app named Gluten-free food checker, designed to help those on a gluten-free diet find food while shopping.

Speciality health retailer Planet Organic has announced its new addition to the free-from bakery department: an organic, gluten-free, vegan, soy- and nut-free range of bread from Good Grain Bakery.

The number one gluten-free bakery brand in Britain, Genius Gluten Free, has announced a new CSR partnership with social enterprise Allergy Adventures, to educate schoolchildren about food allergies and intolerances.

Free-from bakery, Genius has expanded its bread range by bringing out the first gluten-free toastie loaf – Genius Toastie.

Helston-based company The Good Food Bakery has launched what it claims is the world’s first gluten-free Cornish pasty after taking four years to develop the product.

Gluten-free and vegan bakery Cupcakes and Shhht will be attending London’s street food scene, KERB Camden Market, which will officially open to the public on Friday 12 August.

Gluten-free baker Free From Fairy has launched the first ever gluten- and rice-free wholegrain flour blend – available exclusively from Honest Eats.

Bakery brand Genius Gluten Free has scooped the Ones to Watch award at the 19th annual Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 awards.

Gloucestershire-based Hobbs House Bakery has given a name to its first gluten-free loaf, following a lengthy process to create a product suitable for coeliacs.

Gluten-free bakery Beyond Bread has expanded into a second branch that will be located in Islington, London.

Belgian family food business Pidy has devised a new range of gluten-free pastry tartelettes.

The Hampshire-based gluten-free bakery Mrs Crimbles has been bought for an undisclosed sum by Dutch organic and natural food company Wessanen.

Leicester-based MBM Enterprises, trading as Blackfriars Bakery, has launched Lumberjack flapjack bars, which are gluten-free and high in protein.

United Biscuits (UB) is to debut a gluten-free biscuit selection for the first time next month, under its McVitie’s brand. 

Free-from food producer Welsh Hills Bakery is celebrating the appearance of its chocolate sponge cake in a Morrisons TV advert.

Own-label gluten-free options often contain up to seven times more fat, according to research for The Grocer.

Discount supermarket chain Aldi now stocks 19 new products, which it launched during Coeliac Awareness Week.

Discount supermarket Lidl is recalling its Bread Baking Mix because it contains wheat, rye and barley (gluten), which is not mentioned in English on the label. 

Yorkshire-based Feel Free For Gluten Free (FFFGF) has introduced eight frozen lines to Morrisons, including its award-winning doughnuts.

Moditions, the Ballymena-based gluten-free bakery has signed a deal worth an estimated £220,000 with Tesco Northern Ireland.

According to new research released by Almondy, the Swedish gluten-free bakery, millennials are driving gluten-free demand.

Staff from the Aberdare-based gluten-free bakery have walked 10k to raise money for Coeliac UK.

Gateshead-based Prewett’s, the gluten-free biscuit brand, will launch a series of social media competitions to highlight Coeliac Awareness Week (9-15 May).

Following yesterday’s end-of-year results, West Cornwall Pasty Company (WCPC) has announced a new set of developments that include a gluten-free pasty and a new brand.

Sweetpea Pantry, the baking mix producer, won the Store Cupboard category at the FreeFrom Awards for its Grainy Brainy Pancakes.

Destiny Foods, the Manchester-based foodservice patisserie firm and distributor, has launched a new range of made-without-gluten desserts.

Gluten-free brand Genius has spelled out its ambitions to become the global leader in free-from bakery, outlining an international expansion programme.

Warburtons’ chairman Jonathan Warburton has said that the baking industry doesn’t get enough credit for its work on reducing salt levels.

Gluten-free baker SIN has launched a new website, and has been nominated for an award for the design. 

A leading consultant has suggested that the UK might be suffering from gluten overload.

Patisserie Holdings-owned Baker & Spice will launch its own gluten-free range this week, and has grand expansion plans.

Almondy, the Swedish gluten-free bakery, has launched a lactose-free chocolate and almond cake.

Pidy, the ready-to-fill pastry specialist, has won an award for its recently launched gluten-free range.

Shrewsbury-based Flower & White has created a range of gluten-free muffins for the foodservice sector. 

Premium pie maker Pieminister has entered the free-from market with the introduction of two gluten-free pies.

There is insufficient choice in the gluten-free market, according to 73% of consumers who buy coeliac-friendly products.

A partnership to produce gluten-free biscuits has been announced by Duncan’s of Deeside and Pulsetta Foods.

Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease, is hosting its first gluten-free networking event for food industry professionals who wish to benefit from the growing gluten-free market. 

Pizza Express has announced the launch of a gluten-free version of its dough balls.

Feel Free For Gluten Free’s (FFFGF’s) mini donuts will be available in 646 Tesco stores from this month.

A duo of gluten-free pies has been launched by premium-pie restaurant Square Pie.

Mysupermarket.com has analysed the prices of various baked goods over the last year, with many items found to be cheaper, but a few significantly more expensive.

Genius Gluten Free has launched its first bagel line as part of a package of three new products.

Gluten-free bakery Welsh Hills has been revealed as joint winner of the Success through Overseas Trade category in the Welsh Business Awards.

Hovis’ special-edition loaf, which launches this month, has a seeded dough for extra crunch, is a source of protein and is rich in fibre. 

The Instow Kitchen, a new bakery and coffee shop, is opening in north Devon, and everything is 100% gluten-free.

Celebrating the best in gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and all free-from foods, the 2016 shortlist is out now. British Baker picks out the bakery highlights.

Food brand Feel Free For Gluten Free (FFFGF), is adding to its retail stockists with five new listings in Morrisons.

South Wales-based Welsh Hills Bakery has secured a contract with supermarket giant Morrisons to supply its gluten- and dairy-free products. 

Eat Square, the Wiltshire-based pie producer, has released a range of gluten-free pies, which includes dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan variants.

The high street bakery chain, Greggs, is set to introduce a new gluten-free range later this year, the company's chief executive has announced.

High street patisserie and cake shop Patisserie Valerie has launched a new gluten-free range, which will be available from 18 January.

Gluten Free Goodies brand SIN has signed a deal with Amazon to sell its ‘Little Black Boxes’ of quality cake online.

Costa Coffee has become the first UK coffee shop chain to launch a vegan product registered with The Vegan Society’s Vegan Trademark.

The first 100% gluten-free bakery has opened in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, producing a range of free-from breads and cakes.

Udi’s Gluten Free, the US-based free-from brand, has announced its new Chocolate Clusters range will be on sale from 18 January.

Auchtermuchty Cake Company, the Fife-based gluten-free bakery, has secured its first retail listing with Selfridges.

Genius Food, the gluten-free bakery, has bought frozen pie-producer Chapel Foods in a £3.5m deal.

Oats from Glanbia Nutritionals have been recognised for their gluten-free purity by three leading European coeliac organisations.

Seven day news round-up

26 October, 2015

Here’s the British Baker guide to the past seven days and all the stories you need to inform your business decisions.

A new study has found nearly 40% of coeliac sufferers are critical of gluten-free bread and mixes currently on the market.

US-based gluten-free brand Udi’s has expanded a trial of in-store bakery goods from two to four Asda stores as part of a long-term development plan.

Feel Free For Gluten Free has launched a new doughnut product in 250 Tesco stores.

Cocomacs launches in Birmingham

25 September, 2015

A new artisan micro-bakery, Cocomacs, has opened in the newly launched Grand Central Birmingham shopping centre.

The recall of four products due to the possibility of salmonella presence has been linked to one Dutch supplier.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said “corrective actions” have been undertaken by gluten-free brand Genius following its product contamination crisis in June this year. 

Bath Bakery has launched its gluten-free products online as it introduces a new range.

The dust is now starting to settle on what must surely be the worst week in Genius’ short history. 

Genius: highs and lows

15 June, 2015

Since the launch of the brand in 2009, Genius has come a long way, expanding its product range and customer base and becoming one of the UK’s biggest gluten-free brands.

The meteoric rise of gluten-free is set to continue for at least three years before starting to plateau. 

Dr Schär has launched gluten-free brand Schär, which is well known in Europe, in the UK with nine new products.

‘Gluten-free’ brand Genius is facing the backlash as consumers say their piece following the recall of 25 products made at its Bathgate bakery. 

Five more supermarket own-label products have been recalled by gluten-free label Genius following a contamination issue revealed earlier this week. 

A number of Genius-branded and own-label gluten-free products have been recalled after it was found they are contaminated with gluten. 

Health store chain Holland & Barrett has today opened the country’s first-ever free-from concept store under the brand Holland & Barrett More. 

Six products from chilled gluten-free brand NO.G will be launched in up to 245 stores Asda this week. 

Fairtrade giant Traidcraft has launched the UK’s first Fairtrade gluten-free bar into Tesco stores. 

Oat miller and manufacturer Morning Foods has launched a new gluten-free oat range, in a bid to break into the free-from sector.

Tom Thexton, winner of the BIA Rising Star Award runs a gluten-free bakery called Wild Thexton, and told British Baker of his huge plans to open a new completely gluten-free bakery with The Bread Factory.

Number two on the BIA 12 days of Christmas is the Just: Gluten Free Bakery, winner of this year’s Free-from Bakery Product of the Year, which says 2015 will be about improving allergen-free treats.

Beyond Bread, a 100% gluten-free bakery and café is set to open in central London this month.

Coeliac UK has welcomed new EU food labelling regulations, claiming they will provide better certainty for people with coeliac disease. 

Gluten-free products are increasingly popular, according to a leading shopping and comparison site.

A new report has found that that some businesses are still struggling to prepare for new food regulations, which will be enforced next month.

Droppa & Droppa Specialist Foods the gluten-free training company, has launched its new campaign to help caterers provide for gluten-, wheat- and dairy-free customers.

 Ingredients supplier British Bakels has launched a range of gluten-free bread mixes for retail.

Walkers Shortbread has joined the rapidly-expanding gluten-free market with the launch of three products. 

Family-run Bath Bakery has launched a new range of gluten-free goods to meet customer demands.

NO.G gluten-free brand has won its first major supermarket contract with Sainsbury’s. 

Feel Free for Gluten Free is launching what it claims is the UK’s first gluten and wheat free frozen doughnuts.

Research has revealed that one in five people are now affected by a food allergy or intolerance.

Bakeries that fail to warn customers about possible allergens in their food could face an unlimited fine, under new EU rules.

BIA finalists announced

28 July, 2014

So the judges have finally completed their work and we can announce the finalists for the Baking Industry Awards (BIA) 2014.

Specialist flour mill, Doves Farm, has launched their Gourmet Collection range to meet demand for gluten free products.

Gluten-free brand Genius is to introduce its bread to the mainstream bread aisle of 150 Asda stores across the UK.

Gluten-free brand Genius has launched its range in French hypermarkets.

Buzzwords on food packaging is duping consumers into believing the products are healthier than they are, an academic has claimed.

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