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

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.

New gluten-free wheat?

15 December, 2016

Gluten-free might not have to mean wheat-free, according to a new report, with new wheat crops being developed as an alternative to a gluten-free diet. 

Gluten-free bakery Honeybuns has expanded its New Generation cake range with two new flavours – Oaty Coconut bar and Oaty Apricot bar.

Gluten-free brand Prewett’s has scooped both winner and highly commended gongs in The Grocer New Product Award 2016.

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.

The Ballymena-based Moditions bakery will be supplying its gluten-free ranges to Asda stores across Northern Ireland, the company has announced.

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.

Britain’s only organic gluten-free bakery is looking to expand into Europe in a bid to combat escalating costs caused by Brexit.

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.

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.

High street bakery chain Greggs has said it plans to increase the number of healthy options it offers, including a gluten-free range.

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.

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).

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.

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. 

Easter has come early for Scott’s Bakery, after it won a contract to supply Asda with three seasonal lines.

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.

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

The UK free-from market could grow 13% to £531m in 2016 and climb to £673m by 2020, a new report by market analyst Mintel has claimed.

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.

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.

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.

Gourmet pie and mash restaurant Pieminister intends to open four new restaurants in 2016, including a flagship venue in Nottingham.

Almondy, the Swedish gluten-free bakery, has been acquired by the Danish group Givesco Bakery.

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.

With free-from foods in growth, The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) contestants take on the challenge of baking with alternative ingredients. Gregg Woodhead, product development manager at British Bakels, passes on his words of wisdom in our Ask the Expert blog.

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

The huge figure put on the cost of gluten-free prescriptions has been found incorrect, after a dispute broke out yesterday.

A row has broken out over a reported £116m spend on prescription gluten-free food by the NHS, which included biscuits, doughnuts, muffin mixes and bread.

Genius Foods has said no retailers have delisted their products, following a mass product recall when a gluten contamination was detected.

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

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.

Bakery ingredients supplier EDME is investing over £2m into its manufacturing facilities in Essex.

Waitrose has seen sales in free-from goods rocket this Easter, with gluten-free hot cross buns up 124% on last year.

Gluten-free bakery, Honeybuns, will soon launch a bespoke cake range with London restaurant chain Leon as it outgrows its current Dorset premises.

Sandwich brand Urban Eat is grabbing a piece of the healthy eating market by launching a selection of healthier food-to-go options called Eat Better.

French bakery specialist Bridor is to launch a new gluten-free range at this year’s IFE exhibition this month.

Free-from food brand Feel Free For Gluten Free has acquired its own manufacturing site in Worthing, West Sussex, in a move that will increase production by around 20%.

Chaucer Foods, a global ingredients producer, has spoken of its plans to expand into gluten-free bakery items by 2016.

Sales of gluten-free bakery are booming, but manufacturers and retailers must do more to address issues such as cost, fat content and availability, said charity Coeliac UK.

Gluten-free bakery, No.G, has scooped the top prize for top free-from food product.

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.

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

The British Pie Awards have introduced a new Free From Gluten category, as the competition officially opens for entries today.

Bath Bakery has appointed a new sales manager so the bakery can continue to expand, the business says.

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

Bath Bakery’s Batch #5 range has been awarded the Cross Grain Symbol, following testing of its gluten-free products. 

Glanbia Nutritionals, the fast growing foods ingredients company, has developed a new range of gluten free oats for the baking industry.

Gluten- and wheat-free brand BFree will launch its new fajita kit into 1,200 Tesco Extras and Superstores in the second week in October. 

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. 

Foodservice supplier Bidvest 3663 has created an online tool to help bakery customers choose the right products.

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

Scandinavian free-from baker Fria is launching its products in Ireland.

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.

Glasgow 2014 has unveiled Genius Gluten Free as the official provider of gluten-free baked products at the Commonwealth Games.

BFree claims to have launched the first free-from fajita kits.

Genius Foods has re-entered the frozen food market with a range of gluten-free pies.

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