Gluten-free bakery Almondy has launched a creamy chocolate cake with roasted almonds that is gluten- and lactose-free.

The creation is in response to the recent research conducted by the bakery that 72% of people want to see more lactose-free options on menus when eating out.

Almondy’s new dessert is available frozen and pre-cut into 12 slices for convenience and portion control.

Andrew Ely, managing director of Almondy, commented: “We’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to lactose-free; commercially it offers a huge untapped opportunity for operators, not only in catering for the 20% of people who have the intolerance, but appealing to the growing number of consumers who buy free-from.

“It’s clear from the research that the demand for lactose-free is there - seven out of 10 want more options and operators seen to react will stand to profit.”

Allergy UK has estimated that one in five people has a lactose intolerance, and suggested that operators that cater to people who are unable to consume dairy products could boost their profits.

Almondy specialises in baking frozen cakes to the retail trade, restaurants and catering services.