Coeliac UK has announced the launch of its new app, ‘Gluten-free on the Move’.
The app aims to help those with intolerance to gluten manage their diet day-to-day, from shopping to finding somewhere to eat.
It allows people to scan supermarket foods to check if they are listed in the charity’s directory of 10,000 gluten-free foods.
The tool has already been voted the ‘Best Audience Migration to Mobile Technology’ at the 2014 UK Mobile & App Design Awards, held in London last week.
It also uses location services to find venues nearby which serve gluten-free food, as well as highlighting those accredited by Coeliac UK.
Sarah Sleet, chief executive of Coeliac UK, said: “Managing a gluten-free diet while out and about can be a challenge as our increasingly busy lifestyles mean we’re doing more on the hop. Coeliac UK is always looking for ways to better support people to do this and the app is a great way to get instant access on the move.
“Anyone can download the app and look at the free services, which include: Label Guide to help understand food labelling, Gluten-free Checklist, Eating Out Tips and latest news from Coeliac UK. Access to the Food and Drink Directory and Venue Guide is part of the membership package and anyone who has been diagnosed with coeliac disease, seeking a diagnosis, supporting a friend or a relative, or trying to find out more about the gluten-free diet can sign up to be a member.”
The app is available now, on iPhone and Android.
Earlier this year it was reported that the number of people diagnosed with coeliac disease in the UK has increased fourfold since 1990.