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Gluten-free & Allergens

Gluten-free & Allergens

Demand for gluten-free and non-allergenic bakery, snack and cereal products is continuing to surge. This is being fueled by consumers with celiac disease, other allergies and intolerances and also a consumer sentiment that free-from is healthier for you. There is a pressing need for industry to step up the challenge of providing safe foods that also taste good.

DeutscheBack extends gluten-free choice with rice bread sourdough mix

A gluten-free ready mix using non-wheat sourdough ensures better taste and color in rice breads, says DeutscheBack.

Who is the gluten-free consumer? Find out at the FoodNavigator-USA Forum: Gluten-free in Perspective

Are consumers who say they’re avoiding gluten really just avoiding wheat? Can we trust survey data about the number of people following ‘gluten-free diets’? Are market researchers' (wildly differing) estimates...

How nutritious are gluten-free foods?

One of the main drivers of the gluten-free market is a desire for healthier diets and better nutrition – as opposed to medical need – but how healthy is the...

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Riches in niches? The retail future of gluten-free

Should manufacturers look to move gluten-free products into the retail mainstream or does the segment’s future lie in its niche positioning?

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Could oats be the next gluten-free star?

Oats, when the supply chain ensures no cross-contamination, are a gluten-free cereal grain. So why haven’t we seen a flurry of oat-based gluten-free options in the global bakery sector? Are...

Allergen-friendly snacks crunch into smart packaging

Zego, a manufacturer of allergen-friendly snack bars, has launched wrappers and boxes with QR codes enabling consumers to keep tabs on allergen products.

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Culinary Tides: ‘Not only have we already hit the ceiling, the gluten-free bubble is already bursting’

While market researchers predict continued healthy growth for the US gluten-free market*, not everyone is convinced that it is built on a solid foundation.  

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What’s the size of the US gluten-free prize? $490m, $5bn, or $10bn?

How big is the US gluten-free retail market? And how should we define it? Depends who you ask.  

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Weston Bakeries: I’m not sure there is a ceiling on the gluten-free market; if there is, we haven’t reached it yet

If there is a natural ceiling to the gluten-free market, we’re nowhere near hitting it yet, according to Weston Bakeries, which is rolling out its new All But Gluten fresh...

Corn-based protein targets veggie health boom, says Penford R&D head

Penford Ingredients has developed a corn-based protein to tap into a surge in health and wellness, vegetarianism and gluten-free, its R&D head says.

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Four gluten-free myths debunked

Few topics can spark a more spirited debate these days than gluten, and yet, as the Whole Grains Council/Oldways points out, misconceptions abound when it comes to gluten—especially within the...

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The lowdown on celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and celebrity wheat-bashing: In conversation with Dr Alessio Fasano

We know that almost a third of the population has a genetic predisposition to celiac disease, in that they have particular versions (DQ2 or DQ8) of a cellular receptor called...

No, wheat does not make people fat and sick: Scientists

The idea that wheat causes obesity or sickness has been rubbished by scientists conducting a review.

Genius ‘suitably busy’ amid global expansion

Gluten-free major Genuis is suitably busy with an ambitious international expansion plan as it moves into the United Arab Emirates (UAE), its commercial director says.

Gluten-free rice bread: Best quality compromises GI levels

Optimizing volume and crumb texture in rice-based gluten-free bread leads to higher glycaemic index levels, finds research.

EU labelling overhaul to affect (nearly) all food companies: What’s in store?

The Food Information for Consumers regulation (FIC) is set to come into effect this time next year. FoodNavigator spoke with Campden BRI’s principal food law advisor David Leeks to find...

Should the definition of ‘whole grains’ be expanded to include whole seeds, beans and legumes?

As the FDA prepares to conduct consumer research into whole grain labeling statements before it issues finalized guidance for industry, the debate over precisely what should constitute a ‘whole grain’,...

Special Edition: Ancient Grains

Sorghum has bright future with formulation flexibility, drought tolerance

Sorghum is an ancient grain whose natural genetic diversity leaves it well positioned to meet the challenges of the 21st Century, experts say.

General Mills cereal tactics: Fan bases, adult fun, gluten-free and protein

General Mills has developed gluten-free cereal lines, added protein, targeted adults and re-launched old favorites in a bid to boost cereal business in the US over the past year.

Penford broadens fiber portfolio with corn variant

Penford Food Ingredients has developed a corn-based fiber that it says has a cleaner flavor than other corn fibers – opening up broader application opportunities.

Boulder Brands: 5-10% of US wheat-based categories are going to be gluten-free in 3-5 years

While many grocery brands are struggling to generate any growth right now, top gluten-free brands Udi's and Glutino notched up combined net sales growth of 53% in the latest quarter,...

Protein source crucial to quality of gluten-free sweet baked goods: Study

The proteins in a formulation can drastically impact the quality and texture of gluten-free baked goods and therefore must be selected wisely, suggest researchers.

Soluble fiber plugs gluten-free challenges, says Penford

Shelf life is the biggest challenge in gluten-free baked goods and Penford’s potato-based soluble fiber will help retain moisture, its senior applications scientist says.

Health/weight-conscious consumers are driving the gluten-free market, not celiacs, says Mintel

A new Mintel report provides further evidence that the gluten-free market is being propelled by consumers avoiding gluten for perceived health benefits or as a weight management strategy rather than those...

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Fiber, whole grains and seeds: Packing nutritional punch into gluten-free

Bakers have a vast choice of grains and seeds that can nutritionally improve gluten-free products, including fibers, ancient grains and seeds, according to scientists.

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