Gluten-free & Allergens

Free from formulating is the future of the food and beverage industry, appealing to both individuals with allergies and health-conscious consumers. Pic: GettyImages/anakopa

The rise of free from

The future of formulating to fit the free from demand

By Gill Hyslop

Originally popularised as a solution for food-triggered allergens, many consumers are now on the hunt for free from products as a healthier treat. With a market share projected to reach $161.2bn by 20264, it’s clear consumers are not only looking at what...

Almonds tick the boxes when it comes to free from, environmentally-friendly, sustainable treats. Pic: GettyImages/Jack Andersen

The rise of free from

Free from for all

By Gill Hyslop

Before the free from trend’s massive popularity, consumers with allergy intolerances were often left with minimal choices, but that’s changing.

British Bakels' convenient palm oil-free paste and powder concentrates give bakers a reliable foundation to build a range of doughnuts all year round. Pic: British Bakels

What’s driving the free from trend?

By Gill Hyslop

British Bakels has built its business over the past 75 years by flexing with the trends and developing products to meet them. Free from has been one of the past decade’s defining trends, with the pandemic increasing consumer desire to understand nutrition’s...

Délifrance's vegan croissant have the same texture, taste and mouthfeel as their buttery counterparts. Pic: Délifrance

The rise of free from

Délifrance ramps up response to growing free from demands

By Gill Hyslop

Délifrance partnered with allergen specialist, Jacqui McPeake of Allergy Aware, to compile its 2021 report Prove It: Adapting bakery to meet the needs of the increasing number of food hypersensitive consumers.

The rules speak for themselves. Pic: Rule Breaker Snacks

Bimbo-backed Rule Breaker sets its sights on $2.2m in 2022

By Gill Hyslop

Rule Breaker Snacks – a Grupo Bimbo-backed brand of allergen-free plant-based brownies and blondies – has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign to meet runaway demand sparked by a Shark Tank appearance last year.

The next class of CoLab is poised to learn how to set the snacking space on fire. Pic: GettyImages/HADAII POLIASHENKO

The 10 better-for-you snack start-up disruptors to watch in 2022

By Gill Hyslop

Ten US-based, mission-driven brands have won a coveted spot in Mondelēz International’s CoLab engagement programme (now in its second year), each supported with a $20,000 grant, mentorship and hands-on collaboration with industry experts.

Some of of the brands recognised as clean label frontrunners in 2022. Pic: AA

The world’s leading clean label trendsetters for 2022

By Gill Hyslop

Belgium’s Lotus Biscoff Spread, Ladurée biscuits from France, the UK’s Walkers Shortbread Fingers and Snyder’s of Hanover (US) are among the swathes of winners recognised by the 2022 A.A. Taste Awards.

Quinn has recently added gluten-free Maple Almond Filled Pretzel Nuggets and Plant-Based Cheezy Filled Pretzel Nuggets to its expanding 100% natural product lineup. Pic: Quinn

Quinn shuffles executive team

By Gill Hyslop

The Colorado-based snack producer has appointed Mike Kewon as its new chief executive officer, allowing Kristy Lewis’ to step up as chief vision officer to get back into why she started Quinn in the first place: to challenge the status quo in the food...

The bolt on of Firebird Artisan Mills' assets will help Ardent Mills diversify its portfolio. Pic: GettyImages/minoandriani

Ardent Mills completes acquisition of Firebird Artisan Mills’ assets

By Gill Hyslop

Over the next several months, the Firebird Artisan Mills brand and products will be fully integrated into Ardent Mills, enabling the flour-milling and ingredients specialist to bolster its nutrition offerings to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse...