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    Tuesday, 10 January 2017

    Gluten-Free Industry Association Formed in the UK

    In a move sure to delight coeliac sufferers and the gluten intolerant, several leading manufacturers of gluten-free foods have teamed up to create a new industry association aimed at supporting companies involved in the manufacture and trade of such foods. According to a press release from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), the initial priority of the newly formed Gluten-Free Industry Association (GFIA) will be the “development of best practice guidelines on ingredient sourcing and gluten-testing methodology in order to deliver the highest quality of products to their consumers.”

    GFIA founder members include; Bells of Lazonby, BFree Foods, Delicious Alchemy, Dr Schar, Genius Foods, Mrs Crimbles, Nairns Oatcakes, Northumbrian Fine Foods, and Warburtons.

    Simon Wright, Founder of OF+ Consulting and GFIA Chair, stated, “We are very pleased to be launching the Gluten Free Industry Association. The GFIA provides a single point of contact for this fast-changing sector whilst encouraging the major suppliers to come together and share best practice to deliver the high quality their consumers expect.”

    The announcement comes at an important time, as the gluten-free market continues to expand rapidly in the UK. To give you an idea, the annual UK sales figure for foods in the ‘free-from’ category sits at £585.6m, which marks a 26.7% increase on the previous year’s figures. Of this massive market, gluten-free sales account for around 60%.

    Sarah Sleet, Chief Executive of Coeliac UK, praised the formation of the association and seemed optimistic about what the group may bring to the industry:

    “As the national charity for people with coeliac disease, it's great to see this latest step in the maturation of the gluten free sector. A new association devoted to gluten free manufacturing will help the industry work together to tackle consistency and safety for the benefit of consumers and keep growing this vibrant new market. We look forward to working with the GFIA to ensure the needs of people with coeliac disease continue to be met.”

    Sam Bonson

    Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.
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