Posts Tagged ‘UK food producers’

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Warburtons gluten-free wraps

May 13, 2013

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The Warburtons Newburn Bakehouse “Save our wrap” campaign has been doing the rounds on social media for a couple of months but we hadn’t gotten around to going to a Tesco to try out the new wraps. We finally made it this week.

I have to be honest with you and say that the price is a little eye-watering at £3 for a packet of three square wraps. But they taste good and they do something I’ve rarely seen a gluten-free wrap or tortilla do… they don’t crack when you roll them around a filling.

I’m really keen to experiment with them a bit more to see what they’re like as Wahaca-style quesadillas, or thin-crust pizzas.

The wraps are currently available from Tesco and Morrison’s. Have you tried them? What did you think?

 

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Is Worthenshaws Freedom gluten-free?

January 12, 2011

A few months ago I wrote about the exciting launch of Worthenshaws Freedom free-from desserts and claimed that they were suitable for coeliacs. I thought this because their website and labelling state that Freedom is free from gluten and suitable for food allergy sufferers.

However, there is some interesting chatter about Freedom on Coeliac UK’s Facebook page this week that has made me rethink that and want to double-check the facts.

A member has posted a question asking whether Worthenshaws is safe for coeliacs to consume seeing as it is produced in a factory that also handles gluten.

Freedom’s packaging states the following: “recipe free from nuts, soya, dairy, gluten, wheat, egg, added sugar (contains only fruit sugars, artificial colours and flavours.” So, that’s the recipe. But the labelling goes on to say, “ALLERGEN INFORMATION: Produced in a factory that handles nuts, soya, milk, wheat, gluten and egg” so there is the potential for contamination with allergens.

Coeliac UK has responded to the query saying they don’t list Worthenshaws because they haven’t been provided with suitable information but  add that the Worthenshaws website provides information about the risk of contamination.

The Worthenshaws statement, available here, explains that all of the ingredients used in the dessert are gluten-free. However, nuts, gluten, eggs, milk and soya are all handled on the manufacturing site.  Because of this they adopt strict procedures for segregation and handling of all allergens and for cleaning of equipment prior to production to ensure that the risk of cross-contamination is remote.

“Testing has shown that there are no traces of these allergens, to within the current sensitivity of testing at our UKAS accredited laboratory; therefore we believe that these products are safe for the allergen sensitive consumer. The addition of the statement ‘produced in a factory that handles nuts, soya, milk, wheat, gluten and egg’ is intended as information to the consumer so as not to mislead, rather than a warning.”

I’m not entirely sure that means that there are less than 20 parts-per-million of gluten in the dessert but it sounds like that’s what they mean. There are rumours in the Coeliac UK posts that some coeliacs have felt unwell after eating the dessert so if you suffer from coeliacs it would be worth keeping this in mind if you choose to eat the dessert.

I have sent an enquiry to Worthenshaws customer care to see what they say about their gluten-free labelling and will post their response.

Related posts: Dragons Den dairy-free desserts now available

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Dragons’ Den dairy-free desserts now available

September 14, 2010

Young mum Kirsty Henshaw pitched her idea for Worthenshaws dairy-free desserts to the Dragons in July this year and impressed them with her hard work and determination. Just a few months later after some mentoring from Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne, Kirsty is ready to launch her Worthenshaws frozen desserts in the major supermarkets across the UK.

The Worthenshaws Freedom frozen dessert range includes strawberry, vanilla and chocolate flavours and the desserts are suitable for vegetarians, coeliacs* and vegans. The range is free from dairy, sugar, gluten, soya, egg, nuts and artificial flavours and colours so will tick all the right boxes for the majority of people with food allergies.

From this week the range is available in Asda and Sainsbury’s stores. Morrison’s, Asda and Waitrose will follow very soon.

If you’d like to know more about Kirsty’s products there’s plenty of information on the Worthenshaws website. Kirsty is also blogging about her experiences on the website and keeping her fans up to date on the launch on Twitter.

Kirsty is an inspiration and we wish her all the very best.

*Correction 12 January 2011: Please note that Worthenshaws is produced in a factory that handles gluten. For the company statement on allergens please visit their website.

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Real Food Festival 2010

May 10, 2010

Saturday brought more drizzle and cold winds so I decided to while away the day with a friend at the Real Food Festival at Earl’s Court, hoping to find some producers of gluten-free food. Seriously, it is snowing in Scotland. What is going on?

The main draw was a cooking demonstration by Thomasina Miers from Wahaca (see yesterday’s post) in case she cooked up some tacos!

We were greeted by a huge water buffalo at the entrance then scurried around the stalls looking for the “Chef’s Theatre” (not quite Kitchen Stadium!) Thomasina did indeed cook tacos but the tortillas she made were unfortunately wheat tortillas so I didn’t pick up any tricks. In 40 minutes she rustled up a bacon and red chard taco, a tomato and courgette taco and a mozzarella quesadilla. The highlight of the demo was the chipotle sauce that topped the dishes. We snuck up the front to taste the tacos at the end of the demo.

I was delighted to find a few gluten-free suppliers dotted about the festival. One of my favourite GF brands is Doves Farm Organics. I rate their pasta because the taste and consistency is very close to real pasta. Doves Farm were showcasing their GF cookie range. I bought a packet of Double Chocolate Cookies for English Boy to try because they are delicious and taste like normal cookies. First score of the day!

Next I came across The Bath Pig‘s wheat, gluten and dairy free chorizo. At home we gobbled it up on an antipasto plate and for breakfast with poached eggs. The Bath Pig chorizos are made using 100% natural ingredients so no breadcrumbs, artificial colours or stabilisers. Plus it’s delicious. Score number two.

The third find of the day was Burtree Puddings‘ Gluten-Free Sticky Toffee Pudding with Sticky Toffee Sauce. I think this one doesn’t need much explanation. The toffee sauce is so rich with double cream and English Butter that any trace of chalky GF flours is smothered. They are utterly scrumptious. Now I remember seeing them on Rick Stein’s Food Heroes so they are famous puddings. The only problem was that the sauce was so rich it made English Boy feel a bit crook thus defeating the purpose of me buying him a treat. Still… I would eat it again!

After all of that pudding I’ll have to eat salad for the rest of the week but it was worth it.

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