6 January 2017
Formation of Gluten Free Industry Association
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In response to the significant growth of the market for gluten free products,
the Gluten Free Industry Association (GFIA) has been formed to support
involved in the manufacture and trade of gluten free products.
The UK market for gluten free products has grown rapidly, with annual free from
sales currently worth £585.6m, a 26.7% increase on the previous year(2).
are projected to reach £673 million by 2020(3). Within the free from
gluten free market accounts for nearly 60% of the category and increased by 36%
In this climate of growth and opportunity, leading producers of gluten free
foods have come together under the GFIA to ensure consistent high standards and
provide additional consumer confidence. GFIA priorities for 2017 will include
development of best practice guidelines on ingredient sourcing and
gluten-testing methodology in order to deliver the highest quality of products
GFIA founder members include Bells of Lazonby, BFree Foods, Delicious Alchemy,
Dr Schar, Genius Foods, Mrs Crimbles, Nairns Oatcakes, Northumbrian Fine Foods,
The GFIA is a full member Association of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and
FDF will provide the secretariat for the Association.
Simon Wright, GFIA Chair, said:
“We are very pleased to be launching the Gluten Free Industry Association.
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
the high quality their consumers expect.”
Sarah Sleet, Chief Executive of Coeliac UK, said:
“As the national charity for people with coeliac disease, it's great to
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
consistency and safety for the benefit of consumers and keep growing this
new market. We look forward to working with the GFIA to ensure the needs of
people with coeliac disease continue to be met.”
Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, Director, FreeFrom Awards, said:
"We are very pleased that gluten free manufacturers are coming together in an
attempt to improve consistency and confidence in the manufacture of gluten free
foods and especially in the supply chain. This can only be good for the
and, in the long run, of significant benefit to the gluten free consumer.”
Geraldine Albon, Associations and Groups Manager of Food and Drink Federation,
“Through its network of associations and groups, FDF has a long history of
supporting sector groups to develop best practice, share intelligence and
targeted support. We're pleased to welcome GFIA onboard.”
Notes for editors:
- The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink
manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector. For more
about FDF and the industry we represent.
- Coeliac UK is the expert body on the gluten-free diet, providing independent and
evidence based information and support to those with the condition and the
sectors that cater for them since 1968. For more information please see www.coeliac.org.uk/food.
- Kantar Worldpanel March 2016
- Mintel September 2016
- Bord Bia Food Alert 03/06/16
Contact Skye Oudemans, Corporate Affairs Division, at: email@example.com, or 02074207120.
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