Posted by glutenfr | Posted in Events, New products, News | Posted on 29-08-2012
Tags: coeliac, gluten free expo, New products
The sweets and treats were back out in force at this year’s gluten free expo in Sydney, but there were also a swag of new twists on traditional staples to draw in the crowds.
Old favourites like Eskal and Schar rubbed shoulders with some new suppliers, including an increasing number of gluten-free bakeries spruiking a tasty arsenal of breads, rolls and treats.
The most noteworthy development at the show, however, was the official launch of the new CountryLife range of bread which is stocked by the major retail chains.
We have already posted a little on this, but as promised, we spoke to the company to find out what’s new with these loaves.
Obviously the change in status of the nut declaration on the packet was a concern for some. The packet on the loaves that don’t contain almond meal (The Low GI and Fruit loaves do) suddenly said their contents might contain almonds – when previously they had simply said they were manufactured in the same facility.
However the man we spoke to on the CountryLife stand explained that this was simply a packaging issue and that none of their processes had changed. But obviously if you do have problems with nuts, this would be worth investigating further.
We also asked him about the addition of soy and the preservative 282 to the loaves. (You can read more about the problems associated with 282 on the Fed Up food intolerance website.) He told us that the company has decided the demand for a more ‘realistic’ loaf outweighs the apparently lesser risk of intolerance to the additive builing up among sensitive children and adults.
I don’t know the science, but we do intend to do some more digging because it seemed that an increasing number of gluten free baked goods at the show included this ingredient. When it comes to the odd encounter, our children do seem okay with it, but for a product you are likely to give them on a daily basis, I would personally prefer a product without it given the problems that have been associated with it.
That said, we really liked the taste of the new Low GI loaf, but not all of our readers have been so happy with the new recipes, so we’d be curious to know what others think.
In other news, we were thrilled the see the makers of the Healthy Feast range back in business at the show. They are now trading under the name Everyday Goodness and while they don’t have a physical shop anymore, they are now selling their delectable lemon meringue pies through markets and distributors and direct to consumers online.
And the new Cocky Chef Bakehouse has also begun selling its pies and bread through markets, cafes and retailers, so hopefully we’ll all start see more gluten-free options when dining out and about.
There was also a nice array of new packet mixes from established players. The two products that caught my (greedy) eye were a red velvet cake from Melinda’s (the lady in Pink behind the gluten-free brand) and a self-saucing chocolate pudding from Orgran.
There was also a yummy new swiss roll mix and a very instant (just add milk and stir) custard mix from Well and Good and I think I also spotted a new frozen gluten-free pizza base from the Pastry Pantry crew (though I haven’t seen it in any shops yet).
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