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Allergens

The rise of food intolerances and allergies is having a profound impact on the hospitality industry, with restaurants, pub and hotels forced to adapt menus to accommodate changing dietary requirements. We have rounded up the latest news on the topic, including the lowdown on the new allergen labelling laws coming into effect from 13 December 2014.

How restaurants are catering for customers with food allergies

10-Oct-2016 - Restaurant owners have spoken out about the steps they’ve taken to comply with allergen legislation as well as cater for the growing number of customers with food allergies. 

EU Allergen laws: Foodservice operators told it's 'business as usual'

06-Jul-2016 - The owners of foodservice businesses are being urged to continue to abide by the EU's allergen labelling laws despite the UK's intention to leave the EU. 

ASK THE EXPERTS

How to cater for customers following gluten-free diets

09-May-2016 - On the first day of Coeliac UK Awareness Week, Coeliac UK's head of food policy Kathryn Miller, outlines the practical steps hospitality operators can take to cater for customers following...

Report: Restaurant staff not taking allergy requests seriously enough

28-Apr-2016 - Restaurant owners are being urged to do more to educate their staff on the subject of food allergens after a survey of diners with allergies found that a quarter had...

Restaurant chain Pho gains Gluten Free accreditation

25-Jan-2016 - Pho has become the latest restaurant group to receive Gluten Free (GF) accreditation from Coeliac UK. 

Handmade Burger Company gains Gluten Free accreditation

10-Aug-2015 - Handmade Burger Company has become the latest restaurant group to receive Gluten Free (GF) accreditation from Coeliac UK.

Dining trends 2014: more intolerances, fewer vegetarians

23-Dec-2014 - The number of diners reporting lactose or gluten intolerance has risen in 2014, while the number of diners ordering vegetarian or nut-free dishes has fallen, according to data collected by...

Allergen regulation: Time’s up

12-Dec-2014 - The much-anticipated EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation came into force on 13 December. BigHospitality looks at what is changing, and the impact of the new law on the industry.

Half of operators still ‘uncertain’ about allergen legislation

09-Dec-2014 - Only one third of hospitality businesses feel 100 per cent ready for the legislation coming into force this Saturday (13 December), according to a survey commissioned by technology supplier Caternet.

The Alford Arms takes top spot at UK’s first FreeFrom Eating Out Awards

19-Nov-2014 - Hertfordshire pub The Alford Arms was the overall winner at the inaugural FreeFrom Eating Out Awards this week, crowned the ‘most allergen-aware’ eatery in the UK.  

Allergen law could cost £200m a year

26-Aug-2014 - The cost of implementation of the new EU allergen regulations coming into force on 13 December could reach £200m a year for food businesses, according to the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

BFree products now available to food service outlets and caterers

05-Aug-2014 - Gluten free brand BFree will now be supplying Multigrain Wraps and Ovenable Soft White Rolls to hospitality operators through frozen food distributors Central Foods.

Allergens: Half of venues still unaware of law

25-Jul-2014 - Almost half (44 per cent) of foodservice operators are still unaware of the allergen laws due to be implemented this coming December, according to research by Unilever Food Solutions.

FSA publishes draft guidance on new EU allergen laws

28-May-2014 - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published draft guidance to help small and medium-sized food businesses- including pubs, hotels, bars and restaurants - comply with new allergen laws.

Restaurants step up preparations ahead of EU allergen labelling law

12-May-2014 - With the EU’s top 14 allergens labelling laws coming into effect in December 2014, efforts are being made across the industry to cater for customers with food allergies and intolerances,...

Pastry manufacturer Pidy launches gluten-free range

16-Apr-2014 - Pidy has announced the launch of its first gluten-free and dairy-free pastry range which comes in three different varieties.

Into the mainstream: are restaurants catering for gluten-free growth?

14-Apr-2014 - According to a new report from Innova Market Insights, free-from foods are moving into the mainstream, with people now opting to avoid gluten and dairy for lifestyle reasons as well...

Diners influenced by health and lifestyle choices, says Horizons

24-Jan-2014 - Restaurants, pubs and hotels must make more of an effort to meet diners’ health and lifestyle demands, according to market analysts Horizons. 

News in brief

Pizza Express launches gluten-free range and refreshes children's menu

30-Apr-2013 - Italian restaurant chain Pizza Express is to offer customers gluten-free pizzas and beer for the first time. 

Dietary requirements: Everything you need to know

24-Apr-2013 - As the first part of our special feature on dietary requirements shows, effectively catering for customers with food allergies and intolerances can help set your business apart from the rest,...

Venice Bakery UK launches gluten-free pizza base

21-Mar-2013 - Venice Bakery, an established USA-based manufacturer of 'free from' thin and crusty pizza bases, has launched its gluten-free product in the UK at IFE 2013 under the name Venice Bakery UK.

IDEAS FROM YOUR PEERS

Allergies, intolerances and dietary requirements - is your business getting it right?

05-Nov-2012 - With the hospitality industry missing out on an estimated £1m a year on the gluten-free market alone, it’s no surprise that more businesses are upping their F&B offerings to cater...