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 a gluten-free diet.
Operators are at risk of alienating diners by failing to offer an adequate range of gluten-free menu options, according to research commissioned by Aviko in the run up to Coeliac Awareness Week (11-17 May).
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 food pre-ordering service TellTheChef.
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, but more needs to be done.
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 as food intolerances and allergies.