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Product trends to watch in European gluten-free

As the gluten-free market grows and competition - from both specialists and interested conventional manufacturers - intensifies, innovation...

What are foodservice prospects for gluten-free?

For some in the industry, gluten free is a "tipping point" in the US foodservice channel. For others, operators have caught up with the tren...


Dean Best | 7 Aug 2015

As the gluten-free market grows and competition - from both specialists and interested conventional manufacturers - intensifies, innovation will be vital. The rate of product development is increasing - Mintel says one in ten products launched in the entire food sector last year was gluten free, up from 2% in 2005. However, as one industry watcher puts it, there is a lot of "spray and pray" to NPD in the category. What trends can manufacturers harness for success? Dean Best reports.


Dean Best | 10 Mar 2015

For some in the industry, gluten free is a "tipping point" in the US foodservice channel. For others, operators have caught up with the trend, with many feeling their menus cater for the current level of demand. Dean Best takes the foodservice temperature of what has been a hot category in US retail.


Katy Askew | 6 Jan 2014

Continued evidence of the global slowdown has meant that food companies faced a year of weak consumer sentiment in 2013. This impacted demand across global markets. The food industry responded by increasingly looking to pockets of growth to maintain sales momentum. Katy Askew takes a look at which categories presented the greatest opportunities to expand the top line in mature markets.

Latest Interviews

Dean Best | 26 Feb 2014

Gluten free is a category growing rapidly in a number of markets, including the UK, where mainstream companies like Warburtons, as well as overseas firms like US group Boulder Brands, have moved into the sector. Italy-based Dr Schar is the world's largest gluten-free specialist. Bob Trice, the MD of Dr Schär's UK arm, spoke to Dean Best about the growing competition in and the outlook for the industry.

Latest News

Hannah Abdulla | 18 Mar 2016

Dr Schar, the Italy-based gluten-free group, has announced plans to invest EUR11.5m (US$12.9m) in sweet bread and rolls production at a plant in Spain.


Hannah Abdulla | 25 Aug 2015

Manufacturers and retailers including Dr Schar and Tesco have been caught up in a salmonella scare linked to wafer products made and distributed from the Netherlands.


Katy Askew | 2 Jul 2015

Dr Schar, the German gluten-free specialist, is launching two gluten-free sweet treats – choco cake and bisco panna – in Spain.


Hannah Abdulla | 5 Jun 2015

Dr Schar has announced a rebranding of its DS Gluten Free portfolio in the UK and added products to its local portfolio.


Hannah Abdulla | 30 Apr 2015

Gluten-free foods manufacturer Dr Schar has launched a cookie and candy bar in Spain.


Hannah Abdulla | 12 Mar 2015

Dr Schar has expanded its gluten-free offering in the UK with the launch of chicken kievs.


Katy Askew | 26 Sep 2014

Free-from specialist Dr. Schär is launching Mini Os gluten- and wheat-free biscuits as part of its DS-Gluten Free brand in the UK.


Dean Best | 3 Mar 2014

Tesco's bid to try again to revitalise its UK sales grabbed the headlines this week and we looked at the retailer's moves to build a multichannel business. just-food also reported from the Gulfood trade fair in Dubai, where we met a series of senior executives including Mondelez International's regional boss. Our interview pages this week also featured the boss of gluten-free firm Dr Schär's UK arm and the CFO of Scandinavian dairy giant Arla Foods.


Dean Best | 16 Dec 2013

This week saw some significant news come out of the US, with Post Holdings announcing yet more acquisitions, WhiteWave Foods striking a deal to buy organic produce group Earthbound Farm - and the first results of Kellogg's efficiency drive emerging with plans to close plants overseas.


Dean Best | 16 Dec 2013

The first impact of Kellogg's "efficiency and effectiveness programme" emerged this week with news the US food group will close plants in Australia and Canada. Elsewhere, initial findings from a Government-backed report into the UK food supply chain were announced and the EU's food watchdog announced rules on aspartame were "safe".


Dean Best | 9 Dec 2013

Gluten-free firm Dr Schar has set out plans for a "five-fold increase" in product launches in the UK in 2014.


Katy Askew | 25 Sep 2013

Dr Schär, the gluten-free specialist, is introducing an "authentic" line of Italian gluten-free pasta products across a number of European markets.


Dean Best | 3 May 2013

Two UK-based firms were the subject of takeovers this week: R&R Ice Cream, Europe's largest own-label ice cream firm, changed hands after PAI Partners struck a deal to buy the business; and Hain Celestial snapped up UK organic baby food brand Ella's Kitchen.


Dean Best | 12 Apr 2013

Italy-based gluten-free firm Dr Schär has launched a quiche product in the UK, a first, it claimed, for the category in the country.


Katy Askew | 9 Jul 2012

European gluten-free food manufacturer Dr Schar plans to grow its business in the US by increasing availability and introducing new products to the market.


Katy Askew | 9 Jul 2012

Gluten-free food manufacturer Dr Schar has opened its first manufacturing facility in the US.


Petah Marian | 5 Aug 2011

This week, Kraft announced plans to split the company in two, while speculation continued that Unilever might sell-off its food division. Meanwhile, Premier Foods booked what it described as a "poor" first-half and Smart Balance acquired gluten-free manufacturer Glutino. Here's the best of what was said this week:


Petah Marian | 23 May 2011

Gluten-free food manufacturer Dr. Schar has partnered with Asda to offer its first Italian breadstick in the retailer's UK stores.


just-food.com | 28 Mar 2011

Dr. Schar announced today (28 March) that it has teamed up with the Co-operative Group to launch a range of branded frozen gluten and wheat-free foods in the retailer's UK stores.

Latest blogs

Hannah Abdulla | 14 May 2014

Gluten-free food manufacturers have likely rejoiced at news the number of people diagnosed in the UK with coeliac disease increased fourfold between 1990 and 2011. Obviously it's not good news people have the condition. But it does mean awareness of the condition is growing and therefore demand for gluten-free foodstuffs is on the up.

Company research

Global Gluten-Free Packaged Food Market 2015-2019

Global Gluten-Free Packaged Food Market 2015-2019

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Gluten-free food market in the US 2016-2020

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Gluten-Free Products Market by Type, Source, & by Region - Global Trends & Forecast to 2020

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Gluten-free products are categorized by type—bakery products, pizzas & pastas, cereals & snacks, and savories—which have been attaining a considerable position alongside soy-free and lactose-free prod...

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