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The fast-growing range of free-from foods that’s now available in stores and out-of-home outlets all across the country was in evidence recently at the 2016 FreeFrom Food Awards.
The UK’s only industry awards specifically for free-from food, the event is independent and all products are tasted ‘blind’ by the judges.
The outright winner this year was Nutribix – a gluten, dairy, egg, soya and nut-free Weetabix replacement made from whole grain sorghum.

Winners of the FAIR Trophy for Best FreeFrom Food 2016, Richard Keir (left) and Richard George (right) of Nutribix Gluten Free with Antony Worrall Thompson

Winners of the FAIR Trophy for Best FreeFrom Food 2016, Richard Keir (left) and Richard George (right) of Nutribix Gluten Free with Antony Worrall Thompson

300 free-from enthusiasts packed the Osler Room at the Royal College of Physicians in Regents Park to watch celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson award ‘Marble Mo’, the Oscar of free-from food, to Richard Keir and Richard George, who introduced Nutribix to the UK.
Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, director of the awards, said this had been another year in which the boundaries of free-from had been pushed further.
“There are very few categories now where you cannot find not just a viable, but an excellent, free-from version of the original,” she said.
Antony Worrall Thompson, long-term patron of the awards, added: “Another bumper year for free-from – and great to see it branching out into new areas.
“Dairy free ‘cheese’ for example – for so long your only option was soya, but how about that excellent cashew-based spread from Gozo Deli.
“I’d serve it any day.”
Dozens of products were commended at the ceremony. Among the close runners-up for the top spot were Daura Marzen, Gozo Deli Basil Pesto Casheese and Booja-Booja Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles, which was crowned winner of the chocolate and confectionery category.

Booja-Booja Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles

Booja-Booja Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles

David Abbott, managing director at Booja-Booja, said: “To win an award at the FreeFrom Food Awards is a huge achievement and we’re delighted that the judges felt that our Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles were worthy of winning.”

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