Northamptonshire, England-based frozen food distributor Central Foods has boosted its free-from product line with the introduction of a gluten-free sausage roll under the Menuserve range. The unbaked, unglazed gluten-free puff pastry is filled with lightly seasoned British pork.
Ideal for a plated offering or a light lunch served by caterers or hospitality operators, as well as a grab-and-go or takeaway option, the sausage roll is the latest in a wide assortment of free-from items supplied by Central Foods. The line includes both savory and sweet products.
It has been introduced in response to increasing demand from consumers for gluten-free fare, as well as those with a preference for British meats. It also fits well with the increasing trend for snacking, with a recent trends survey by Technomic finding that some 67% of people snack daily, and 64% say that snacks are regularly eaten to satisfy a craving.
“There is a plethora of delicious sweet gluten-free products available for foodservice now, but sometimes savory items are overlooked,” said Gordon Lauder, managing director of Central Foods. “The Menuserve gluten-free sausage roll is perfect for coeliacs and those who opt for a gluten-free diet.”
Coeliac UK estimates that there are now over 1.3 million Britons, or three percent of the adult population, following a gluten-free diet. In addition, 8.58 million, or 13%, are avoiding gluten in their diet, so it’s hardly surprising that there has been a steady increase in demand for gluten-free items.
Central Foods has been supplying frozen food to the United Kingdom foodservice sector for more than 21 years. Its client list includes more than 220 independent wholesalers, as well as larger national and regional wholesalers, and foodservice caterers. More than 400 different lines are carried, ranging from meat, baked good and canapés to buffet products, desserts and puddings.