Central Foods Expands Savory Vegan and Gluten-free Range
Northamptonshire, England-based frozen food distributor Central Foods has enhanced its free-from range with the addition of two new savory gluten-free items suitable for vegans: Menuserve Cauliflower and Lentil Dhal Bundt with Spiced Mango Chutney, and Menuserve Cajun Spiced Sweet Potato Roulade with Vegan Cream Cheese, Red Pepper and Black Bean Salsa. Both are center-of-the-plate items.
Announcement of the launch was made during National Vegetarian Week and Coeliac Awareness Week, which run from May 14-20.
“Demand for vegan and gluten-free options has grown significantly in recent times, and the latest additions to our range have been selected carefully to appeal to diners who are looking for either option, or both, as well as being attractive to diners generally,” said Gordon Lauder, managing director of Central Foods.
Served up in consistent size and shape, the products come in frozen individual portions that project an attractive artisan appearance. Preparation time for the Cauliflower and Lentil Dhal Bundt dish is 3.5 minutes in a combi/microwave oven, while the Cajun Spiced Sweet Potato Roulade takes just 2.5 minutes.
“Statistics show that increasing numbers of people are opting for gluten-free and vegan diets and lifestyles, whether for health or other reasons, and we also know that flexitarianism is becoming more popular among people cutting down on meat,” stated Gordon.
Indeed, the Kantar Worldpanel market research company has reported that almost a third of the evening meals consumed in the United Kingdom during January of 2018 featured vegetarian or vegan recipes.