Free-from foods: grow your business in the UK

  • rapidly growing market
  • opportunities across the supply chain
  • strong government support
30% growth in gluten-free market between 2013 and 2015
  • UK free-from foods: at a glance

    Free-from products are formulated to avoid causing adverse symptoms. This enables consumers who are intolerant or allergic to gluten, dairy or nuts to buy a wider choice of products.

    Around one-third of British consumers are buying and eating free-from food, of which:

    • 22% buy gluten-free products
    • 19% buy dairy-free products
    • 16% buy wheat-free and lactose-free products

    Gluten-free baked goods make up the majority of the free-from category. In 2015, 12% of new food products launched in the UK claimed to be gluten-free.

    Frozen free-from food products are now worth approximately 15 million GBP, with frozen prepared ready meals contributing to just over 9 million GBP of the market value.

  • UK government support

    The government has up to 50 billion GBP available to support finance and insurance for supplies from within the UK to buyers outside the UK. This support takes the form of guarantees, insurance and loans issued by its export credit agency, UK Export Finance.

  • Next steps

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