Announcing the winners of the Free From Food Awards 2012

Once again, Lesley Cutts, GoodnessDirect manager, had the privilege of helping to judge for the Free From Food Awards 2012. She really loves tasting new and innovative food – it’s in her job description!

Hot off the press, here are the awards – top ‘free from’ food and drink in a diverse range of categories. Well done to everyone who won recognition for all their hard work.

Full details of the judges’ verdicts can be found on the Freedom Food Awards website.

FAIR Trophy for the best free-from food 2012
Vegusto – Mild Aromatic Dairy-Free Cheese
Runner up: Anila’s Sauces – Goan Green Sauce
Runner up: Bob’s Red Mill – Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour
Runner up: Daas – Ambre Beer
Runner up: Gluten Free Kitchen – Ovencrust Chicken & Bacon Pie
Runner up: inSpiral – Raw Dehydrated Kale Chips: Cheesie Purple Corn

Innovation Award
Winner: Bessant & Drury Fine Ice Cream Co. – Lemon
Highly Commended: Bessant & Drury Fine Ice Cream Co. – Chocolate
Highly Commended: CoYo – Coconut Yoghurt Natural
Highly Commended: Foodswild – Cornish Stingers Nettle Beer
Highly Commended: Tofutti – Ricotta Soya Cheese Alternative
Commended: The Foodamentalists – Brown Bread Mix
Commended: Provamel Botanicals – Alternative to Yoghurt Apple & Green Tea

Dairy and/or lactose free animal milk, butter and yogurt
– Sponsored by Swedish Glace
Winner: Woodlands Dairy – Gooseberry & Elderflower with Natural Sheep Milk Yoghurt
Highly commended: Delamere Dairy – Natural Goats Yoghurt
Commended: Delamere Dairy – Goats Butter

Plant (soya, rice,oat, nut) ‘milk’, spread and ‘cheese’
– Sponsored by Pure Dairy Free
Joint Winner: CoYo – Coconut Yoghurt Natural
Joint Winner: Vegusto – Mild Aromatic Dairy-Free Cheese
Highly commended: Kara Dairy Free – Alternative to Milk Original + Calcium
Highly commended: Vegusto – Melty Dairy-Free Cheese
Commended: Bessant & Drury Fine Ice Cream Co. – Chocolate
Commended: Bessant & Drury Fine Ice Cream Co. – Lemon
Commended: Higher Nature – Omega Excellence Organic Virgin Coconut Butter
Commended: Vegusto – Dairy-free cheese sauce

Breakfast cereals
– Sponsored by Fria Gluten Free
Winner: Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Oaty Granola
Commended: Bob’s Red Mill – Pure Traditional Oats
Commended: Groovy Food Company – Choco Crispies
Commended: Juvela – Fibre Flakes

Breads and bread mixes
– Sponsored by Genius Gluten Free
Winner: Fria – Grova Dark Seeded Sliced Loaf
Highly commended: Finax – Oat Bread Mix
Highly commended: Fria – Grov Minibaguette Dark Seeded Roll

Pasta and pizza bases/mixes
– Sponsored by Tesco
Winner: Farabella – Acini di Pepe/Pasta Grains
Highly commended: Bob’s Red Mill – GF Wholegrain Pizza Crust Mix
Highly commended:
Co-operative Foods – FreeFrom Fusilli
Molino di Ferro – La Veneziane Penne

Foods manufactured for food service
– Sponsored by Livwell
Joint Winner: Red House Foods – Gluten Free Chicken Bites
Joint Winner: Sauces of Choice – Sauces for Kids Tikka Sauce
Highly commended: Costa Coffee – Gluten Free Fruit Cake
Highly commended: Doves Farm Foods – Gluten Free Plain White Flour Blend without Buckwheat
Highly commended: Foodamentalists – Golden Batter Mix
Doves Farm Foods – Organic Brown Rice Penne
Triano Brands – Tofutti Grated Mozzarella Soya Cheese Alternative

Ingredients: flour, stock, pastry, sauces
– Sponsored by Juvela
Joint Winner: Anila’s Sauces – Goan Green Sauce
Joint Winner: Bob’s Red Mill – Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour
Highly commended:
Mesquite Company – Pure Mesquite Pod Flour
Clearspring – Kuzu Gluten Free Starch Thickener

Raw foods and superfoods
– Sponsored by Asda
Winner: inSpiral – Raw Dehydrated Kale Chips: Cheesie Purple Corn
Highly commended:
Mesquite Company – Pure Mesquite Pod Flour
Commended: Pulsin’ – Beond Organic Acai Berry Bar
Commended: James White Drinks – Beet It Organic Stamina Shot

Savoury pies, flans, pizzas  and ready meals
– Sponsored by Delamere Dairy

Meat-based meal centres:
Winner: Co-operative Foods – Truly Irresistible Minted Lamb Burgers
Highly commended: Black Farmer – Pork Meatballs
Commended: Co-operative Foods – Truly Irresistible Pork Sausages

Pies, flans, pizzas, one pot meals:
Winner: Gluten Free Kitchen – Ovencrust Chicken & Bacon Pie
Highly commended: Amy’s Kitchen – Gluten Free Vegetable Lasagne
Highly commended: DS-gluten free – Gluten Free Bonta d’Italia Margherita Pizza
Highly commended: The Food Resource – Fusilli al Funghi
Commended: Easy Bean – New Mexican Chilli Fairtrade Red Bean with Sweet Pepper One Pot Meal
Commended: Foodamentalists – Pork, Black Pudding & Caramelised Red Onion Pie
Commended: stewed! – Chickpea, Sweet Potato & Feta One Pot Meal

Savoury biscuits and snacks
– Sponsored by Genon Laboratories
Joint Winner: Darling Spuds – Tomato, Olive & Oregano Crisps
Joint Winner: Juvela – Crostini Bites
Highly commended: Conscious Foods – Millet Crackers with Rosemary
Highly commended: Darling Spuds – Sour Cream with a hint of Mexican Chilli

Scones, sweet tarts and brownies
– Sponsored by the Tesco
Joint Winner: Sugargrain – Almond, Apricot and Tahini Flapjack
Joint Winner: Sweetcheeks – Almondies
Highly commended:
Asda – Gluten-free All Butter Lemon Sicilian Shortbread
Highly commended:
Co-operative Foods – FreeFrom Triple Chocolate Cookies
Commended: Heavenly Cakes – Gluten & Wheat Free Millionaires
Commended: Molino di Ferro – La Veneziane Coconut Biscotti
Commended: Tesco – FreeFrom Ginger Cookies

Cakes and cake mixes
– Sponsored by Mrs Crimble’s
Joint Winner:
The Cake Crusader – Gluten, Wheat and Dairy Free Carrot Cake
Joint Winner: Sweetcheeks – Maple & Pecan Cupcakes
Highly commended:
Incognito Cakes – Choc Fudge Cake
Highly commended: The Cake Crusader– Rich Fruit Cake
Commended: Cakes Divine – Dairy & Gluten Free Carrot Cupcakes
Commended: Fria – Kladdkaka Chocolate Brownie Cake
Commended: Steph’s Free From Cakes – Lemon Drizzle Cake

Puddings, sweet pies, desserts and cheesecakes
– Sponsored by Hale & Hearty
Winner: Food Heaven – Sicilian Lemon Cheesecake
Highly commended: Mamma Cucina – Mango & Passionfruit Non-Dairy Cheesecake
Commended: Tideford Organics – Butterscotch Rice Pudding

Chocolate and sweet snacks
– Sponsored by Tesco
Winner: Booja Booja – Rum Sozzled Sultana Chocolate Truffles
Highly commended: Kinnerton – Dairy, Egg, Gluten and Nut Free Bar
Conscious Chocolates – Essential Orange
Eskal Foods – Gluten-free Chocolate Coated Pretzels
Commended: Tickety Boo Cakes – Roo’s Crunch

Christmas products
– Sponsored by Produced in Italy
Winner: Foodamentalists – Gluten, wheat and dairy-free Frangipane Mince Pies
Highly commended:
Christine’s Puddings – Gluten-free Rum and Ale Pudding
Highly commended:
Livwell – Iced Christmas cake
Highly commended:
Morrison’s – FreeFrom Christmas pudding
Conscious Chocolates – Cherry Christmas
Commended: Friendly Food and Drink – Xmas chutney
Commended: OK Foods – Freefrom mince pies
Commended: Pyman Pates – Chicken liver with port, brandy and cranberries

Gluten-free beer
– Sponsored by Asda
Winner: Daas – Ambre Beer
Highly commended: Daas – Blond Beer
Highly commended: Green’s – Bottle Refermented Dark Ale
Commended: Green’s – Bottle Refermented Blonde Ale
Commended: Green’s – Premium Golden Ale

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