Here are the winners of the 2013 Free From Food Awards

This is great news! The awards have been announced for the latest  Free From Food Awards.

Congratulations to Bessant & Drury ice creams for winning the best free from food with their Lemon Dairy Free Frozen Dessert.

You are about to review the complete list of the very best in free from foods in the UK (and so many of them are sold at GoodnessDirect!) Many foods here will be gluten, wheat or dairy (cow’s milk) free – and possibly all three, or they may be absent of eggs, nuts and other major allergens.

See the Free From Food Awards website for more info.

FAIR Trophy for the best free-from food 2013
 Bessant & Drury – Lemon Dairy Free Frozen Dessert.
Runner up: Christine’s Puddings – Frangipane Tart
Runner up: The Indian Coeliac – Paratha
Runner up: Lifestyle Catering – Catalan Pork

1. The Innovation Award – sponsored by Warburtons
Winner: Dell’Ugo – Chickpea Fusilli
Highly Commended: Lactofree – Spreadable
Highly Commended: La Zaragozana – Ambar Green (apta para celiàcos) 0.0% (non-alcoholic)
Commended: Good Wine Online – So Lo SO2 2009 Navitas
Commended: Tesco – Free From Crème Caramel

2. Plant ‘milk’, spread, cheese & desserts – sponsored by Sainsbury’s
Coconut oil and Milks:
Winner: Bessant & Drury – Lemon Dairy Free Frozen Dessert
Highly Commended: Koko Dairy Free – Original+Calcium (formerly Kara Dairy Free)
Highly Commended: Lucy Bee – Extra Virgin Fair Trade Organic Coconut Oil
Highly Commended: Provamel – Orange & Redbush Yogurt Alternative
Highly Commended: Pudology – Banoffee Pud
Highly Commended: Vivesoy – Cappuccino/Soy Milk
Commended: Clearspring – Sweet Grains Dessert Amazake
Commended: Provamel – Rice-Coconut Drink

3. Free From Breakfast Cereals – sponsored by GoodnessDirect
Winner: Doves Farm – Fibre Flakes
Winner: Hale & Hearty – Choco Jungle Cereal
Commended: Doves Farm – Cereal Flakes
Commended: Perkier – Ginger and Raisin Porridge
Commended: Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Cornflakes

4. Breads and bread mixes – sponsored by Tesco
Winner: Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Soft Brown Seeded Bread
Winner: The Indian Coeliac – Paratha
Highly Commended: Mum’s Mill – Quick bread Mix/Bread Flour Mix
Highly Commended: Waitrose – LOVE Life GF Seeded Sliced Loaf
Highly Commended: Newburn Bakehouse – Fruit Loaf
Highly Commended: Newburn Bakehouse – Gluten Free Brown Bread Loaf
Highly Commended: Yes You Can! – Seeded Brown Bread Roll
Commended: Biona – Organic Rye Bread with Chia Flax
Commended: Fria – Gluten Free Vallmofralla Poppy Seed Roll
Commended: Yes You Can! – Fresh White Bread

5. Grocery ambient/store cupboard – sponsored by Tesco

– pasta
Winner: Riso Gallo – 3 cereali Spaghe tti
Winner: Rizopia – Organic Brown Rice Pasta Elbows
Highly Commended: Cornito – Sea Waves Pasta
Highly Commended: Eat Water – Slim Noodles
Highly Commended: Riso Gallo – 3 cereali Fusilli
Commended: Le Veneziane – GF Tagliatelle
Commended: Rizopia – Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fusilli

 sauces, pizza bases, flour stock etc
Winner: Hale & Hearty – GF Breadcrumbs
Winner: Sanchi – Tamari Soy Sauce
Highly Commended: DS-gluten free – Yorkshire Puddings
Highly Commended: Mortimer Chocolate Company – White Couverture Powder
Highly Commended: Orgran – Buckwheat Pancake Mix
Highly Commended: Orgran – No Egg Natural Egg Replacer
Highly Commended: Saladworx – Hebridean Seaweed & Lemon Dressing, Marinade & Drizzle
Highly Commended: Sukrin – Gold
Highly Commended: Womersley – Raspberry Vinegar
Commended: Innovative Solutions – GF Multi-purpose Flour
Commended: Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Tikka Sauce
Commended: Sanchi – Instant Miso Soup
Commended: Tesco – Free From Pizza Bases

6. Free from foods manufactured for food service – sponsored by Livwell

– Savoury
Winner: Hotch Potch Eggs – Savoury Scotch Eggs
Pizza Hut – GF Pizza
Highly Commended:
Proceli – Burger Baps
Highly Commended: Red House Foods – Georgia’s Choice GF Fish Cake

Winner: Glamourpuds – Hot Chocolate Fudge Pudding Pot
Highly Commended: Almondy – Tårta with DAIM
Highly Commended: Glamourpuds – Banoffee Sponge Pudding Pot
Highly Commended: We Love Cake – Apricot Macaroon Slice
Commended: Glamourpuds – Raspberry Jam Sponge Pudding Pot

7. Ready Meals – sponsored by Food Heaven

pizzas, pies & pasties
Winner: Freedom Deli – Ham & Cheese Panini
Commended: Mamma Cucina – Vegetable Pizza

one pot meals – to include ‘world food’
Winner: Lifestyle Catering – Catalan Pork
Highly Commended: Amy’s Kitchen – Mexican Tortilla Bake
Highly Commended: Amy’s Kitchen – Mushroom Risotto Bowl
Highly Commended: Lifestyle Catering – Boeuf Bourguignon
Highly Commended: Tideford Organics – Organic Beetroot Soup with Crème Fraiche & Dill
Commended: Afia’s – Spicy Beef Samosa
Commended: Dee’s – Quinoa Pots with Thai Spiced Vegetables and little lentils
Commended: Tesco – Free From Three Cheese Pasta Bake

meat meal centres (sausages, meat balls, burgers etc):
Winner: Pig & Co – Lucanian Roman Sausage
Highly Commended:
Pig & Co – Hey Pesto!
Highly Commended: Red House Foods – Georgia’s Choice Chicken Bites
Highly Commended: Sainsbury’s – Taste the Difference Pork & Bramley Apple Sausages (Gluten Free)

8. Raw foods and superfoods – sponsored by Delamere Dairy
Winner: Orgran – Multigrain Crispbread with Quinoa
Highly Commended: Raw Health – Raw Sauerkraut
Commended: Raw Ecstasy – Activated Walnuts – Raw Chocolate

9.  Children’s food – sponsored by Asda
Winner: Bessant & Drury – Dairy Free Frozen Dessert – Chocolate
Winner: Rizopia – Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fantasia
Highly Commended: Bessant & Drury – Dairy Free Frozen Dessert – Strawberry
Highly Commended: Doves Farm – Chocolate Stars Organic and Gluten Free
Highly Commended: Glamourpuds – Hot Chocolate Fudge Pudding Pot
Highly Commended: Pulsin’ – Beond Organic Açai Berry Bar
Highly Commended: Red House Foods – Georgia’s Choice Chicken Bites
Highly Commended: Tesco – Free From Chocolate Dessert Shakes
Commended: Eskal – Ice Cream Party Tubs
Commended: It’s Only Natural – Moshi Monster Poppet Raspberry Ice Lolly
Commended: Nim’s Fruit Crisps – Apple Crisps

10. Savoury biscuits and snacks – sponsored by the Food & Drink Innovation Network
Winner: Conscious Foods – Finger Millet Dippers
Highly Commended: Le Pain des Fleurs – Organic Chestnut Crispbread
Commendedb Cornito – Crackers Pikant
Commended: Le Pain des Fleurs – Organic Buckwheat Crispbread
Commended: Le Pain des Fleurs – Organic Quinoa Crispbread
Commended: The FreeFrom Bakehouse – Jalapeño Pepper & Sweetcorn Muffins
Commended: The Indian Coeliac – Vegetable Samosa

11. Scones, sweet tarts, Bakewells, sweet biscuits and cookies – sponsored by Yes! You Can
Winner: Christine’s Puddings – Frangipane Tart
Highly Commended: The FreeFrom Bakehouse – Chocolate Macaroons
Highly Commended: Lovemore – O’Chocos
Highly Commended: Perkier – Popping Tiffin
Commended: Lazy Day Foods – Ginger Truffle Slice
Commended: Lazy Day Foods – Belgian Chocolate Rocky Road
Commended: Lovemore – Chocolate Chip Cookies
Commended: Peace of Cake – Raspberry Abricotines

11. Cakes, cake mixes and cupcakes – sponsored by Mrs Crimbles
Winner: Waitrose – LOVE Life GF Millionaire Blondies
Highly Commended: Heavenly Cakes – Eton Mess
Highly Commended: Melsie Jane Bakes – Victoria Sandwich
Highly Commended: Sweetcheeks – Pistachio & Lemon Zest Loaf
Commended: Cakes Divine – Carrot Cupcakes
Commended: Mummy’s Yummys – Indulgent Chocolate Brownies
Commended: Rebel Bakery’s – GF Big Apple Pie
Commended: Silver Box Bakery – Brownies
Commended: Warburtons – Lemon and Poppyseed Muffins

12. Chocolate and snack bars – sponsored by Amy’s Kitchen
Winner: Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Mint Crisps
Highly Commended: BoojaBooja – Around Midnight Espresso Chocolate Truffles
Highly Commended: Winning Ways Fine Foods Ltd – Dairy Free Chocovered Raisins
Commended: Kinnerton – Luxury Dark Chocolate

13. Christmas foods – sponsored by Genon Laboratories
Winner: Hale & Hearty – Luxury Mince Pies
Highly Commended: Tesco – Free From Christmas Cake
Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Iced Rich Fruit Slice
Commended: The Foodamentalists – Toasted Top Mince Pies
Commended: The Heavenly Cake Company – Jamaican Rum Cake
Commended: The Nut Free Chocolatier – Christmas Mulled Wine Chocolates

14. Gluten-free beer – sponsored by Orgran

– non-barley beer
Winner: Green’s – Lager Dry Hopped
Highly Commended: Green’s – IPA
Highly Commended: Oak & Barrel – Schnitzer Bräu Organic German Hirse Premium GF Beer
Highly Commended: St Peter’s Brewery – G-Free
Commended: Oak & Barrel – Schnitzer Bräu Organic Lemon GF Beer

– barley-based beer
Winner: Celia – Premium Czech Lager
Highly Commended: Daas – Blond
Highly Commended: Estrella Damm – Daura
Highly Commended: Wold Top Brewery – Scarborough Fair IPA
Commended: Green’s – Export Lager Lite
Commended: Daas – Ambré
Commended: Hop Back Brewery – Crop Circle
Commended: La Zaragozana – Ambar Gluten Free

15. Products manufactured in a nut free environment – sponsored by RSSL
Winner: Eskal – FreeNut Butter
Highly Commended: D&D – Mixed Chocolate Fondants
Highly Commended: Doves Farm – Lemon Zest Cookies
Highly Commended: The Nut Free Chocolatier – Mint Delight
Commended: The Nut Free Chocolatier – After Dinner Orange Crisps


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