Bowman Ingredients has announced further growth in sales of gluten free products for the UK and European food industry.
Gluten free crumb systems now account for a significant share of Bowman Ingredients’ total breadcrumb business. The company has been at the forefront of innovation in gluten free coatings for over a decade and is well established as the UK’s No.1 supplier.
The gluten free category has seen significant year-on-year growth in the retail and foodservice sectors. Recent research shows the value of the UK gluten free market rising from £123million in 2010, to £175million in 2013.
Bowman Ingredients says interest in gluten free coating systems and ingredients is continuing to rise significantly, with enquiries from across the UK and Europe at record levels. Many leading retailers and foodservice chains are currently expanding their gluten free product ranges to meet increasing consumer demand.
Bowman Ingredients Sales Director Richard Easey says: “We are currently benefiting from a surge of interest from across Europe in gluten free crumb, which is of growing importance to our total breadcrumb business. We are committed to consolidating our position as UK market leader by continuing to develop new gluten free products including crumb, batter mixes and fillers, to serve our UK customer base and further expanding business across Europe.”
He adds: “Approximately one in every 100 people in the UK suffers from coeliac disease. Coupled with this, more and more health conscious consumers are making the lifestyle choice to reduce their wheat intake, so the demand for gluten free products is continuing to increase.”
Bowman Ingredients’ gluten free range is used to produce value-added food products for leading food brands, major retailers, restaurant chains and quick service restaurants. Typical applications include crumb coatings for convenience foods such as fish, poultry and vegetables. Gluten free crumb systems are also used as a filler or binding agent in processed meat products, such as burgers and sausages.
Established in the UK in 1992, Bowman Ingredients specialises in the production of coating systems for customers in the global food processing industry. Through strong customer focus and a dedication to product innovation, the company supports many of the world’s leading retail and foodservice brands.