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Free From Food Awards 2013 – The Results and the Party!


On Tuesday night I made my way to the Royal College of Physicians for the FreeFrom Food Awards party. It was a hugely enjoyable evening (not least because of the delicious gluten-free, dairy-free and main allergen-free nibbles, and sulphite-free wines!) And I got to chat to lots of gluten-free friends from Twitter, and other free-from industry people. Really, really enjoyable!

Set up six years ago, the Awards have really come into their own. Starting off with no industry support or sponsorship, and buying the products herself, Michelle Berriedale-Johnson (and her team) has brought the Awards into the mainstream. It is now backed by major sponsors and recognised throughout the food industry. To me, this is a seriously impressive achievement – and a huge support to people with food allergies/intolerances or coeliac disease. As Antony Worrall Thompson (who presented the Awards) said, “I have been involved with the FreeFrom Food Awards from the start and am really delighted at the way they have grown. FreeFrom is becoming such an important part of food-thinking for all of us these days that it is important to have a reliable, independent guide to freefrom excellence – and the Awards provide just that.”

Bessant & Drury

The winner of The FAIR Trophy for the Best Free-From Food 2013 went to Bessant & Drury for their Lemon Dairy-Free Frozen Dessert. I was really pleased for them because I think it’s a brilliant product. Their packaging and branding looks great, I think – and this ice cream tastes utterly delicious (as does the chocolate ice cream which I felt compelled to try, of course…) Their ice creams are free from dairy and lactose, gluten, GMO, eggs, soya, cholesterol, and artificial additives, flavourings and colourings, and they’re made with super-healthy coconut milk.


Ugo fusilli

And the winner of The Innovation Award went to Dell’Ugo Chickpea Fusilli. Again, I thought this was a great choice for a winner because this really does tick all the boxes. It is truly innovative (a grain free pasta), incredibly useful for intolerant/allergic people, and holds together well and tastes great.

Below is a list of all the winners and runners up – huge congratulations to everyone!

 FAIR Trophy for the best 
free-from food 


Bessant & Drury – Lemon, Dairy Free Frozen Dessert

Runners up

Christine’s Puddings Frangipane Tart

The Indian Coeliac Paratha

Lifestyle Catering Catalan Pork

The Innovation Award – sponsored by The Newburn Bakehouse


Dell’Ugo Chickpea Fusilli 

Highly Commended

Lactofree Spreadable

La Zaragozana Ambar Green (apta para celiàcos) 0.0% (non-alcoholic)


Good Wine Online So Lo SO2 2009 Navitas

Tesco Free From Soya Crème Caramel

1. Plant ‘milk’, spread, cheese & desserts – sponsored by Sainsbury’s


Bessant & Drury Dairy Free Frozen Dessert – 

Highly Commended

Koko Dairy Free Original+Calcium

Lucy Bee Extra Virgin Fair Trade Organic Coconut Oil

Provamel Orange & Redbush Yogurt Alternative

Pudology Banoffee Pud

Vivesoy Cappuccino/Soy Milk


Clearspring Sweet Grains Dessert Amazake

Provamel Rice-Coconut Drink

2. FreeFrom Breakfast Cereals – sponsored by Goodness Direct


Doves Farm Fibre Flakes

Hale & Hearty Choco Jungle Cereal


Doves Farm Cereal Flakes

Perkier Ginger and Raisin Porridge

Sainsbury’s FreeFrom Cornflakes

3. Bread and bread mixes – sponsored by Tesco


Sainsbury’s FreeFrom Soft Brown Seeded Bread

The Indian Coeliac Paratha

Highly Commended

Mum’s Mill Quick bread Mix/Bread Flour Mix

Waitrose LOVE Life GF Seeded Sliced Loaf

Newburn Bakehouse Fruit Loaf

Newburn Bakehouse Gluten Free Brown Bread Loaf

Yes You Can! Seeded Brown Bread Roll


Biona Organic Rye Bread with Chia Flax

Fria Gluten Free Vallmofralla Poppy Seed Roll

Yes You Can! Fresh White Bread

4. Grocery ambient/store cupboard – pasta, sauces, pizza bases, flour stock etc – sponsored by Tesco

Winners – Pasta

Riso Gallo 3 cereali – Spaghetti

Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Pasta Elbows

Highly Commended

Cornito Sea Waves Pasta

Eat Water Slim Noodles

Riso Gallo 3 cereali – Fusilli


Le Veneziane GF Tagliatelle

Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fusilli

Winners – general grocery ambient

Hale & Hearty GF Breadcrumbs

Sanchi Tamari Soy Sauce

Highly Commended

DS-gluten free Yorkshire Puddings

Mortimer Chocolate Company White Couverture Powder

Orgran Buckwheat Pancake Mix

Orgran No Egg Natural Egg Replacer

Saladworx Hebridean Seaweed & Lemon Dressing, Marinade & Drizzle

Sukrin Gold

Womersley Raspberry Vinegar


Innovative Solutions GF Multi-purpose Flour

Sainsbury’s FreeFrom Tikka Sauce

Sanchi Instant Miso Soup

Tesco Free From Pizza Bases

5. Freefrom foods manufactured for food service – sponsored by Livwell

Winners – Savoury

Hotch Potch Eggs Savoury Scotch Eggs

Pizza Hut GF Pizza

Highly Commended

Proceli Gluten-free Burger Baps

Red House Foods Georgia’s Choice GF Fish Cake

Winner – Sweet

Glamourpuds Hot Chocolate Fudge Pudding Pot

Highly Commended

Almondy Tårta with DAIM

Glamourpuds Banoffee Sponge Pudding Pot

We Love Cake Apricot Macaroon Slice


Glamourpuds Raspberry Jam Sponge Pudding Pot

6. Ready Meals – sponsored by Food Heaven 

a. Pizzas, pies & pasties


Freedom Deli Ham & Cheese Panini


Mamma Cucina Vegetable Pizza

b. One pot meals – to include ‘world food’


Lifestyle Catering Catalan Pork

Highly commended

Amy’s Kitchen Mexican Tortilla Bake

Amy’s Kitchen Mushroom Risotto Bowl

Lifestyle Catering Boeuf Bourguignon

Tideford Organics Organic Beetroot Soup with Crème Fraiche & Dill


Afia’s Spicy Beef Samosa

Dee’s Quinoa Pots with Thai Spiced Vegetables and little lentils

Tesco Free From Three Cheese Pasta Bake

c. Meat meal centres (sausages, meat balls, burgers etc)


Pig & Co Lucanian Roman Sausage

Highly Commended

Pig & Co Hey Pesto!

Red House Foods Georgia’s Choice Chicken Bites

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Pork & Bramley Apple Sausages (Gluten Free)

7. Raw foods and superfoods – sponsored by Delamere Dairy


Orgran Multigrain Crispibread with Quinoa

Highly Commended

Raw Health Raw Sauerkraut


Raw Ecstasy Activated Walnuts – Raw Chocolate

8. Children’s food – sponsored by Asda


Bessant & Drury Dairy Free Frozen Dessert – Chocolate

Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fantasia

Tesco Free From Chocolate Dessert Shakes

Highly Commended

Bessant & Drury Dairy Free Frozen Dessert – Strawberry

Doves Farm Chocolate Stars Organic and Gluten Free

Glamourpuds Hot Chocolate Fudge Pudding Pot

Pulsin’ Beond Organic Açai Berry Bar

Red House Foods Georgia’s Choice Chicken Bites


Eskal Ice Cream Party Tubs

It’s Only Natural Moshi Monster Poppet Raspberry Ice Lolly

Nim’s Fruit Crisps Apple Crisps

9. Savoury biscuits and snacks – sponsored by the Food & Drink Innovation Network


Conscious Foods Finger Millet Dippers

Highly commended

Le Pain des Fleurs Organic Chestnut Crispbread


Cornito Crackers Pikant

Le Pain des Fleurs Organic Buckwheat Crispbread

Le Pain des Fleurs Organic Quinoa Crispbread

The FreeFrom Bakehouse Jalapeño Pepper & Sweetcorn Muffins

The Indian Coeliac Vegetable Samosa

10. Scones, sweet tarts, Bakewells, sweet biscuits and cookies sponsored by Yes! You CanWinner

Christine’s Puddings Frangipane Tart

Highly commended

The FreeFrom Bakehouse Chocolate Macaroons

Lovemore O’Chocos

Perkier Popping Tiffin


Lazy Day Foods Ginger Truffle Slice

Lazy Day Foods Belgian Chocolate Rocky Road

Lovemore Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peace of Cake Raspberry Abricotines

11. Cakes, cake mixes and cupcakes – sponsored by Mrs Crimbles


Waitrose LOVE Life GF Millionaire Blondies

Highly Commended

Heavenly Cakes Eton Mess

Melsie Jane Bakes Victoria Sandwich

Sweetcheeks Pistachio & Lemon Zest Loaf


Cakes Divine Carrot Cupcakes

Mummy’s Yummys Indulgent Chocolate Brownies

Rebel Bakery GF Big Apple Pie

Silver Box Bakery Brownies

The Newburn Bakehouse Lemon and Poppyseed Muffins

12. Chocolate and snack bars– sponsored by Amy’s Kitchen


Sainsbury’s FreeFrom Mint Crisps

Highly Commended

BoojaBooja Around Midnight Espresso Chocolate Truffles
Winning Ways Fine Foods Ltd Dairy Free Choc covered Raisins


Kinnerton Luxury Dark Chocolate

13. Christmas foods – sponsored by Genon Laboratories


Hale & Hearty Luxury Mince Pies