Special Awards – see here
(Retailer of the Year, FreeFrom Hero, FreeFrom Winners' buffet)
The judges will be looking for instances of exciting technical, gastronomic and even functional innovation in 'freefrom' food manufacture.
Celebrating those products which have gone the extra 13 miles and include none of the top 14 allergens! (See FSA Guidance.)
N.B. We follow the FSA guidance – see p 28 of this document.
If the product does not carry any PAL - eg 'may contain' warnings - we assume that a full risk assessment has been carried out and that comprehensive allergen management protocols are in place so that even if one of the 14 major allergens is handled by the same factory there will be no risk to the allergic consumer.
Therefore, carrying a statement that the product is manufactured in a factory which also handles/uses x allergen will not bar that product from entering the No Top 14 category provided that it does not also carry a ‘may contain x allergen’ warning. For the FSA guidance on 'may contain' labelling
3. Best product from a start-up
Sponsored for 2020 by Tesco
This category is only open to products manufactured by entrants who have been in business for less than two years (eg. they must have started trading no earlier than the 26th September 2017.) Products will only be considered if they have been entered in other categories. There will be a small supplemental charge of £25 per product (on top of the fee that you have paid to enter the original category) to enter for this award.
The award will be made based on the quality of the product and not on any other aspect of the company’s business.
A category devoted to all of those wonderful artisan producers who have dedicated themselves to creating amazing foods without many of the major allergens.
5. • NEW • FreeFrom Sinful foods!
Sponsored for 2020 by OF+ Consulting
All those wicked indulgences that freefrom-ers have been missing..... Waffles, dougnuts, sausage rolls, pies, eclairs, Magnums, custard tarts – and more....
Always a very successful category, Breakfast includes all of those delicious freefrom products which set you up for the day:
- Breakfast cereals
- Breakfast baked goods
7. Milk Product Alternatives
- Lactose reduced cow's milk, goat, sheep, buffalo & camel products
- Plant based products
The recent growth in this sector justifies a category of its own including 'milk alternatives', spreads/butters, 'cheeses', yogurt and ice cream.
Sponsored for 2020 by Juvela
Whole loaves and sliced breads, rolls etc only.
Breakfast breads, croissants etc will be put into Breakfast; sweet breads, tea breads etc into TeaTime.
9. Store cupboard
Sponsored for 2020 by Big Oz
Any store cupboard item, ambient, dried, or frozen, excluding pasta and pizza bases but including bread and cake mixes. Depending on entries we may subdivide this category and award individual or joint winner, highly commended and commended awards.
- Mixes – cakes, breads etc
- Miscellaneous – Yorkshire puddings/mixes, flours, sugar replacement, xanthan gum etc
10. Pasta and pizza
Sponsored for 2020 by SYNLAB
A vital part of any freefrom diet!
- Fresh and dried pastas
- Filled pasta
- Pizza bases and complete pizzas
An essential item in every school lunch box,
brief case, handbag and sports bag these days...
FreeFrom cereal bars, fruit bars, energy bars, nut bars, protein bars, grain free bars, raw bars, superfood bars and, no doubt, many more!
12. Savoury Snacks and Crackers
Crisps, snacks and nuts to drink with those beers and crackers, to eat on their own or with cheese or dips.
13. • NEW • 'Drinks'
Sponsored for 2020 by Asda
Yes, gluten-free beer – but also any other (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) ‘freefrom’ drinks that are found in a pub/bar/party...
1. A Shot of Class – for liqueurs, whiskeys, gins, vodkas, proseccos, cocktail mixes, wines
2. Down the Pub - for beer and cider
3. Mixing it Up - for soft drinks and mixers
14. 'Meaty' and 'fishy' ready-meals
Sponsored for 2020 by Delamere Dairy
Any meal that you can take out of the freezer, the fridge or the store cupboard – then heat up and enjoy in front of the telly!
- Fish ready meals
- Burgers, sausages & nuggets
- Meat based one pot meals/ready meals
15. • NEW • Vegan snacks and meals idea
Anything from a vegan crisp or sausage roll... to a full meal.
One of our most popular categories, run for us each year by nutritionist Christine Bailey and judged by a very enthusiastic team of 6 – 16-year-olds!
17. Tea Time!
A very successful category last year with a seriously generous entry of delicious scones, crumpets, biscuits, cookies, brownies, cake bars, seasonal cakes and celebration cakes!
18. Dessert and puddings
Every kind of hot and cold dessert and pudding from Sticky toffee pudding to coconut cream, including seasonal desserts – such as Christmas pud!
19. Confectionery – chocolate and sweets
Sponsored for 2020 by Wellaby's
We are looking for everything from everyday chocolate and candy bars to gift confectionery, seasonal confectionery (Christmas and Easter), low sugar/sugar free confectionery and any other sort of 'freefrom' confectionery that we have not thought of!
20. FreeFrom Gifts
Anything and everything freefrom - as long as it would make a good gift!
• Winners Buffet 2020 •
Sponsored for 2020 by FREEE by Doves Farm
We are seeking someone who has made a major contribution to freefrom, in no matter how humble a role. An excellent caring freefrom school cook, a café owner who really caters freefrom – all suggestions welcome.
To nominate your freefrom hero for 2019 email Michelle.
Awarded to the supermarket whose own brand freefrom products do best in the 2019 awards.
1. The award will only be open to
'own label' free from products from major retailers.
2. The award will be given
to the retailer whose products score the highest marks (see below) in all the other categories in the awards.
Products will only be eligible for this award if they have been shortlisted, commended, highly commended or if they have won a category.
3. The award will be given on a points basis:
- Shortlisted products score 1 point
- Commended products score 2 points
- Highly commended products score 3 points
- Category winners score 4 points
The retailer that scores the highest number of points wins the award, the retailers with the next highest number of points will get runners-up awards.