FreeFrom Food Awards winners announced

The winners of the FreeFrom Food Awards 2011 were announced at a reception in London yesterday evening (April 6).

Organised by,  the awards, now in their fourth year, have grown from small beginnings to become a major fixture in the freefrom year.

Commenting on the Awards, Antony Worrall Thompson, 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.”

The biggest award of the evening — the FAIR Trophy for the Best Free-From Food 2011 — went to Doves Farm for its Gluten and Wheat Free White Self-raising Flour Blend. Dobes Farm’s Claire Marriage collected the award from Antony Worrall Thompson (pictured).

This year’s winners:

FAIR Trophy for the best free-from food 2011
Doves Farm Gluten and wheat-free white self-raising flour bend

Innovation Award
Mamma Cucina gluten-, wheat-, dairy- and egg-free vegetable quiche

Category Awards

1. Dairy and/or lactose free animal milk, butter and yogurt
Winner: Delamere Dairy — Goat’s Butter

2. Plant (soya, rice,oat, nut, potato) ‘milk’, spread and ‘cheese’

Joint Winners: Hain Celestial – Rice Dream; Le Sojami — Fresh soya paté with olives

3. Breakfast cereals
Winner: Nature’s Path — Organic Mesa Sunrise

4. Breads and bread mixes

Winner: Dietary Specials — Brown Ciabatta rolls

5. Pasta and pizza bases/mixes
Hale & Hearty — Quinoa and rice penne

6. Foods manufactured for food service
Joint Winners:
Doves Farm — Batter Mix; Doves Farm Fairtrade biscuit crumb

7. Ingredients: flour, stock, pastry, sauces
Doves Farm — Gluten and wheat free white self-raising flour blend

8. Savoury pies, flans, pizzas  and ready meals
Joint Winners:
Look What We Found — Spiced lamb meatballs; The Black Farmer – Premium pork sausages

9. Savoury biscuits and snacks
Joint Winners:
Clearspring – Organic rice cakes – Sea vegetable and tamari and Tamari and black sesame

10. Scones, sweet tarts and brownies
Winner: Go Free Foods — Chocolate and almond brownies

11. Sweet biscuits and cookies
Winner: Pourtoi — Raisin chocolate chip cookies

12. Cakes and cake mixes
Marks & Spencer — Almond frangipane traybake   

13. Puddings, sweet pies, desserts and cheesecakes
Winner: Booja Booja —
Stuff in a Tub Hunky punky chocolate

14. Chocolate and sweet snacks
Joint Winners: Go*Do —
Chocolate bar (milk, gluten & wheat free); Conscious Food  – Ginger crunch

15. Christmas products
Winner: Sainsbury’s — FreeFrom Christmas pudding

16. Gluten-free beer
Green’s — Bottle Refermented Blonde Ale