The winners of this year’s Free From Food Awards were announced on 26 April, with Violife’s top-14-allergen-free butter lookalike, Vioblock, winning Best Free From Food Product of the Year and Damm Brewery taking Best Free From Drink Product of The Year for its no-alcohol Free Damm: 0.0% ABV.

Tesco took the Free From Retailer of the Year crown by a whisker, winning it back after ceding it to Asda in 2021 and the inaugural Convenience Retailer of the Year prize went to The Co-op for recognizing the free-from and allergic consumer’s need for core staple items in smaller convenience stores.

The Free From Hero Award, which recognises ordinary people achieving extraordinary feats in the allergy and free-from arena, went to Alexa Baracaia, campaigner and author of My Family & Food Allergies.

“We were so pleased this year to be able to run the judging sessions without COVID restraints and delighted to see such an amazing selection of exciting new free-from products despite ingredients shortages, delays in supply chains and other global woes!” says CEO Cressida Langlands. “So much expertise, time, energy and investment goes into producing free-from food and drinks, and there is a special passion-fuelled story behind every one of these products. We’re also thrilled to see keto, paleo, vegan and speciality foods manufacturers increasingly catering for the free from and allergic consumer.”

You can view all the Winners in the Free From Food Awards 2022, here.