There are dozens of different diets and dietary requirements people adhere to that can require alterations to the menu when ordering. Some are voluntary restrictions, but others can lead to bad or allergic reactions if consumed. It’s important to take restrictions seriously and try to accommodate in your kitchen as best as possible. One such dietary restriction is for customers with coeliac disease.

Coeliac disease is when the body has a bad reaction to gluten, causing gastrointestinal issues and trouble absorbing nutrients. The way to manage this is by having a gluten free diet. According to Coeliac Australia, this disease affects approximately 1 in 70 Australians. However, around 80% are undiagnosed and don’t know they have it.

Gluten is found in a variety of common foods and ingredients such as bread, pasta, flour, biscuits, condiments, and cakes. Manufacturers are starting to create bulk gluten-free products, foods, and mixes to support this growing customer demand. Maggi products have gluten-free solutions that make it easy to accommodate and cook wholesale gluten free meals.

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What makes wholesale products gluten free?

Gluten is a protein found in a variety of grains.  For the most part, you can make wholesale products gluten free by substituting the gluten ingredients with non-gluten replacements. When looking at recipes or ingredient lists, keep an eye out for wheat, rye, barley, triticale, and oats. Those are all red flags.

Quite a few ingredients now have manufactured gluten-free versions that make it easy to substitute in your meal. You can find gluten-free cereal and baking products, bread, cakes, and pastas these days. When a recipe calls for flour, you can swap it with a gluten-free flour or make your own. A couple examples of naturally coeliac-friendly flours include almond, rice, corn, arrowroot, and tapioca.

Keep in mind that there are a lot of foods that naturally don’t have gluten in them too. For example, meat and dairy products, fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts. Some condiments are also fine, such as tahini, jam, honey, maple syrup, and vinegars (except malt vinegar).

 

 

How to cater for a gluten free diet with wholesale gluten free products

Buying separate foods that consider gluten intolerant customers will make your menu more appealing and accommodating. There are, of course, naturally gluten free meals, but offering additional gluten-free options will give them more choices and help you to stand out.

You can more easily cater for this diet by cooking with bulk gluten free products such as flour, breadcrumbs, condiments, pasta, bread, and serving gluten free beer. Be sure to label them on the menu, so customers are aware of what they can order. Then keep the gluten-free versions of food clearly labelled and separated from the gluten version in the kitchen to ensure there isn’t any cross contamination or mix-ups.

Remember that there are gluten-free mixes and products that can also make this easier for your kitchen staff to handle. For example, gravy mixes can provide an easy bulk option when cooking two version.