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12th May 2008

COELIAC UK IS CALLING FOR ‘FOOD WITHOUT FEAR’ FOR THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WITH COELIAC DISEASE

Coeliac UK, the national Charity for people with coeliac disease, is today, 12th May 2008, launching its new campaign for the year, ‘Food Without Fear’, for the improved provision of gluten-free meals across both the public sector and commercial catering industries.

Although diagnosis rates of coeliac disease are currently low, (see point 2 notes to editors) the potential catering market share of people with coeliac disease is 660,000 or 1 in 100 of the UK population. The commercial potential of this market segment is even higher because the need for gluten-free options drives the eating-out habits of the family and friends of those with coeliac disease too.

However, the need for gluten-free meals is clearly not being served; 67% of respondents in a survey1 of Coeliac UK members carried...

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