New gluten-free pasta from Central Foods
frozen food distributor Central Foods has boosted its free-from range with a
new individual portion of gluten and dairy-free penne pasta.
ready-cooked penne pasta, which is also suitable for vegans and vegetarians,
provides a convenient product for chefs and foodservice operators to use either
hot or cold.
free-from market is huge and growing all the time,” said Gordon Lauder,
managing director of Central Foods. “Diners quite rightly expect high quality
free-from dishes to be available, and the penne pasta offers a simple and quick
way for chefs and operators to create tasty and appealing menu ideas.
to the British Frozen Food Federation, 95% of chefs are now stocking and using frozen ingredients and 82%
claimed that frozen food could help with long-term menu planning. It’s very useful as a back-up, in case demand outstrips
supply, but there are many other reasons why it makes good sense to have
pre-prepared frozen items to hand.
“Pre-prepared frozen food is supplied in a consistent shape,
size or portion which helps with presentation and cost controls. Being able to
defrost and serve just what is required is key to reducing waste and unnecessary
costs. It’s also a great idea for operators to have frozen back-up supplies of
free-from items to avoid being caught out when customers have specific dietary
The penne
pasta, which microwaves to reheat from frozen in around two minutes, is the
latest in a wide range of savoury and sweet free-from products supplied by
Central Foods to the foodservice sector.
With a defrosted
shelf-life of five days, the penne pasta is available in packs of 20 x 200g
Central Foods, which is based at Collingtree near
Northampton, supplies more than 220 independent wholesalers, as well as larger
national and regional wholesalers. It also supplies to foodservice caterers
across the entire foodservice industry, including pubs, hotels, restaurants,
staff canteens, schools, hospitals, coffee shops, football grounds and
Offering a one-stop shop to the foodservice sector, Central Foods sources
products from around the world and the UK, supplying more than 400 different
lines, ranging from meat, bakery items and canapés through to buffet products,
desserts and puddings.
The company has steadily grown since it was founded 21 years ago, and
recently was named for the first time in a report by Grant Thornton as being in
the top 100 companies in Northamptonshire. The company was also a finalist in
the Family Business United Family Business of the Year Awards 2017 for the
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