Knorr is educating care home catering professionals about the rising number of elderly residents who are allergic or intolerant to gluten in their diets.
The Unilever company has created a series of gluten-free insight guides that outline the issues for care executives and how to address them.
It has also unveiled its own research, which discovered that over half of care home operators want to offer more gluten-free dishes, while 60% have not had any formal gluten-free training.
Leon Mills, Knorr marketing manager says: “More than a quarter of all new coeliac disease diagnoses are in the over 60s, but only 45% of care homes have gluten-free dishes on the menu. As more and more people are diagnosed with coeliac disease, care homes can’t afford not to be able to cater for gluten-free. Our guide gives caterers inspiration and tips to create simple, tasty dishes for all to enjoy.”
The Knorr guides give suggestions on how to create gluten-free versions of popular dishes. For example, rather than using wheat flour as a thickener, corn flour can be used instead. The guide also gives a breakdown of what different labels mean, making it easy for chefs to understand which products are really gluten-free and which aren’t.