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Plant-based surge drives Glebe Farm site expansion

The rise in plant-based goods has led to Glebe Farm Foods commencing work on a multi-million pound development of its existing gluten-free oat production site.

In response to the burgeoning sales of its gluten-free oat drink, the firm said the planned development was key to furthering growth of the business.

A spokeswoman told Food Manufacturer that the rise of wider plant-based and health foods made the move an obvious decision.

It falls down to the rise in plant-based drink consumption, she said: ‘You only have to look in the shops to see the explosion of the sector.’

The new development in Cambridgeshire, which has yet to have a completion date, will see a complete overhaul of the structure, with the latest machinery built to the firm’s required specifications.

We are Europe’s biggest grower, miller and producer of certified gluten-free oats, supplying over 30 countries worldwide with British-grown oat products of the highest quality’ said Rebecca Rayner, managing director of Glebe Farm Foods.

Seed to shelf philosophy

Our seed-to-shelf philosophy is central to our business and as the oat category, especially oat drinks, continues to evolve, it is crucial that we invest in our site, so we have invested several million pounds to future-proof our business.’

Work has begun on the new physical structure and we have the latest machinery currently being built to our specifications and ready to install over the next few months, giving us increased capacity to produce our oat drink to meet this demand.’

In the UK alone, oat drinks are showing strong year-on-year growth in retail, up 72.9% according to Kantar data, and predictions are for a very bright future in foodservice for the non-dairy alternative. 

As previously reported by Food Manufacture, the Chilled Foods Association (CFA) has reported a continued rise in sales in the sector, with the surge in vegetarian and healthier options significantly boosting the upturn.

Original article by Dan Colombini 17-Oct-2019 William Reed Business Media Ltd

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Working with Cambridge Drinks Company

We have not forgotten our roots! Working with local companies is as important as working with customers abroad.

Rebecca used to do 8 local Farmers Markets a month and did many local shows too. This doesn’t seem that long ago!

Recently Glebe Farm has teamed up with Cambridge Juice Company (CJC).

Cambridge Juice Company is a family business too and they started life back in the early 1900s selling fruit & veg on Cambridge market, and have gone from fruit you eat to the fruit you drink. Providing this area with great local produce as always been at the heart of their business.

They focus on drinks, snack foods, chocolate truflles (yum!) and gluten free foods and this is where Glebe Farm fits in with its new GF, DF Oat Drink and GF breakfast cereals.

Kelly Richardson works with her father in law, Matt Gray and 2 full timers.

As a team of 4, there are 3 vans that are out delivering to restaurants, cafes, pubs, independent shops and some of Cambridge colleges.  They also go further afield to Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Ely, Peterborough, Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Essex.

CJC work with a number of local companies including juices from Cam Valley Orchards who Glebe Farm used to work with to make sweet ciders.

Great at Social Media particularly Instagram videos and Linked In, Kelly spreads the word. We look forward to working with them and getting the word spread LOCALLY!

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Food Trends and Intolerance – Glebe Farm on the Radio

The Word is out! Rebecca Rayner was asked to join Norman Knapper on his evening radio show.. The discussion started with food trends seen over last 30 years. There has been a swing from the 1990’s low fat, high fibre to 10 years later low carbs eg Aitkins diet, to today’s interest in high protein, more vegetarian meals consumed, and food intolerances.

Followinng on from this: what is gluten? what are the signs of being gluten intolerance compared to wheat intolerance? Actual diagnosed coeliacs are 1% of the population whilst a further 9% feel better or avoid wheat or gluten as a lifestyle choice.

We are also seeing dairy free trends and ‘veganism’ with up to 9% in the UK actively reducing meat consumption. Why is this? Is meat becoming a treat? What is a flexitarian?

Today there are Wholegrains and there are Ancient grains such as Quinoa, Chia, Spelt with Oats are becoming ever more popular.

The old enemy: Diabetes and reducing our sugar intake. What alternative sugars are out there and where do they come from.?

Who are making these products? Are they small innovative players or large multinationals.

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Pets With Intolerances

Poorly Moggy

Ever wondered why your moggy has bald patches in its fur or keeps scratching its back under the kitchen table till the skin is raw? Your dog certainly can be intolerant to its food – may be gluten or cereals, or surroundings like pollen could be to blame.

A colleague found that her dog continued to be sneezing and scabs were seen on the skin. She headed to the vets to hopefully find some answers. Steroids were given for the first two years but there was the usual concern over the long term use of steroids of liver damage.

As an alternative to steroids two blood test packages can be performed. One for Food and one for Pollen. Vet examinations, of course are never cheap. Whole  package costs around £400, but they can be cheaper if there is a specific suspicion of what can cause the allergy.

Paddy the CatFor the food package, cats and dogs can be tested for cereals such as: gluten, wheat and barley, meat eg lamb, pork and beef, and any reaction to cat or dog. So your pet cat may be allergic to your pet dog! The pollen package includes allergies to trees, shrubs and grasses, flowers etc.

Once diagnosed, it is sense of relief. Food intolerances can be avoided by typically not giving the pet the food. For example a dog with a gluten intolerance, the owner would feed gluten free pasta or rice with no biscuits or bread and to check all labels. Often pet food is poorly labelled as it does not require the same strict labelling as for human consumption. Treats can be poorly labelled. The word ‘protein’ can be written but the source of the protein, ie. the type of meat, can be unknown so a dog intolerant to pork could not be given this pet food.

POOCHS Yoghurt Snaps

There is an expanding number of pet food companies offering alternative foods. Pouches do a wide range of treats.

A range of Pooches foods have been tested by the Glebe Farm dog crèche and were a great success!

Diagnosis to pollen allergies can be resolved by vaccination solutions, made up by the vaccination laboratory. The aim is to build up immunity slowly with doses administered every 2-3 weeks in the beginning and monthly thereafter. An ongoing monthly injection can be administered by either the vet or the owner once trained. The injection package can be around £150 per solution, but if dog is allergic to more pollens than 6, more solutions have to be prepared which will increase the cost as well.  Immunotherapy will help, as it increases the immune system and reaction to the allergen, it just takes some time and does not happen instantly.

In summary, seeing a loved pet in pain is a great concern to its owner. It can be very stressful until the diagnosis is made. Even then, there is a lot of time and patience required visiting vets and reading pet food labels. But best of all there are a growing number of specialist petfood manufacturers to treat and feed your pet!