Costa claims Free From Eating Out Award

Coffee shop brand Costa has reacted positively to its recent success in the Free From Eating Out Awards, with savoury development manager Hannah McKay saying the win "feels amazing".

The award, in the Coffee House Chain category, was for best gluten-free product range.

Costa brought out its debut gluten-free savoury item – the British Chicken and Basil Salad Wrap – earlier in 2014. The chicken wrap has the Crossed Grain logo from the Coeliac UK organisation on the pack, showing it is gluten free. It is free from dairy, too.

Before its introduction, Costa already had the likes of a Cherry Bakewell and a Brownie which fit the gluten free bill.

It now also has things like a British Turkey, Bacon and Cranberry Wrap and a seasonal Christmas Cake Slice on its gluten-free menu.

"It feels amazing to have won the Free From Eating Out Award in the Coffee House Chain category, being recognised as having a delicious range of gluten-free products across both our savoury and sweet food ranges," said Ms McKay of the recent win.

She said that, responding to feedback from its customers, the brand had given coeliac guests "what they were looking for, a delicious range of gluten-free products that allowed them to still enjoy a delicious lunch or snack with their cup of coffee".

The food development team, working alongside Coeliac Society UK, have produced a range that gluten free guests "absolutely love" she added.

According to the Free From Eating Out Awards Website, the individual cafe or coffee shop overall award went to Manchester's Tea 42. Among the other winners, the B&B and Guest House main award went to Cumbria's Ravenstone Manor.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist hospitality recruitment agency.

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