Why Is Gluten Free Food So Expensive?! | Blogs

The price of residing in rising at an alarming charge as it’s, however when you might have Coeliac or meals allergy symptoms the price of residing may be astronomical. It has by no means been low-cost however now could be even greater. However what contributes to the prices? Why precisely is gluten free a lot costlier?

Should you take a look at the value of none gluten free in comparison with gluten free…

I’ve tried to match the merchandise based mostly on similar grocery store, a well-liked branded, premium/artisan and impartial bakeries so the kinds of bread as as shut matched as doable to see the value variations. With impartial bakeries I checked out 3 completely different on-line ones for every.

Wheat Primarily based Bread
Asda normal medium white loaf 50p (12.5p per 100g)
Roberts normal medium white loaf £1.20 (15p per 100g)
Additional particular grocery store bakery bread £1.75 (42.5p per 100g)
Unbiased bakeries £3.80/£4.65/3.75 (47.5p/38.5p/47p per 100g)

Gluten Free Bread
Asda free from loaf £1.60 (29.9p per 100g)
Promise free from white loaf £3.25 (68p per 100g)
Schar free from white loaf £2.50 (83.3p per 100g)
Unbiased bakeries £2.80/£3.99/£6.50 (72p/50p/90p per 100g)

So averaged out, gluten free bread is round double the value of normal gluten containing bread, some manufacturers barely greater than that!

Unbiased bakeries appear to be extra round an identical worth on each, however we’re speaking most likely extra artisan in the case of common bread which is all the time greater in price.

All different merchandise comply with an identical construction of being round double the value so I’m not going to check different merchandise, you get the gist!

There are a number of parts of elevated price in the case of gluten free, it is not fairly as clear minimize as some might imagine. So allow us to dig a bit of deeper.

Value of elements

I will work on the idea we’re solely bread however in precept it will likely be an identical concept with some other gluten free product.

So, to start out with, to make an edible gluten free bread, typically you want extra elements than with wheat bread, extra elements equals extra price.

To make wheat bread, in essence you want wheat flour, water and yeast and you’ve got an edible loaf however to make a gluten free one it is not fairly that straightforward. Rice flour by itself will not work, neither will simply potato flour or tapioca flour so you must have a mix of various grains on the proper ratio, it may very well be simply these three…..it could be extra!

Then add to that you aren’t getting the rise you do with wheat so that you want xanthan gum or psyllium husk. And lets not neglect the yeast and water. Already at it is very fundamental type you might have double the elements, and more often than not the very fundamental is not sufficient to get you a good gluten free loaf. Usually there’s added sugar and even egg.

So lets take a look at the fee. I spoke to the beautiful Mina from Wildcraft Bakery about this one, I solely know the distinction from a private perspective, not a full scale bakery, and she or he very kindly instructed me simply how a lot she pays (as of Could 2022)

Most impartial bakeries will use a selected model of wheat flour which prices £22.50 per 25kg (90p per kg). Gluten free flour utilized by numerous gluten free bakeries together with Wildcraft prices £38 per 16kg (£2.30 per kg). 2.5x the value of wheat flour! So if we take a look at the loaves above and at how a lot they price per 100g 9p is wheat flour in gluten crammed loaves whereas gluten free flour makes up 23p!

Final 12 months 25kg of xanthan gum price her £125, in February 2022 it shot as much as £338 and has now stabilised to £268, which remains to be greater than DOUBLE final 12 months. Now sure, there’s little or no xanthan gum in a loaf nevertheless it provides up. I’m simplifying this vastly right here however say there’s 5g (1tsp) per loaf, that is 5,000 loaves one 25kg batch will make, that provides an additional 6p per to your loaf. So if the recipe makes use of greater than that simply suppose the way it provides up!

That’s simply two elements I’ve coated there. do not forget the additional sugar most gluten free breads have, eggs and even milk or milk powder you get added to some loaves…and do not forget the price of all these have elevated not too long ago too! All these additional elements will add to the fee.

So lets transfer on from elements….

What else provides to the fee?


Properly should you purchase a product which carries the crossed grain emblem to indicate it’s a product authorised as gluten free by Coeliac UK, that carries a charge for the producer. And the quantity they pay is determined by the turnover of merchandise they’ve. I am unable to inform you specifics on this, as a result of I do not know, however that is certain to not be low-cost for the producers….greater than seemingly operating into hundreds for a lot of producers.

There’s extra in regards to the cross grain licensing on Coeliac UK

Many producers will lab check there merchandise too, normally yearly. to ensure the merchandise are falling into EU rules. Gluten free is a legally protected time period (so if it says gluten free, it IS gluten free, producers need to comply with sure rules to be allowed to state gluten free on packaging) however producers are solely beneficial to lab check their merchandise, it is not obligatory, the bulk do undergo the testing via.

There are many labs that may check for gluten and costs fluctuate, they’ll simply be a number of hundred (however keep in mind that’s per product too!) however it’s all additional expense. Some firms can also check greater than every year!

Devoted amenities

Most producers can have devoted amenities in the case of gluten free, to allow them to guarantee completely no contamination can happen. It’s not all the time the case however very, quite common practise.

So how does that incur extra cash? Properly you’ve got an additional manufacturing facility to run that produces lower than a gluten producing one. The much less you produce the upper the price of a product, the extra you’ll be able to mass produce the decrease the value for the patron on the finish.

In 2016 it was estimated 8.5 million folks within the UK had been gluten free, over 10% of the inhabitants, with only one% being recognized Coeliac.

If we go off that then doubtlessly a manufacturing facility producing gluten crammed loaves greater than seemingly churns out 9x the quantity of merchandise as a gluten free one. Once more I’m over simplifying this, Warburtons state they make 472 million regular wheat loaves in a 12 months (as said of their information)…these are offered to the 90% of the inhabitants that may eat wheat. So it is possible they churn out round 52 million gluten free loaves from their devoted amenities for the ten% of gluten free folks. It’s a enormous distinction in manufacturing measurement.

Smaller measurement additionally results in greater price, the much less a manufacturing facility makes the extra it prices to supply a product. The extra merchandise made in a manufacturing facility the upper quantity of elements they’ll purchase in batch (decreasing price), and cut up different prices akin to operating equipment. A tiny impartial bakery might be ordering a lot smaller quantities of elements in comparison with nationwide producer making the value even greater!

So, that’s simply three issues that ramp price up…

Do not forget those that can impact all companies however once more the smaller the enterprise the extra it provides to the fee. The likes of wages, property hire, taxes, electrical energy, gasoline, water…

There are such a lot of issues to consider that impact the price of your merchandise, it’s fairly scary when you concentrate on it!


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