Dopiaza Curry Sauce

Dopiaza is an Indian dish, which usually consists of meat cooked with onions, then garnished with either raw or fried onions, translated it means two onions.

We have upped our onion game with this Dopiaza curry sauce and added extra depth with the use of caramelised onion.

What onions have we used in this Dopiaza Curry Sauce?

This curry sauce contains our cooked onions in canola oil, caramelised onions in canola oil and a pinch of crispy onions as a garnish.

Each onion offering their own texture, flavour and depth.

Onions within Indian Cuisine

Created by the fantastic The Hungry Guy, Steve has been working with the team to show off what our ingredients can really do. This month, he focused heavily on our ambient onions, showcasing their intense flavour and how easy they are to use within Indian cuisine.

Indian cuisine uses a lot of onion within recipes, primarily as a base, a flavour enhancer and as a garnish.

Cooking methods such as caramelising and sautéing can really take time and resources, both of which can be removed when using our pre-cooked range.

Dopiaza Curry Sauce Ingredients

Let’s give it a go!

  1. Add the cooked onion to a pan, add the chopped chilli.  Lightly crush the cardamon pods and add to the pan.  Add the tomato wedges and heat for 5-10 minutes to soften the tomatoes.
  2. Add the chopped tomatoes and stock and bring to a simmer.  Add the ground ginger, garlic, coriander and cumin. Simmer and reduce the sauce for 8-10 minutes until it thickens and becomes a coating consistency.
  3. Remove the sauce from the heat. Add the garam masala.  Taste and season with salt, lemon juice and sugar.
  4. Serve with some fresh coriander leaves and a sprinkling of the crispy onions

If you have any questions or would like to sample our range of cooked onions, contact the team on or 01386 761 555.

One slice of bread could contain as much salt as a packet of ready-salted crisps.

Research by Action on Salt has revealed that some of the most popular sliced bread sold in the UK has a higher level of sodium than some of our best-loved snacks and takeaway meals. This has had a detrimental effect on consumer health and well-being, resulting in a huge strain on the NHS.

Let’s look at the health facts.

  • In the UK the recommended intake of salt is less than 6g a day
  • Current studies have shown consumers are ingesting 40% more than the recommended, averaging at around 8.4g a day
  • For every 1g reduction in population intake – more than 4,000 premature deaths could be prevented each year. This would result in an annual health saving of £ 288 million to the NHS.

Reducing the levels of sodium in our consumer’s diets has been identified as one of the most cost-effective measures to improve our population’s health.

Bread contributes 14% of our daily salt intake.

A huge proportion of our consumer’s sodium intake comes from salt within our daily foods including snacks, cured meats, ready meals and bread.

Bread is the largest contributor of salt in our diets providing 14% of our daily intake. Since the voluntary salt reduction targets were set in 2006 there has been around a 30% reduction, however, improvements are still required to meet the stringent 2024 targets.

A review on pre-sliced bread hasn’t been conducted by Action on Salt since the reduction program started back in 2006, so a new study has been done to see progress within the industry, highlighting success stories and seeing where improvements are needed.

Research into 10 Major UK Retailers

Pre-packaged loaves of pre-sliced bread were surveyed across the UK, from 10 major retailers including Aldi, Asda, Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, The CO-OP, Iceland, Morrisons and Waitrose. A total of 242 products were included in the survey from 18 different manufacturers.

Packaged pre-sliced bread and all available sized loaves/slices were included in the research, excluding fresh bread, bread with additions (olives/sundried vegetables) and other forms such as pitta, naan, and ciabatta.

The research was measured using the targets that have been set for 2024, and where possible, they compared the salt content of bread to earlier research conducted back in 2011.

11% of surveyed products exceeded the maximum salt reduction targets.

Key findings from the research showed that there has been an 8% reduction in salt content within pre-sliced bread (from 0.98g/100g to 0.90g/100g.). Research also showed that:

  • The average content per 100g was 0.9g and around 0.39g per slice.
  • Three in four pre-sliced breads contained at least as much salt per slice as a packet of ready-salted crisps.
  • 11% of products exceeded the salt reduction targets set for 2024.

 Why do we use salt in bread?

Texture and taste is very important to consumers when it comes to bread, two things that are enhanced with the use of salt.

  • Dough formation – without the addition of salt the dough will have a sticky texture, with little resistance to extension. This will result in a lack of volume, and  the dough will struggle to rise.
  • Shelf life – salt improves preservation and increases the shelf life of the product.
  • Sensory – salt offers additional taste and flavour within the bread.

Finding alternative ingredient that offer the same solution can be difficult. This is one of the reasons why many of the 28 companies conducted in the survey find reformulation challenging. Other reasons included:

  • Salt replacers in bread can be challenging when considering the additional costs in the reformulation.
  • Some brands sell products in multiple countries, each with their own nutritional requirements. Trying to meet the sodium targets for each market can be extremely challenging, which puts brands off from reformulating.
  • Concerns around microbial growth and the impact it will have on food waste.

How can Smart Salt® help?

Smart Salt® is a mineral-based salt replacer creating using a combination of magnesium chloride and potassium. This has proven to be a very effective at reducing levels beyond the 2024 targets. It’s flavour and technical capabilities offer a solution that reduces sodium without compromising taste, shelf-life, or safety.

Improvements are shown in mould-free shelf-life compared to salt and other replacers, helping reduce food wastage for retailers.

Smart Salt® is a 1:1 replacer, offering a straight swap for regular salt. This lowers costs around reformulation when reducing sodium levels in product.

It also works well across many challenging applications, find out more here.

How to Lower Sodium Levels

Talk to the team about how we can help lower your sodium levels today through Smart Salt® at 01386 761555 or



Chestnut & Cranberry Stuffing

Chestnut & Cranberry Stuffing

(18 BALLS)

Chestnut & Cranberry Stuffing is a delicious accompaniment to roast dinners, as a sandwich filling or as a side in ready meals. However preparing the required ingredients can be time-consuming, especially during manufacturing.

Cooked and Prepared Ingredients

This vegetarian stuffing recipe uses ready-to-use ingredients that can help reduce production time, saving resources, money and energy.

Simple swaps such as fresh onions for prepared ambient onions can remove small tasks such as chopping and caramelising, without compromising any of the required flavours. They also offer a longer shelf life and require cheaper storage, saving even more in costs.

Other time-saving ingredients used within the recipe include our cooked chestnuts, pureed garlic, chopped dried cranberries and chopped parsley.

Not Just For Christmas

Many in the UK consider chestnuts to be a delicacy for the festive season, they are used in our favourite stuffing recipes, roasted on the roadside, and enjoyed in many festive side dishes. However, we wholeheartedly believe they should be used all year round. There are so many recipes that chestnuts can be used in to offer dairy-free or meat-free alternatives.

Although this stuffing recipe would be perfect for your Christmas roast, we think it’s far too yummy to just be a Christmas treat. We’ve decided, Chestnuts are now #NotJustForChristmas.


All ingredients highlighted in green are available through Brusco Food Group. Interested? Talk to the team today!

Cooking with Chestnuts

Chestnut & Cranberry Stuffing

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c.
  2. Add the chopped chestnuts, garlic, cranberries and onion. Cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and add the chopped herbs, breadcrumbs and season with Smart Salt®
  4. Let the mixture cool and then add the beaten egg and stir.
  5. Form into 18 balls.
  6. Add to a lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 mins until golden brown.

Get in Touch

Get in touch with the Brusco team for more information about our delicious chestnuts and other ready-to-use ingredients at 01386 761 555 or

How to reduce Sodium in Baked Products

Salt plays a huge part in baking, offering many functional properties that other ingredients struggle to fulfil. However, salt is also full of sodium, which is renowned for causing a lot of health issues for consumers, particularly when it comes to high blood pressure. Sodium reduction is something which the food industry is constantly trying to achieve.

Reduce sodium in baked goods

How can we reduce sodium in baked goods, whilst maintaining the many functional properties that salt offers?

Smart Salt® is a sodium reduction technology that has been formulated to replicate the taste of salt, but did you know that it also offers the same functionality, including the same preservation characteristics?

What are the Benefits of using Smart Salt® in Baking?

1. Helps manufacturers reach recommended sodium targets in baked goods.

Typical sodium reductions are expected between 30-50%, with no compromise in taste.

2. Flexible to the needs of the manufacturer

The technology in Smart Salt® allows it to be tailored to the manufacturer’s needs, making it cost-effective.

3. Enhances the flavour of the other ingredients.

Smart Salt® has flavour-enhancing properties and perks up the depth and complexity of other flavours.

4. No change to baking performance.

Production-scale manufacturing of bread made with Smart Salt® indicates there are no difficulties in baking performance. The rheological behaviour of mineral-salted doughs is not critical especially when mixing times are optimised.

5. Smart Salt® is a weight-for-weight replacement for Salt.

In unleavened or chemically-leavened bakery systems, Smart Salt® is a suitable direct weight for weight replacement, without any changes in processing required.

6. High consumer acceptance.

Consumer tests have indicated that there are no significant differences between white bread made with regular salt and Smart Salt® for overall liking, appearance, aroma, flavour or texture.

7. Smart Salt® significantly increases the process lethality of pathogenic bacteria in bread after baking compared to regular salt.

In addition, total aerobic viable counts in the bread were significantly reduced after day 6 at storage temperatures of 21C and 25C compared to regular salt.

8. Smart Salt® improves shelf-life and reduces food waste.

Smart Salt® contains magnesium which has a bigger anti-bacterial effect than sodium or potassium which means that it is more effective at reducing pathogenic organisms like Bacillus cereus in bread and reducing total bacteria and fungal counts in baked goods which often results in an extra day of shelf-life.  This shelf-life improvement can help to reduce food wastage.

Smart Salt® samples are available to try during your production run, please talk to the team about trying it for yourself and arrange a quote on 01386 761 555 or

Chilled Sliced Meats Failing to Meet Sodium Reduction Targets

A recent report by Action on Salt has revealed that 25% of chilled sliced meat products sold within the UK are saltier than Atlantic Sea water.

The research was conducted by the Queen Mary University of London and took into consideration sliced meats sold in leading grocery stores. These meats included household favourites such as ham, chicken, salami, and corned beef.

1/3rd of meats fail to meet sodium reduction targets

1 in 3 of these meats failed to meet the national salt reduction targets and was considered dangerously high in salt.

Action on Salt has criticised efforts made by manufacturers and food companies, expressing that not enough has been done to reduce the levels of salt in food. Even after the salt targets were set in 2006.

Considering all products reviewed in the research, the salt content varied between 0.26g and 6g per 100g, showing a huge difference between product ranges. The levels averaged at around 2.1% per 100g, taking up 65% of the range selected. Only four products were considered as having low salt content.

Sonia Pombo, Campaign Manager for Action on Salt, said:

“Why are these everyday sliced meats, which are frequently consumed by children, so high in salt when it is not required for taste or food safety? Whilst some salt may be needed in processed meat, there is scope for extensive reductions, as demonstrated by some of the more responsible companies.

There’s no excuse. Other manufacturers must now follow their lead and put their customer’s health first.”

Sodium Reduction Targets can be met

Even the most challenging of applications can achieve a successful reduction in sodium with a simple switch, including in charcuterie meats such as prosciutto and chorizo.

Graham MacGregor, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Queen Mary University of London, and Chairman of Action on Salt said:

“Reducing salt is the most cost-effective measure to lower blood pressure and reduce the number of people suffering from strokes and heart disease and life-changing disabilities associated with this – all of which are completely avoidable. It’s a disgrace that food companies continue to fill our food with so much salt when there is the option to reformulate, which our research shows can easily be done. The Government needs to force the industry to comply, to ensure that many thousands of people don’t die unnecessarily.”

Sodium replacement technology such as Smart Salt® is key to successful reformulation. It offers a 1:1 replacement for regular salt and offers the same taste and functionality. In some applications, it can also extend shelf life because of the magnesium ions in Smart Salt® slowing microbiological growth.

Simply replace your regular salt with the same quantity of Smart Salt® and achieve up to a 60% reduction in sodium levels. Research even shows that some find the taste profile even more flavoursome with Smart Salt®.

If you are ready to investigate options regarding sodium reduction, talk to the team today at or 01386 761 555 for a sample of Smart Salt®. See first-hand how it can help improve the nutritional profile of your product.


Brusco Food Group announces exclusive partnership with Smart Salt® bringing patented Sodium Reduction Technology to UK food manufacturers and food service.

Brusco Food Group is excited to announce their exclusive UK partnership with Smart Salt® to help companies meet the new 2024 sodium reduction targets announced in September 2020 by Public Health England.

Smart Salt® is a sodium reduction system based on patented technology from Finland. It enables sodium reduction of up to 60% without compromising on taste or product performance.

“Smart Salt® has a very successful application record in a broad category of food products. Its success can be attributed to its technological functionality that often mirrors regular salt” comments Dr Helen Mitchell, Consulting Director Smart Salt® Oy.

It is clear more action needs to be taken in the UK to reduce sodium in our diets to address many of the health issues associated with high blood pressure. Regularly eating too much salt puts us at an increased risk of developing high blood pressure which is the main risk factor for stroke and a major risk factor for heart attack. Over 16 million people in the UK have high blood pressure.

Available from the 1st of February 2021, Smart Salt® offers perfect taste optimisation with no bitter or metallic aftertaste. Consumer acceptability data indicates a high degree of acceptability at very low sodium levels.

The benefits of using Smart Salt® go much further than just reducing sodium. The formulation also includes high levels of magnesium-balancing minerals for heart health.

Where other sodium reduction systems fail, Smart Salt® excels. Extensive application testing has proven its effectiveness in challenging applications including bread, cheese, meat, ready-to-eat meals, and seasonings. Smart Salt® offers preservative and technological functions reducing the need for extensive product and process development. A flexible composition means Smart Salt® can be easily adapted to meet your requirements from 10-60% sodium reduction.

Andrew Ashby from Brusco Food Group says “We are always looking at innovative products that tackle the major challenges in our food supply chain. While businesses have been addressing sodium reduction for many years, driving further sodium reduction without impacting product functionality and/or taste is becoming harder. We believe the proven capability of Smart Salt® will provide significant opportunities for food companies to meet the new voluntary targets announced in September 2020 by Public Health England which call for further reductions of up to 20% by 2024”.

Later this year Smart Salt® will broaden its reach into the consumer marketplace with a range of gourmet condiment blends designed to help consumers and chefs reduce sodium intake. This will be launched under the Suölo™ brand. More information is available at

For more information on Smart Salt® and how it can enhance your range, contact the team at or 01386 761555.


Dried Fruit Ingredients: Christmas the right way

Classic Christmas treats are highly competitive. Every retail brand has its version of Christmas Cake, Christmas Pudding, Minced Pies, Cranberry Sauce and Stuffing.

To compete, your product needs to be delicious, innovative, great quality and competitively priced. Meaning your basic Christmas ingredients need to have the same qualities.

What are the main Christmas ingredients?

The main flavours of Christmas are warming, spicy, sweet and filled with Christmas nostalgia. From spiced drinks to fruity sauces the mix of sweet vs savoury has been perfected over decades.

‘Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

As you walk through town centres during November/December, you will catch the scent of roasted chestnuts.

They add texture and flavour to many dishes, whether you want to enjoy them whole as a snack, in your puddings or chopped up in your stuffing mix.

‘Oranges and lemons, Say the bells of St. Clement’s’

Zesty warming flavours fill every dish at Christmas. They infuse festive cocktails, sharpen a sweet treat or add a delicious warmth to your duck, goose or turkey.

From orange to lemon, ginger to lime, these beautiful flavours add a real punch of flavour.

Quality bulk buy dried fruit ingredients

Good quality dried fruit is crucial to Christmas dining. It appears in many Christmas recipes from your classic mince pies to the all-important Christmas cake and pudding.

Here at Brusco Food Group, we can provide you with bulk buy high-quality dried fruit ingredients.

Our range includes a selection of dried sultanas, raisins and currants along with our delicious crystallised ginger.

Sultanas, raisins and currants

Perfect for sweet and savoury dishes, our sultanas, raisins and currants are naturally high in sugar, juicy and tangy and packed full of fibre, potassium and powerful antioxidants.

Apricots and dates

Apricots and dates are fantastic for festive baking including cookies and festive loaves or condiments such as chutneys.

Our dried apricots are available diced in 5 – 8mm to suit your requirements. They can be bought in bulk in 12.5-kilo bags.

The diced dates add a delicious caramel-esq/jam-like flavour to your recipe. Sold in 10-kilo bags, they will beautifully enhance your next bake.

Crystallised Ginger

Ginger brings a delicious hit of warmth and heat to festive dishes.

Did you know, it can also be added to fruit salad for a spicy, zesty lift or added to cranberry sauce along with the orange zest?

Our crystallised ginger comes in 4 x 5-kilo bags.

Festive spices

Along with herbs that season our meat and vegetables, spices play a huge part in our festive dining.

As well as the traditional Christmas baking, spices such as turmeric, ginger and cinnamon are all used within seasoning, festive cocktails and added to sauces.

Soak in the best-quality alcohol

The only way you can make our dried fruit even better is to soak it in good-quality alcohol.

Our range of bulk-buy spirits and liquors is tested and tasted to perfection ready to add even more flavour to your creation.

If you are looking for brandy for your brandy butter, whisky and rum for your sauces or wine for your stock and gravy, we have a beautiful selection to enjoy.

Gluten-free Christmas ingredients

Our dried fruit ingredients, alcohol and herbs/spices selection all come with a gluten-free alternative.

Many of these ingredients are naturally gluten-free, but some factories, storage units and production lines can create cross-contamination.

As part of our testing and research process, we make sure that the lines are clear of any gluten, so they are safe from these allergens.

Talk to the team about Christmas ingredients

If you are interested in any of our range of dried fruit, herbs and spices, ginger or bulk buy alcohol please get in touch with the team.

We are ready to talk Christmas all year round, so give them a call at 01386 761555 or email


International Beer Day – Gluten free beer marinade

In celebration of #InternationalBeerDay we have been dreaming and discussing our favourite beer-inspired recipes; from beer-battered fish to mussels in a beer and bacon sauce.

One that almost made me want to ditch the laptop and pop open the BBQ straight away was the idea of beer-marinated steaks…

Gluten-free marinade

Our beer marinade is gluten and worry-free. No flavour is compromised, but if you don’t have a gluten-free beer or coconut aminos, you can swap for your usual beer and either a soy or teriyaki sauce.

For additional gluten-free ingredients, check out our allergen-free alternative blog for a more inclusive diet.

Time to marinade

The key to a good marinade apart from good quality ingredients is to be patient. If you leave your meat or vegetables to marinade overnight the flavour intensifies.

If you are BBQ’in tonight, try and leave your meat to soak up those beautiful flavours for at least half an hour to an hour. You won’t be sorry!

Time to bring out the BBQ!

This recipe can of course also be cooked on a grill, but at the time of posting the weather was glorious and BBQ was our preferred method of cooking.

Ingredients… it couldn’t be simpler

  • This gluten-free beer marinade works so well with a couple of steaks, but if you have some honey, it could also be delicious on ribs!
  • 59ml Dark Beer (gluten-free)
  • 2 tbsp Coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder

Let the marinade begin!

  • 12 hours before, place your steaks in a large dish and use a fork to poke in some holes in the surface
  • Mix your dark beer, coconut aminos and brown sugar
  • Pour mixture over your steaks
  • Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder on both sides
  • Cover and leave in the fridge overnight

Time to sizzle

  • Get that BBQ nice and hot! We want strong grill lines running across those beautiful steaks
  • Remove your steak from the marinade and add the juices into a saucepan to reduce
  • Add your steak to the BBQ and fry for 3 minutes on each side (depending on preference and thickness of steak)
  • During the last minute of cooking, baste your steak with the reduced marinade for added flavour

Serve with a nice salad, some corn or more meat!

For more information on the ingredients in this gluten-free marinade talk to our team at 01386 761555 or




Unpredictable Market for Garlic Ingredients

June 2020 saw a good harvest and yield for Chinese garlic, offering an output of 8 – 8.5 million MT. Levels similar to those last seen in 2018.

Because of the excess volume of garlic, prices at the start of the season were low which triggered earlier international buying activity.

The high quality of the crop resulted in a limited supply of smaller bulbs, which dehydrators typically would use. Dehydrators have had to resort to using the readily available larger bulbs to fulfil demand, pushing up the flake prices.

In mid-June, the market started to firm and prices climbed rapidly in reaction to the early surge in purchasing. Compared with the lowest level on the 1st of June, pricing for garlic is currently 30% higher.

How can Brusco help with your garlic ingredients needs?

Here at Brusco Food Group, we have a fantastic selection of powdered garlic, dehydrated minced garlic and garlic puree, ready for your production preference.

Powdered Garlic

Typically found in seasoning, gravy and dry rubs, this beautifully aromatic powder add incredible flavour to meats or vegetables. Produced by dehydrating and grounding the garlic to a fine powder ready for use.

Dehydrated Minced Garlic

Long lasting, great tasting and easily added to all savoury dishes, our dehydrated minced garlic is highly popular when it comes to ready meals. Perfect within soups, stews and pasta.

Garlic Puree

Beautiful rich in flavour and smooth in texture, our garlic puree is used within spreads, sauces and casserole-style dishes.

Not only does the puree add flavour, but it also takes away the hassle of skinning and crushing of cloves. It also saves hands from that ever-lasting garlic smell. Our garlic puree’s come in either ambient cooked or raw.

We offer stable prices during a turbulent Garlic Ingredients Market

Here at Brusco Food Group, we are currently holding garlic stock which we are offering at competitive prices.

Talk to our team today at 01386 761 555 or email to discuss your garlic ingredients requirements.

Allergen free ingredients: Let’s help broaden your range

Allergies are very common within the UK, with 1 in 4 people being affected at some point in their lives. Some have very minor symptoms and suffer for years without treatment, for others, it can be a real health risk; every label must be read, ingredients checked and people around them notified.

Many recipes contain allergens, which make them unsafe to eat for those who suffer from allergies leaving their choices in food limited.

What are allergen-free ingredients?

Allergen-free or ‘allergen safe’ means that the food you are consuming or producing is free from detectable levels of allergens known for creating uncomfortable or health-related symptoms.

They are free from the top 14 EU-recognised allergens, which include: celery, gluten-based cereals (oats and barley), fish, crustaceans (crabs, prawns and lobsters), molluscs (oysters and mussels), eggs, lupin, milk, mustard, peanuts, sesame, soybeans, sulphur dioxide and sulphites (if they are at a concentration of more than 10 PPM – parts per million) and tree nuts (hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans, brazil nuts, pistachios and macadamia nuts).

Allergen-free alternatives you can use in your products?

There are many ingredients that consumers don’t expect to contain allergens. From alcohols to herbs and spices, they really can appear in many forms.

How great would it be if your customers could enjoy their favourite dishes, without worry and without losing some of the most vital flavours?

If you are looking to make your range more inclusive, here are some alternative ingredients to think about…

Coconut Aminos instead of soy sauce

Soy sauce is found in many products including flavourings, meat substitutes, frozen meals, Asian foods, peanut butter, condiments plus many more.

It is produced using two of the top eight allergen ingredients; soybeans and wheat.

The distinctive sweet, salty umami taste of soy is created with a clever delicate balance of components, which can be closely replicated using coconut aminos.

Coconut aminos have over 70% less sodium than soy. It’s gluten-free, soy-free and utterly delicious; already winning over a selection of our customers.

It can be used in many recipes, whether it’s a simple salad dressing, within a sauce or to add flavour to ready meals and home recipes.

Coconut milk instead of cow’s milk

Coconut milk can be a delicious, creamy replacement for cow’s milk or cream. Possibly not within tea, but great for a flavoured coffee. Also fantastic in smoothies, ice creams, iced drinks, curries or puddings.

We have used coconut milk instead of dairy in our latest vegan chestnut cheesecake recipe, why not try it for yourself?

Note: In the US, coconuts are recognised as a tree nuts, therefore are considered an allergen. This is not the case for the European market.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is one of the most common allergens, causing many uncomfortable symptoms until treated.

It is a type of protein found in various grains including rye, wheat and barley and is most commonly used to make a product light and spongy in texture, including bread.

Many think going gluten-free is great for weight loss, however, this isn’t always the case. It is more beneficial when used as part of a long-term eating plan for consumers with gluten intolerance, sensitivity or coeliac disease.

What is the difference between coeliac disease and gluten intolerance?

Coeliac disease is an immune disorder which attacks the tissue of the small intestine over a long period. It leads to long long-term such osteoporosis, iron deficiency anaemia and vitamin B12 and folate deficiency anaemia.

Symptoms of coeliac disease include stomach ache, diarrhoea, indigestion, constipation and bloating.

Gluten intolerance is a fairly common issue throughout the UK and worldwide and is characterised by a reaction to gluten. It offers similar symptoms to coeliac disease, but without the long-term effects as it’s an allergy rather than an autoimmune disease.

A gluten-free diet is the best way to control the symptoms of both coeliac disease and gluten intolerance.

How do you know if something is gluten-free?

Gluten levels in food and drink are measured by PPM – parts per million.

Food that contains between 21 – 100 ppm is described as very low gluten, meaning they are OK for those who are intolerant. Food that is 20 ppm or less is gluten-free and safe for those with coeliac disease.

Many ingredients are naturally gluten-free, however, their production environment runs the risk of cross-contamination.

Our gluten-free ranges are produced and packed in a gluten-free environment, meaning you can cook and create with sound peace of mind.

Gluten-free alcohol

Distilled alcohols such as vodka, bourbon, whiskey and scotch are great for making sauces, glazes, and sweet confections. They adapt texture, add flavour and offer real depth to a recipe.

We offer a great selection of branded and unbranded gluten-free distilled alcohols, ready for use.

As well as being produced in a contaminated environment, certain wines also use a gluten-fining process. The barrels they are stored in the can at times be sealed with a wheat paste, meaning some wines you are drinking contain gluten.

You may be surprised to know, wine isn’t always vegan-friendly either! Talk to the team about our vegan and gluten-friendly wines so you can add extra flavour to your recipe.

Traditional beers, lagers and ales use wheat as their basic grain, meaning many of them to contain gluten. Gluten-free beers are available as they are based on cereals such as rice, corn, buckwheat or millet.

Whether you want a Merlot for your chilli, a beer to add flavour to your pie or a splash of brandy for your sauce, we have gluten-free options to suit.

Gluten-free herbs and spices

In their natural state, herbs and spices are gluten-free. However, in some cases, they can be contaminated with wheat flour or starch to lower costs.

Our range of herbs and spices are wheat free, and safe to use within your upcoming taste sensation.

Gluten-free seeds

Seeds are fantastic for helping boost food processors’ capability to create snacks and baked goods that are rich in nutrients.

Our range of gluten-free seeds includes millet, pumpkin, linseed, chia, sunflower, buckwheat, nigella, sesame and caraway, plus many more.

Not only can they offer a new way to improve the health benefits of your product, but they also add fantastic texture and flavour.

Talk to us about allergen-free ingredients

There has been a huge shift in the food industry towards companies being aware of food intolerance and dietary requirements.

Customers are interested in what is going into their food and companies are adapting their production and ingredients to suit.

Variety is very important to our team at Brusco. We make sure our range includes allergen-free, vegan-friendly choices between ambient and frozen products.

Talk to the team today at +44 (0) 1386 761555 or to discuss alternative ingredients to make your range more inclusive for customers with dietary requirements.