Almondy Launches Lactose-Free Cake
Swedish bakery Almondy has launched its new Creamy Chocolate Cake with Roasted Almonds to deliver on two fronts – lactose and gluten-free – and support caterers in meeting the growing demand for free-from menu options.
Combining chocolate and almonds – two on trend flavours – Creamy Chocolate Cake with Roasted Almonds is a tasty lactose-free cake made with Almondy’s famous almond base, layered with smooth, rich chocolate cream, covered with chocolate and then topped with crunchy, lightly roasted almonds.
The cake will be a welcome addition to menus, particularly as Allergy UK states that one in five people have a lactose intolerance, equivalent to 20% of the population. With Kantar Worldpanel reporting that more than half of Britons (55.2%) are now buying free-from products, the sweet treat will have even further reach, appealing to those with a lactose intolerance as well as those who decide to buy free-from for lifestyle reasons.
Not only does the launch enable operators to gain a bigger slice of the free-from market – valued at £365m in 2014 and estimated to grow by 50% by 2019* – but it also simplifies catering for special dietary requirements back-of-house by cutting down on the number of free-from dessert options needed. This, in turn, keeps menu planning simple, reduces wastage and avoids unnecessary confusion in the kitchen.
Andrew Ely, Managing Director at Almondy, explains: “Thanks to our new Creamy Chocolate Cake with Roasted Almonds, we’ve taken the hassle out of catering for two growing markets. Operators can accommodate specific dietary requirements with a dessert that is not only safe but which tastes delicious too, whether that’s with a cup of tea or coffee, as a standalone dessert or as an option on a buffet, banqueting or conference menu.”
“Almondy has been making gluten-free cakes for 34 years and with the demand for lactose-free desserts increasing, it’s important we now expand our portfolio to support operators while guaranteeing the taste, texture and quality of a conventional version. Ultimately, we’ve achieved this – the creaminess of the chocolate paired with the crunch of the almonds means consumers will be hard-pushed to notice the difference between this and a traditional dessert.”
Creamy Chocolate Cake with Roasted Almonds is available frozen and pre-cut into 12 slices for convenience and accurate portion control, with each slice taking just 20 minutes to defrost. It has a frozen shelf life of 18 months and a chilled shelf life once thawed of up to seven days.
Almondy’s latest lactose-free dessert joins its classic gluten-free almond cakes which feature confectionery favourites Toblerone and Daim as well as a Peanut & Caramel version.
To find out more about Almondy please call 01604 858 522 or visit www.almondy.com/en