KaterVeg! vegan sausages and vegan meatballs have been awarded gluten-free certification, making them suitable for coeliacs as well as those on a plant-based diet.
The two products are part of an extensive vegan range offered to the foodservice sector by frozen food distributor Central Foods.
This new accreditation brings them in line with the KaterVeg! vegan mince, which is also suitable for gluten-free diners.
Gordon Lauder, MD of Central Foods, said: “Demand has been growing for ‘dual’ dietary criteria products, such as those that are both vegan friendly and gluten-free.
“As a result of the impact of Covid-19, caterers must now ensure their menus work even harder, so many are including fewer products but ensuring these are suitable for a maximum number of dietary requirements and menu dishes.
“At the same time, interest in plant-based options has been growing.
“We’re delighted that the KaterVeg! vegan sausages and vegan meatballs have now been certified as gluten-free, as it makes them incredibly versatile products for our customers – helping them to avoid menu proliferation.”
Made with seasoned textured soya protein and high in protein, low in saturated fat, low in sugar, a source of fibre and with salt levels below PHE 2024 targets, the KaterVeg! vegan sausages and vegan meatballs were launched earlier this year.
The KaterVeg! vegan and gluten-free sausages, which weigh 50g each, are skinless and not pre-fried, can be oven cooked or grilled and are ideal for a range of menu items including sausage, mash and veg, toad-in-the-hole, hotdogs or as part of a vegan-friendly cooked breakfast. The meatballs, meanwhile, are perfect for pasta sauces, as a pizza topping or for a hot sub-roll filling.