Thank you very much to those of you who have commented so far – and, Mimi, I am afraid that some of the tables on the site at the moment are quite old, dating back over a year as that is when the tasting of that particular product happened. However, if we do go ahead and create new tables this year, they will provide you with a snapshot of the products available to freefrom shoppers at the beginning of 2011 as they will be based on the judging sessions which will take place in the first week of February 2011.
Meanwhile, thank you to Micki Rose (about whom I have just blogged…) as it was she who threw up her hands in horror when I said we were not going to do the tables any more, as she had found them invaluable for food-intolerant patients!
Anyhow – more comments would be greatly appreciated
While we were still running the Foods Matter magazine we instituted monthly tastings of groups of freefrom foods (gluten-free breads, dairy-free ice cream, nut-free chocolate etc) and published the results in a table in each magazine – what they were free from, what was in them, what they cost, where you could buy them and what they tasted like. These formed the basis for the FreeFrom Food Awards that we launched in 2008.
When we went web only, we continued to do the tables and put them up in the freefrom food section of the site.
But we need to know how useful they really are.
We are just about to start tasting for the 2011 FreeFrom Food Awards and we could do another set of tables to cover these tastings. But… They are, as you will realise when you look at them, very labour intensive (and therefore expensive) to put together so we need to be really sure that foodsmatter.com site visitors will find them useful.
So please do take a look and tell us (on a scale of 1 to 5 from ‘not at all useful’ to ‘very useful indeed’) what you think. Just add a comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org – putting ‘tasting tables’ in the subject box. Your opinions would really help us!