It is estimated that the number of people within Europe who suffer some type of food allergy ranges between 11 and 26 million. If we extrapolate this data to everyone, it is estimated that between 220 and 520 million people suffer from a food allergy and this represents a major global burden for health. It is at Spanish level, where Eudec, SERHS Food specialized brand in traditional prepared dishes, takes advantage of this need to help this segment of the population with a new catalogue of 15 prepared dishes free of allergens.
All references in the new catalogue are suitable for coeliacs. Beyond gluten, the three foods that produce more allergies among children in Spain are eggs, cow’s milk and fish. However, this new Eudec project includes prepared dishes free of any of the 14 allergens defined by the Spanish Food Information Law, with which the proposal represents an important advance in the “Ready to Eat” kitchen offer.
Experience of Eudec and SERHS Food in the development of products for coeliacs
SERHS Food has an independent kitchen that guarantees the absence of allergens in food. The allergen-free production line of the High-Performance Kitchen of Mataró is independent and autonomous from the rest of the plant; since only the cardboard removal area is shared. It is therefore defined as a complete production line, which has its own cooking, preparation and packaging areas, avoiding 100% allergen contamination.
The first 15 allergen-free mono-ration dishes include various creations of vegetable cream, rice, quinoa salad, macaroni, gilthead or veal burger among others. All of them elaborated in a traditional way with proximity and seasonal products.
SERHS Food celebrates the first anniversary of the official inauguration of the High-Performance Kitchen in Mataró
Over this first year, the plant has increased its production by 40% and continues with a high rate of growth.
One year later, the commitment to innovative and efficient solutions to bring comprehensive support to managing professional catering is a success in every sense of the word. This Saturday April 21, the Mataró High-Performance Kitchen of SERHS Food, as well as its central offices, mark one complete year since their official inauguration, in which national authorities and those of the Maresme area took part.
As of today the plant, which covers 2500 m2, has increased its production by 40% and continues to grow at a very good pace. Over this first year, one of the mostly highly-rated spaces of the SERHS Food High-Performance Kitchen has been the independent allergen-free kitchen, which offers services principally to educational and healthcare centers.
Nevertheless, the office area and main arena have seen numerous visits from clients and companies interested in seeing the installations which reflect the philosophy of SERHS Food. This philosophy is directed at the commitment to prepare food products of the highest quality, following the basic principles of traditional cooking, and availing of the latest technology capable of providing the very highest standards of food safety and environmentally-friendly production.
During the circuit, especially designed for groups, all the steps making up the production process can be seen, from reception of the raw materials to the packaging of the finished product. Likewise, the main arena, with seating and a “showcooking” area, is often used for workshops, demonstrations and conferences, thus complementing visits to the installations.
Today, SERHS Food has a strong presence in Catalonia and is engaged in a major drive for growth in the Balearic Islands, Valencia and other parts of Spain. The Mataró High-Performance Kitchen has been devised with great versatility and flexibility to allow cooking of all kinds of recipes and formats for presentation and preservation, such as vacuum packing, ATM, pasteurization, sterilization and deep freezing.