THE Selby company behind the UK’s first frozen gluten and wheat free donuts has picked up an award in the Free From Food Awards 2015.

Free from food brand Feel Free For Gluten Free, which is the brand name for GF Foods, based in Brackenholme Business Park, was named joint winner in the ‘tea time’ category, with its donuts.

Sally Allister, managing director of Feel Free For Gluten Free who has coeliac disease and must follow a gluten free diet herself, said: "I’m still waiting for the news to sink it; it’s beyond amazing for our small company.

“The Free From Food Awards are the Oscars of the free from world and recognise the very best in foods made for people with restricted diets.

"To have two products on the shortlist of 270 products was great for us, but for our donuts to win, particularly in a category that also included some huge national and international brands, is nothing short of fantastic.

"Our donut launch last September was without doubt a highlight of 2014 for our company. Our customers’ reaction to them was genuinely overwhelming. To now receive an award for our donuts is definitely going to be among our 2015 highlights."

Former chef Mrs Allister spent 15 months perfecting her gluten and wheat free donut recipe, which uses potato and rice starch.

The Free From Food Awards judging panel commented on how hard it is to find a gluten free donut and added that they have a “great texture” and are “delicious warm”.