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Heritage Motor Centre becomes the first Museum & Conference Centre to gain Coeliac UK Gluten Free accreditation

The Heritage Motor Centre is delighted to announce that they have become the first Museum & Conference Centre to gain ‘Coeliac UK GF (Gluten Free) accreditation’. The accreditation aims to make eating out stress-free for people with coeliac disease, an autoimmune disease caused by intolerance to gluten. The centre is now offering accredited gluten-free options in both its Café and for its conference delegates.

Tom O’Reilly, Operations Manager at the Heritage Motor Centre said “We started our journey to gluten-free with Coeliac UK back in August 2014 as we wanted our customers to know that we take special dietary requirements seriously.”

In the UK 1 in 100 people suffers with coeliac disease and Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease and dermatitis, works to ensure that the needs of people with the disease are met and recognised by everyone in their everyday lives. Their aim is to improve sufferer’s experience of healthcare, ensure their gluten-free diet is easy to manage and drive research so delivering new solutions to the problems of living with the condition.

Sarah Sleet, Chief Executive of Coeliac UK said: “Coeliac UK is widely recognised as the expert body on the gluten-free diet. The charity has been working alongside the catering industry for many years to encourage it to meet the needs of the growing number of people requiring a gluten-free meal. We are delighted that the Heritage Motor Centre has gained our accreditation and is the first Conference meeting venue to do so. We would urge all establishments to consider the benefits of providing gluten-free food for their customers.”

Visitors to the centre can now enjoy a wide range of gluten-free options in its Junction 12 Café, including homemade sandwiches and cakes - all safe in the knowledge that behind the scenes is a physically separate gluten-free kitchen to ensure there is no risk of cross contamination. All staff have been trained in the safe production and provision of gluten-free food. There are various points of sale where visitors can check the Café menus to see what is gluten-free as well as check what foods contains any of the other 13 known key allergens. Coeliac conference delegates are also catered for with a specially designed gluten-free menu.

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