Genius Gluten Free targets French expansion

By Michael Stones

- Last updated on GMT

Genius is boosting exports to France’s growing gluten-free market
Genius is boosting exports to France’s growing gluten-free market

Related tags Gluten-free products Hypermarket Gluten-free diet France

Gluten-free specialist Genius is stepping up exports to France’s rapidly growing gluten-free market.

Its Genius Gluten Free brand has launched into seven of France’s top hypermarkets, making the firm the first major bakery to supply gluten-free products into the country’s general bakery sector. 

The gluten-free products – including bread, brioche and chocolate muffins – are available in 220 Carrefour hypermarkets, plus some Cora, E Leclerc and Système U stores. A launch into Auchan stores is planned soon.

Freshly baked goods

Sold alongside freshly baked goods in the mainstream bakery section, the gluten-free products have packaging designed specifically for the French market.

Gluten-free sales in France are achieving strong growth, with a compound annual growth rate of more than 11% predicted over the next four years. Sales are predicted to reach nearly £156.6M ($267.3M).

Genius chief executive Roz Cuschieri outlined the potential of the French market. “France has one of the fastest growing gluten-free markets in Europe,”​ she said. “We see a major opportunity to reach out to an increasing number of consumers considering a gluten-free or gluten-light diet as a positive lifestyle choice.”

This is the first time French retailers have invested so highly in the gluten-free sector, said Cuschieri. “We’re delighted to be leading the way and committed to allowing French consumers to benefit from our innovations in the sector.”

 ‘Innovations in the sector’

Philippe Stretz of Lightbody, Genius’ distribution partner in France, said: “It’s an exciting time for the gluten-free market in France. We have seen strong interest in Genius, which offers a range of quality products that fulfil the needs of consumers perfectly and expect to see a positive response from supermarkets and hypermarkets.”

Genius claims to be the leading brand in free-from bakery in the UK, achieving 46% value growth in the latest 12-week report from research specialist IRI.

Genius founder and product director Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne developed Genius bread after failing to find gluten-free and wheat-free bread suitable for her gluten-intolerant son.

In addition to the UK and French markets, the Edinburgh-based manufacturer supplies ambient and frozen products in Australia, Holland, Spain, United Arab Emirates, UK and USA. Its range includes: gluten-free breads, rolls, crumpets, pancakes, croissants, pain au chocolate, brioche, pies and pastry. 

Related news

Related products

show more

Oat Groats – Heat-treated Oat Kernels

Oat Groats – Heat-treated Oat Kernels

Content provided by Lantmännen Biorefineries AB | 06-Dec-2023 | Product Brochure

Lantmännen offers now Oat Groats: Heat-treated oat kernels, also known as oat groats or kilned oats, undergo heat treatment to inhibit enzymes that could...

Download Südzucker’s Consumer Trend Study 2023

Download Südzucker’s Consumer Trend Study 2023

Content provided by Südzucker AG | 14-Aug-2023 | White Paper

For the third time, Südzucker has conducted a research study on consumer needs and purchase drivers in processed foods and drinks, which will be another...


Gluten Free Bread

Posted by Mike Jury,

Gluten Free Store Ltd in NZ makes gluten free bread mixes that are also dairy, egg, corn and potato free. The bread is soft and elastic and exceptionally good tasting. Their gluten free bread mixes are now being sold to some of the leading tourist resorts in Fiji.

Report abuse

Genius products

Posted by Anna Jacobs,

Genius products are fine for my husband, and good luck to them. But there is no one filling the market space for people like me who have both wheat and maize intolerance, except for one manufacturer of highly expensive 'cardboard' bread. My husband bakes loaves for me. Anyone want to develop our recipe?

Report abuse

Follow us


View more