2015 Beer Labeling Survey Results
The Celiac Support Association (CSA) conducted a three-month survey asking members of the public who follow a gluten-free diet, by medical necessity or choice, about their experience with gluten-reduced beers. Gluten-reduced beers are those that are made with traditional ingredients like barley and wheat and then processed with an enzyme to break down the gluten into amino acids. Gluten-free beer, by contrast, is made from naturally gluten-free ingredients like sorghum or rice.
Gluten-reduced beer was a popular beverage among the survey respondents, liked by almost 90% of those who chose to try it. However, 43% of respondents who had tried a gluten-reduced beer reported a response to it. Many more expressed confusion or concern over how gluten-reduced beer is packaged, marketed and presented in a retail environment; problems included inadequate differentiation from gluten-free beer and being described by restaurant menus, shelf signs or store employees as gluten-free. Over 40% of respondents were unaware at the time of purchase that the beer contained wheat or barley ingredients. Finally, the responses bring to question whether the gluten-free labeling is misleading to those who rely upon that information to make health decisions. READ MORE..
Click here to download the results of our 2015 beer labeling survey as a PDF file.
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|1.) Why do you follow a gluten free diet?|
|I have a diagnosis of Celiac Disease.||740||75.5%|
|I have another diagnosis that requires a gluten free diet.||125||12.8%|
|I follow a gluten free diet for health reasons.||108||11.0%|
|I don't follow a gluten free diet.||7||0.7%|
|2.) In general, is your habit to consume gluten-free products that contain:|
|Less than 5 ppm||34||3.5%|
|Less than 10 ppm||26||2.7%|
|Less than 20 ppm||106||10.8%|
|As long as it says gluten free I am ok with it.||216||22.0%|
|As long as it is certified gluten free I am ok with it.||195||19.9%|
|3.) Have you tried a barley based beer processed to remove gluten?|
|4.) Which gluten reduced beers have you tried?|
|Estralla Damm Daura||333||43.2%|
|Other, please specify...||193||25.1%|
|5.) What have your experiences been with the gluten reduced beers you have consumed?|
|Liked it and would consume it again.||369||37.92%|
|Liked it, but had a slight reaction to it.||107||11.00%|
|Liked it, but had a strong reaction to it.||102||10.48%|
|Did not like it.||69||7.09%|
|Did not like it and had a slight reaction to it.||31||3.19%|
|Did not like it and had a strong reaction to it.||39||4.01%|
|I have not tried one.||256||26.31%|
|6.) Were you aware that the beer contained wheat or barley at the time of purchase?|