GF Oats Australia: oats everyone can eat
If you talk to anyone who has coeliac disease, they’ll likely tell you that it’s impossible to find gluten-free oats in Australia. But that’s because they’ve never heard about a gloriously gluten-free option that’s actually been available to any Australian following a gluten-free diet for well over a decade. GF Oats Australia has been producing gluten-free oats since 2009 – way before gluten-free became trendy.
Pure oats in their natural state are actually gluten-free. However, when they’re processed in the same facilities as wheat, barley or rye, they can get contaminated with gluten. Because of such contaminants, local oat producers aren’t legally allowed to label their oats “gluten-free”. But Queensland-based GF Oats is lobbying food councils and working with the pollies in Canberra and the Small Business Ombudsman to try and change this.
Since 2009, GF Oats Australia founder Kylie Martin and her team have been importing certified uncontaminated oats from Wyoming in the US. They then package them here to sell to the domestic market. After a long wait, the company is now also selling a small amount of Australian-grown oats that are gluten contaminant-free.
In the video below, I caught up with Martin to learn more about her gluten-free oats and how she’s building customer loyalty and trust. For more on GF Oats Australia, click here.