Wheat and gluten-free products price comparison Spain 2020

For medical reasons or due to celiac disease or gluten intolerance, many consumers have no choice but to spend much more on the same products than those who, without any particular dietary requirements, can purchase for a much lower price. In Spain, this difference was most noticeable in baked good and pastries; consumers with celiac disease and gluten intolerance additionally payed 1.17 euros for 100 grams of gluten-free muffins or 1.05 euros for the same amount of puff pastries in 2020. These prices resulted in an annual expenditure of around one thousand euros extra on gluten-free products relative to regular wheat goods.

Finding gluten-free options no longer mission impossible in Spain

Spain is gradually more aware of the dietary requirements of many gluten intolerants or people that suffer from celiac disease. This trend is reflected in the number of restaurants with celiac and gluten intolerant-friendly options, which in 2020 amounted to 549 in the Spanish capital, making the Community of Madrid the region of Spain that featured the highest amount of this type of establishment. On the other hand, Andalusia topped the list of bars with gluten-free options, clocking up nearly 60 during the same period.

Dwindling numbers in bread consumption trends in Spain

Bread consumption in Spain is on the decline, according to the latest figures. Spanish households have cut down bread consumption by approximately 500 million kilograms in the last decade, with a record volume of almost two billion kilograms in 2008 down to under 1.5 billion kilograms in 2018. Fresh bread is Spain’s favorite, with the consumption of this type of baked good amounting to over one billion kilograms in 2018, of which most of it was white bread.

Estimated price of 100 grams of wheat products compared to gluten-free products in Spain in 2020

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The source chose high price products, renowned brands, intermediate-price brands and private labels of both types of products for the study.

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