Fodilicious is an innovative and award-winning health food business based in Livingston, Scotland, producing the UK’s first low FODMAP certified products for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) with a focus on gut health. Their portfolio of products consisted of snacks; Cookie Buttons and a Breakfast granola range – all of which are vegan, free from allergens and healthier choice options too.

Lauren Leisk founded the company in 2017 in response to her own frustration at the lack of foods available for individuals suffering from IBS and following a low FODMAP diet. As a QMU graduate, Lauren reached out to the Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation (SCFDI) to create a collection of FODMAP friendly energy drinks – a World’s first range – as Fodilicious identified the demand for natural energy drinks that complied IBS.

Through the support of an Advanced innovation voucher to assist with recipe development and consumer testing, the SCFDI team created three flavours; Tropical with a turmeric infusion, Raspberry with a hibiscus infusion and Clementine with a ginger infusion, and provided nutrition information, labelling information and ingredient costings for all formulations. The project also included consumer testing to provide Fodilicious with data to help with marketing and expanding distributor lists. The collection of drinks launched on the Fodilicious website shortly after completion of the project.

"The team at SCFDI were fantastic throughout our project, and their in-depth knowledge and expertise of recipe formulation, nutrition and consumer testing was essential in order for Fodilicious to successfully launch this range. We had a specific brief in mind, as there were no natural energy drinks available that followed the low FODMAP diet restrictions for IBS. As drinks are a new product category for Fodilicious, SCFDI really helped us to understand what’s involved in entering this sector, how drinks are formulated, and now we have 3 delicious flavours, all which meet our criteria and are very innovative. We would highly recommend SCFDI to any business who is looking to expand their portfolio of products or break into new product categories to help their innovative product ideas come to life."

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