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Is Flora good for you? Is it suitable for vegans, vegetarians and people with a lactose intolerance? And can you recycle Flora packaging? Find all the details about Flora right here in our frequently asked questions section.

 

'Last updated October 2020'

About Flora

  • Why have you added Buttermilk into Flora Buttery?
    At Flora, we take pride in our plant-based products which are consistently evolving to meet consumer needs and provide everyone with choice. Our overarching goal is to encourage everyone to adopt a plant-based diet. However, having listened to a significant number of consumers who miss the familiar taste of buttermilk in FLORA Buttery, some customers are not ready to join the plant-based journey yet and are seeking an alternative product.

    Therefore, we have decided to change the Flora Buttery recipe and new product and packaging will appear in store. The new recipe includes a small amount of buttermilk which is clearly labelled on the front of the new pack and is also highlighted in the ingredients. The new variant of the product does not include the Vegan Society’s certification logo.

    We know some consumers may find this news disappointing and we would like to reassure you that the Flora range remains primarily vegan. We recently launched Flora Plant, salted and unsalted - our new vegan and dairy free alternative to dairy butter. Vegan and dairy-intolerant consumers can also still purchase Flora Original and Flora Light which remain vegan and now have enhanced recipes and benefits. These variants all include the Vegan Trademark on pack and are certified dairy free.
  • Why have you changed the Flora range?
    We have enhanced the Flora spread recipes to make sure the range offers maximum choice for all consumers – whether that’s for health, sustainability, dietary or taste-preference reasons. We have listened to consumer feedback and believe that we now have an enhanced range for all consumers, no matter their taste preference.
  • What is new about Flora? Why does my Flora taste different?

    We have enhanced the recipes of our Flora Light, Flora Original and Flora Buttery spreads, to ensure the range offers maximum choice for everyone and to deliver an even better taste.

    • Flora Light benefits from a reduction in calories from 40kcals to 27kcals per 10g portion. Fat levels have decreased significantly from 45% to 30%. Flora Light is now certified vegan and dairy free.
    • Flora Original is the ideal product for margarine lovers made from 100% Natural Ingredients. We’ve increased the fat level from 70% to 79% and added faba bean protein into Flora Original. These changes ensure the product tastes great and performs even better in baking and cooking. Flora Original is now certified vegan and dairy free.
    • Flora Buttery: We’ve added buttermilk into this variant to deliver the creamy and familiar buttery taste many consumers have asked for. This product is no longer suitable for a vegan diet.

  • Are all Flora products suitable for baking, cooking and frying?
    - Flora Original and Flora Buttery are suitable for cooking, baking, frying, spreading and topping.
    - Flora Light is suitable for spreading and topping.
    For recipe tips and inspiration, why not visit www.flora.com/recipes.
  • What does ‘plant goodness’ mean? Why is Flora good for you?

     
    Flora contains a blend of plant oils which naturally contain Omega 3 & 6, which are essential good fats for your body. These essential fats are needed for normal growth and development of children. They also contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels.
  • Does ‘plant goodness’ mean your entire range is now free from dairy?

     
    Our Flora Original and Flora Light spreads are dairy free and have been approved by the UK Vegan Society. Flora Buttery contains buttermilk and is not suitable for a dairy free or vegan diet.
  • Can the products be frozen?

     
    Flora Original and Flora Buttery can be frozen. We recommend defrosting these products in the refrigerator. We do not recommend freezing Flora Light, as this could impact the quality of the spread.
  • How long will the Flora spreads stay fresh in the fridge once opened?
    They will stay fresh until the best before date printed on the lids.

Dietary Requirements & Food Allergies

 
  • Are all Flora products suitable for vegetarians?

    Yes, all Flora spreads are suitable for a vegetarian diet.
  • Are all Flora products suitable for vegans?

     
    Flora Original and Flora Light are suitable for vegans and are certified by the Vegan Society, however the new Flora Buttery contains buttermilk and is no longer suitable for a vegan diet.
  • I am vegan. Can I still eat Flora Buttery?

     
    No, we have added buttermilk into the recipe of Flora Buttery to deliver a richer buttery taste following consumer feedback. For vegans seeking a dairy block-butter alternative, we now have our vegan and dairy free Flora Plant B+tter, which cooks, bakes and fries just like dairy butter. Otherwise, our Flora Original and Flora Light are both certified vegan and dairy free.
  • Are all Flora products gluten free?

     
    Yes, all our Flora products are certified gluten free.
  • Are all Flora products Dairy Free?
    No. If you are looking for a dairy free product, you should opt for Flora Original or Flora Light. The new Flora Buttery contains buttermilk and is not suitable for a dairy free diet. Our new Flora Plant B+tter is a dairy free alternative to dairy butter, suitable for those looking for an alternative to block-format dairy-butter.
  • I cannot find Flora Dairy Free anymore. Where can I buy it?
    We have removed Flora Dairy Free from our range because our Flora Original and Flora Light are now certified vegan and dairy free. Flora Original and Flora Light are available in most supermarkets.

Ingredients & Nutritional Information

 
  • What are the ingredients in Flora spreads?

     
    You can find the ingredients list of our Flora spreads on our website.
    For Flora Original, please visit https://www.flora.com/en-gb/flora/products/flora-original
    For Flora Buttery, please visit https://www.flora.com/en-gb/flora/products/flora-buttery
    For Flora Light, please visit https://www.flora.com/en-gb/flora/products/flora-light
     
  • What type of oils are used?

     
    We use plant oils in our Flora range such as rapeseed, sunflower, linseed and sustainable palm oil.
  • Do you use buttermilk in Flora?

     
    Yes, we’ve added buttermilk into Flora Buttery to deliver our most creamy and rich buttery taste. Flora Light and Flora Original do not contain buttermilk and remain certified vegan and are now certified dairy free too.
  • What vitamins does the product contain?

     
    - Flora Original and Flora Light contain Vitamins A and D.
    - Flora Buttery contains Vitamin A.
  • Does Flora use artificial flavours, colours and preservatives?

     
    No, we do not use any artificial flavours, colours or preservatives.

Health and fat content

  • Why have you changed the fat levels in Flora Original/Flora Light/Flora Buttery?

     

    - Flora Light: we have decreased the fat levels in Flora Light from 45% to 30% and have reduced the calories from 40 to 27 kcals per 10g serving.
    - Flora Original: we have increased the fat levels in Flora Original from 70% to 79%. We’ve made this change to offer a better tasting product and better performance for baking and cooking.
    - Flora Buttery: we have maintained the fat levels at 79%.

    The fats in our products come from a natural blend of plant oils which naturally contain Omega 3&6.


  • There are now more fats in Flora Original. Does this mean it is not good for my health?

    Our Flora products are good for your health as they naturally contain Omega 3 and 6. These essential fats are needed for normal growth and development of children. They also contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels.
  • Is Flora still better for me vs. butter?

    Our Flora spreads range contains less saturated fats than butter. We use a natural blend of plant oils which means Flora naturally contains Omega 3 and 6. Omega 3 and 6 are essential good fats needed by your body.

Sustainability

 
  • Can I recycle the Flora tubs?
    The Flora tubs and lids are widely recyclable. Always check with your local recycling centre if you are unsure.
  • What are Flora’s thoughts on using plastic packaging?
    As a responsible brand, Flora cares about the environment and the planet. Our packaging is 100% recyclable. We are constantly looking for ways to make our packaging even more sustainable and we hope to be able to continue to improve our packaging sustainability in the future.

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