Gutzi is a new UK brand of sports nutrition focusing on savoury flavours and gut-friendly ingredients.

Founded in Scotland by an international ultra-runner, Gutzi offers an alternative to the usual sugary gels and energy bars, using naturally slow-release carbohydrates blended with vegetables and herbs.

Digestion and nausea are common problems for endurance athletes and many now seek no-sugar, natural products which don’t sacrifice flavour for function. Gutzi is developing two products: an oat bite and a pureed rice pouch. Both have been tested with athletes and rated highly for flavour, usability and novelty.

Brand ambassadors include Commonwealth Games mountain biker Isla Short. Following kitchen trials, Gutzi now seeks NPD and manufacturing partners to develop the recipes for optimal shelf-life and texture.