Food allergen awareness is more and more important for food service operators. An estimated 15 million Americans report a food allergy. Consequently, this impacts their decisions about where to shop, dine or even go to school.
Why Worry About Food Allergens?
First, public schools and food service operators may be obligated to provide a safe environment. Food allergies may be considered a disability, and therefore require accommodations and services that allow the student to participate in the meal plan.
Second, a proactive approach to allergen awareness can benefit your business. If you’re paying attention to consumer needs in the changing market, you already know there is growing concern about food allergies.
How Can Allergen Awareness Be an Advantage?
Safety concerns are paramount for people with a food allergy. But, going a step further and actually catering to this growing crowd can work to your advantage. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there was a 50 percent increase in children with food allergies between 1997 and 2011. Providing an atmosphere where these guests can relax and feel welcome will be good for business. Take a look Purdue University dining services harnessed the “Power of Purple” to provide students a great experience.
What Steps Can You Take to Allergen Awareness?
It’s important to take time to plan how your operation can evolve and achieve allergen awareness. Start your allergen awareness journey with five simple steps in the presentation below. If you need help along the way, please don’t hesitate to contact us for help. We’d love to share our experience helping food service operators like you, and help you uncover the procedures and products you’ll need for allergen awareness.