Touche Bakery products at Loblaws are 100% nut-free

Posted on: Fri, 02/07/2003 - 6:42am
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I was grocery shopping at Loblaws the other day and I saw that they sell bakery products made by Touche Bakery.

These products are 100% nut free, as they are manufactured in a nut-free, peanut-free factory, and they also verify that all of their suppliers are nut-free, peanut-free.

For more details, here is their web site. This is a great opportunity for those of you who want to by baked products, but don't trust bakeries:

[url="http://www.touchebakery.com/"]http://www.touchebakery.com/[/url]

Posted on: Fri, 02/07/2003 - 9:54am
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Thanks Erik - yeah another company actually marketing that they are peanut/nut free!
I will look for the products at Loblaws, but there is nothing on their site about their packaging so I am not sure what to look for. Are they individually wrapped or in a package?
thanks
deb

Posted on: Fri, 02/07/2003 - 10:44am
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Hi Deb,
At the Loblaws in Toronto that I went to (near Laird & Millwood, south of Eglinton), the Touche products were all placed together in the bakery area, and Loblaws had signs on the shelf saying "nut free products". In fact, there was another manufacturer of nut-free products too in that section but I forgot the name.
If you can't find them, you could ask someone in the bakery, as maybe these products are only available in the larger Loblaws stores.
It is great another company is providing products that are 100% safe [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 02/09/2003 - 1:06pm
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Thanks again erik for this info. I look forward to trying these products and promoting them to all friends and family who are always in search of safe desserts. I have just emailed Touche a thank you letter for their excellent corporate judgement by including us as potential customers. Good work erik.

Posted on: Mon, 02/10/2003 - 2:13am
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You're welcome! It is good to support these manufacturers like Touche Bakery that make the effort to be 100% nut free. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 02/10/2003 - 6:53am
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Thanks for that, Erik! It's so nice to find nut free products in the bakery section. I always feel bad when I can't get any of the Vachon cakes for my son, so I usually skip that area of Loblaws. They opened a HUGE Loblaws at Bayview and hwy 7, that has a photo studio, furniture, electronics, etc. They must have these new baked goods!
My son will love you! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Karen

Posted on: Mon, 02/10/2003 - 7:02am
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Just bought a couple of their loaf cakes and also some choc chip cookies in same section made by Branson's. Bought them at Fortinos in Woodbridge today. They had a section also labelled nut free products.

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 11:06pm
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Hi, I bought a loaf cake and choc. chunk cookies at Loblaws yesterday they were both delicious, I'm going to tell all family & friends thank you

Posted on: Fri, 02/21/2003 - 2:10am
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Eric, you might be my new hero [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img]
I checked the web-site, then sent an e-mail because I also have to worry about sesame seeds and don't buy baked goods (except Krispy Kreme). They don't use sesame seeds or oil, but don't guarantee no contact at their suppliers.
For people with other allergies, they do keep track of major allergens both in their plant and at suppliers.
I asked them to consider adding sesame seed to that list and guess what? They are going to. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Thanks Erik!

Posted on: Fri, 02/21/2003 - 10:59pm
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I called the Loblaws near me and they had never heard of "Touche" bakery products. I mentioned that other Loblaws stores were carrying them, and explained it was a peanut/nut free product. She said they did have a new peanut free product, and checked it for me, it was Touche.
Just wanted to mention, you might have to be careful HOW you ask. No big sign near the display though. They had their sign at the store exit. If I hadn't been in a rush I would have suggested they put it either at the entrance, or the counter with the product.

Posted on: Sat, 02/22/2003 - 1:53am
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Quote:Originally posted by AnnaMarie:
[b]
I asked them to consider adding sesame seed to that list and guess what? They are going to. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Thanks Erik![/b]
You're welcome Anna Marie,
It is great that there are companies like "Touche Bakeries" and "Branson" that provide nut-free products for us.
I think Loblaws will notice they are selling them fast now that we have publicized them here at this site [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 02/22/2003 - 11:50pm
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I think you're right Eric. The first Loblaws I went to was sold out of the cookies. (Was Branson the *other* brand of pa free you saw - if not, find out for us)
I ended up driving to Millwood to get the cookies. And decided to pick up my son from work at the same time.
I think my favourite is the merangue (sp?)

Posted on: Sun, 03/02/2003 - 2:55pm
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I was at the Loblaws at Queens Quay (Queens Quay Market) in downtown Toronto yesterday and they were fully stocked up with Touche bakery goods and Bransons cookies in their "nut-free" section. I bought some Bransons cookies.
So if you are in Toronto, there are lots at Queen's Quay Market (Loblaws)

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 9:12am
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Don't think I will be venturing to Toronto until April (Hospital for sick kids re-testing for my son phase II after the Oral Challenge).
I am glad my local Independent now carries the Branson cookies --- infact I just bought a couple packages today.
My kids and I ventured to Toronto on Saturday to meet up with a girlfriend and her daughter. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!!!! It has been years since I've gone to Union Station let alone the Eaton's Center.

Posted on: Mon, 03/24/2003 - 5:35am
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Hi AnneMarie:
My son is also allergic to peanuts and sesame seeds so I called Touche Bakery (today) to find out about their products specifically with regards to sesame seeds. They told me they had a call from someone not too long ago asking if they could utlilize the same standards with their suppliers so that they could become "sesame free" as well as "peanut/nut free". (Made me wonder if it was you after reading your posts!) Anyway, he did tell me that he is continuing to look into it but it is a huge undertaking as his suppliers do not readily want to meet his expectations regarding their raw ingredients (i.e. guarantee that the raw ingredients they supply him do not come into contact with peanuts/nuts or sesame seeds). Currently, his suppliers tell him that they do have sesame seeds in their plants, but even though none of the ingredients they supply to him contain sesame seeds, they may have come into contact with them at some point. He will continue to work with them however and will try to post updated information on his web site.
The person I spoke with is the owner who told me that he is still trying to get the word out about his peanut/nut free products and he is still having to prove to some retailers that there is a demand for them. I told him I would pass the word on to everyoe I know and thanked him for his efforts on our behalf.
Regarding Branson cookies, does anyone know if this is a separate company or is it a division of Touche? I forgot to ask him and if it is a different company, does anyone know where they are based on how to contact them? I would appreciate it very much. Thanks.
[This message has been edited by Mom2Four (edited March 24, 2003).]

Posted on: Mon, 03/24/2003 - 12:51pm
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Hi Mom2Four
I have some Bransons cookies right in front of me, unopened. I bought them last week but had not yet made a phone call to them.
Their number in Toronto is 416-633-9393.

Posted on: Tue, 03/25/2003 - 7:48am
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Thanks Momtwoboys!
I called Branson today and they told me they are peanut/nut free as are their suppliers of raw ingredients. While they do not have any sesame seeds in their plants, she was not sure about their suppliers and she was going to contact them and get back to me. Once I hear from her, I will post the information.
Thanks again!

Posted on: Sat, 04/12/2003 - 1:22pm
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How can Touch

Posted on: Tue, 05/27/2003 - 7:07am
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I just got an *UNSOLICITED* answer to my question about almonds in the biscotti! Wow... I like it when manufacturers go out of their way to please their customers! :-)
(and yes, the biscotti are almonds free)
[This message has been edited by darthcleo (edited May 27, 2003).]

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