I am Chad, Owner of Cravings Gourmet Popcorn in Lansing,

Posted on: Mon, 03/23/2015 - 4:25am
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I am Chad, Owner of Cravings Gourmet Popcorn in Lansing, Michigan. We have been nut free since we started in 2007. Every flavor is popped in coconut oil. We are gluten free as well. I am looking forward to learning more and staying up to date about allergies. You can learn more about our popcorn at http://www.cravingspopcorn.com

Posted on: Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:48am
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Sounds like you are committed to delivering a good product that is also nut free. Here are some things as a parent I discuss with manufacturers before we try a new product - even those advertised allergen free.
1) Is EVERY component processed in a gluten, peanut or nut free facility? For example, is the coconut oil processed in a dedicated, single ingredient facility? From field to factory, is the corn travelling in dedicated packaging and processing? Did you know that chocolate is one of the hardest ingredients to source as allergen free.
2) List ingredients - each one, not just buttery caramel. Have it on the product information/buy pages. Have it in in FAQs. When I clicked on products the image resolution was not good enough to view the complete ingredient list.
2) Be open. If a facility that you source an ingredient from does process other items mention it, even if they do a "wash down" between batches. I feel much more secure buying from someone that has researched and posted ALL of the top 8-10 allergens exposures on their information page. Both Papa John's and Dominos list their ingredients for each item and even when their ingredients have a "may contain." Although they make the cake peanut or nut free, their chocolate may not be.
3) The devil is in the details. Some manufacturers like Libre Naturals go so far as to prohibit specific allergens from their plant - even in the break room.
4) Form partnerships. Places like Blue Mountain Organics, Libre Naturals, and Gerbs who do not share your product's market may be willing to make other suggestions.
I am always thrilled to see new products that whose creators bring us fun foods that are peanut and tree-nut free. My daughter's biggest joy is when her friends are jealous of the brands she gets to eat. Thank you.

Posted on: Wed, 03/25/2015 - 5:20am
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I would love to know if there are any spice suppliers that are 100% peanut/tree nut free? It seems to me that nearly all vendors of all supplies can not promise with 100% accuracy that they are safe.
As much as we search, this is the #1 challenge.
Thoughts?

Posted on: Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:36am
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In addition to the other comments, I have also found that I react to coconut and sunflower seeds. I use only grapeseed and olive oils when I am using oils.
I also have the concern as one other mentioned about the oil being on a dedicated line. I have seen canola and vegetable oils before that were processed in the same facility as nuts. I realize a lot of those warnings are on the side of caution and more than likely safe products but I really don't take the chance.
I have gotten where I do not eat popcorn out anywhere, no ice cream out anywhere, along with asking a ton of questions on food if eating in a restaurant.
Thank you though for taking the time to try to make your product as safe as can be. Not many companies are willing to do so.

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