Nut allergy survey shows how allergies affect shopping habits

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A new survey from Rich Products Corporation shows how nut allergies impact snack purchases for home and school by families who are and are not affected by nut-based food allergies.

The survey's findings were released last week and made public on Wednesday.

The Nut Allergy Ecosystem Survey outlines how the rise in awareness for nut allergies, especially peanut allergies, has changed how consumers shop for snacks and foods with one-third of survey respondents acknowledging that a nut allergy has influenced their purchases and more than one-quarter of those responding were stopped from providing snacks at an event due to allergies.

Consumer awareness around nut allergies has become crucial with 90 percent of fatal food anaphylaxis resulting from peanut and nut allergies. The survey polled 1,024 mothers in the U.S., identifying the prevalence of nut allergy concerns. More than half of the participants (56 percent) indicated they have received warnings or guidelines from their child's school regarding nut allergies.

One in four mothers who purchased checked the labels for "nut-free" notices when purchasing products that meet school requirements, while 27 percent check labeling nearly all the time.

"In the spirit of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, we wanted to take a closer look at the significant influence one individual with a peanut or tree nut allergy can have on others around them," said Lauren Lopez, Senior Marketing Manager of Desserts at Rich Products. "From anyone involved in children's playdates and extracurricular activities, the allergy ecosystem extends to parents, teachers, friends, colleagues, neighbors and relatives who have regular contact with individuals suffering from nut allergies."

More information on the survey can be found here.

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