Thursday, June 4, 2009

We've Finally Gotten Rid Of All The Nuts!


For a while our staff was quite worried when we said all the nuts would have to go...

We are pleased to announce that as of June 15, 2009, we are going entirely nut free in both of our facilities. This is one of the biggest product policy changes since we made most of our products dairy free. We've been peanut free for several years now but this move will eliminate all tree nuts from our product line as well. On the down side, this will force the discontinuation of our lemon cranberry almond and double chocolate almond cookies but will open up our complete product line to thousands (millions?) of people with nut allergies. We will also be announcing a couple of new cookie varieties to replace the 2 we are discontinuing. More on that in a future post.

For those of you with severe nut allergies please keep in mind that there will still be products in the market that were produced prior to us going nut free. Look for products with the following Best Before dates or later:

* Soft Baked Goods (breads, buns, bagels, donuts, etc) - 12/15/2009
* Cookies, Mixes and Ingredients - 06/15/2010

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Iam your customer, I would like to thankyou for not putting nuts in your bake goods. Now I have the freedom to enjoy many of your products without worry. I also have nut allergies. food allergies are on the rise and alot of people can't eat bake goods because of nut contamination. Also many people are sensitive to wheat products and they have to turn to gluten free products of which your bake goods are a god send. Thankyou and may god bless you and keep your company going on forever.

Shannon S. said...

Awesome job guys!

I know many nut-free families will be very happy that you've made such a bold change to your policies!

Way to go!

Concerned Dad said...

I have to say I like the idea of a peanut/nut free bakery. I also have to add that the products that they are claiming to be peanut/nut free are NOT..... M&M cookies are not nut free as even chocolate m&m's are produced in a facility containing peanuts and nuts...

BE CAREFUL what you read and even more careful of what you eat...

JayB said...

Our -production facilities- are nut and peanut free as of June 15. The cookies using chocolate M&M's referred to were made only in our pastry kitchen for the local Edmonton market, and in fact, were made prior to June 15. The signs posted in our store do point out that this is still a transition period.

That being said, they were overlooked as a -potential- problem as they are not part of our regular line of products. We've put them on hold pending allergen statement review and we appreciate you bringing this to our attention.

Thomas said...

thank you thank you thank you!!!

amy said...

If we purchase online will they be nut free?
I've checked all my local stores and the products are all older than the dates you suggested and they still carry a nut warning.
I'm tired of waiting, lol.
I have five kiddos who want some goodies now. :)

Jenny said...

I want to thank you for doing this. When you are completely "nut-free" will you let me know so I can share this info with my blog readers?

www.nut-freemom.blogspot.com.

Thanks for your nut-free efforts!--Jenny

JayB said...

We are completely nut free now and have been since June 15. It's just that there may still be products out there that were produced prior to the switch over date. The best before dates noted in the post provide the best guide.

I should also note that it is taking time for us to redo all the packaging (removing the nut warning) so many products out there which have been produced in the nut free environment still have the nut warning.

Unfortunately, it's a bit confusing but it is quite an undertaking to redo every one of the packages for our 100+ products.

Kirstin said...

Thank you... thank you... thank you! I am so happy we can enjoy your amazing bagels, buns, breads without the worry of nut cross-contamination!!!! I am so excited to be able to buy them at my AZ Whole Foods soon. My 9 year old son will be especially happy! Yummy bagels again!

Anonymous said...

Assuming that it would cost a FORTUNE to replace all of your equipment that in the past processed baked goods with nuts / peanuts (?), can you please tell us the process that took place to avoid cross contamination issues from equipment during this transition?

ie: My child has anaphlactic peanut allergies and HAS had several reactions from Spectrum's Oil (I found out later that they bottle peanut oil), another brands pretzels (they also have a peanut butter filled pretzel) but it was not labeled as such, etc, etc...

He's had reactions from places who supposedly have scheduled days when they bake certain goods and claim to sterilize their equipment so we have to extra diligent to avoid cross contamination issues...

Lastly, I AM SOOOOO THANKFUL for your company to remove all peanuts & nut products from your line!!!! Our ENTIRE family now can start to enjoy your products which we've had to avoid for so long!! :-)

Anonymous said...

can you tell us what brand of chocolate chips you use in your chocolate chip muffins please? ( to ensure that they are safe) thanks!

JayB said...

As noted in the article, We've been peanut free for several years. (long enough that I can't remember when we did it)

The only line that used nuts (almonds only) was a single cookie line and it was thoroughly cleaned on the switch over date. We did not alternate between nut contain and nut free batches or anything like that. Once we stopped, we cleaned and began our new nut-free life as a company.

JayB said...

We don't reveal our supplier sources and in this case it wouldn't matter as they don't sell to the general public as a "brand". I can say however that all they produce is raw chocolate products and they operate a nut free facility.