Good news for kids with food allergies in the Finger Lakes and beyond this year!
Wegmans listened to customers last year asking for an easy way to identify common allergens in popular candy for Halloween, and this year, they’ve unveiled a nifty way to do so. The seasonal candy aisle will display signs directing shoppers to an online chart of information about gluten and major allergens such as nuts, dairy, egg, and soy found in common holiday candy. The chart is available here, and can also be printed out at the Wegmans customer service desk.
Halloween candy and treats on the chart are listed by item description and UPC number. A “No” in the box means that item does not contain that allergen. Halloween candy is the target of this new initiative because parents are used to reading labels for regular foods they buy for their families, but when it comes to things they buy for others, they have more questions, according to Wegmans Corporate Nutrition and Product Labeling Manager Jane Andrews. She says it can be more tricky when buying something like Halloween candy, because it isn’t something people normally buy and are used to knowing what’s in it.
The chart features more than 30 traditional Halloween candies such as Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Dots, and Tootsie Rolls. Wegmans also included information for several year-round items like Wegmans Fruit Strips and Fruit Twists.
Information courtesy of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.