Find Out Why Sodexo™ Trusts AllerTrain™ for Gluten-Free/Allergen Training

Over 5% of the American population now struggles with some sort of food allergy. This means every one of you knows someone afflicted with food allergies. If you are a food-service professional, we can practically guarantee you are in contact with allergic diners every day. It is more important now than ever for you to provide proper training and resources to your team so you can thrive as a business. We talked with Beth Winthrop, National Wellness Director for Campus Services for Sodexo, about this issue recently. On a weekly basis, Beth educates Sodexo managers across the country to ensure … Continue reading

Don’t Miss These DIY Gluten-Free Dog Treats

While AllerTrain does focus on human dietary needs, we care about the pets out there, too! And believe it or not, pets can have gluten intolerances! So, this very special post is for all of the animal lovers out there! These DIY gluten-free dog treats are great for dogs with or without gluten issues, and I promise you— your dog will love them! These delightful little snacks have been doggie tested and approved, as I just couldn’t stop myself from making a batch for the dog in my life. The tinsy tiniest most bitsyest, Bitsy for short, enjoyed a treat … Continue reading

One Mom Details Why Moms Should Care About Food Allergies

By: Kristi Ertel Culinary landmines. That’s comes to my mind when I think of dining out. Christian, my food allergic son, loves all things “normal,” just like a typical five year old. We have learned to love gluten- free pizza, corn- free/gluten- free tacos, soy- free pastries, SunButter desserts and nut-free toppings at the local frozen yogurt bar. Locally, we know the cashiers at the ice cream parlor who know exactly what ice cream machines are “Christian approved.” A food allergy diagnosis tends to shake up your world in a way that many simply do not understand. In my journey … Continue reading

Do the Words “Food Allergy” Scare You? They Shouldn’t.

If you keep up with restaurant news, you may have noticed the recent onslaught of stories about food allergies. Their increasing prevalence, their potential deadliness, and the litigation that ensues after a terrible incident occurs. All of this can leave restaurant owners and general managers feeling trepidatious and vulnerable, especially when a diner comes in and declares a food allergy. How secure do you feel when you hear those two little, yet serious, words? Want some assurance? Get training! While it’s true that most states don’t currently require restaurant staff to receive training on how to safely serve food-allergic diners … Continue reading

You Can Be Confident in Glory Days Grill Food Allergy Training

*photo from www.glorydaysgrill.com   The only thing more important than the food you serve are the customers you serve, and we love highlighting when companies recognize their customers’ health matters. When there are so many options for you to choose from, you can be confident in Glory Days Grill food allergy awareness.    Glory Days Grill provides some of the best food for families and sports lovers along the East Coast and it is evident that the health and well-being of their customers is one of their core values. It takes work for a company to cater their menus and training to … Continue reading

First Time at College? Is your school AllerTrained?

Is your school AllerTrained? Food Allergy Training for all College and University Staff! Although college is an exciting time in life, sending your kids to college with allergies can be very scary. As if dining halls weren’t already the most intimidating social settings, being worried about if your food is handled safely or not only adds to the already nerve-racking situation. But, colleges and universities can ease the transition into higher education by ensuring that dining areas are safe from food-allergy related incidents occurring. By completing MenuTrinfo’s AllerTrain U course, colleges and universities can be trained on proper practices for … Continue reading

AllerTrain RA™ – A New Class for Resident Advisers!

  Campus Resident Advisers play an extremely important role in shaping the college experience for students. From being a role model to incoming students to organizing fun activities for dorm residents, RA’s are involved in many facets of student life. Among the many responsibilities, one of the core duties that Resident Advisers are tasked with is ensuring the safety of the students on their floor. With 1 in 13 students of school age having at least one food allergy, the likelihood that a campus RA will have a student on their floor with a food allergy is very high and … Continue reading

Added Sugars Debate Not So Sweet

When the FDA announced plans for updated nutrition facts panels in March of 2014, a number of alterations were proposed. Updated serving sizes, changes to font size and layout, and altering mandatory vitamin and mineral placement are just a few examples of the changes. However, no proposed edit has caused quite as much controversy as the introduction of added sugars. Both opposing and supporting sides have been very vocal with their opinions, and the FDA has extended the comment period to hear out both arguments. Pros: One of the biggest proponents of labeling added sugars and their percent daily value … Continue reading

Keep Up with Changing Diner Industry

As times change, so does the typical consumer. And as much as we cringe to admit, those that are currently driving the marketplace (Millennials and Generation Z), are demanding for transparency and authenticity when it comes to the foods they eat. According to a study titled the “Top 5 Future Eating Trends Worth Watching,” conducted by foodservice consulting firm NPD Group, these generations of consumers will be the cause of consumption growth in the areas of fresh ingredients and healthier meal preparations.  “We have seen this strong trend in first identifying allergens, then GMO’s and now it has made a … Continue reading

Why You Should Be Training on an On-Going Basis

Chances are, if you work in the food service industry, you’ve come into contact with a customer with a severe food allergy. Food allergies are increasingly becoming more and more common among Americans. While many restaurants provide their staff with education on safe handling practices for food allergies upon hire, continued instruction and monthly training could be the difference between life or death for a patron with severe food allergies. Severe food allergic reactions can result in a life-threatening condition known as anaphylaxis. According to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), hospitalizations from severe reactions occur 200,000 times a year, … Continue reading

Top 5 Ways Food Allergies are Impacting your Restaurant

If you have spent any time in the food-service industry, then chances are you have had at least one interaction with a food allergic diner. Food allergies are on the rise in America, which means restaurants are needing to accommodate more and more special dietary requests. This can have a huge impact on your bottom dollar. Here are the top 5 ways food allergies are impacting your restaurant:   Lawsuits –Diners expect a safe experience when they choose to spend their time and money eating away from their homes. Lawsuits over the improper handling of special dietary needs have made … Continue reading

Here are the Hottest 2016 Culinary Trends

After surveying leading chefs in the foodservice industry, the National Restaurant Association has released this year’s 2016 Culinary Trends Forecast foreshadowing the trends we may become accustomed to in 2016. From appetizers to desserts, the review can provide great insight toward targeting your menu for the New Year. Here are the Top 20 Food Trends on the list: Locally sourced meats and seafood Chef-driven fast-casual concepts Locally grown produce Hyper-local sourcing Natural ingredients/minimally processed food Environmental sustainability Healthful kids’ meals New cuts of meat Sustainable seafood House-made/artisan ice cream Ethnic condiments/spices Authentic ethnic cuisine Farm/estate branded items Artisan butchery Ancient … Continue reading

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