Shopping for allergies and special diets can be more difficult, which is why we aim to help our customers find foods which are suitable for their diets through clear allergen and ingredient labelling.
There will be some changes to allergen information displayed on our products in the coming months and you may begin to notice these across our stores. These changes are due to new European laws for food and drink labelling. It will take a few months to change all our labels, so you may see both old and new labels in store for a period of time.
We label the following allergens on food and drink products:
Milk, gluten, fish, molluscs, crustaceans, eggs, celery, mustard, soya, sulphites, lupin, sesame, peanuts and nuts.
If any of the above allergens are present in our products as ingredients they will be found in bold in the ingredients list.
Where there is a risk of cross contamination with any of these allergens an additional statement will appear in the blue box stating 'Not suitable for X allergy sufferers due to manufacturing methods'.
It is best to always check the ingredients list before purchasing to help identify whether foods are suitable for your diet.
New European laws on food labelling no longer allow the use of the term 'shellfish'. Instead, shellfish must be separated into their relevant type; crustacean or mollusc.
For products containing nuts, the type of nut will be listed in the ingredients list and the logo 'Not suitable for nut allergy suffers' will be applied to the pack.
Our nut allergen labelling includes any nut from the list below as defined by EU legislation:
Almonds, Peanuts, Brazil Nuts, Cashew nuts, Filberts (Hazelnuts), Macadamia Nuts, Pecans, Pistachio Nuts, Walnuts and all cold pressed nut oils.
Coconut, Water chestnuts and pine kernels are not currently considered as 'nuts' under EU legislation so, if present, they will be clearly declared in the ingredients list but they will not be bolded.
We offer a selection of gluten free products, all tested to less than 20 parts per million (ppm) and labelled with our gluten free icon - including our 'Made Without Wheat' range of gluten free bread, cakes, sandwiches and sweet treats. You'll also find the gluten free logo on products across our stores which have been developed to be free from gluten including flour, sausages, stuffing and crisp bakes.
From time to time we change our recipes to improve quality and flavour. This can be done in a number of ways including adding new ingredients or, on rare occasions, we may change the location of where we manufacture our foods - which may alter the allergen status of a product.
To ensure our customers are aware of allergen changes to our foods, we use our 'Allergy Update' logo on the front of pack. This highlights the need to double check the back of pack ingredients list to make sure the food is still suitable before purchasing.
Within our Cafes, Deli bars and Restaurants we make and bake a large amount of products. Due to this unfortunately, we cannot guarantee any product is free from allergens due to potential cross contamination risks from product, people and the environment. More information is available on each product in store
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