New York, NY (PRWEB) June 11, 2014
The publisher of the Safe Snack Guide, a resource relied upon by thousands of schools, camps, youth sports leagues and scouting groups nationwide to implement nut-free policies, is pleased to announce the newest member to join its Manufacturer Partnership.
Utz Quality Foods, based in Hanover Pennsylvania, is the largest privately held snack brand in the United States, marketing a variety of potato chips, pretzels and savory snacks with distribution ranging from Maine to Georgia. The firm manufactures over one million pounds of potato chips weekly, which it distributes throughout the East Coast.
“Utz recognizes the dangers of food allergies and anaphylaxis”, said Chuck Tullis, Vice President of Utz Brands. “We pride ourselves on the quality control measures we employ to limit the possibility for cross-contact of allergens in our manufacturing facilities. The SnackSafely.com program provides the perfect opportunity to showcase our commitment while introducing our products to the community of families coping with food allergies.
“We fully support greater disclosure of our manufacturing practices to help better inform consumers with severe food allergies. SnackSafely.com’s platform provides the best means for such disclosure, with provisions ranging from straightforward data collection to wide distribution via the Safe Snack Guide.”
Dave Bloom, CEO of SnackSafely.com, says: “We are pleased to welcome Utz to our growing partnership of manufacturers, all of which are committed to providing more information regarding the potential for allergen exposure than the FDA requires on the label.
“Utz is an iconic brand enjoyed and trusted by consumers since 1921. In partnering with us, we will extend that trust to the millions of consumers seeking products that are compatible with their specific allergen concerns.”
The SnackSafely.com platform provides a proprietary portal for manufacturers to disclose how 11 allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk soy, wheat fish, shellfish, gluten, sesame and mustard) are processed during the manufacture of their products. In return, qualifying products earn listings in the Safe Snack Guide and SnackSafely.com's upcoming app. The app allows individuals with multiple food allergies/intolerances to screen products based upon their dietary restrictions.
Joining the partnership is absolutely free as are listings in the Safe Snack Guide. Manufacturers employing responsible practices are encouraged to inquire at http://snacksafely.com/contact-us.
SnackSafely.com provides straightforward, actionable information to improve the lives of the 5.9 million children in the US suffering with food allergies. Their primary publication, the Safe Snack Guide, is downloaded over 30,000 times each month and is relied upon by tens of thousands of parents, teachers, and school nurses nationwide to help keep peanuts, tree nuts and eggs out of the classroom and the home.
About Utz Quality Foods
Utz Quality Foods Inc, a privately-owned and family managed company founded in 1921 and based in Hanover, PA manufacturers and markets snack foods throughout the United States and internationally. The company produces a full line of snack products including potato chips, pretzels, cheese snacks, corn products and popcorn. Utz has four manufacturing facilities in Hanover, with additional facilities in Louisiana, California, Massachusetts, and Wilkes-Barre, PA. Utz products are distributed nationally through grocery, mass-merchant, club stores, convenience stores, drug stores and other channels under the Utz, Bachman, Zapp’s, “Dirty”, Wachusett, Mystic, & California Chips brand names. For information about Utz or its products, visit http://www.utzsnacks.com or call 1-800-FOR-SNAX.