Nussfreier Kuchenproduzent setzt auf AgraStrip® und den Service von Romer Labs für schnelle und kostengünstige Analysen vor Ort

Der Unternehmer Mike Woods gründete 2009 die Just Love Food Company als Reaktion auf die Probleme mit denen viele Eltern von Kindern mit Nussallergien konfrontiert sind: Wie soll man Kindergeburtstage und andere Feste mit Kuchen und Torten feiern, die sich auch Nuss-Allergiker schmecken lassen können?

Die Herausforderung

Um erfolgreich zu sein, musste die Just Love Food Company:

  • sicherstellen, dass ihre Produkte zu 100% frei von Nüssen sind,
  • ihre Produktlinie auch auf gluten- und laktosefreie Kuchen und Torten ausweiten,
  • die Kosten für analytische Tests in Dienstleistungslaboren durch eine In-House Lösung auf ein Minimum reduzieren und 
  • sicherstellen, dass durch schnelle In-House Testergebnisse die Produkte schneller auf den Markt kommen.

Die Lösung

Mit Hilfe von Romer Labs gelang es der Just Love Food Company

  • durch die Implementierung von AgraStrip® Testsystemen schnelle In-House Ergebnisse zu erhalten, 
  • das Allergenmanagement extern zu validieren, 
  • das Allergenmanagement so anzupassen, dass die Sicherheit von allen Zutaten und Produkten jeder einzelnen Charge garantiert werden kann.

Das Ergebnis

Die Just Love Food Company kann jetzt

  • Testergebnisse innerhalb von nur 10 Minuten direkt vor Ort ablesen und das zu einem Bruchteil der Kosten im Vergleich zu externen Analysen,
  • von den Vorteilen eines eigenen, voll ausgestatteten Allergen- Labor mit kontinuierlichen technischem Service bei CSS, ELISA-Validierung und Proben Verifizierungen profitieren,
  • bestätigen, dass all ihre Produkte zu 100% frei von Nüssen sind und
  • gestärkt in ihrem Handeln nun auch gluten- und laktosefreie Produkte auf den Markt bringen.

“With AgraStrip® and Romer Labs, we can reliably confirm on-site that our products are 100% nut-free, all at a fraction of the time and cost of external testing solutions. Now we have the confidence to help those suffering from other allergies as well by producing gluten-free and dairy-free cakes.”

Mike Woods, the Founder of Just Love Food Company, tells his story…

The Challenge

“May contain nuts.” When we learned that one of our daughters, and then our son, had severe nut allergies, we had no way of knowing how much this label warning would impact our lives when it came to family celebrations such as birthdays and holidays. In founding the Just Love Food Company, I wanted to help parents who, like us, needed to be sure that the cakes they were serving their children were 100% free of nuts. This meant we needed a verified program for testing for nut allergens in all incoming ingredients and outgoing products. Here, external testing labs weren’t much help: the waiting times were long – up to 10 days, which is a third of a cake’s shelf life – and the costs were horrendous. Their rapid testing options weren’t much better: 3 days of waiting at twice the cost.

The Solution

Romer Labs came to our production facility and trained our experts on-site with AgraStrip®, allowing us to customize and manage our testing program internally. With 16 different types of cake, our business is relatively small. All the same, AgraStrip® enables to scale up our testing so we can verify that every single batch we make is 100% nut-free. We were also able to have our testing program validated externally to the minimum level detected.

The Outcome

For us, the confidence that our customers have in any cake that comes from Just Love Food is the greatest reward. It also gives us peace of mind to know we can rely on technical support and the expertise of a comprehensive allergen lab whenever we need it. Services such as the check sample survey, ELISA validation and sample verification have proved invaluable for us in keeping our nut safe promise. We’re also faster now; instead of waiting for 10 days, we now only have to wait for about 10 minutes at a fraction of the cost of external testing. This frees up resources and gives us the confidence to help other allergy sufferers by expanding our product lines to include gluten-free and dairy-free cakes.

Mike Woods has spent over 20 years in the food industry. Beginning as a management accountant at RF Brookes Ltd. in Leicester, he became managing director of Avana Bakeries, a major supplier of celebration cakes to Marks & Spencer in 1999. Ten years later, he founded the Just Love Food Company, which brings 100% nut-free cakes to stores across the UK.