Life with allergies is tough, in fact scrap that, it’s more than just tough, it can be a total pain in the arse (and quite literally sometimes!).
Mealtimes go from being a chore, to being a ‘chore’! It’s not a case of opening a cupboard and just pulling something out any more.
You have to plan ahead, prepare in advance, and be one step ahead of the game!
If there’s one thing that makes life a little easier when dealing with allergies, it’s building up a list of ‘safe products’ that you can buy straight off the shelf in a main supermarket. The everyday stuff, that you use constantly, and would take a long time to try to make yourself, or have to shop elsewhere (in a specialist retailer).
You know what I mean, the things that you would normally take for granted, such as:
Ah yes, the chocolate buttons – every parents key bribing tool! Let’s face it, there’s not a single parent out there that hasn’t resorted to bribing their child at some point. And if anyone says that they haven’t, I don’t believe it!! And if it’s true, how???!!
Be it to walk down the road without picking up every single little stone/ leaf/ bit of grass when you really need to be somewhere on time……! Or maybe teaching your little one how to potty train, and with every ‘hit’ rewarding them….! Or, simply to get 2 minutes peace to do what you need to do (go to the loo in private and not have a little one staring you down and giving you stage fright……)
Chocolate buttons are the staple of any household with little ones!
Last Easter, Callum’s Gram managed to get an abundance of special, safe chocolate buttons and bars for him. They were ‘Moo Free’ ones. He loved them, and was absolutely over the moon over his somewhat impressive haul!!
Imagine my delight when I found I was able to get them at our local Tesco. Bloody brilliant!
Remember what I just said about bribery, well, here was my bargaining tool for a calm shopping experience. Behave and no screaming/ shouting = one bag of moo free chocolate buttons to enjoy whilst mummy paid for all the shopping!
All was great for a short while, but then they became out of stock, and never seemed to be in stock when I shopped! Gutted isn’t the word!
So, imagine my shock and also horror at finding out the reason why this week. According to this article, Tesco hadn’t paid the bill for the suppliers of ‘Moo Free’ for more than 5 months! The company runs off its cash flow, and anyone with a small business will confirm, prompt payment of invoices is crucial to the survival of the business. It can literally cripple a business and force them into closure if they are unable to pay their own suppliers or staff due to other people’s negligent behaviour.
What a shame then, that a large company such as Tesco, were unable to pay their bill. With Tesco’s profits still at a significant level, the invoice would be short change to them. It doesn’t make sense!
As I’ve said before, the allergy market is becoming huge. Gluten free has been big business for the past few years, and now dairy, egg and nut free is becoming equally as huge.
Tesco have clearly been working hard to increase their ‘free from’ range, and whilst I’ve not been their biggest fan in the past, over the ‘may contain nuts’ fiasco, I have to give them their due. They are really picking up their game, and it’s refreshing to see the increase in choice.
What a shame then to spoil all that good work, by hurting the very suppliers they should be championing. The suppliers that are helping them to build a strong market within the allergy world.
Have a think Tesco, this could be very costly if it happens again!
And, one more thing, keep going ‘Moo Free’, you have one of your biggest fans in our house, and Callum would be utterly devastated if he was no longer able to have your fab produce!!