Food allergies affect millions of people across the globe in many different ways. While some traveler food allergies may result in a minor irritation if contact occurs, others can be more severe – and even fatal.
At your B&B it’s important to recognize the different dietary needs of all your guests and create a menu that is welcoming to everyone.
In the last several decades, the prevalence of food allergies has increased by more than 50%. According to Food Allergy Research & Education, approximately 15 million Americans have food allergies, with over 200,000 each year requiring emergency attention due to a reaction.
There are many, many more people worldwide who need to adhere to strict dietary requirements and, noting that food allergies are on the rise, it’s important B&B operators cater to every need.
Some of the most common food allergies include:
This includes milk and egg products
This particular allergy can be quite serious, and is increasing in startling numbers among children across the globe
This also includes products processed in a facility that contains wheat
Similar to wheat, individuals can be allergic to products with soy or products that have come into contact with soy
This can include fish, shellfish and crustaceans
In addition to these common food allergens, there are conditions such as Celiac disease, meaning some people require a gluten-free diet.
Here are four good measures you can take to make sure all guests are safe to eat at your B&B.
1. Always ask guests to list any dietary requirements during the booking process
You can create a short and simple booking form that encourages direct bookings, while also listing an optional section where guests can address their dietary requirements. This will help travelers with food allergies to feel more welcome and comfortable at your location, before they even arrive.
2. Eliminate common allergens from your regular menu
Peanuts and tree nuts, for example, are a very common food allergy among travelers. It can be easy to create a menu that does not include peanuts and tree nuts, and it would help protect the safety of all your guests. Since peanuts and tree nuts can be a severe contact allergy, it’s important to remove all traces of these items from the premises.
3. Design an allergy-friendly menu to offer your guests
It is always a good idea to have an alternative menu available featuring unique, local dishes which also accommodate for food allergies. This could include gluten-free, dairy-free and peanut-free items that will be delicious yet safe for those who are staying at your property.
4. Always offer to personalize the experience
In the event that the guests at your B&B have a dietary requirement that you have not yet accommodated, always be willing to go the extra mile to make their stay safe and enjoyable.
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