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Freed's Bakery - U.S. - Nut Free Cupcakes - (Read 4,518 Times)
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Post Icon Posted: Dec 7th, 2008 at 12:16 pm

I just purchased some mini cupcakes from my local Fry's grocery store that state they are 'made in a nut free facility'. Freed's Bakery is the manufacturer and per their website it looks like they sell to grocery stores throughout the country. Their website didn't have any information on this 'nut free' claim so I just sent them an email asking for more specifics, such as, if the ingredients are also purchased from nut free vendors, etc. Has anyone purchased these cupcakes before and have any more info? I am pretty skeptical since I've never seen a 'Nut Free' bakery item in the US that I didn't have to order over the internet before but I would love to have a safe commercial cupcake for when I can't talk my son's class into food free birthday celebrations!

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Post Icon Posted: Dec 8th, 2008 at 12:05 pm

I just got off the phone with Freed's bakery. In Feb. of 08 the made the decision to stop making banana nut muffins and they became a nut free facility. The mini cupcakes are made in a nut free facility and not only that, they have contacted their suppliers and require that the wheat, sugar, etc. all come from a nut free facility!

I asked and in my area they sell them at Walmart, and they are in contact with Giant Eagle, one of the local grocery store chains, to try and get them to carry them.

For my family, this is HUGE!!!


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FREED’S BAKERY, LLC
299 Pepsi Road
Manchester, NH 03109
Office number: (603) 627-7746
Fax number: (603) 626-4558

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Post Icon Posted: Dec 8th, 2008 at 12:07 pm

This is the response I just received from them. I have seen these cupcakes at Walmart and Fry's in Arizona and while they aren't the best I've ever had, they are pretty good, especially since I didn't have to cook them:

We changed our facility to Nut Free in February of this year, and the response from customers across the country has been unbelievably positive.
All of our cupcakes are nut free, and all of our raw materials come from nut free suppliers.
We do make full size cupcakes and sell to many customers across the country, but at this time Fry's only purchases our Mini Cupcakes, although we would love to also have them carry our full size. In the interim, I hope the Mini size is just perfect for his pre-school.
Thank you again for your kind words and for purchasing our product.
If there is anything else I can help with, please feel free to let me know.
Thanks,
Ed Cassidy

Ed Cassidy
VP Sales and Marketing
FREEDS BAKERY LLC
GRANNY'S KITCHENS LLC
299 Pepsi Road
Manchester, NH 03109
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Post Icon Posted: Dec 8th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Thank you for starting this thread Lmom! I would not have ever looked at them if you had not.

I am so excited!

BTW I spoke to Ed Cassidy when I called.
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Post Icon Posted: Dec 8th, 2008 at 12:26 pm

wow. this is great news! Thanks for this good information. I will try to find them here.

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Post Icon Posted: Dec 9th, 2008 at 01:55 am

Oh how exciting! We are supposed to be getting a walmart supercenter some time next year. I hope they have these!
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Post Icon Posted: Dec 9th, 2008 at 09:53 am

I called yesterday and they told me I could find them at Stop-n-Shop & Market Basket (NH/MA). I was at Stop-n-Shop today and the only packaged cupcakes I saw were the ones from the store bakery. Are the cupcakes labeled by the store or do they have the Freed's label?

I didn't have time to ask anyone at the store to help me. I'll look into it further next time I am at the store.
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Post Icon Posted: Dec 9th, 2008 at 03:07 pm

The ones I bought from Fry's had the Freed's Bakery label on it, but the ones I bought from Walmart had a 'distributed by Walmart' label on it and other Walmart information. I don't have the Walmart container anymore or I'd give you that information.
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Post Icon Posted: Dec 10th, 2008 at 10:17 am

I got a package at WalMart today. I checked with the bakery first, and when the first clerk did not know if they were from Freed's Bakery. Then I spoke to the manager, they pulled out the shipping boxes and showed me they were from Freed's Bakery. There were 2 different looking labels, but they both said made in a nut free facility. Distriuted by Wal-Mart stores, Inc. Bentonville, AR 72716. The ones I purchased say THE BAKERY at Walmart chocolate mini cupcakes with buttercreme icing. The use by date says, use or freeze by, so I will put a few in the freezer to see how they are after being frozen (or refrozen).

The bakery manager gave me a good tip. Just because my Wal-Mart in W. Pennsylvania carries Freed's Bakery mini cup cakes does not mean that a Wal-Mart in Colorado or anywhere else carries the same mini cup cakes. Another reminder that we need to read labels, all the time, everytime. I did ask if the one in the next town over would carry Freed's and he said yes.
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Post Icon Posted: Dec 29th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

Shaw's in Goffstown,NH has Freed's corn, blueberry & cranberry muffins.
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Post Icon Posted: Dec 30th, 2008 at 11:53 am

I am so excited about the possibility of buying frosted cupcakes right down the street, and yet I feel really uncomfortable about buying food in a package with a generic supermarket bakery label saying "Made in a facility that processes peanuts, tree nuts...". I can't bring myself to do it. The fact that the allergen warning is on there disturbs me and I am hoping Freed's or the supermarkets will change the labeling to reflect the nut-free status of the bakery.

I live in Mass. and the nearest supermarket is Shaw's. Does anyone else still see those allergen warnings on the Freed's cupcakes at other supermarkets? Thanks!
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Post Icon Posted: Dec 30th, 2008 at 01:56 pm

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The Freeds ones all say 'Made in a Nut Free facility' from Walmart, even with the store brand label on it. Like the ones I bought at Walmart and posted about earlier.

I suggest calling the VP of Sales and Marketing. He was very nice and answered all of my questions completely.

http://www.freedsbakery.org/contact.htm

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Post Icon Posted: Dec 30th, 2008 at 02:06 pm

I spoke with the VP Marketing a week or so ago, and he was excellent, very reassuring on the phone. It's the labels on the packages sold at supermarkets here that concern me. They say the exact opposite of what he said.

Let me make sure I understand--Do you mean the individual packages on the shelves have a label that says nut-fee and Freed's bakery? That would be great. Maybe it varies from one supermarket to another.

I may have misread your earlier remark--I thought you meant that the shipping box/case containing the cupcake packages bore the words "nut-free" and "Freed's Bakery".

Thanks for your help!

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Post Icon Posted: Dec 30th, 2008 at 02:32 pm

The labels say nut free and are labeled THE BAKERY at Walmart, which is why I questioned if they were Freeds. That is when they showed me the shipping boxes.

The way you described the labeling at your local store would be concerning to me too. I would call back and let Freed's know that the labeling for your Grocery store is concerning. It would be interesting to here the response.
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Post Icon Posted: Dec 30th, 2008 at 02:41 pm

Cristym, thanks so much for all the info, and for replying so quickly!

I left a message last week at Freed's, and sent an email earlier today to see what could be done. I also am writing to the nearby supermarket chain here (Shaw's). Having a label that says "manufactured in nut-free facility" would be fantastic, especially since the current labels here say "made in a facility that uses peanuts, tree nuts..."!

I'll let you know what the response is. It'd be such a wonderful convenience to be able to buy safe cupcakes so easily.
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