Having tree-nut and peanut allergies (TPAs) is hard. So is being a parent of a kid with these allergies.
Both of us have a child with TPAs. We founded Skeeter Snacks because we couldn’t find what we were looking for on store shelves. Why was it so hard for us to find nut-free snacks that our other kids would like too? And why do most nut-free snacks taste bad and cost so much? We wanted to change that.
TPAs are a serious problem. The number of kids directly affected has more than tripled over the past fifteen years and the rate of incidence is growing. Most kids who suffer from nut allergies will not outgrow them. Most often, the allergic reaction is in the form of rashes and other skin irritations, but it can also result in anaphylaxis an extreme, often life-threatening reaction and every person (or parent) dealing with this lives with that reality.
But this isn’t an issue limited to allergy sufferers and their immediate families. Today, the prevalence of these allergies is such that most classrooms and teams have at least one person with a TPA. This means that teachers, coaches, counselors and parents of non-allergic kids have to know how to be safe because at some point, and perhaps frequently, they will be providing snacks to a group containing at least someone with TPA. We make it easy to be safe by making great tasting snacks everyone will like that are CLEARLY LABELED as safe for those with tree-nut and peanut allergies.
How complete is our commitment to making nut-free snacks? Our facilities don’t even have nut products in the vending machines in the employee lounges! Whenever you see Skeeter, the squirrel who is allergic to nuts, holding his placard, you know that the product inside is delicious and nut-safe.
While there are other products available in the broadly-defined allergen and intolerance markets, we have focused exclusively TPAs. There are three reasons for this. First, nut allergies are the most lethal, most prevalent and fastest growing food allergies. Second, schools and institutions catering to kids are already way ahead of most consumer packaged goods companies in recognizing the importance of creating nut free zones. Finally, by focusing exclusively on TPAs we can produce products that taste great and are priced in line with main-aisle brands. We don’t want to have to buy separate snacks for our other kids who don’t have allergies, and we figure our customers feel the same way. It’s very important to us that we create products that non-allergic kids will love too because we want our snacks to be an inclusive experience.
Thanks for your interest in Skeeter! Get some snacks for the whole family, playgroup, team or class!
-Pete and Dave