Do you have a favorite food allergy grocery store near you or online where you buy those hard-to-find specialty foods you need? There are only a handful of such stores around the U.S. I know of three brick and mortar stores which also sell online, and there are several online stores as well.
The pioneer food allergy store, Miss Roben's/Allergy Grocer, appears to have closed its doors and no other information about its future is available at this time. One thing is certain, individuals and families with food allergies and other restricted diets already have a difficult time accessing the foods they need. These specialty stores sell hard-to-find foods that often aren't available at neighborhood supermarkets. While specialty foods cost more due to higher quality ingredients and dedicated manufacturing facilities, they provide an irreplaceable convenience to us. Please try to support these specialty retail stores and manufacturers or they will not survive these tough economic times!
The closing of Miss Roben's should be a wake-up call to us. We need to make a special effort to support these food allergy conscious businesses. Many of these companies were founded by food allergic individuals and families. They understand the challenges of living with food allergies because they have experienced it themselves. For many of them, providing allergy friendly products is more than a business to them, it is a passion. When a food allergy conscious manufacturer or retailer closes its doors, it is a loss to the entire food allergy community.