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Scotland embraces tech to raise allergy awareness
Edinburgh-based Vittoria – one of Scotland’s major restaurant groups – has rolled out new technology to help allergy sufferers dine out more safely.
The introduction of its new Kafoodle app, which will be used at all five of its Edinburgh outlets – Vittoria on The Walk, Vittoria on The Bridge, Divino Enoteca, La Favorita Pizzeria and Taste of Italy – coincides with Allergy Awareness Week, which runs between 24 and 30 April in a bid to highlight how allergies are on the rise.
The Vittoria Group is the first hospitality business in Scotland to announce its partnership with allergen compliance specialist Kafoodle and says it hopes to lead the way in making Scottish restaurants safer and more allergy-friendly.
According to the firm, nearly one in five people in the UK suffer from a food allergy or intolerance, making eating out a potentially life or death minefield of decision making.
Despite laws which were introduced in 2014 demanding restaurants and caters to be completely transparent about all their allergenic ingredients, one in four people last year were still reported to have suffered a reaction while dining out.
Kafoodle, which is supported by the Food Standards Agency, has been helping food service south of the border stay compliant through its Cloud-based technology since 2015. By working closely with hospitality professionalsit has created software which makes communicating allergen and nutritional information from kitchen staff to customers more seamless. Diners can also check exactly what ingredients are in their food, as well as its nutritional values, via the Kafoodle app before they even sit down to dine.
Owner Tony Crolla said: “I am delighted to see how Kafoodle has impacted on the business, and made dealing with customer requests far more efficient which can only be good for the customer, as well as the Vittoria Group.”
Spencer Wilson, Executive Group Chef for the Vittoria Group, said: “First and foremost, the Kafoodle system enables us to provide accurate information in response to the increasing requests from our customers for varied allergen information.
“The ability to do this is fantastic and progressive in itself, but it has become so much more than that too: The software has enabled me to comprehensively record all of my recipes and provide accurate costing information.”
Kim Antoniou, Co-founder of Kafoodle, added: “We are delighted to be launching Kafoodle into Scotland with The Vittoria Group and are working actively to help other businesses in the country to become compliant and give Scottish diners the confidence to be able to eat out safely.
“As both businesses and customers become more tech savvy, Kafoodle is an easy and logical way to help simplify what is currently a bit of a minefield for caterers and diners.”