The growing prevalence of food allergies has changed how people shop says former WinnDixie COO Larry Appel now CEO of Skeeter Nut Free snacks Appel second from left is pictured with colleagues Mary Kellmanson Javier Retamar and Sharyla Robinson

The growing prevalence of food allergies has changed how people shop, says former Winn-Dixie COO Larry Appel, now CEO of Skeeter Nut Free snacks. Appel (second from left) is pictured with colleagues Mary Kellmanson, Javier Retamar and Sharyla Robinson.

Former Winn-Dixie executive tackling opportunity in nut allergies

Researchers don’t know for sure why incidence of food allergies are up in the United States — they only know for sure that they are.

According to a 2013 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011. Of the estimated 15 million people with food allergies, around 8% are children. According to the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) group, eight foods account for 90% of all food-aller

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