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New Growth of Gluten Free Products at Grocery Stores

January 20th, 2011 at Thu, 20th, 2011 at 10:45 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
Have you noticed lately that there are so many new Gluten Free products at the grocery stores?
I am so excited to go grocery shopping these days! I especially love to go to PCC Natural Markets because they are officially the first Certified Gluten Free Retailer by GIGPCC carries about 2000 Gluten Free products in their 9 stores throughout Seattle. They do a great job with signage, specifically the orange shelf tags means it is Gluten Free and special displays emphasizing Gluten Free products throughout their stores.  It took about 18 months for the certification process of training the staff about Gluten Intolerance, product identification and handling.  The PCC website is a great way to shop online prior to going into the store so that you can see what products they offer.  You can create a shopping list and either print it or email it.  I email it to myself and pull it up on my phone. It is really fun! You can also learn more about the local products and companies that they sell and get recipe ideas.

You can see the certification sign on the window at the front door and kiosks displayed throughout of all PCC Natural Markets.


I love that I can find all of my Organic local favorites like Oregon Growers jams and jellies! They make any Gluten Free scone, muffin or toast even more delicious!



Just about all of the grocery stores in my area are adding shelf space for new Gluten Free products such as King Arthur's new Gluten Free All Purpose Flour and mixes.  Another favorite that you can find is Chuckanut Bay Gluten Free Cheesecake in the freezer section and sometimes the deli or to-go areas of the markets. The cheesecakes come in a variety of flavors, I have only found the New York Style, in either single serve or larger for a family or party. If I could make a request to the stores ... please add the other flavors because they are awesome!
Additional stores in my area that have made a big difference are  Central Market, Town & Country Markets, Whole Foods Markets and even Safeway is expanding its shelf and freezer spaces to accommodate all the new Gluten Free products flooding the market .. it's about time!  Even the ethnic food companies are adding Gluten Free products as well as saying it on the labels, such as Thai Kitchen and Indian Kitchen.  You can find these and Boar's Head meats in places such as  Fred Meyer or Kroger Co. I think the biggest surprise has been Costco, which now offers an amazing selection of Gluten Free Columbus Meats in large 2 lb packages great for sandwiches or the salame and other Italian delicacies for anytime celebrations.  Costco also offers large bags of Flaxseed meal which is great to add to most baked goods, use as an egg replacer and in smoothies.  They also carry another favorite of mine,  Lundberg Brown Rice in the large bags which is really great.  I put it in a large container at home and make it at least once a week with vegetables for meatless Mondays.

What are some of your biggest surprises at your favorite grocery stores?
Please share your comments about some great finds in your area.


Finally ... our voices are being heard and we have more great foods to choose from at our grocery stores!  I think all of the grocery stores should follow the example of PCC Natural Markets and take the time to become certified by GIG so that their employees will be trained too!

Bravo to PCC Natural Markets and GIG!


Update - Jan. 27, 2011 - Finally found this article in Supermarket News - on Jan. 17, 2011 about PCC Natural Markets.  Giving Up Gluten by Julie Gallagher

Happy Shopping!
Lisa
glutenfreefoodie@gmail.com

Learning to live Gluten Free is a challenge. Gathering with like minded people while exchanging ideas, life experiences and gluten free food is more interesting! So I created, Gluten Free Foodies, to support people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerant and other Food Sensitive people by gathering at events and celebrating the foods that we can eat! Do you have a Gluten Free question you want the answer to? Feel free to send me an email at glutenfreefoodies@gmail.com Original blog - GlutenFreeFoodies.co After all, didn't Erma Bombeck once say ... "I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food."

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