Over the past few months I have watched the gluten free world explode. Working in the industry its clear that the demand is growing daily. The public is starting to understand that gluten issues are not a trend but a growing need. As the demand grows the product selection and quality of gluten free items is growing.
For a long time we had been forced to buy our gluten free goods from heath food stores or online but that is changing quickly. Most common stores have at least a few options. I was recently ask by Giant grocery chain to come in and review the changes they have made in terms of the gluten free selection.
Giant is normally my grocery store of choice and I have seen a wonderful increase over the past 12 months. I went to visit a store in Flourtown PA that I have never been in. I was greeted by a wonderful nutritionist. She explained that she see’s the need for good gluten free products and education growing everyday. Her job is to partly fill that gap. Helping customers get the correct information and advise them about products offered. She explained that she holds regular classes and even offers product sampling.
Most grocery stores have a small section with gf snacks, cracker, cereal and mixes. Giant goes well beyond that. They had a huge aisle with a bit of everything and tons I have never seen. Followed by a large freezer section with everything from breads to complete meals. I must admit I felt like a kid in a candy store. I could not wait to start shopping.
A common grocery store with a huge selection, well educated staff and support groups is a tremendous find. I was truly impressed. I just hope other large chain grocery stores will follow suite.
Thank you Giant for outstanding effort.
Check out a few upcoming classes and more info below:
Gluten-Free Tasting – Wednesday, May 28 from 1 – 2 p.m. & 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Montgomeryville GIANT, 1201 Knapp Road in North Wales
Gluten-Free Summertime Picnics – Thursday, June 19 from 1 – 2 p.m. & 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Willow Grove GIANT, 315 York Road
For more information or to register for any of these classes, please visit giantfoodstores.com/healthyideas ormartinsfoods.com/healthyideas or call your local GIANT/MARTIN’S store.