WAKE UP BIG CHAINS

Hello Is anyone else surprised at how long it has taken the big chains to catch on to the Gluten free opportunities they are missing? My friend loves Costa and I meet her there once a week, there is literally one savoury GF choice a rather forgettable chicken wrap. In my opinion Morrison and Tesco have the best choice as far as supermarkets go. M&S are frankly way behind. I worked in the food industry for many years and I know many products could be made GF so celiacs and non celiacs could eat them.

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  • It's basic supply and demand unfortunately. Although we have an M and S food hall near us and they sell some good GF sandwiches, quiche, sausage rolls and scotch eggs.

    Things are improving though, the co-op 5 mins walk from where I live has a GF section, not big but adequate. 10 years ago couldn't find GF food anywhere, and there was a genuine need for prescriptions.

  • Perhaps it is just the smaller m&s stores. We are much luckier today, I agree but having worked in the food industry for a long time I still think they are missing a trick.

  • I agree - I am tired of going into coffee shops and being offered a flipping Brownie! I hate Brownies. Why can't they offer some nice shortbread and nice sandwiches?

  • Too true! I met some friends in Costa today and they didn't even have the one GF wrap they usually stock.

  • I just found at that Starbucks brownies are no longer gluten-free, so no need to ask for the wrapped ones from the fridge anymore.

  • M&S at least has a few choices, where Waitrose has one unpleasant egg roll! Mind you, I'm not ungrateful for that.

    M&S now seems to be unrolling a vast amount of "Made without wheat" stuff throughout the store, which looks great at first glance until you realise almost all of the options seem to have dextrose in...

  • Perhaps you can avoid the "chains"? Obviously it does depend on where you live. I have found one or two independent cafes that produce a good gluten-free choice of cakes etc. Your local coeliac group might have some suggestions.

  • I am wondering whether to start recommending cafes who do decent gluten free meals. They would only be relevant to the people in my area but if we all did it , it could be useful. I don't why they can't make their standard menues GF, my family eat the same meals as me apart from bread.

  • Good idea luv xx

  • You could try the Coeliac Map site.

    coeliacmap.com

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