Our local Tesco (Flitwick) just had a refit. They squeezed in some more shelves (of junk), but somehow managed to reduce their free from section. Infuriating! When I was at the Allergy Show a few months ago, I met the Tesco people and they were busy showcasing all their new products and said they were launching a bigger range – but where are they? They did say that some were still in test, so why keep advertising them in their magazine?
Also, earlier in the year I contacted Humdinger Foods about the disappearance of their Dairy Free Chocolate Buttons.
They said they had been delisted by Tesco because they were bringing their own chocolates out. A few weeks later Humdinger contacted me again and said that Tesco had changed their mind. Yet, not only have the Dairy Free brand failed to return, but our local Tesco has topped selling dairy free chocolate altogether! Has anyone seen either lately?
Even Waitrose(Ampthill) seems to be reducing their dairy free range. The gluten free seems to be holding its own, but apart from a handful of packs of Moo Free chocolate drops the dairy free confectionary has all but disappeared. They also used to stock our favourite dairy free biscuits but I haven’t seen them for ages.
We have a large Asda and Sainsbury’s about a 20 minute drive away (Milton Keynes), and these usually both stock a much more impressive selection. But sometimes, I prefer to shop online with those stores. I just don’t have the time to drag myself all the way over there and run the risk of the product I am looking for being out of stock, because even though they have the most shelf space, they seem to sell out of our key items, like the bread and chocolate. However, it seems that Sainsbury’s does not stock as much online as they do in store.
The last online order I placed with them was very disappointing. Most of my free from ‘usuals’ were showing up as out of stock and so I didn’t end up getting very much at all. So what is the solution? And more importantly why is this happening? You would think that from the insane amounts they charge for these items, that they are more valuable to them and would be more widely available and promoted.
So, for the moment it looks like I will have to buy my dairy free chocolates online. Good job I have discovered Love Lactose Free Life. lovelactosefreelife.co.uk/
This lovely lady has set up a website selling a lovely range of dairy free ‘goodies’. Chocolate for grown ups such as Booja Booja and Mulu, and the lovely Moo Free range for the little ones. Although I love those too and think the chocolate drops are great for baking with – the perfect ingredient for a chocolate chip cookie. So if you are like me and struggling to find your favourite goodies why not give this website a try. It has been set up by ‘one of us’ (a lactose intolerant lady) and I think we should all support her.