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Woo Hoo Woo Hoo Hoo!!!

I am so happy happy happy, and I knew y'all would appreciate my feeling. I just came from the local Kroger; AND I was just told that they are about to greatly expand the gluten-free section!!! The gluten-free foods they stock has already grown rapidly even just since I was diagnosed a couple of mos ago. Let me say it again....Woo hoo woo hoo hoo!

In their "natural foods" dept they have lots of gluten-free....Bob's Red Mill, Pamela's, Amy's, Annies, etc. and they're expanding?!?! The dept mgr said they can't keep it stocked and will be adding more inventory of what they carry but will also be expanding the variety.

For my finale....

Woo Hoo Woo Hoo Hoo!!

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Thats great! Can you convince mine to do the same??? :D;)

No kidding! My Kroger doesn't carry any gluten-free food! I think they could take some tips from that Kroger! :P

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No kidding! My Kroger doesn't carry any gluten-free food! I think they could take some tips from that Kroger! :P

Oh mines somewhat good, meaning hte 3 or 4 items we buy regularly they have, and they have some of the more popular flours. Maybe 6 feet totla of gluten-free stuff on 1/2 hieght shevling.

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This just inspired me to write a letter to Krogers! Our store is pretty small, but I don't know why they couldn't at least carry rice flour and some gluten-free crackers or something! :D I'll let you know if it does any good to complain about it :P

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This just inspired me to write a letter to Krogers! Our store is pretty small, but I don't know why they couldn't at least carry rice flour and some gluten-free crackers or something! :D I'll let you know if it does any good to complain about it :P

If it does, I'll send you my kroger's address :D;)B)

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I got a response back this morning! I just went to Kroger.com and wrote an e-mail to the corporate offices. Here is what I wrote:

To whom it may concern,

I have a condition called Celiac disease that affects one out of every 133 people in the United States. It is an auto-immune disorder that can only be controlled by a very strict life-long gluten-free diet. There are

very few processed and pre-packaged foods that I am allowed to eat. It is difficult to prepare my daily meals, but not impossible. However, having a few gluten-free staples available makes it much easier. I know that some of your stores offer gluten-free items, but as of this point the Kroger in Effingham, Il does not. Is there any possibility that they will start carrying these items as well? Is there anyting I can do to bring this need to the attention of the buyers for this particular market? Thank you for your time.

This is what I got back:

Dear Ms. Gilsinger:

Thank you for contacting Kroger regarding the availability of gluten free items. Your request has been forwarded to

the regional office for follow up.

We appreciate your inquiry and will do our best to assist with your request.

Sincerely,

Alyson Jabrocki

Consumer Affairs

I guess it's not a promise of a cornacopia of gluten-free food....but at least they are doing something with my letter!

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I used to work at a grocery store. For a chain to make a 1% profit, all the stores in that chain have to make a 3% profit because of the high overhead and it's a labor intensive industry. You would think that with slim profit margins, stores would love to expand their gluten-free section, because that is a niche that has been growing at 19% or more each year as opposed to other sections that have a more or less flat growth. I haven't read a grocery industry mag for years, but I'm sure any time a store can expand just in one area and have a built in set of buyers, they would go for it. After all, there is always a sugar free, diabetic section in each store. We just the same, only not as well known or organized yet.

Annette

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My grocery store (Basha's in Gold Canyon) just revamped their health food section. They even added a freezer section. They are now carrying more items and I was able to pick up a few gluten-free things from the freezer. I am going to have to go over my Wholefood's list before I go there and see what I can now buy at my grocery store. It is important that I buy as much as I can at my store. The more that is sold there, the more they will stock.

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It is important that I buy as much as I can at my store. The more that is sold there, the more they will stock.

I agree with you. Even if I'm at Whole Foods, I won't buy something that I can get at my regular market -- I want to give my regular market as much encouragement as possible!

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Sorry I posted and vanished....a mini-icestorm here in the Mid-South knocked out my internet for awhile.

I am fortunate, I have been to Kroger in nearby towns and either they have no gluten-free or the 6ft 1/2 high section that Vincent talked about. Our Kroger (small town) has shelves and shelves and freezer rows of the items I mentioned earlier in the "Natural Foods" dept.

Thats great! Can you convince mine to do the same??? :D;)

You may be able to help yourself with this. Here's what I mean....

The Natural Foods Dept. Mgr at our store said he would be glad to try to get in specific foods that I want, but that even more effective would be for me to call 1.800.KROGERS (with an S). He said that if a customer requests an item in a specific store that they bend over backwards to get that item for them. He said otherwise, sometimes when a dept mgr requests an item, sometimes they're able to get it, but not always. Anyway, he was very nice and took my information. He said he would do his best. He said that if Kroger could get my request into that market, he was certain it would happen between his request and my phone call. This guy was even familiar with gluten free needs!!! He said, "And now it's not just wheat, right? You can't have rye, and barley, and isn't there something else?" I almost fainted in the aisle!" Obviously others had been talking to him, but he had obviously been listening!

So, I'm working on a list of what I want: specific pamela's mixes, Lundgren Farm's Drink Rice, etc. (Our store carries some Lundgren Farms and some Pamela's but looking for other products by these companies, etc.)

Heck, while I'm at it, I'm going to attempt Kinnikinnick. Don't know if they can, but we'll see.

One thing that has obviously helped me is that while I live in a small town (pop 10,000) the University of Mississippi (Go Rebels!) is located here and adds another 10,000. We're not your typical small MS town. The dept. mgr said he has one other Celiac buying from him that he knows of, but also some clientele that believes a gluten-free diet is healthier for them.

Alright, I'll keep you posted. Best of luck in your gluten-free food pursuit. Give 1.800.KROGERS a call.

OH MY GOSH!!! As I am typing this, WREG the Memphis tv station on which I'm watching news just did a blurb on the McD FF wheat/dairy fiasco!! According to the reporter suits have been filed in 3 states. PLEASE, PLEASE dont' quote me on which states, the volume was kinda low, but I think she said MN, IL, and FL. This belongs in another post. Let's not confuse Kroger and McD ;)

Ok, well, that's enough news for one post.

LATER EDIT

Regarding the McD "OH MY GOSH" paragraph. Thought that was new news (since I've been internet-less for a bit). I see it's already been discussed in other threads. I agree with other postings. I hope these suits don't back-fire on us all.

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Well if htey would carry some Enjoy LIfe and some Kinikiniick stuff I would be set. Esply if they got the gluten-free chicken nuggets, might never have to go back to Wild oats! :|

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Esply if they got the gluten-free chicken nuggets, might never have to go back to Wild oats! :|

Which chicken nuggets would these be?

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From CNN, information on the three lawsuits mentioned earlier in this thread:

McDonald's sued over fries ingredients

Find this article at: http://us.cnn.com/2006/LAW/02/19/fries.suits.ap/index.html

Amazingly:

Nadia Sugich of Los Angeles sued Wednesday, saying she eats no animal products and would not have eaten the fries had she known they contained dairy ingredients.

No animal products, huh? What part of "contains beef" didn't she understand? That statement has been in the French fry ingredient list for years, at least since 2001. If the report is accurate, that one is going nowhere.

Sad news for all of us.

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Just an update....I went into our Krogers yesterday and talked to the manager about carrying gluten-free products in the future. She was REALLY nice and so helpful it actually caught me off-guard! She said that someone else had been in the last few weeks and asked her the same question! Then she asked me what I wanted for them to carry and took down a list of products and brand names that I liked! She said she would call her supplier and see and then would give me a call to let me know what he said! While I was there, three of the cashiers came over and joined the conversation. One of the cashier's brother-in-laws has Celiac disease and was really curious about celiac disease in general and thought it was a great idea to start carrying gluten-free products! I'm so excited about this! I wish I had known she was going to ask me about specific products! I keep thinking about new things I should have mentioned :P

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Great news about Kroger! Recently, I e-mailed Acme about a product's gluten-free status. A few days later, I got a call from a co rep. who answered my question and then told me he was a fellow Celiac! We chatted a few minutes--he's from the Philadelphia area, so he was not too far from me. I told him I was so happy that the small Acme in my town has begun carrying some gluten-free foods. He told me that this was just the beginning--that they will be expanding their gluten-free area. So Acme shoppers take heart, too :D

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Just an update....I went into our Krogers yesterday and talked to the manager about carrying gluten-free products in the future. She was REALLY nice and so helpful it actually caught me off-guard! She said that someone else had been in the last few weeks and asked her the same question! Then she asked me what I wanted for them to carry and took down a list of products and brand names that I liked! She said she would call her supplier and see and then would give me a call to let me know what he said! While I was there, three of the cashiers came over and joined the conversation. One of the cashier's brother-in-laws has Celiac disease and was really curious about celiac disease in general and thought it was a great idea to start carrying gluten-free products! I'm so excited about this! I wish I had known she was going to ask me about specific products! I keep thinking about new things I should have mentioned :P

Man can you fly out my way for a day and talk to my Kroger? :)

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Man can you fly out my way for a day and talk to my Kroger? :)

Sure thing! Do you live somewhere sunny and warm?? I could use a vacation!! :P

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Alright I finally made my call to 1.800.KROGERS I had to work my way through a number of automated menus to finally get a real person, but it wasn't too terribly bad. AND, the customer service rep was familiar with Celiac (ok, so how many of y'all have called????). She confirmed the addition of a new set of gluten-free foods in our store, and said that she'd make the push from corporate to get the foods I requested in our local store.

I'll let you know!

Sunny? Warm? Who here really is experiencing sunny and warm right now?

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