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So my Dad complained to the manager of foods at wal-mart about the lack of gluten free foods and this is how he cold me the convo went:

My Dad (MD): Why does the one thing in this store that is supposedly gluten-free have wheat in it?

Guy: People with gluten intolerance and celiac can still eat wheat, just not as much.

MD: Um, no. People with Celiac and GI aren't supposed to consume ANY wheat products at all

Guy: Listen, they can still eat it, and I can't do anything to help you. BYE.

*face palm*

My Dad talked to the manager of the whole store and he promised to look into gluten-free food if there is a profit in it :P

*SIGH* I am NOT holding my breath, and still plan on going 50 miles away to get food....

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I went to my local Wal Mart in Nevada because everyone had been telling me how they bought their gluten free food there - HA!!! Spent about 20 minutes, didn't see a single thing labelled gluten free, left. Period. Wouldn't even bother asking.

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The walmarts and targets in the OP,KS area have a little bit of pasta, a couple of cereals, and a few things. Sometimes they are all together by the baking stuff and some are just mixed in. HyVee has lots of gluten-free stuff. I think you told me you come to the area sometimes. You may just have to stock up.

Your dad might want to see if he can email walmart coporate and tell them about the manager's behavior being very rude. They might not sell enough there of gluten-free foods to stock them but he didn't have to be so rude.

When your in town, I have a Lab rescue dog you could practice walking. ( Cooper made me type that) :)

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The walmarts and targets in the OP,KS area have a little bit of pasta, a couple of cereals, and a few things. Sometimes they are all together by the baking stuff and some are just mixed in. HyVee has lots of gluten-free stuff. I think you told me you come to the area sometimes. You may just have to stock up.

Your dad might want to see if he can email walmart coporate and tell them about the manager's behavior being very rude. They might not sell enough there of gluten-free foods to stock them but he didn't have to be so rude.

When your in town, I have a Lab rescue dog you could practice walking. ( Cooper made me type that) :)

Whose Cooper? :)

I actually used to baby-sit a service lab :) I really miss him...

I'm in the town 50 miles away several times a week cause I go to school there :)

But I'll be in KC sometime soon (can't remember what date :P)

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I went to my local Wal Mart in Nevada because everyone had been telling me how they bought their gluten free food there - HA!!! Spent about 20 minutes, didn't see a single thing labelled gluten free, left. Period. Wouldn't even bother asking.

For reals right! I buy some naturally gluten-free stuff there, like pizza sauce, fruits, meats, etc. I love my gluten-free grocery app :)

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How rude!

For others that can't find gluten-free at their Wal-Mart...ours is very odd. There's a gluten-free section in the aisle that has jelly, PB, salad dressings and bulk food items. It's not huge, but it does have some good items (Tinkyada pasta, Annie's mac & cheese, a couple of Pamela's cookies varieties, etc.). In addition, there are frozen items, but they seem to move around frequently and it always takes me forever to find where they've hidden them. They're all Amy's products. THEN, there are some other pastas in the regular pasta section, Betty Crocker mixes in the cake mix aisle, and the Pamela's chocolate chunk cookies are in the regular cookie aisle. Why in the world some cookies appear in the gluten-free section and others in the regular, I'll never know. Same with the pasta. And it's not like they're trying to cover their bases and put them in both places in case people can't find them because they're completely different products.

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Whose Cooper? :)

I actually used to baby-sit a service lab :) I really miss him...

I'm in the town 50 miles away several times a week cause I go to school there :)

But I'll be in KC sometime soon (can't remember what date :P)

Cooper is the dog. He isn't a service dog cause he is afraid of loud noises. Loves visiting at the nursing home tho.

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I'm In Boise, Idaho, and at two of the Walmarts here, the gluten0free section is on the end of the baking isle. One thing I've noticed, though-- they sell a variety of Bob's Red Mill Products, including a few that are NOT gluten free...muesli being the one i remember seeing. It's not labeled gluten-free, of course, but I think it's put there 'cuase that's the only place they have ANY BRM products. I did complain to one of the stores about that, and also the fact that that particular store had no gluten-free cold cereals (which doesn't make sense to me! The other Walmart here does). I sent an email a couple months ago to the store. They called me back, as far as the BRM, they would look into it, but might not be able to do much (I think/ hope that if they can't move the non- gluten-free items, they might at least clearly label them or something). As far as the cereal, they said it was the corporate office that deicded which stores get what items. (uuummm yeah, I just *love* that someone clear across the country decides what is sold here...). I think they said they would try contacting the corporate office about that (I should do that tooo! Just dealing with other stuff right now...).

i haven't been back in that store to see if they have made any changes.

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I shop at two local Wal-Mart supercenters, neither of which have a gluten-free aisle. I can buy Heartland gluten-free pasta, BC mixes (inc. gluten-free Bisquick), Chex cereals, Progresso soups, etc. And Amy's frozen foods (I don't go there!). Heck, they don't even carry Blue Diamond Nut Thins. So it must depend on the particular area you live.

Even in regular grocery stores here, gluten-free items are limited. Must be our small market area ??? sad.gif

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I won't hold my breath for Wal-mart. I don't go there as it is. When I was first diagnosed with celiacs, I was going to health food stores and paying an arm and a leg for my food, but didn't care. Wal-mart is too much about profit. I moved to a bigger city for college, and I struck gold cause the main grocery store I go to has a huge gluten free section.

I can't believe that guy said that though. Even I face palmed. I have a similar story though. On my way back to my hometown, there's an awesome gluten free bakery I stop at, it's right off the highway, and I went in to grab some bread and muffins, when I walked over to the freezer to get some gluten free lasagna, I hear these women say "I have no idea what the hell is wrong with people who eat gluten free. Why can't they eat normally and stop being picky?" I put my stuff down on the freezer that is clearly marked "GLUTEN FREE" and say "would you kindly move so I may get some gluten free lasagna so I avoid debilitating pain and intestinal cancer? Thanks." Needless to say they were pretty embarrassed by the fact I heard them. I told them to look up celiac disease and to be careful what they say around people.

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I just don't shop at China-mart myself. Other chains have variable stocks of gluten-free foods too. One Giant store here has a dedicated organic/health food section with lots of gluten-free items, but others have almost none. There are also Safeways stores that have nothing, but others that have some items. Plenty of other stores around here to go to though, so it is not a problem.

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The Walmart in Mankato where I go to school carries Ener-G bread, Enviro Kidz cereals, Bob's hot cereal and cake mixes and a decent assortment of other stuff. Someone thought it would be funny to place all of this in the same aisle as the Pop Tarts. However, the Walmart I go to sometimes in Stillwater has nothing, at least not that I've found (I've never been so inclined to check every aisle). I guess it balances out though: There are a number of co-ops and big grocery chains nearby around the Twin Cities now that carry gluten-free products while it's harder to come by in Mankato (Hyvee is the only other store you can really depend on for gluten-free brands).

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I live in a very rural area. There are three grocery stores - a discount store, a wal mart and a piggly wiggly. The Wal Mart is the only one to carry gluten-free stuff. They carry Pamela's choc chip cookies, one type of rice cracker (that I think is 'accidentally' gluten-free rather than deliberately purchased as a gluten-free item) and the Betty Crocker mixes. The nearest place to purchase gluten-free items (health food stores, whole foods, etc) is an hour away (one way). I go once a month to purchase Udi's, pizza crust, baguettes, etc. Otherwise, I shop amazon.

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