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Gluten free guarantee week kicked off on Monday and wow, I have never seen such a response in the news and on social media! My inbox has been filled with newsletters from various sources, all talking about coeliac disease, and my Twitter feed has been brimming with #glutenfreeguarantee and #coeliacawarenessweek chat!
As part of the campaign to highlight coeliac disease by the charity Coeliac UK, the Gluten Free Guarantee has taken shape, asking people to visit their local supermarkets, see what free from products are on offer and push for better gluten free options.
Unfortunately, my local Tesco store picked this week to stop stocking my favourite gluten free pizza (see rant here) but otherwise I am quite fortunate in the products my local supermarkets stock. The Tesco, Tesco Extra and Sainsbury's stores in Barnstaple, North Devon all seem to have a good (and growing) gluten free range.
There is always bread, cakes, pasta, flour and a variety of other treats, ranging from biscuits and cookies to dairy free chocolate, ready meals, frozen pizzas, cake mixes and more. I think the balance is also good - a variation between 'health foods', gluten free staples, convenience foods and treats.
Sweet treats tend to be the dominating factor, but luckily whenever a new product is on the market it tends to even reach this far out corner of North Devon, which is great!
In my first post on Monday, I asked you guys to let me know what your Free From aisles look like, and send me photos of them! I am so pleased with the response, it's great to see everyone putting pressure on the supermarkets and I can only hope this will bring good things to come! Here's some of the responses from you lovely lot:
Waitrose and Marks and Spencer in Dorking
Sent via Twitter by @nels3 at Fabulously FreeFrom
Waitrose in Cheadle Hulme
Sent via Twitter by @SharonRogan
Sainsbury's in White Rose, Leeds
Sent via Twitter by @glutenfreeadele
Chulmleigh, North Devon
Angela Dacres-Dixon said on Facebook:
"My local spa supermarkets in North Devon don't offer any gluten free products at all. This makes it very difficult as we're 30 mins,away from the nearest supermarket offering gluten free and pubic transport is minimal here. The local GPS practice does not offer oats or cereal, so life is difficult here for coeliacs who are elderly or those don't drive. We do have an excellent range at a garage in Umberleigh for those who drive."