While speaking to a friend who is a white collar employee of a grocery store chain he said they are not choosing to carry many gluten-free products. I said there is a market and they are losing out on profits. His reply was that only 1% of Americans have Celiac Disease.
I responded that people are quitting wheat or gluten for reasons other than Celiac Disease.
Also that if one person in a family goes GF such as a child often the whole family just quits. That is the case here. so 1 kid with a non-Celiac reason to go GF has made four of us GF. Actually my doctor wants me grain-free so I was already living 90% grain-free but now I am eating GF so more grains have worked their way back in, I am trying to see if there is any difference that I can notice.
We have friends who had a five year old who had to go GF due to a wheat allergy (not Celiac) and so the other 4 in the family all quit wheat.
Now that my husband quit the wheat the eczema patch on his leg which he's struggled with for ten years has disappeared. When he slips up and eats wheat the leg starts to itch and even keeps him up at night scratching. See, wheat can be the cause of other issues which doctors can misdiagnose for years and years.
Many families with a child with Autism have been eating a GF and casein free diet. So there is another segment of our society who has quit gluten.
There is a market out there for gluten-free foods and mainstream stores who choose to not get on the bandwagon need to know we are choosing to spend our money elsewhere.
My favorite grocery store (HEB Central Market) only sells a lot of GF in their Central Market stores. They are failing to stock certain GF items to meet demand, so there are empty spots on the shelves nearly every day of the week. What they need to know is I can buy it on Amazon.com or at Vitacost.com or other online vendors.
And when Whole Foods moves into my town in a few months they will be in direct competition. I am already using Trader Joe's for other GF foods that are not also sold at HEB. I have already spoken to two grocery managers expressing my discontent with their missing inventory for items they supposedly stock but they seem to not get it because the spots on the shelf are still empty. When there is a demand we need the supply, it's as simple as that people.
Those eating a Standard American Diet but who make profits from selling food need to open their minds and eyes to see what others in America are having to deal with: restricting certain foods from their diets. We need local stores to sell these items or we will just buy online, it's as simple as that.
Now who wants the business?