With more and more gluten-free specialty products showing up on the shelves of grocery stores these days, it can be a challenge to shop at different stores. Some stores choose to organize all of the gluten-free specialty products into a “Gluten-Free” section of the store, while other stores either have a “Health Food” section or place the products on the shelves right along with other like items…breads, baking mixes, pasta, cookies, etc.
There are pros and cons for each method.
“Gluten-Free” section – Pros – Most specialty items are grouped together making products easier to locate. Cons – Store employees may incorrectly place items that are not gluten-free in this area as seen above.
“Health Food” section – Pros – Again, most specialty items will be grouped in this section, though it probably will be a larger area than a strictly “Gluten-Free” section. Cons – Not all “Health Food” products are necessarily gluten-free and it may take a bit longer to find what you are shopping for.
No separation – Pros – If you know the store, things are grouped with other like items and can be found by aisle signs hanging from ceiling. Cons – A larger store area to cover to find what you are shopping for. This may also lead to confusion among store employees and communication between them and customers.
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