For most of us who find ourselves living in the Midwest, we don’t have many of the gluten-free grocery luxuries that the rest of the country enjoys. Most notably, we don’t have any Trader Joes or Whole Foods Markets. One thing we do have, however, is a major grocery chain that has worked hard to become very friendly to those who follow a gluten-free diet. This major grocery chain is of course Hy-Vee Foods.
A few years back, Hy-Vee added a health food section to their stores which included several of the essential gluten-free packaged items. This is very convenient because our small town doesn’t have a health food store as an option.
In addition to the new health foods section, they’ve also gone through their shelves and built a mammoth list of confirmed gluten-free products, which they’ve made available for anyone to download on their website here (scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the PDF link). I didn’t link directly to the list as it changes a few times each year, so I figured it would be better to link directly to the source. Because Hy-Vee is our primary grocery store, I went through the list and built a smaller list of gluten-free products which would fit on one page, then my wife or I will take that with us when we go shopping.
If that convenience wasn’t enough, I know my local Hy-Vee store and many of the other Hy-Vee stores also staff dietitians which are available to Hy-Vee shoppers. In addition to performing their normal roles, these dietitians will also accept feedback on existing gluten-free products and often bring in requested products to their stores (our location now stocks Chebe products!). Overall they have been great to work with!
To our readers who live in the Midwest, have you had the pleasure of working with a Hy-Vee in your area? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below!