How to Ask Your Grocery Store to Carry Specific Gluten Free Products

Over the past six years, I’ve moved about 10 times.  As you can imagine, this has led to quite a few new grocery stores along the way.  Some already had a full section of gluten free products to choose from – other times I wasn’t so lucky.

In fact, more often than not, I had to approach the new grocery store about carrying gluten free products.  Most managers were receptive to my requests, but others were not (including my current situation with a nearby store).

There are three steps that I recommend taking when talking to your local grocery store about bringing a gluten free product on board.  Here they are:

  1. Be Knowledgeable About the Store
    Make sure you have explored your store to see if they carry gluten free products.  This is important because some stores do not have their own gluten free section – it’s up to you to explore.  In fact, a local store carries their gluten free products in the bread aisle (talk about a contradiction).
  2. Be Knowledgeable About the Products You’re Requesting
    Be prepared with the product and brand names of items to share with your store manager.  You have his attention, so make the most of it.  Some stores like to have a UPC code or an empty package of the item you’re requesting to make sure they order the correct item.

  3. Talk to the Store Manager
    I’ve found the easiest way to find a manager is to start at the customer service desk.  No matter where the manager is in the store, he will be called to speak with you.  After he arrives, all that is left is simply introducing yourself and asking for what you want.

Have you ever asked your local store to starting carrying more gluten free options? How did it go?

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