Grocery Store Guru

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Gluten Free Expo Comes to Toronto

Gluten Free (along with Organics and many other “natural” foods) is one of the fastest growing segments in the grocery industry today. It seems that even the conventional grocery stores have caught on – you can find small gluten free sections at almost every banner now, including discounters like Freshco and Food Basics, although selection is really limited. The leaders are still the independent stores… especially your local health food store. They’re much more flexible with their listings. And while they’re usually willing to order you things you can’t get anywhere else, the smaller store size can limit what they can order regularly as well as what new items they choose to carry.

So today’s gluten free consumer may have a hard time finding the new and innovative products that are in the market. What if I told you that there is going to be a chance to see all kinds of gluten free products, and sample many of them? And what if I told you that this chance was little more than a week away?

On September 30th, from 10am to 5pm, at the Doubletree on Dixon road in Etobicoke (Dixon Road between Martingrove and the Airport), you will find the Gluten Free Expo. There’s over 100 exhibitors – a chance to see some of the gluten free products you haven’t had the chance to try. Come out and see some of the products you may want to ask your local store to start carrying.

I’ll be there too – sneaking around, looking for new products that would sell well in our convenience store wholesale format at Canadian Alternative Foods. I may also be looking for more listings for our “By the Case” format, which will be launching this coming week with over 500 products listed.

If you recognize me while I’m there, I may have a Canadian Alternative Foods gift certificate or two in my pocket, as well 🙂

For directions and information about the Gluten Free Expo in Toronto, as well as to buy advance tickets (which I suggest you do – they’re $3 cheaper!), visit .

Hope to see you there!


September 22, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment