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Gluten Free Specials at ALDI (April 21, 2011)
Gluten Free foods always come with the burden of cost. Whether this cost relates to quality, price or size; there is always a compromise. Many of our gluten free foods have yet to rival wheat alternatives and as many flours and mixes on today's market are only designed to make a small portion of gluten free goodies; it becomes far from feasible to feed the whole family. But wait... someone may just be filling in the gap now...
A gluten free bargain is something most coeliacs are after, yet so seldom do any of our favourite foods come on special...
In recent years, ALDI stores have made their way to Australia. Many shoppers have converted to buying their groceries from ALDI to reduce expenses, and obtain a more desirable quality vs. cost ratio. As a result, many products that you would normally expect to be safe for a gluten free diet often contain some form of gluten or trace amounts thereof. Though occasionally us shoppers come across some interesting items. Many of these come in as temporary stock 'on weekly special'.
Most Popular in 2010
The "Has no..." Range
Gluten free foods are an example of this, as they 'unfortunately'
are absent from the shelves of ALDI stores for the most part. By the
same token, however, words cannot describe how pleased I personally am
to see ALDI-specific gluten free items coming onto the market on the
occasional basis, and I really hope we can support them in this
One of these is the 'Has No..." brand.
'Has No...' produces a range of gluten free foods sold at ALDI's. Last year (2010), they offered a range of gluten free mixes under this brand name during Early May (13/04/2010). A delicious range of flours (plain and self-raising), mixes (pancake, bread, falafel, rice crumbs, gravy, etc.) and spaghetti was offered at that time. The most popular of the range were the flours, the bread mix, and the gravy mix.
This year, they'll be expanding on this range, to help meet the growing demand of consumers. They will release, under the "Has No..." badge, four varieties of Italian Pasta (two buckwheat and two rice) in Spaghetti and Fusilli style. Can't wait to try 'em out!
Not only do I hear that these products work well, they are also well-priced. It really is worth trying out these products, as it isn't every day that we can get gluten free foods at acceptable supermarket prices. Such is the reality of a gluten free diet and living with Coeliac Disease (sigh).
However, on top of this, there is also a range of other gluten free goodies that will be on offer from the aforementioned upcoming date. These include non-ALDI-Specific items including the Basco Apricot and Apple Cereal, True Foods Gluten Free Wraps, Fantastic Glass Noodles, Gullon Gluten Free Choc Chip Cookies, Gluten Free Hard Candies and Flavoured Nuts. Although some of these items are available at various supermarkets, I would suggest taking advantage of ALDI's sweet deals while they last.
I am very excited about going on Thursday to find these products and can hardly wait! I've already heard many comments from others that their brand makes the best gluten free flours on the market and also that so many allergens have been taken into account such as dairy, eggs, soy and cane sugar. And seeing as though Coeliac Disease has become so common in today's world (at least 1 in 100 have the disease), I encourage all to support the range (particularly the aldi-specific "Has No" items) if possible.
I would also encourage you to call them, and thank them for the products on offer as I did last year. You never know, they may decide to 'bring it on' all at once, introducing some of these items into their permanent every-day range!
Wishing all readers a happy Easter weekend. Enjoy!