When I was first told to stop eating gluten, I did what I always do – I hit the internet for where and how to buy. Sadly, there was no one place which gave me good information.
This is one of the reasons I started blogging. Here are some excellent places I have found over the last couple of years. This is not by any means an exhaustive list, but I’ve found all of these places to have good service and good products.
Their products appear in lots of supermarkets now, but they also have an excellent website and their shop at 181 Ladies Mile, Ellerslie, Auckland has a wide range of cooking ingredients, muesli bars and the like. Mostly organic food, but also an extensive gluten-free section and marvellous labelling.
Bakery and shop based in Warkworth which stocks all sorts of gluten-free produce. They also have an online shop. Excellent personal service and some very good gluten-free product.
Gluten Free Grocer
Both online and at the top of Mt Eden Road, Auckland. Everything in store is gluten-free.
Gluten Free Store Ltd
Carrying an excellent selection of very high-quality flours and other gluten-free product. Online only.
Gluten Free Treets
Offering donuts, battered fish, mini hotdogs and chicken strips. You can order these from IE Produce, and they’re also stocked at Natural Organics and various other stockists.
Located at 405 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland. A HUGE selection of 'raw' ingredients – different types of flours etc as well as a food cabinet with some gluten-free produce. Most of the produce here is organic as well.
For almost all foods gluten free! Find them online.
Indian and Thai importers
There are a number of these. The two I have used most have been Mahadeos, 14 Virginia Avenue, Eden Terrace, Auckland and Thai Food Products, 849 New North Road, Mt Albert, Auckland. Cheap rice, rice flour, rice noodles and so on, as well as cheaper ground almonds, nuts and spices.
All gluten-free, organic produce with a lemon theme. Lemon and lime curds and cordials, roasted lemon chutney and excellent fudge. They do farm gate sales, but if you're not close to their location in the Wairarapa, find them online.
No longer have an actual shop, although they do have a couple of outlets, one based at 15 Maskell Road, St Heliers, Auckland where their shop used to be. They have an excellent range of gluten-free products including such things as tortillas, pizza bases, scones, biscuits and several types of bread. See their website for stockists, or order online.
Pak n Save and New World
Both of these carry excellent selections of gluten-free food. The pizza bases are reasonable, they normally carry Bürgen, Vogel’s and Venerdi bread and at least one or two others, have biscuits and component parts. New World Victoria Park, Auckland in particular has an excellent range of breakfast cereals.
Scotts Brewing Co
New Zealand’s first gluten-free beer, as they proclaim themselves. Based out in West Auckland, they have both Ale and a very nice, citrusy Pale Ale, not dissimilar to a Summer Beer. The Pale Ale was lovely and is available at some supermarkets. See their website for stockists.
Shahji's Royal Masala
Marua Road, Ellerslie, Auckland. Extensive range of gluten-free flour and other products and a very knowledgeable owner make this a very worthwhile visit. Or purchase online.
A lot of these places are online, but many of them have a shop as well, and the proprietors are almost always chatty, helpful and friendly and can make the newly diagnosed gluten-intolerant feel very welcome, and above all else, normal.
The other place to go for a big collection of gluten-free suppliers, foods and stockists are the Gluten Free Food & Allergy Shows.
Are there any excellent gluten-free stockists you’ve come across? I’d love to check out a few more places!
Lisa Rose combines parenting six children and working full-time in the IT industry with indulging her loves of writing and food by blogging. In 2010 she was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance, causing severe eczema. In frustration at not being able to find relevant information, she started her own blog with the aim of providing a resource to others in the same situation. You can find Lisa's blog, Being Gluten Free in NZ, at glutenfreenz.wordpress.com. For those wanting more information on coeliac disease, check out the NZ Coeliac Society website www.coeliac.org.nz.
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This blog is the opinion and experiences of its author and should not be taken as medical or dietetic advice. Healthy Food Guide has not verified the content and cannot endorse any advice given. Healthy Food Guide recommends seeking professional health advice for specific complaints or symptoms.