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gluten-free and dairy-free, too!
The availability of gluten-free products, in particular, has really improved. Below is a list of supermarket chains that have posted lists of gluten-free items available at their stores. Some of the products are specially made for gluten-allergic people (like Enjoy Life chocolate chips) while others are everyday products (think canned peaches) that happen to be gluten-free. Most product lists include generic store label products as well as national brands.
I've included in the mix supermarket chains outside California. Not only is this helpful to our out-of-state readers but a chain in another state might have a more comprehensive list of widely available products. PCC Natural Markets is a great example of this. Check out their gluten-free section. They have a searchable gluten-free database for foods as well as separate database for gluten-free body/health products.
Whole Foods Market
Safeway - I have posted the most recent publication of their gluten-free products but it's from 2009. I emailed the company for their most recent gluten-free list and the company responded that they do not maintain an online resource for its gluten-free products. They are, however, trying to provide more nutritional information (including whether something is gluten-free) right on their shelves through a green-tag labeling system.
Fresh & Easy
PCC Natural Markets
Kroger, which includes supermarket chains such as Ralphs, QFC, Food 4 Less, and Fred Meyer.
Sprouts Farmers Markets
Amazon.com - Amazon is a great site for comparison shopping once you've found a product that you love. Consider buying in bulk and you could save quite a bit.
Check back periodically with a store's website for the most up-to-date information. And remember to always check food labels when you shop. Ingredients sometimes change, sometimes there are mistakes in identifying what is gluten-free, and if you have severe allergies you will want to check for any notices about processing on shared equipment.
Please post if you have other store gluten-free lists to share!