Friday, June 19, 2009

Major Store Announcement & Store Finder Upgrade

In what is one of the biggest gluten free product placements ever in a major main line grocery chain, we are pleased to announce that 14 Kinnikinnick frozen products are now or will shortly be available in 375 Stop & Shop & 180 Giant Food stores. These stores are located throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, DC, Virginia, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The products available will include:
  • White Sandwich Bread
  • Brown Sandwich Bread
  • Italian White Tapioca Rice Bread
  • Pizza crusts
  • English Muffins
  • Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
  • Chocolate Dip Donuts
  • Vanilla Glazed Donuts
  • New York Style Bagels
  • Cinnamon Raisin Bagels
  • Chocolate Chip Muffins
  • Blueberry Muffins
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Hot Dog Buns
The number of products carried by each store will vary depending on store size. All of these 14 products will be available to all stores so if the store is not carrying an item you want, you may be able to get the store to bring it in for you. Talk to the store manager.

If you're not near one of these stores don't forget to check out our Store Finder. We now have almost 3500 stores listed carrying our products (and these are only the ones we know about). If you know of a store that is carrying our products that isn't listed, let us know by dropping us an email to webmaster@kinnikinnick.com

Google Maps Integration



We've also just incorporated Google Maps into our Store Finder . Once you've selected the store you're interested, just click the Show Map button and you will see the store's location. We plan on adding driving directions in the near future.



5 comments:

Tovah @ Gluten-Free Bay said...

It's such a bummer that your products aren't certified kosher - I see them in my store all the time, especially those awesome looking donuts, but myself and my celiac friends can't eat them because we're observant (kosher) Jews! Any chance you'll consider getting kosher certification? Thanks!

JayB said...

We've considered it for years. We've done a lot of research on what is required and have determined that it is not practical, if even possible, for us to be certified kosher.

The main reason is our ingredient supply chain. When looking at ingredient suppliers, we are looking for supplier who can provide verifiable gluten free product. At the volumes of ingredient that we use, this limits our options substantially. To further limit our supply chain to only kosher ingredients would eliminate many of the ingredients we use and make a large number of our products unavailable. Even if we were able to find GF kosher replacements for our current ingredients in the required volumes, the issue of availability and substitution would become unmanageable. Where we can, we always try to find alternate suppliers of a specific ingredient that can be verified GF. In those cases, when a particular supplier is out of an ingredient, we can switch to the alternate supplier. Having two suppliers, which both carry the specialty ingredients we use, in the quantities we need, that are both GF and kosher...well, it quickly becomes obvious that we could run into serious production issues due to supply problems.

However, the clincher is simply this. Almost half of our ingredients are not kosher certified and many of these products are unique to their specific manufacturers. If these unique ingredients are not kosher, there's no way we can be either.

We do appreciate the feedback on this. If we thought there was any way we could go kosher, we would.

Linda said...

That's great news! I'll share it with my readers.

Kim said...

I'm very pleased to learn that you products are available at Giant Food stores. My wife brought home a loaf of brown sandwich bread yesterday from Giant and I almost fell over. I'm very fond of your products and look forward to consuming more of them in the future.

kelly L said...

Twice Kinnikinnick suprised me this week! First found the new hot dog buns at our not so local health food store - and kids loved them...just days before Independance Day BBQ!
Then I find our local (less than 1 mile!) TARGET is one of 2 "test-market" stores stocking Kinnikinnick as well as toehr GF products. Banner week!
Although kids like getting the bimonthly shipments, too! Never out of stock of their favs! MANY thanks for expanding, Jay!