I like to use my local shops. I am lucky where I live as I have a small Co-Op, a Tesco Express and a One Stop all within a short walk of my house. I like using these shops as you get to know the staff and members of my local community.
When I was married I would make the weekly trip to the local large supermarket. It was always stupidly busy and I would lose an hour of my life to doing the weekly shop. People lost as the quarterly aisle reshuffle has taken place. Those more interested in their phones than watching where they are walking, or the food on the shelves. Those deep in conversation, seemingly unaware that they are blocking the aisles for those of us who just want to shop and go.
Moving out on my own gave me the chance to change this. To explore my local shops more. To avoid taking the car out. Be kinder on the environment.
The problem with shipping local as a vegetarian is the lack of variety. The supply of fruit and veg is fine, but some things I just don’t understand. All of the stores have a really good range of ‘free from’ gluten free products. The variety of canned pulses is small, but then I wouldn’t expect it to be large. My biggest bug bear is gravy granules. None of my local shops stock vegetarian gravy granules. Not even their own brand.
I once queried this with Tesco and Co-Op. Tesco came back and said it was to do with waste – not enough people bought them. The Co-Op gave me the impression it was a blip and would be sorted soon. Needless to say nothing has changed.
I just find it hard to believe that with all this current trend towards cutting out meat, going veggie or vegan there is no demand for gravy granules locally.
I’m sure from the picture below you would agree that it wouldn’t take much effort to start with even one row of veggie friendly granules?
Also if you don’t stock an item then there won’t be any demand for it.
You may well think I am bonkers at wondering at the lack of such an ingredient. But for I don’t believe there is not a market for it. And the lack of it locally means I have to make a special trip to a larger supermarket on the otherside of town. Not something that I find enjoyable or have the time for.
So this makes me wonder what other products are missing for vegetarians/vegans. What do you wish these smaller stores would stock?