Gluten free availability in mainland Europe

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  1. Florencee

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    Hi, I have to follow a gluten free diet. From November we will be travelling extensively within Europe and I wondered if anyone has experience of buying gluten free products in such countries as Spain, France, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia , Portugal and perhaps Slovakia, Austria and the Czech Republic. They are readily available in the U.K. and would like to buy them locally in the countries we visit if we can.

    I would be very grateful for any information you can give.

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    I am coeliac and found availability of products does vary not only by country but also by region. If there was a Norse influence (north west coast of Spain, Portugal for example) you will find gluten free in the supermarkets as you do in the UK.

    Take basic supplies with you but keep to fresh, unprocessed fruit, veg, meat, fish and you will eat well and healthily. Also there are information cards you can get in various languages

    https://www.coeliac.org.uk/local-groups/south-wiltshire/gluten-free-translations/

    Might help.

    I found Poland difficult though.
     
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    I have also just bought a mini bread maker (the machine is mini and makes a one pound loaf) to take with me in the van. It does need mains power but I will be able to bake and not have to rely on unfamiliar brands although Schar is pretty much universal and their customer service will be happy to help.

    If you make up flour blends in advance and weigh out your quantities into loaf size packs you could freeze and use as you need it.

    Auto. Correct says Edgar not Schar so sorry about that!!!
     
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    In Spain,Mercadona has large amounts of products that are gluten free.
     
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    Rossman sell a limited supply of gluten free products. But don't assume all the products on the same shelf are gluten free.
     
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    Just like in the UK then!!!!

    Even the so called experts get it wrong at times.
     
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    True....but I can read UK labels. Was stymied by those in Polish, I recognise the individual letters, it's the way they are put together that flummoxes me! Rofl
     
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    Many thanks to everyone for their replies, it is much appreciated. I wonder if there is anyone living in France who has some knowledge of the availability in French supermarkets?

    Kind regards

    Florence
     
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    The Chairman of Mercadona is a Coeliac and has most of the products marked accordingly look for SIN GLUTON
     
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