Things Learned at Costco

Recently I have taken a side job at Costco in Regina, Sask. This is what I have learned:
At the end of the month
The store will be 30,000 Sq.ft. bigger than the current store
It will have wider isles
It will have more checkouts and more gas bar lanes
It will be adding 300 new items
The food courts will have chicken wings
There will be no alcohol sold
There’s bigger carts
The new Costco is one of the bigger stores in North America
Costco has only done one other move
YES, there will be more parking!

 

UPDATE:

The New Costco is open today November 2nd!

We started out with speeches and clapping the first customers through the doors.

The gentleman who opened the  Costco warehouse (520) 25 years ago was there to shut it down! Emotions were high. There were people who have been in that building for most of their lives.

The staff had no idea what to expect Nov.1. We had no Idea floor models would be put on sale. We had heard a rumour maybe meat and produce would be put on sale at about 3ish. Head office came in. Not even supervisors knew the whole plans for the day. They Started slashing prices at 2:30 and it was pandemonium. It was like Black Friday in the U.S.

 

 

Costco Facts for Regina:

– The Costco flowers come from Winnipeg and Columbia.
– Employees don’t get a discount
– When the store it closed employees have to wear safety vests because the forklifts have the right of way.
– The old Costco was the only Costco with a basement.
– If you see your cashier “doing a drop” it means the till has locked them out until they complete a transfer of money to the vault. *cool fact* The old store did its drops via a pneumatic tube system

– Our Costco donates “food waste” (food that’s not pretty enough, is missing an item, has 1 in a package that has gone bad etc.) to the food bank.
– When our location is “busy” it is a million dollar day.
– People come in at 4 a.m. to prepare for a day of shoppers. During the holidays, it’s running 24/7.
– Regina has 421 Staff members.
– The reason why we ask for your membership card way in advance is that most people have to look for their card and by the time it’s your turn to go through the check out we need your card to start. The cashiers are timed on their items per transaction. So they need the cards to make sure the lines are moving fast.
– If an employee can’t tell you exactly where something is, it’s because pallets are moved nightly.  We might not know exactly what we have on the floor as it is easy to sell out of an item in a day.

Regina sells the most pumpkin pies out of all the Costcos. This year (2018)  Costco sold over 11,000 in Thanksgiving week. The record for this store 12,500 on this week. The bakery for this week runs 24/7 with all the staff it can fit into the kitchen and will still sell out up to 3 times a day.

Coming from the Vanbelle Nursery in Abbotsford, Regina location is the #1 seller of fruit-bearing shrubs in western provinces (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, haskaps)

Our top sellers are chicken and beef.

 

What you’re not told:
– The people giving out samples don’t actually work for Costco.
– Bag your meat! There has been a lot of bloody accidents, literally. Save the back seat of your vehicle, the cashier and the bagger from getting covered in blood from the leaky meat.
– Pick up a box- Often times cashiers have no boxes because none have been delivered to the front. So if you’re shopping and you see one you like, grab it.
– Reusable bags drive us nuts- If you’re going to use them have them clean and ready, you wouldn’t believe the things we have found in them.
– Bag the Rotisserie chickens too. The condensate and spill chicken water everywhere in your vehicle. SAVE YOURSELF, GET A BAG!
– Leave the heavy things in the cart, you don’t want to lift them, neither do we.

Weird Facts:

– There are geese that nest every year in the old parking lot. They are mean, will chase members, and stop traffic. They are the Costco geese. They are usually by the tire centre. The seagulls aren’t much better.
– Costco said it sold 87 million rotisserie chickens last year. Thus, they have their own chicken farm.  The plant processes about 100 million birds per year, or about a quarter of Costco’s annual appetite.
– Costco has a poultry farm that produces one-third of all its chickens, raw or otherwise. Costco sells roughly 80 million on average of its rotisserie chickens per year.

 

Organic:

Costco has already made investments in the organic food space in the hopes of ensuring greater organic food supply in the future, according to the Seattle Times.

Gluten-free:
See some of the gluten-free items

Visit their:

Facebook Page

or website– Note** The store doesn’t carry everything that is online and online doesn’t carry everything in the store. The sales are often different as well.

For other gluten free options see our family restaurants,  19+Fine Dining, Coffee & Desserts or our Fast Food listings, or maybe you’re looking for a food truck.

12 common mistakes that can ruin your gluten-free diet

Maintaining a gluten-free diet can be an on-going challenge, especially when you factor in all the hidden or obscure gluten that can trip you up.

In many cases, foods that are naturally gluten-free end up contain added gluten. Sometimes this can slip by us, and that when the suffering begins. To avoid suffering needlessly, be sure to keep a sharp eye on labels, and beware of added or hidden gluten, even in food labeled gluten-free.  Use Celiac.com’s SAFE Gluten-Free Food List and UNSAFE Gluten-free Food List as a guide.

Also, beware of these common mistakes that can ruin your gluten-free diet. Watch out for:

  • Watch out for naturally gluten-free foods like rice and soy, that use gluten-based ingredients in processing. For example, many rice and soy beverages are made using barley enzymes, which can cause immune reactions in people with celiac disease.
  • Be careful of bad advice from food store employees, who may be misinformed themselves. For example, many folks mistakenly believe that wheat-based grains like spelt or kamut are safe for celiacs. Be careful when taking advice.
  • Beware of cross-contamination between food store bins selling raw flours and grains, often via the food scoops.
  • Be careful to avoid wheat-bread crumbs in butter, jams, toaster, counter surface, etc.
  • Watch out for hidden gluten in prescription drugs. Ask your pharmacist for help about anything you’re not sure about, or suspect might contain unwanted gluten.
  • Watch out for hidden gluten in lotions, conditioners, shampoos, deodorants, creams, and cosmetics, (primarily for those with dermatitis herpetaformis).
  • Be mindful of stamps, envelopes or other gummed labels, as these can often contain wheat paste. Use a sponge to moisten such surfaces.
  • Be careful about hidden gluten in toothpaste and mouthwash.
  • Be careful about common cereal ingredients, such as malt flavoring, or another non-gluten-free ingredient.
  • Be extra careful when considering packaged mixes and sauces, including soy sauce, fish sauce, catsup, mustard, mayonnaise, etc., as many of these can contain wheat or wheat by-product in their manufacture. Be especially careful about gravy mixes, packets & canned soups.
  • Even some brands of rice paper can contain gluten, so be careful.
  • Lastly, watch out for foods like ice cream and yogurt, which are often gluten-free, but can also often contain added ingredients that can make them unsuitable for anyone on a gluten-free diet.

Eating Out? If you eat out, consider that many restaurants use a shared grill or shared cooking oil for regular and gluten-free foods, so be careful. Also, watch for flour in otherwise gluten-free spices, as per above

Ask questions, and stay vigilant.

 

Original Article

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Gluten Free Products We’ve Tried and Recommend

Gluten-Free Products We Recommend

Gluten Free Regina is a not for profit group out of Regina, Saskatchewan. We are happy to help with any questions you may have and also recommend products and restaurants in and around the city. In this post, we recommend products that we have a tried and enjoyed.

1) Bisquick™ Gluten Free Pancake & Baking Mix

These are easy to make, and taste delicious warm with butter. They can also be used as a great sandwich bun. They are a nice little treat for your gluten-free family member or friend at Christmas, Easter or any gathering.
  • BAKING MIX: Make a delicious meal with this gluten-free pancake mix that makes fluffy, mouth-watering pancakes, waffles, and more
  • GLUTEN FREE: Gluten-free baking mix with all the same great taste; made in a gluten-free processing facility
  • SIMPLE INGREDIENTS: Wholesome pancake mix contains no artificial flavors and no preservatives
  • ENDLESS OPTIONS: Use as waffle mix or pancake mix to create a variety of gluten-free foods the whole family will love; perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert
  • BOX CONTAINS: 454g gluten-free baking mix; An everyday pantry staple
  • Gluten-Free

You can order Bisquick Baking mix here:

2) Only Oats Gluten-Free Rolled Oats, 1 Kg

I’ve written about them before in a blog, I have to admit because they are from Regina I feel like I should be giving them an extra little push! You don’t need to give up your oats! you can have the and several oat based mixes from Avena Foods.

 

You can order online here:

  • Certified by Avena Foods to test to less than 5ppm of gluten
  • Processed in pure oat dedicated plant
  • Excellent source of iron and fiber
  • Non-GMO
  • Free of major allergens
  • Free from wheat, barely and rye
  • Kosher

I like to make Chocolate Haystacks, Chocolate Oat Bars with them or use them in Apple Crisp!

3) Annie’s Homegrown Gluten Free Rice Pasta & Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese, 170 Gram

Are you missing your Kraft Dinner? We all get cravings. Enjoy Annie’s gluten-free version!

  • Gluten-free version of our beloved pasta and cheddar
  • Vegetarian, good source of calcium and vitamin B6
  • No Artificial Flavors, Synthetic Colors or Preservatives

You can order it online:

4) KIND Bars Almond and Coconut 12ct, Gluten Free, 40g

On the run? I find these bars awesome for a quick snack. I also, usually have a handful of them if I’m flying. They are delicious and come in a variety of flavours. They also do not taste like meal supplement bars. They are quite tasty!

  • GLUTEN FREE
  • SOURCE OF FIBRE
  • LOW SODIUM
  • NO GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS
  • ingredients you can see and pronounce®

Click to order online:

5) Kinnikinnick Graham Style Cracker Crumbs, 300 Gram

These cookie crumbs are perfect for crumbles and pie crusts. I’ve used them in several deserts.

  • Just the solution for a gluten-free pie crust, ice cream topping or cheesecake
  • Incredibly easy
  • Gluten free has never tasted so good

You can order them online:

 

 

 

For other gluten free options see our family restaurants,  19+Fine Dining, Coffee & Desserts or our Fast Food listings, or maybe you’re looking for a food truck.

Only Oats

100% Pure Oats. Uncontaminated. Celiac Safe!

Dedicated gluten-free facility. Produced through Purity Protocol.

Guaranteed less than 10 parts per million (ppm) of gluten*


Avena Foods Limited is the industry’s leading producer of pure, uncontaminated, organic certified gluten-free oats through its Purity Protocol farm to table production model. 

Avena Foods Limited has an established network of over 90 gluten-free and Organic oat growers across the Canadian prairies and a dedicated gluten-free and allergen-free milling facility in Regina, SK.

The Purity Protocol is an industry benchmark process that is based on “Start Clean, Stay Clean” principles proven to produce certified gluten-free oats consistently at or below 5 ppm level that meet and surpass the gluten-free standards of the GFCO (Gluten-Free Certification Organization), GFCP (Gluten-Free Certification Program), FDA (Food and Drug Administration), and Health Canada.

 * relative to Health Canada’s gluten-free threshold of 20 ppm 

All ONLYOATS products are produced through Avena Foods’ Purity Protocol, a unique ‘Farm to Table’ industry benchmark process that achieves consistent and superior quality gluten-free oats.

You can order online here:

 

For other gluten free options see our family restaurants,  19+Fine Dining, Coffee & Desserts or our Fast Food listings, or maybe you’re looking for a food truck.

ADDRESS:

316 1st Avenue East

Regina, Saskatchewan

S4N 5H2, Canada

CONTACT US:

info@myonlyoats.com

P: 306-757-3663

https://www.myonlyoats.com/

Stella’s Gluten Free Perogies


Stellas Gluten Free Perogies and Ravioli

Found at
Save on food or Sobeys!
Discover 
New Taste
Just as you remembered perogies and ravioli tasting. You will not know the difference. We use locally grown produce and with our products being GMO-Free you are provided with a clean, fresh taste.

Our 
Promise
We will always use Certified Gluten Free Ingredients in a Dedicated Gluten Free Facility. We will continue to do a routine in-house testing, and we will never add preservatives to our products or support GMO suppliers.
 Found at Save on food or Sobeys!
Gluten Free Perogy’s 
Gluten Free Ravioli

http://www.stellasperogies.com/

For other gluten free options see our family restaurants,  19+Fine Dining, Coffee & Desserts or our Fast Food listings, or maybe you’re looking for a food truck.

 

Kristen’s Cultures



Nature’s Best Market is now carrying Kristen’s Cultures’ spicy Kombucha Mustard!

And they have samples. 😋

‘prō·bī·ô·tics:
friendly, gut-healing bacteria and yeast which:
-fight off the growth of harmful bacteria and yeast
-promote a healthy digestive system
-strengthen the immune system
-heal the gut by restoring gut flora (especially important after taking antibiotics!)

-detoxify your body, ridding it of toxins
-prevent and treat diseases

Fermented foods/drinks are superior to probiotic pills because they:

-cost less: generally, 1-2 bites/sips contain as many probiotics as a whole pill

-are more easily assimilated into your body because of their Real Food form

-contain plenty of vitamins, enzymes and healing acids as well as probiotics

Did you know that your body actually contains more bacterial cells than it does human cells?  Amazing!

Your gut contains about 3lb of bacterial cells, all of which are extremely important to your body’s overall physical, mental and emotional well-being!

According to Hippocrates, father of modern medicine, “All disease begins in the gut.”

You need tons of probiotics to keep your immune system strong and able to fight off intruders, especially after taking antibiotics (which kill the good along with the bad).

Not only do probiotics balance out your gut, but they also help to detoxify your body, getting rid of toxins that have built up over the years, and help you to heal from various ailments with their amazing enzymes, healing acids and food-based vitamins.

Fermented foods/drinks are not only a delicious way to get probiotics into your body, but they are also cheaper and more readily assimilated into your body than probiotic pills are, because of their Real Food form.

Fermented foods/drinks are superior to probiotic pills because they:

-cost less: generally, 1-2 bites/sips contain as many probiotics as a whole pill

-are more easily assimilated into your body because of their Real Food form

-contain plenty of vitamins, enzymes and healing acids as well as probiotics

🍔 This is a simple, delicious way to incorporate important probiotics into your diet! Spread this old-style dijon on to your sandwich, burger, or pair with meat/fish. 🥪

Not only will your taste buds fall in love, but because your gut health affects your overall health, this mustard will help your immune system, digestion and much more. (Check out my website and Google to learn about the amazing benefits of probiotics.)

Call (306) 789-0351

For other gluten free options see our family restaurants,  19+Fine Dining, Coffee & Desserts or our Fast Food listings, or maybe you’re looking for a food truck.

 

UKRAINIAN CO-OP


YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP IN REGINA

Offering Meats, Sausages, and Groceries

“I just had the best gluten free perogies! I found them at the Ukrainian Coop. Boiled and then fried with butter and onions. You won’t be disappointed.”

 

 

 

WE TREAT EVERYONE LIKE FAMILY

Located in a rural town within Regina, SK, Ukrainian Co-op is the only store in the community where you can find quality meats, imported food, and Ukrainian products. We are a butcher shop, deli, grocery store, and boutique all rolled into one. Come in today and see what we have for you!

Our staff members are very knowledgeable about our products and can offer you recommendations if needed. They are on hand to assist you in everything that you may need. Every time you stop by, expect to have a shopping experience unlike any other.

“We Have a great selection of meat, sausage, perogies, cabbage rolls, imported foods and also a gluten free line. If you are looking for something specific just call the store 306-569-9510 and ask. Well gladly answer any questions.”

PROUDLY SERVING REGINA WITH MEATS AND SAUSAGES FOR 80 YEARS!

Voted Best Butcher Shop in 2016

Sausages are our forte. We have more than 70 varieties of sausages, and each one of them is made with real meat and prepared using high-quality ingredients. To bring out the unique flavours of our sausages, we use natural-burning wood to smoke them.

Do you need supplies for a fundraiser or charity event? We have fundraising options for meats and sausages. Schools can come to us to raise money for their activities.

If you want to place an order in advance, feel free to give us a call. We will have your items ready for pickup when you stop by.

 

For other gluten free options see our family restaurants,  19+Fine Dining, Coffee & Desserts or our Fast Food listings, or maybe you’re looking for a food truck.

 

 

http://www.ukrainiancoop.ca/

1805 Winnipeg St,

Regina, SK 

S4P 1G3 
TEL: 306-569-9510

Agribition Venders Show Off Gluten Free Products!


Make sure to look for a few new Gluten Free/friendly products at the Agribition this year!

 

If you’re going to the Agribition this year you’ll be happy to know there are some gluten-free samples at the food pavilion! Usually, we sadly watch others get to sample different foods, not this year! are gluten-free!

 

 

X-110 are gluten-free!

X-110

A crunchy egg white snack made in Saskatchewan that is just 110 calories per package and a blast of 10 grams of protein. You can find free samples at the Saskatchewan Egg Producers booth. The Sea Salt Caramel tastes like cereal and the Zesty Mediterranean is savoury and delicious they also have BBQ, and Peppercorn Lemon!

You can purchase a case of X-110® high protein snacks ONLINE now!

 

 

STUFF N’ MALLOWS are gluten friendly!

Stop by the Stuff’n Mallows booth make your own gluten-friendly smores! You can actually roast the Marshmallows on a stick over a tabletop flame. You can choose from a variety of flavours, kits and merchandise.

Are Stuff’n Mallows Gluten Free?

They are not certified gluten free as they are made in a facility that produces products that contain gluten. There is no gluten in the ingredients, but they do not claim gluten free due to the facility they are produced in.

 

Are you looking for more Gluten Free resources?

Take a peek at:

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