July 21, 2009

Ohh...Starbucks. Why you gotta do me like that?

I haven't really been posting breaking gluten free news, mainly because I feel like I'm always the last to know. When I started this blog back in the day, I signed up for google email alerts for gluten free/celiac related topics, and when I get them I see so many people have already blogged about what's going on in the community. Helloooo...when Elisabeth Hasselbeck got slapped with that lawsuit, I got a million email updates on that one. (Serves her right...never liked her anyways - Ha!)


That was back in the day when I didn't have any followers. Now I have some! Woo Hoo...go me! Thanks to joining FoodBuzz. (and thanks Michelle for the suggestion!) I didn't realize that for some people I was the first to fill them in on some of the greatest gluten free news. That makes me happy. Therefore I will go back to reporting any new findings I come across.

Now for the bad news. Remember how excited I was just a mere two months ago when Starbucks decided to finally acknowledge the gluten free world with a dessert? Well apparently it was some cruel joke, because while they dangled that treat in front of our faces for a little bit, they've decided to get rid of it! Thanks a lot, Starbucks. They are replacing it with a KIND fruit and nut bar. Seriously? Nothing says dessert like a nut bar. That's not special at all. In fact they sell those bad boys in the lobby snack shop of my work. Ugh.

A lot of people have been calling and emailing Starbucks and begging them not to discontinue the Gluten-Free Valenica Orange cake. Triumph Dining has started a petition. Please head over there and sign it. Hopefully Starbucks will think twice and keep it on its menus. Viva la Valencia Cake!


Michelle said...

Count me in!! And thanks for the shout out :)

Anaquita said...

Heh yeh, on twitter they told one person that they'd been told it was too much of a treat. Cause y'know those of us with celiacs never want a treat every so often. :\ Not that most of their stuff is oh so healthy. Completely rude of them. Went to my local store, and they told me that they just couldn't sell them often enough to keep up with it. They weren't even breaking even (if they were they'd probably have kept it) but loosing money over it. Poor marketing, and the orange oil which was spiderweb stringy was odd.

I mentioned the comment on twitter and they were horrified at it. Of course then again I tell everyone if all starbucks had the level of customer service my local store had, the company would do way better than it already has. Someone ought to smack whomever is incharge of the company's twitter account upside the head.

Hopefully they come out with something other than the kind bar, eventually. Something they can use to appeal to more than just the gluten free community, and to market it better so it can stay. I personally vote for a sandwhich. It'd be more versatile too. Heh.