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Gourmet Retailer of the Year Award 2022

Home &Decor: Find Gluten-Free Food At This Grocery

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It’s not easy to find gluten free food, but now you can, at Ryan’s Grocery. Owned by local couple Ms Wendy Foo and Mr Sebastian Chia, this gluten-free grocery and organic butchery is named after their son Ryan, who is nine. It was an alarming discovery about her son that led her to open Ryan’s Grocery. When Ryan was about three years old. the couple found out after running medical tests that his body was intolerant to dairy, gluten, nuts, soy, eggs, yeast and certain types of fruits and vegetables. Some food items he cannot eat include broccoli, cucumber, kiwi fruit and watermelon – food items that Ms Foo did not expect he would have to avoid. “We were shocked and felt quite lost at first,” she recalls. The couple began making trips to Australia to source for suitable produce for Ryan. Over three years from 201 0, they visited farms and farmers’ markets there to find out more about the producers and their products. Ms goo began talking to the farmers about exporting their items here. Ryan’s Grocery was launched in July 2015. The retail store in Binjai park is a one-stop shop for anyone looking for allergen- and preservative-free food and includes a selection of organic. hormone- and antibiotic-free meat sourced from farms in Australia.

The couple also launched Alternative Selection — a wholesaler and retailer of alternative gourmet products last year.

Response to Alternative Selection has been good. It now supplies to more than 1 00 cafes, restaurants and hotels in Singapore. The company employs close to 40 staff, but the business has not broken even yet, because Of the expansions over the past two years. Ms Foo says she hopes it will be able to do so by the end of this year. In the works are plans to supply meat to major supermarket chains here. “People here increasingly want to eat well and want to know where their food is coming from. We want to give people that access to quality produce,” she says.

A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times.

About Ryan’s Grocery

Ryan’s Grocery is Singapore’s only full-service organic butchery and allergen-friendly specialist online grocery store. The company’s journey began in July 2015 when founders Sebastian and Wendy Chia learnt of their son’s – Ryan – intolerance to gluten, dairy, nuts, soy, egg, and yeast. They searched local markets for products and produce, and even made personal trips internationally to look for a range of dietary items to support his needs.

It was then they saw a demand for such a specialty grocery store and Ryan’s Grocery was born. Ryan’s Grocery now services the local community, discerning shoppers and those with dietary intolerances with an all-inclusive range of organic meats from our specialty butchery, gluten-free products, and other related items with grocery delivery options.

In December 2019, the brand launched its first overseas flagship store in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Its flagship outlet in Singapore with ‘Ryan’s Grocery’ and ‘Ryan’s Kitchen’ opened in Great World in December 2020, spanning a total of 4,200 sq ft. In 2022, Ryan’s Grocery was awarded “Gourmet Retailer of the Year” and “Best Meat & Seafood Retailer” in Singapore by World Gourmet Summit & Tatler Asia respectively.

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