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Food Factory Outlets and other Bargains in GTA

After recently discovering the Lindt "factory outlet" in Mississauga where nothing is actually cheap, I started to wonder if there are any really cheap factory outlets (or wholesalers with a retail outlet) selling tasty food. Queen's Pasta off Royal York in Mimico was a good find based on a CH rec. Any others? Please be specific as to chow-ish items and prices. For instance, at Lindt, I did find 2.5 kg bags of Ecuador 70% couverture for $29.99 (plus free 65 g gift with purchase).

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  1. I heard the Christie cookie factory on Park Lawn might have Cote D'Or chocolate sometimes since it's a Kraft company product. Anyone know?

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    1. re: Food Tourist

      Found out that the Christie/Kraft employees have access to Toblerone and breakfast cereals in their special employee shop, but the public can't buy those. I had a desire to stand outside and secretly give a worker my money to buy the contraband, just as teens buy cigarettes and booze!

    2. another good factory outlet is Dimflemire's on Advance in Etobicoke...they have great prices but they also have their bread not sliced, strait out of the oven..they have several sizes that they sell in pound sizes, so they have loaves 3lbs, 4lbs and 10lbs. The 10lbs is like 3ft long and is massive. They also sell coffee and homemade jelly doughnut (both great) for $1.25. Lots of great pastries and cookies too...all great prices (I got a blueberry pie for $3.95 and apple strudle for $1.95 (which tastes way better when heated up.)

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      1. re: suzspot

        I've been to Dimpflemeyers a few times and it's great. Outstanding selection, good prices and excellent coffee.

        DT

      2. I worship Brandt Meats in Mississauga. Their wurst and other hyper-fresh meats travel about 50ft. from the factory to the counters. Cheaper than retail and likely fresher, too, their prepared meats are arguably some of the nicest German/Middle European style products you'll find in the GTA.Good selection of German groceries and goodies. The lunch counter is killer, too. The only glitch is that they're open just Wed-Sat and then only till about 2:30 on Sat. A great shopping spot during the Xmas season.Worth a visit.

        1. I thought I would add that I got more than 50% off MSRP on an 11-Cup Kitchen Aid Food processor this past week at the factory outlet on Matheson Blvd. in Missassagua. They other great deals too. $200 on the 4.5 Quart standing mixer (MRSP $399). If I could figrue out where to put it in my kitchen, I'd go back for it.

          These are simply re-crated units (i.e. display models, end-of-line, etc.) -- not refurbished. Although, they have those too.

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          1. re: Atahualpa

            Get the mixer and figure it out later. I have a KA stand mixer and love it. I use it quite a bit. I even use it when I don't have to. Just 'cause.
            I also have the food strainer attachment and it comes in handy at tomato time.

            DT

            1. re: Atahualpa

              is this a KitchenAid factory outlet? is it around all year or only at certain times? if you can point me in the direction of more info for this place that would be great. been looking into getting a food processor!

              1. re: auberginegal

                Yes, it is a Kithcenaid and Whirlpool Factory outlet. Doing some googling, it seems that yes, they are open year round (address and hours posted below) and two yearly sales with extra-deep discounts. Their fall sale is on now -- I don't know when its over though. But, even when there isn't a sale, there are really good bargains to be had. They have re-crated, refurbished, and discountinued items.

                570 Matheson Blvd. East, Unit #1
                Mississauga, ON
                Canada L4Z 4G3

                Hours of Operation: (Open to Public)
                Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
                *Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

                *Closed Saturday of Long Weekends

                Payment Methods:
                Visa, MasterCard, Debit and Cash

                They had lots of 9c, 5c, and 3c processors. They only had 3 11c left. I got the last one that wasn't white or almond. They had loads of standing mixers on sale at $200 as well as many reconditioned also just under $200.

            2. Here is a database of where to get discounted food-related stuff. Items range from groceries, to baked goods, to food baskets, to icecream, to patties! Specific items and prices are listed within the database. If you surf around, theres other outlets (for clothing and electronics) as well.

              http://www.bestbuys.ca/FoodProducts/F...

              By the way Food Tourist, where's the Lindt outlet located?

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              1. re: jennjen18

                Lindt is on Kennedy just north of Derry in Mississauga. I wouldn't call it a true factory outlet, though, as most prices are same as any other retail location. They do have some "sale" items, such as caramel, creme brulee, and walnut bars, and hand-packaged grab bags of truffles, Ghirardelli squares, etc. None seemed like a good deal to me even after the "sale" discount.

                1. re: jennjen18

                  That's a good site, jennjen18. Sure to be a source of wasted hours to come...;)

                  I pass by the Peek Freans warehouse outlet on Oconnor/Bermondsey quite a bit and when I've dropped in there have been some deals to be had to make it worth the time. Mostly I find it's seconds that have been repackaged and the prices are not that great compared to retail. Getting a slight discount for mass quantities of processed flour and sugar is not the best of things so I wouldn't go out of my way to get there. Once in a while, however, there will be something novel or a real discount. I've previously bought a 6 box carton of stone ground crackers for something like $5 (I think they start at $3 each in retail). They also have rolls of gi-normous oreo wafers, used to make ice cream sandwiches for a few bucks. I like these now and then otherwise I believe these are used for pie crusts. And not that I'm promoting it, but there's always a large grocery bag full of something (chips ahoy, for example) for like $5.

                  As a general comment I am really turned off by 'outlet' stores. For basically the same prices as full retail I get to shop in a not very nice environment alongside a lot of crappy and unwanted product. (Places like Dimpflemier being the exception. I've been.) And outlet malls? Who are they trying to kid? I will never, ever stop in the Cookstown mall again on the way up north or the St Jacobs mall. Can't believe what a waste of time those were.

                  1. re: neighborguy

                    OH, neighborguy, many a days, I was just stuck in front of the computer, checking for deals on that site. :P

                    But I dont agree with you on your last paragraph.. not ALL outlet stores/malls are bad. Personally, I quite like the Dixie Outlet Mall in Mississauga.

                    1. re: jennjen18

                      Sorry, I should clarify--I like Dixie Outlet Mall in Mississauga not for food shopping though, but for other else shopping, it's quite a bargain. So not all outlets are bad.

                    2. re: neighborguy

                      I agree about most "outlet" malls and stores. They seem to be part of just another marketing strategy to sell off old stock or, more and more, to sell new stock at regular prices. Buying clubs like Costco and Sam's Club are included in my rant! The only really good deal I've ever found there are cases of San Pellegrino Limonata, my favourite soft drink.