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Where has all the Old Bay gone?

I am struck by a curious coincidence: Old Bay no longer appears to be sold in Boston area markets. I've searched in vain in several Stop & Shops, Shaws, Market Baskets, Whole Foods, Wild Oats, et cet. in the past month and come up dry. Roche Bros. had an empty place for it on its shelves - that was the closest I've come. What gives? Has anyone purchased it recently in the Boston area (preferably north of Boston, as I live in Melrose)?

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  1. I haven't found it hard to find at all: I got some Old Bay at a Hannaford's just last weekend. I think Foodie's in the South End carries it, too.

    1. there was cases of old bay for sale at the case lot store here... Which doesn't help you at all but leaves me wondering if its not being made anymore...

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      1. re: coastie

        it's made by mccormick, which still has all their old bay pages up on their website so it seems like it's still around. i haven't bought any for a couple months so i haven't noticed if its distribution has changed locally. it can certainly still be found via the web, though.

      2. Very strange, same thing happened with my Spike - couldn't find it in any stores until I finally hit a large health food store in Manchester, NH. I can always get it at Market Basket or Hannaford, etc. but not in the past several months. I keep lots of Old Bay, sorry. Ave you tried a seafood market or butcher like Butcher Boy in N. Andover?

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        1. re: lexpatti

          Just bought Spike at Whole Foods in Bedford. They also had the big box of Spike so you don't have to keep buying the little jars.

          1. re: three of us

            Pardon the interruption, but we've split off a query about what Spike is to the General Topics board:

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/441979

        2. I've also found it hard to find. I know that Pemberton Farms on Mass Ave in Cambridge (near Davis Sq) has it in two sizes. Otherwise I've not seen it in my area.

          1. I recently bought a 24 oz. jar of it at Cosco. I've also picked it up at the Super 88 when I go to get my crabs.

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            1. re: BostonZest

              I looked in vain for it at Super 88 in Malden last week. I mean, Old Bay is a very basic East Coast American spice - I didn't expect to find it in Super 88, but they've surprised me pleasantly before.