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Cream-top milk at Trader Joe's

vimal_babu Mar 24, 2009 06:11 PM

How do I find out if the cream-top milk sold at Trader Joe's ( Coleman Ave, San Jose) is supplied by Straus ?


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  1. Ruth Lafler RE: vimal_babu Mar 24, 2009 06:27 PM

    It's long been reported that this is so, but Trader Joe's will not divulge the identities of its suppliers, and I doubt the supplier would, either, since it undercuts the price of their branded product. If you know someone who is savvy about packaging codes, they might be able to figure out if they come from the same plant, but even that doesn't guarantee they come from the same source.

    Why do you need to know?

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler
      vimal_babu RE: Ruth Lafler Mar 25, 2009 11:42 AM

      Thanks Ruth. I asked the Rep at Trader Joe's. They would not reveal their suppliers. The Straus MIlk is really tasty, and I would like to buy from Trader Joe's, if it is the same supplier, as it is closer to my house

    2. Robert Lauriston RE: vimal_babu Mar 24, 2009 06:41 PM

      I'm certain it is. The plastic jug, cap, and code stamps and are the same as on the Straus-brand half gallons I've seen at other supermarkets, they have the same kosher and organic certification, and Straus is the only organic dairy on "California's North Coast" (provenance specified on the label) that sells milk that's non-homogenized (i.e. cream-top) and pasteurized.

      Plus they taste the same, and not like other brands. And the cream congeals exactly the same way, damn it.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        vimal_babu RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 25, 2009 11:43 AM

        Robert, Thanks for responding. I will try it next time, and let you know if it tastes the same.

        1. re: vimal_babu
          osho RE: vimal_babu Mar 25, 2009 03:44 PM

          Vimal - it tastes the same because it is Strauss non-homogenized milk. The only issue is that you can't get it in gallon containers like you could at Rainbow grocery in SF.

          1. re: osho
            vimal_babu RE: osho Mar 25, 2009 05:27 PM

            I also found out that they don't carry 2% milk. Bummer

            1. re: vimal_babu
              lexdevil RE: vimal_babu Mar 25, 2009 08:51 PM

              My TJ's always has 2% cream top (as well as whole milk).

              1. re: lexdevil
                Robert Lauriston RE: lexdevil Mar 26, 2009 10:14 AM

                Same here, the TJs I shop at all stock whole and 2%.

                They run out occasionally.

          2. re: vimal_babu
            srr RE: vimal_babu Mar 25, 2009 03:48 PM

            I'm pretty sure that TJ's plain European Style yogurt is also Straus.

            1. re: srr
              Ruth Lafler RE: srr Mar 25, 2009 04:23 PM

              Yeah, it's suspiciously similar, especially since they used to carry Straus European Style yogurt.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler
                bgbc RE: Ruth Lafler May 5, 2010 08:52 PM

                We had a tub of each at the table last night and I noticed no taste or texture difference from one to the next -- wasn't even thinking they were different tubs. I hadn't really thought about this until now, although I too had heard about the Straus/TJs sourcing.

              2. re: srr
                flourless RE: srr Nov 28, 2011 08:09 PM

                It is. I looked up the dairy code online. http://whereismymilkfrom.com/allDairi...

                1. re: flourless
                  Junie D RE: flourless Nov 29, 2011 07:07 AM

                  TJs plain goat milk yogurt (blue quart container) is Redwood Hill.

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            esoteric0 RE: vimal_babu May 5, 2010 01:55 PM

            you can check here, you just need the code from a milk carton.

            according to this posting, it is from straus.

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            1. re: esoteric0
              lexdevil RE: esoteric0 May 5, 2010 09:12 PM

              According to this the homogenized (not cream top) organic milk at TJ's is from Clover.

              1. re: lexdevil
                Caitlin McGrath RE: lexdevil May 7, 2010 02:11 PM

                Yeah, someone posted on a TJ's thread a while ago that when she called Clover to ask where she could buy their organic milk (she wasn't in the Bay Area), they told her TJ's.

            2. Junie D RE: vimal_babu May 7, 2010 07:18 AM

              I toured the Straus creamery about two years ago and watched TJs cream-top milk go through the line. Of course, that could have changed since then.

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              1. re: Junie D
                Robert Lauriston RE: Junie D May 7, 2010 08:53 AM

                Taste hasn't changed. I don't think anybody else around here makes unhomogenized organic milk.

                1. re: Junie D
                  wildbottom RE: Junie D Mar 25, 2011 12:57 AM

                  I brought Straus Creamtop last week at Rainbow. It was from plant 06-93 (Straus Creamery). TJ's Creamtop is also from plant 06-93. So Straus still makes them for TJ's. BTW, the plastic half-gal jugs look exactly the same. If the word goes out, I'll won't be able to get my Creamtop that cheap anymore. I already have a hard time finding it at my local TJ's. They used to run out.
                  If you need proof, I took pics of both jugs with the labels.

                  1. re: wildbottom
                    Bryan Gros RE: wildbottom Mar 25, 2011 01:18 PM

                    What's the plus for non-homogenized milk?

                    1. re: Bryan Gros
                      wolfe RE: Bryan Gros Mar 25, 2011 01:32 PM

                      Read this quickly before it disappears. You pays your money and you takes your chances.

                      1. re: Bryan Gros
                        Robert Lauriston RE: Bryan Gros Mar 25, 2011 01:38 PM

                        I just prefer the flavor of Straus milk. I mostly couldn't care less that it's not homogenized. It's occasionally annoying when the cream gets clotted and is hard to stir back in (which, oddly, I've only ever seen at TJ's) or when we have house guests who forget to shake it up.

                        1. re: Robert Lauriston
                          wildbottom RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 25, 2011 01:59 PM

                          I second that. I shake it hard for like 10 minute(good workout) and it usually does the job. That's what I use for my Kefir grains.
                          When I use Regular 2% Milk for my Kefir grains, the Kefir milk has a slight medicine odor. (Maybe from the artificial vitamins).

                          1. re: wildbottom
                            Robert Lauriston RE: wildbottom Mar 25, 2011 02:03 PM

                            I don't taste any off flavors in regular milk, it's just bland compared with Straus.

                            1. re: Robert Lauriston
                              wildbottom RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 25, 2011 02:20 PM

                              My Kefir grains grow much faster in Creamtop. Maybe cuz' of the fat. And I figure children would drink more milk if they taste the Creamtop version. Makes your stomach feel full as well.

                              1. re: wildbottom
                                PommeDeGuerre RE: wildbottom Nov 26, 2011 02:13 AM

                                Homogenized or not, the fat content should the same.

                        2. re: Bryan Gros
                          wildbottom RE: Bryan Gros Mar 25, 2011 01:41 PM

                          The only thing done to the Non-homogenized milk is pasteurization. Most Homogenized Milk must be enriched with artificial vitamin A and D to replace the lost natural Vitamin A and D during Homogenization process. On the Ingredients of the Homogenized Milk will always say Vitamin A and D(not from the Milk but is added.
                          If you already buying Organic Milk, why not go the extra distance and use the less processed and more natural variety.

                          1. re: wildbottom
                            Bryan Gros RE: wildbottom Mar 26, 2011 08:23 AM

                            Interesting. thanks for the replies.
                            I like the less-processed argument. Will have to give it a try.

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                      TenderNob RE: vimal_babu Mar 3, 2012 09:52 AM

                      Try entering the packing code on the carton at www.whereismymilkfrom.com I learned there that Whole Foods house brand comes from Clover.

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