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Trader Joe's French Village plain cream line yogurt discontinued

nemotode May 24, 2010 03:46 PM

I'm still in agony. They keep 50 kinds of non-fat, sweetened yogurt and get rid of their best.
Does anyone know where I can get a similar yogurt (outside of France)?

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    bulavinaka RE: nemotode May 24, 2010 03:59 PM

    Just a hand on your shoulder to turn you in the right direction. When something having to do with yogurt is hard to find, I usually turn to Whole Foods. Every WF store I've visited has a great selection of stuff that falls under that general category.

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      buttermarblepopcorn RE: nemotode May 25, 2010 12:10 PM

      Whole Foods sells Stonyfield brand whole-fat yogurt, both plain and French vanilla-flavored. There are a couple other brands of whole-fat yogurt, too, but I didn't like them as much as Stonyfield, whose whole-fat yogurt is amazing and FAR better than TJ's. And yes, Stonyfield's version indeed has the same top cream layer; I suspect theirs is what TJ's modeled their version after.

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        whatsfordinner RE: nemotode May 25, 2010 12:25 PM

        I share your frustration. It's crazy how all the markets stock non-fat but sweetened yogurt and very little whole cream. Gelson's used to carry Strauss whole fat yogurt until very recently and I'm still searching for an alternative. Unfortunately, Whole Foods doesn't carry it either. I'll give Stonyfield a try.

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          srr RE: whatsfordinner May 25, 2010 01:25 PM

          Just for the record whatsfordinner, TJ's carries a whole fat plain organic yogurt that is suspiciously similar to Straus. There have been discussions that they are one in the same, but nobody can confirm. I know they have it at the Inland Empire TJ's where my sister lives, so I'm sure they have it in LA. You are in LA, right?

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            Bob Brooks RE: srr May 25, 2010 04:04 PM

            Whole Foods carries Strauss. So does Ralph's but they charge a dollar more than WF.

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              whatsfordinner RE: srr May 25, 2010 05:20 PM

              I've heard the same about Straus being TJ's brand. Unfortunately, I'm looking for the vanilla and TJ's doesn't carry it!

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                MissCast RE: srr May 25, 2010 06:46 PM

                Totally - Even the labels are similar. Taste the same too. I buy either or, love Strauss, faux or no.

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                  troyavitia RE: srr May 25, 2010 07:31 PM

                  i sawthem unloading boxes of TJ's brand from Strauss boxes!!!1

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                    MissCast RE: troyavitia May 25, 2010 09:40 PM

                    LOL! I knew it!
                    Just had some and really, no different from Strauss from WF except cheaper of course.

              2. trolley RE: nemotode May 25, 2010 12:57 PM

                ugh! thanks for the heads up. yet ANOTHER trader joe's item we love discontinued. i suppose we eat with the minority. I agree with bulavinaka that one needs to turn to WF when TJ's fail. i second that stoneyfield makes great whole fat yogurt. we feed the yo baby to our toddler and he loves both plain and flavored. the big tubs of full fat is wonderful. if you're at WF you may also find Saint Benoit which comes in small ceramic jars or in bigger mason jars. the flavored kinds are nothing like the over sweetened nonfat crap. it's touch of sweet and big on flavor.

                1. E Eto RE: nemotode May 25, 2010 02:39 PM

                  Just for the record, are you talking about the Trader Joe's European Style Smooth & Creamy Organic Plain Whole Milk Yogurt (that's what it says on my container)? It has been harder to find in my local Trader Joe's in NYC, and I've also been dismayed that it's been discontinued. It is my favorite yogurt in terms of texture and sourness (and price). I get the Stonyfield farm yogurt in a pinch, but it doesn't quite do it. I've started to make my own yogurt using the culture of the TJ stuff, but it's a pain to strain to get it to the right creamy texture. I don't like the other TJ yogurts either, and the Greek yogurts are also good, but doesn't work for me in the same way. I did like the homemade yogurt they sell at C&K (Papa Christo's) on Pico/Normandie better than most others. If I lived in LA, that's probably where I'd be getting my yogurt.

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                    buttermarblepopcorn RE: E Eto May 25, 2010 06:12 PM

                    The title of this thread has "French Village plain cream line yogurt" in it, which means the cream-top Stonyfield-type copycat, not the Strauss-brand copycat.

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                      E Eto RE: buttermarblepopcorn May 25, 2010 07:02 PM

                      I guess it must be a regional thing, since I hadn't noticed the French Village version at my local TJs. Not sure what you mean by Strauss-brand copycat. Does the one that I mention exist in LA? Just curious.

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                        trolley RE: E Eto May 25, 2010 08:18 PM

                        the copycat version of straus exists in LA. even down to the label- red for whole fat and blue for nonfat. the french village line was much more mellow just like stoneyfield.

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                          buttermarblepopcorn RE: E Eto May 25, 2010 09:58 PM

                          E Eto: Ah, I see. Well, to be clearer than I was before, the "Straus-brand copycat" (oops I'd misspelled Straus earlier) I mentioned *is* in fact your aforementioned "Trader Joe's European Style Smooth & Creamy Organic Plain Whole Milk Yogurt." But it is not the yogurt the OP was looking for.

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                            srr RE: buttermarblepopcorn May 25, 2010 11:35 PM

                            Sorry!! My fault for the off-thread response. I thought by responding to "whatsfordinner" I could just respond to that person. Next time I will just start something new so as not to confuse the readers.

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                      foufou RE: nemotode May 26, 2010 04:16 AM

                      Henry's markets carry whole fat yogurts such as Brown Cow Farm,Stonyfield, among others.....

                      1. Grog RE: nemotode May 27, 2010 05:44 PM

                        When I saw this I panicked as this is part of my morning routine. Thankfully, at least at the new Hollywood TJs, this product (the non-fat with the pink and bluish print-clear package) is not discontinued. The manager confirmed the item is still available. so for now, we are safe. Whew!

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                          buttermarblepopcorn RE: Grog May 27, 2010 05:51 PM

                          OP isn't talking about the nonfat version, but rather the full-fat, cream line version.

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                          ChristyO RE: nemotode Jun 21, 2012 09:09 AM

                          Hello, I know this is an older thread but thought I would offer this information since I am eating the TJ French Village plain cream line yogurt now for breakfast. I purchased it in Claremont CA store, if your local TJ does not carry it, it is Nancy's yogurt under the TJ French Village line, just go to Nancy's yogurt and put in your zip, some places carry different Nancy's products but her line is amazing and no extra's that are bad for you, only pure great stuff. ~Enjoy

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                            Peripatetic RE: ChristyO Jun 22, 2012 01:54 AM

                            About Nancy's . . .

                            Four cows from the Cornucopia Institute -- that's good.
                            No pectin -- that's really good!
                            But the "where to find us" database needs to be updated -- they still think there's a Wild Oats Market at 603 S. Lake. :(

                            (R.I.P. Wild Oats)

                            Is there any way to be sure the "French Village plain cream line yogurt" is Nancy's? Some of their other organic dairy products are from disreputable producers.

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                              trolley RE: Peripatetic Jun 22, 2012 06:56 AM

                              "Some of their other organic dairy products are from disreputable producers."

                              oh do tell! details? i don't buy Nancy's bc it's too sour for my family but i like it occasionally.

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                                Peripatetic RE: trolley Jun 25, 2012 02:16 AM

                                See: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7697...

                                TJ's apparently uses Rockview (at least occasionally) for their organic milk in SoCal.

                                The Cornucopia Institute rates Rockview as "ethically deficient".

                                Whether you buy into the Cornucopia Institute as a good source of info is another story. However, I haven't come across any other trustworthy sources of information about organic milk. There are many, many more resources directed at confusing the consumer rather than at informing them. Probably some of these efforts border on fraud.

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                                  westsidegal RE: Peripatetic Jun 25, 2012 08:06 AM

                                  some of those confusing resources don't "border" on fraud, they ARE fraudulent.
                                  (iirc, the palmer products that were being sold at rawsome were completely fraudulent)

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                                    Peripatetic RE: westsidegal Jun 25, 2012 08:55 AM

                                    Wasn't Rawesome raided for unauthorized sale of raw dairy products? Or were the products fraudulently represented to customers as something they weren't?

                                    (BTW, I realize that the owners of one of Rawesome's suppliers were allegedly involved in fraudulent real estate deals. That would be enough to put me off their products. But as I understand it, the products were never alleged to have been fraudulently represented.)

                              2. re: Peripatetic
                                TonyC RE: Peripatetic Jun 25, 2012 10:19 AM

                                You know the drill PP, run the dairy plant codes.

                                Per http://www.whereismymilkfrom.com/dair... Springfield Creamery (Nancy's) would carry "41-63".

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                                  Peripatetic RE: TonyC Jun 26, 2012 01:05 AM

                                  Ah, thought that was on milk and cream only, not other dairy products.

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