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ISO chopped/diced tomatoes NOT in cans

hi hounds,

i've got a dilemma. i used to regularly buy pomi chopped tomatoes. around this time last year, they went out of stock (see this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/697145). they came back in stock for a while; i stocked up. they are out of stock again.

pomi in canada is distributed by molisana. i called molisana's HQ and they don't even know when the pomi chopped tomatoes are coming back. apparently, there is a problem in italy with the packaging. this seems odd to me since the pomi strained products are fine. i even asked molisana to let me buy any remaining cartons of pomi chopped tomatoes from their warehouse! molisana has advised me to call every month to find out what's going on ...maybe they'll have a positive update for me one of these months?

fwiw, pomi is owned by an italian company called boschi. http://www.boschifood.it/Prodotti.asp... i don't write or speak italian and therefore can't contact boschi ... otherwise, trust me, i would!

in the meantime, i need to find a substitute ... but i want to AVOID chopped/diced tomatoes in cans (trying to stay away from BPA). does anyone know of any product that fits the bill?

thanks!!!

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  1. or how about whole, San Marzano tomatoes in jars???

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    1. re: acd123

      hey acd,

      whole tomatoes in jars would be great. but i've never seen those ... i've only ever seen pureed/strained tomatoes in jars. am i missing something?

    2. I got mine at the large No Frills at Dundas & Lansdowne but that was last December.

      1. Shoot, I didn't know those weren't around anymore - we just opened a box we had in the pantry from last summer or so, out of desperation for dinner on Monday! And it was great - I put it on the shopping list to get next week! Oh well - if I ever see it I'll post here.

        1. White Linen Marinara sauce in liter jars is worth trying. It has chopped Italian tomatoes and a rich, substantial flavor. I buy it at Costco but there may be other sources.

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          1. re: jayt90

            thanks jay ... i have been meaning to try that out (seen it in costco). however, i make batches of my own sauce so never got around to it!

          2. FYI, Ontario Natural organic canned tomatoes (whole/diced/crushed) are packed in BPA-free cans.

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            1. re: Tatai

              Like Utopia? Good info. I like the san marzanos but I probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

              1. re: acd123

                hey acd,

                where you buy your utopia tomatoes?

                i called utopia directly and they said they sell to loblaws but i've never seen utopia at any of the loblaws i've been to!

                they also told me that not all their cans are BPA free ... just some of them. the lady gave me a whole whack of codes to look for. i can post that here if anyone is interested.

                1. re: lilaki

                  Please post the can codes for the BPA-free cans. I wonder why all the cans are not BPA-free, or do they charge more for the BPA-free cans? (but then if it was a different can and price they'd have a different label and you wouldn't have to look for the codes).

                  1. re: Flexitarian

                    these are the codes from the lady that i spoke with at utopia:

                    XB691 10 246
                    XB691 10 247
                    XB691 10 251
                    XB691 10 252
                    XB691 10 253
                    XB691 10 258
                    XB691 10 259
                    XB691 10 260
                    XB691 10 261

                    i've never seen a utopia can so i have no idea where to find this code. maybe someone who has a utopia can handy can tell us?

                  2. re: lilaki

                    Utopia tomatoes are at Fiesta Farms.

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                    Fiesta Farms
                    200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

                    1. re: acd123

                      They are also in the larger Loblaw stores in the health food area.

                      1. re: jayt90

                        I've seen them at the Broadview and the Danforth store.

                        1. re: JennaBean

                          i'll have to scope out more loblaw stores ... the one @ 427 and burnhamthorpe has integrated their health foods with regular foods and they definitely don't carry it. and i was at super store last night and didn't see utopia in the health food section. thanks!

                      2. re: acd123

                        excellent - i'll have to make a trip there. thanks.

                        1. re: lilaki

                          My location can have stock issues at times (of all of their products) so if you have a long drive, call first :-)

                  3. re: Tatai

                    hi tatai,

                    great to know! thank you. do you know where i can purchase this?