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Discontinued at Trader Joe's (started 6/19/2011) [old]

greygarious Jun 19, 2011 01:07 PM

There's an old thread that is very long, and assorted tributes to departed items sprinkled amongst the other TJ threads, so I thought the topic merited a new thread.

My latest eulogy is for the tamari-roasted almonds. The soy flavoring contributed some satisfying umami without a lot of salt. Every time I go, I look in the vain hope that the whole wheat mini-chocolate chip cookies or the truffle oil will have reappeared.... None of these were seasonal items so it appears that extinction is forever. What items do you wish they'd bring back?

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    chez cherie Jun 19, 2011 03:47 PM

    vanilla paste.
    chimichurri sauce.
    cioppino base.
    the consolation is that they always come up with something new that's great.

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      rainey Jun 25, 2011 01:57 AM

      +1 on the vanilla bean paste

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        RoxyGrl Jul 11, 2011 04:18 PM

        Look for the vanilla bean paste again around the holidays. It's gone in and out of stock over the years but seems to come back around that time every other year or so.

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          rainey Jul 12, 2011 08:12 PM

          Excellent news!

          I was looking for confectioners' sugar the other day. None to be found. A staff person told me it's also a "seasonal" item. Confectioners' sugar! =o

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            chez cherie Aug 29, 2011 08:21 PM

            Sadly, i think the vanilla paste is gone for good. While it used to make an appearance at the holidays ( along with frozen puff pastry, peppermint jojos and several other amazing products), the vanilla paste has not resurfaced for at least three years.

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        biankat Jul 11, 2011 03:41 PM

        yes! the chimichurri sauce.

      3. coney with everything Jun 22, 2011 05:55 AM

        It's been discussed before, but I was particularly bummed about the Neiman Ranch bacon being dropped.

        And now even more so since I saw it at my local "gourmet" market...at 2x the price :(

        The Twigs, Flakes & Clusters cereal has been MIA my last two store visits, so I'm afraid for that too.

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          coney with everything Jul 6, 2011 05:19 AM

          Cashier told me Monday that Twigs Flakes and Clusters are indeed discontinued. Sigh.

        2. Sloth Jun 22, 2011 09:11 AM

          Lunch at work just hasn't been the same without the White Chicken Sesame Noodle Bowl.

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            gnosh Jun 24, 2011 07:14 PM

            The refrigerated soups. Ancient grains (lentil) was especially good. The soups are replaced by beans and mediocre chicken salad. Don't get it.

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              sciencediet Jul 6, 2011 09:07 AM

              Any chance the soups will be back in the fall? I could see them laying off the soup for summer. I liked the chicken and barley.

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                OneSonTwoCats Jul 7, 2011 12:04 PM

                With the exception of the gazpacho, the refridgerated soups are seasonal. They will be back in the fall.

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                  PantomimeLion Jul 11, 2011 03:32 PM

                  I was told they are seasonal and will be back in the fall when I inquired about the "Clam Chowdah." I did not understand why a Clam Chowder would be discontinued for the summer, since to me it's a soup associated with summer. I live on the east coast and frequent a seafood restaurant which is only open in summer and which makes probably half its revenue from people ordering their New England clam chowder, no matter how hot the weather is.

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                  skibumwannabe Nov 8, 2011 07:44 AM

                  Just saw the lentil soup back yesterday in a Mass. store along with another soup which I didn't focus on. - Agree lentil was very good.

                3. Tripeler Jun 25, 2011 01:35 AM

                  Trader Joe's used to have some pretty good Greek olives in a regular sized can.
                  I used to buy them four or five at a time.
                  Haven't seen them in about two years, and miss the product.

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                    rainey Jun 25, 2011 01:59 AM

                    Loved the green beans Prik King from the frozen foods section. Microwaved in minutes and topped with a few of their tiger shrimp it was dinner. Yum!

                    Missing the grilled salmon that they had in the ready to eat section. It was a great protein boost and perfect for topping a salad.

                    nd I still miss the hot and sour soup in a tall jar that they haven't carried in years.

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                      Swiss422 Jul 5, 2011 09:35 PM

                      Just today tried to buy four boxes of frozen Korean skewered beef. Gone. Their spot was filled with a bunch of cheerful boxes of awful-sounding entrees. How can so many unpleasant items survive while really good ones go away???!?

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                        PantomimeLion Jul 11, 2011 03:34 PM

                        You hit the nail on the head. I don't buy or eat meat, and I still have the same complaint. I feel they discontinue good things and often replace them with inferior ones, or continue to sell mediocre items and kill off the good ones.

                      2. goodhealthgourmet Jul 5, 2011 10:37 PM

                        the jarred peppadews.

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                          sleapman Aug 9, 2011 10:57 AM

                          No more peppadews is soul-crushing

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                            shaebones Aug 9, 2011 01:04 PM

                            Not sure wjhere you live but you can find peppadews @ Market Basket in New England.

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                              nandrew Dec 26, 2011 05:14 AM

                              I live in Cambridge, MA and the River St. Whole Foods has Peppadews in the antipasto bar ($9.99/lb). The Fresh Pond store seems to have added some oil to the product, at least did the one time I got them there. I'm addicted to these little sweet/spicy peppers!

                        2. mrbigshotno.1 Jul 8, 2011 02:35 PM

                          They quit selling their half sour pickles a couple of years ago, WHY?
                          Same with the petit four sized cheese cake bites, WHY?
                          I found out the other day they have discontinued the frozen "Pasta Italiano", not only WHY? but WHY, GODAMMIT!!!

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                            socsci Jul 11, 2011 03:05 PM

                            1) The mojito simmer sauce -- our favorite for fish (e.g. tilapia) adding some sauteed onions and cilantro, as demo'd. The curry simmer sauces are okay but not as good.
                            2) About 8 years ago they discontinued a wonderful almost-no-fat tomato based salad dressing. They brought it back once after complaints but then it went away for good. I tried multiple experiments to recreate it, but unsuccessfully.

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                              PantomimeLion Jul 11, 2011 03:37 PM

                              I wish they would at least give customers the names of the companies who made the items for TJ's once they are discontinued. Often they make the product under another label and just labeled it for TJ's when they bought it from them, but TJ's will not give out that info for the discontinued things. I am in search of the frozen spinach-tofu rolls Tj's used to sell. They were large egg rolls in a pack of 5 in the frozen section.

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                                greygarious Jul 11, 2011 03:45 PM

                                I e-mailed them a few days ago to suggest an icon be added to the shelf label for products about to be discontinued - a sad smiley, waving hand, etc. Got a boilerplate reply that they would pass the suggestion up the ladder. Not holding my breath.

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                                  sweetpotater Aug 30, 2011 03:51 PM

                                  I was at a TJ's in Seattle last week and saw exactly this: little signs on products in the freezer case warning that they were about to be discontinued.

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                                    Caitlin McGrath Aug 30, 2011 04:38 PM

                                    I've seen those signs on freezer case bins, usually on bright yellow or green paper, for the past few years, but I don't know if they're consistent about it, and I don't recall seeing them on non-freezer shelf labels.

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                                  rainey Jul 12, 2011 08:13 PM

                                  Sometimes a manger will. Don't give up asking.

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                                    goodhealthgourmet Jul 12, 2011 09:23 PM

                                    i have good news & bad news for you about those egg rolls. the good: i know who the manufacturer was and they're still in business. the bad: they *seriously* reformulated/changed the product.

                                    original/TJ's version:
                                    http://www.sunspotnatural.com/shop/product_view.asp?id=28407&StoreID=EABBPGA3BDMV9PLRHC5V7Q5R1JAX2LE3&private_product=0

                                    new version:
                                    http://www.healthiswealthfoods.com/sp...

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                                      PantomimeLion Jul 13, 2011 04:32 AM

                                      Are you sure these were the ones TJs had? What is different about the reformulation? I think I've seen these but thought they were bite-size and a different thing. The TJ's used to come 5 large rolls to a pack, on a cardboard tray with a clear plastic wrapper in the frozen section.

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                                        goodhealthgourmet Jul 13, 2011 04:29 PM

                                        yes i'm positive the *original* Health Is Wealth product was the one at TJ's. and if you read the ingredients lists in each of the links i provided you'll see how vastly it's changed.

                                        oh, and as for packaging, TJ's sometimes changes it for their needs - different box or bag, different size/count weight.

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                                          PantomimeLion Jul 15, 2011 03:51 AM

                                          Thank you - I'll look for these at my local Giant. I'm pretty sure they have it.

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                                            goodhealthgourmet Jul 15, 2011 09:57 AM

                                            good luck!

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                                      jcmods Aug 31, 2011 10:16 AM

                                      Was wondering the same thing about the White Chicken Sesame Noodle Bowl. I believe it was manufactured in Canada but that is all I know. I miss that the most of all hte discontinued TJ items.

                                  2. Ruth Lafler Jul 12, 2011 05:25 PM

                                    After a long hiatus I was looking for meringues the other day -- they used to have several different kinds (mini chocolate, chocolate chip, etc.) and I didn't see any. Gone for good?

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                                      goodhealthgourmet Jul 12, 2011 07:00 PM

                                      if i remember when i go tomorrow i'll ask for you...

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                                        invinotheresverde Jul 12, 2011 07:20 PM

                                        Please, NOT the meringues.

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                                          iluvcookies Jul 18, 2011 05:49 PM

                                          I bought vanilla meringues at the Scarsdale, NY location last week.
                                          But they were out of the crunchy granola bars.

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                                            iluvcookies Jul 23, 2011 02:20 PM

                                            Happy to report the crunchy granola bars were in stock today. WHEW! Thought I lost those for a minute.

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                                              iluvcookies Sep 7, 2011 01:26 PM

                                              And sadly, the crunchy granola bars have again disappeared. Not even a sign on the shelf. :(

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                                            goodhealthgourmet Jul 18, 2011 09:11 PM

                                            Ruth, your meringues are alive & well. i actually remembered to check today! the guy looked at me like i was nuts when i asked if they had been discontinued - turns out i was standing about 3 feet from the display :) i explained to him that i had never bought them and was asking for someone else.

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                                              Ruth Lafler Jul 18, 2011 10:18 PM

                                              Thanks for the good news!

                                          3. RWCFoodie Jul 14, 2011 05:14 PM

                                            Escargot w/garlic butter in tiny brioche, about the size of a golf ball - lovely appetizers. I believe there were 12 in a box, frozen. They came from Canada. Required a quick heat up in the oven and Yum.

                                            Over the last several years TJ had them but then they go out of stock and no information is ever available. I usually found them in either late Summer on into Fall. They were very, very good.

                                            They are missing in action again, and once again, no information is available... I check every time I visit TJ hoping they'll be back.

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                                              robbyc Jul 14, 2011 05:16 PM

                                              Trader Joe' reminds me of a comment a friend of mine once made about IKEA. " They have some great things but ones has to be selective as they have an awful lot of crap"

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                                                PantomimeLion Jul 15, 2011 03:50 AM

                                                I can't believe it. Last night, the chocolate gelato was gone. I think for good.

                                                And I've been waiting weeks for my frozen artichokes. Being told they "are waiting for a new crop." When did this ever happen with any other frozen veggie? I have a feeling it's sayonara for the frozen artichokes.

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                                                  Sloth Jul 15, 2011 07:30 AM

                                                  Funny, I've always found TJ staff to be forthcoming and honest about the status of products. They also gave me the hint that when the shelf tag for an item is gone, it means that they are not expecting any more of it.

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                                                    chez cherie Jul 15, 2011 07:45 AM

                                                    i was told the same thing about the frozen sliced leeks, and about a month later they were back. so there's hope for your artichokes.

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                                                      goodhealthgourmet Jul 15, 2011 09:56 AM

                                                      I have a feeling it's sayonara for the frozen artichokes.
                                                      ~~~~~~~~~~
                                                      really? they've got plenty at both of the stores i frequent. keeping fingers crossed because i really don't like canned, and no one seems to offer jarred in *water* instead of brine...

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                                                        foodseek Jul 15, 2011 10:02 AM

                                                        I found jarred in water artichokes-Cara Mia brand- at my local Safeway in Northern California.

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                                                          goodhealthgourmet Jul 15, 2011 10:05 AM

                                                          thanks so much for the tip! we don't have Safeway down here in LA and i've only ever seen their marinated hearts, but i'll check places like Ralph's & Albertsons for the ones in water.

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                                                            cvhound Jul 15, 2011 10:32 AM

                                                            Vons is owned by Safeway, so you might want to check Vons for the artichokes mentioned by foodseek.

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                                                          Cathy Jul 15, 2011 04:42 PM

                                                          These?

                                                          The frozen ones at TJs are much less expensive than the frozen ones at Vons/Safeway/Ralphs.

                                                           
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                                                            goodhealthgourmet Jul 15, 2011 05:01 PM

                                                            thanks, i know the frozen TJ's are less expensive - the ones we were talking about from Safeway et al are jarred. the problem with those jarred artichokes with stems from TJ's is that even though they're not marinated, they're LOADED with sodium - over 400mg per serving. i'm extremely salt-sensitive and limit my sodium intake to 1200mg or less per day (half of what's recommended for most people), so that's just too concentrated for me.

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                                                              PantomimeLion Jul 16, 2011 06:27 PM

                                                              I realized TJs does have canned artichoke hearts, so I bought those, but I'm sure they're more expensive as well as higher in sodium. I don't know why the employees I asked never told me they had canned. I found by accident.

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                                                                goodhealthgourmet Jul 16, 2011 08:22 PM

                                                                I don't know why the employees I asked never told me they had canned.
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                                                                probably because - like me - they assumed you only wanted frozen. i personally stay away from the canned, but i would have mentioned that they have them if i had known you were open to it. sorry about that!

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                                                          Cathy Aug 4, 2011 03:12 PM

                                                          The frozen artichokes are still there. Just saw them.

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                                                            PantomimeLion Aug 4, 2011 03:30 PM

                                                            I was there on Monday. The first person told me they "didn't know" when they would be in, and I pressed further and he looked it up and said, "Oh, they're coming in TOMORROW" and then I asked yet ANOTHER employee, who told me they were in the frozen section. There were about 6 bags buried where you'd have to be a detective to find them, and no sign. That's the thing that aggravates me the most about TJs. Half the time the items ARE there, but their displays make it impossible to see them. Or they keep moving things around so they're no longer anywhere near where they used to be. It used to be charming, but really has become tiresome.

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                                                          Ruth Lafler Jul 15, 2011 03:05 PM

                                                          Thing about Trader Joe's is that they have a much lower percentage of crap than, say, Safeway. Maybe 80 percent of the stuff at TJ's is crap, but 95 percent of the stuff at Safeway is crap!

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                                                            foodseek Jul 16, 2011 12:14 PM

                                                            The artichokes in water at Safeway I purchased was the Cara Mia brand. It is a very good product and quite delicious served in a chicken rice artichoke salad recipe. I believe Cara Mia was one of the first commercial brands of marinated artichokes out of California.

                                                            http://shop.starfinefoods.com/img/pro...

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                                                          chuck s Jul 15, 2011 09:58 AM

                                                          They stopped carrying Nieman Ranch Bacon and haven't been able to replace it.

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                                                            coney with everything Jul 19, 2011 05:11 AM

                                                            I've seen it locally at 2 times what TJ's used to charge.

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                                                              Jen76 Aug 30, 2011 07:50 AM

                                                              Niman Ranch Ham steaks as well. Totally bummed. Luckily, I found a local meat shop for good bacon.

                                                            2. mollyomormon Jul 16, 2011 05:00 PM

                                                              Still mourn that they stopped carrying Snackmaster's turkey jerky, which I can buy elsewhere but it's twice as expensive. The chocolate-covered chili-spiced dried mangos, the pre-cooked beluga lentils, the whole grain chocolate chip cookies, and recently the three-pepper salsa.

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                                                                goodhealthgourmet Jul 16, 2011 06:13 PM

                                                                have you checked Sprouts in Culver City for the jerky? they *may* have it, and their prices are sometimes lower than other places.

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                                                                  tracylee Jul 17, 2011 03:39 PM

                                                                  I wondered if I was just not seeing the lentils, forgetting about them, or they didn't carry them at our new TJs, which is smaller than the one 45 minutes away. I'm sorry to hear that they were discontinued.

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                                                                  Isolda Jul 16, 2011 05:13 PM

                                                                  There's some hope when a product disappears. My son's favorite popcorn shrimp is gone for good, but the frozen mango on sticky rice they told me had been discontinued showed up in large quantities at another TJ location. I bought lots and lots.

                                                                  And those frozen precooked brown rice packets that come 3 to a box disappeared from my TJ's for a long while, then magically reappeared and had actually produced offspring, other rice varieties and blends.

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                                                                    PantomimeLion Jul 16, 2011 06:28 PM

                                                                    Never heard about the frozen mango on rice - is that meant as a dessert or a meal or an appetizer? Sounds intriguing!

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                                                                    Brian_NC Jul 16, 2011 06:07 PM

                                                                    What i really miss is the orange bread. Anyone remember that? It was very orange flavored,dense wheat(?) bread that when toasted and slathered with butter was just awesome.
                                                                    I haven't seen it here in Raleigh; last i had it was >17 years ago, living in huntington beach.
                                                                    Big sigh
                                                                    Brian

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                                                                      PantomimeLion Jul 16, 2011 06:32 PM

                                                                      Never saw it but you've made it sound irresistible! This thread sometimes depresses me not only because of the things I bought and missed, but the NUMEROUS things I've read about that I never saw and wish I had been able to try!!!

                                                                      I know it's cake and not bread, but you might want to try Amy's Kitchen Organic Orange Cake, which is in most freezer sections of stores that carry the Amy's brand. Whole Foods carries them. No artificial or bad ingredients. http://www.amys.com/products/product-...

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                                                                        Brian_NC Jul 17, 2011 07:05 AM

                                                                        & thanks, I'll check it out!!

                                                                        Brian

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                                                                        jjw Jul 16, 2011 06:51 PM

                                                                        Yes I remember that bread! ( I'm in California and I know that bread products vary regionally.). I think it was made by the same people that made my very, very favorite honey whole wheat with poppy seeds that is also no longer around.

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                                                                          Caitlin McGrath Aug 9, 2011 02:26 PM

                                                                          That orange whole wheat bread was really good, made great toast.

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                                                                          sablemerle Jul 16, 2011 11:09 PM

                                                                          Tongal chunk light tuna has been gone from my local store for nearly a month. This is the only canned tuna I can find now that isn't the texture of a tuna smoothie. They claim it hasn't been discontinued, but sheesh.

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                                                                            greygarious Jul 16, 2011 11:26 PM

                                                                            Check out Costco's Kirkland canned tuna, solidly raved over by many Hounds. Nice texture, the flavor tuna USED to have, a larger can (7 or 8 oz, can't remember), and a fair price. I'd prefer that it were in oil, but it's still great.

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                                                                              goodhealthgourmet Jul 16, 2011 11:56 PM

                                                                              @sablemerle, not sure where you're located, but there's plenty on the shelves at all the TJ's here in LA.

                                                                              @grey, i'd be all over the Kirkland if they had a lower sodium option and would switch to BPA-free cans!

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                                                                                RWCFoodie Jul 18, 2011 03:25 PM

                                                                                Also saw it on the shelves of my closest branch in Menlo Park CA

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                                                                                thursday Jul 18, 2011 05:59 PM

                                                                                The tuna was gone in the LA area about 6 months ago for a good long while, at least a couple of months - they told me that there was some sort of shortage, but it would be back...and lo and behold it has returned in all its glory! So maybe the shortage is just now hitting your area? Or they rotated which stores got cut from the tuna orders to accommodate for the shortage? Regardless, have hope! I'm sure it will be back to you soon.

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                                                                                thursday Jul 18, 2011 06:02 PM

                                                                                I desperately miss the tempura vegetables. I liked the Bird's Nests that they still sell, but the sweet potato in the old package was so good!
                                                                                Another sad face for the jarred nicoise olives. They've been gone a couple of years now, but I always hope they'll be back. They're so much more flavorful than the Kalamatas, and no one else seems to sell them jarred.

                                                                                The frozen puff pastry has also disappeared, but I'm hoping that's seasonal. The pie crusts used to disappear every summer as well and return in fall - but there's nothing like puff pastry for making quick turnovers when I buy too much summer fruit at the farmer's market! I hope the puff pastry returns quickly. I don't like the Pepperidge Farm very well and Whole Foods is too pricey.

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                                                                                  chinchi Jul 19, 2011 12:30 PM

                                                                                  Has anyone spotted the tuna curry recently? My last two visits to Trader Joes have come up empty. The red panang tuna curry was a favorite.

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                                                                                    PantomimeLion Jul 19, 2011 01:03 PM

                                                                                    Yes, I have seen it in the last week in an eastern PA store! I have a feeling it may just out of stock in your store. I would give them a call to ask.

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                                                                                      chinchi Jul 19, 2011 01:24 PM

                                                                                      Thank you...there is hope!

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                                                                                        chinchi Jul 24, 2011 09:19 AM

                                                                                        I asked about the Tuna Curry while checking out, and the checker said the stock was exhausted for the time being and they weren't receiving any new shipments :( I'll check another TJ to see if there are any boxes left. Boo!

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                                                                                          PantomimeLion Jul 24, 2011 11:40 AM

                                                                                          Maybe they're in the same place as my missing frozen artichoke hearts. ;) I do hope it doesn't mean the tuna is slated to be dropped. Are they not receiving shipments FOR NOW, or did he or she say they aren't scheduled to get any more indefinitely? They can usually get that info at the manager's desk.

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                                                                                            chinchi Jul 29, 2011 09:21 AM

                                                                                            Tuna Curry was back on the shelves of my Trader Joes yesterday, thank goodness! Looks like it was only a temporary shipment delay. I stocked up just in case...

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                                                                                      PantomimeLion Aug 4, 2011 03:32 PM

                                                                                      This became an issue in the Media, PA store as well. Apparently there is a green, yellow and red curry version of this, and they all were out of stock. They are supposed to come back soon. I think I only ever saw the green one.

                                                                                    3. Steve Green Jul 20, 2011 08:43 PM

                                                                                      The imported-from-Germany mini bratwursts are discontinued, only a couple of months after we discovered them. Typical.

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                                                                                        Steve Green Jul 24, 2011 03:43 PM

                                                                                        Following up on myself here. Apparently the TJ employee who told me the brats were discontinued, was, like Rick in _Casablanca_, misinformed. I bought three packages.

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                                                                                        marissaj Jul 30, 2011 09:29 PM

                                                                                        I miss the honeyed plaintains. Never seen them anywhere else either and I have a salad that calls specifically for them :( Oh, and the baked onion rings are gone.

                                                                                        Frankly it really pisses me off that they have no consistency.

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                                                                                          greygarious Jul 31, 2011 09:21 PM

                                                                                          My friend lived in Fairbanks for many years. She told me that when a given product appeared on the grocery shelves, people bought a year's worth because they knew they might not see it again for a very long time. She moved to a large city in the Midwest. At first I received breathless reports of her bounty from Whole Foods, TJ's, and the like. I warned her that she might soon be calling TJ's, "Alaskamart". Sure enough, except that in Fairbanks, she knew the canned peaches would be back eventually. No such certainty at TJ's.

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                                                                                            Briek Aug 1, 2011 01:56 PM

                                                                                            I just purchased the baked onion rings yesterday in CT. Maybe they were out of stock at your store?

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                                                                                            Joltingjoey Jul 31, 2011 05:52 AM

                                                                                            2 items I miss: cucumber wonton rolls and Manitaropita--mushrooms and wine sauce in phyllo pastry.

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                                                                                              CurlieGlamourGirlie Jul 31, 2011 06:18 AM

                                                                                              I know I was like one of maybe 3 people who liked them, but the garlic chive corn crackers were very tasty. I asked yesterday and *poof* discontinued. The TJ employee was very helpful and suggested these veggie tortilla chips that supposedly assimilate them.

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                                                                                                noya Oct 29, 2011 06:40 AM

                                                                                                we liked these, too

                                                                                              2. jcmods Aug 3, 2011 10:23 AM

                                                                                                They got rid of three staples for me:
                                                                                                White Chicken Sesame Noodle Bowl (a crime!!)
                                                                                                Chicken Vindaloo
                                                                                                Kung Pao Chicken.

                                                                                                I was eating those since at least 2005 and they all disappeared recently. The Pad Thai and Soba noodle things that look like the same company are nowhere NEAR as good.

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                                                                                                  lrhr Aug 3, 2011 10:52 PM

                                                                                                  Bye bye to the tofutti better than cream cheese. Tough luck for vegans, lactose intolerants and (our household) high cholesterol sufferers. can probably buy the same brand at a kosher market for twice the price.

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                                                                                                    sciencediet Aug 4, 2011 05:47 AM

                                                                                                    Or Whole Foods, ditto. That's too bad.

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                                                                                                      PantomimeLion Aug 4, 2011 03:25 PM

                                                                                                      That STINKS. I just bought it a couple of days ago in Media, PA. WHY???

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                                                                                                        PantomimeLion Aug 4, 2011 03:33 PM

                                                                                                        Do you think TJs will have Tofutti manufacture it under a TJs label??

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                                                                                                        PantomimeLion Aug 30, 2011 08:40 AM

                                                                                                        I know this is officially about food, but I don't know where else to rant about discontinued TJ's items. I am still bitter about the discontinuation of their loofah soap, which I only got to buy one bar of before I learned it was gone. You assume these things will always be there. It was THE best soap for soothing skin, and even though it had bits of loofah in the bar, it didn't make any mess in the shower like I thought it might. It was the best!!! And yet they still carry several soaps now that I can't stand. I just don't get it. I thought loofah might come back in one form or another.

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                                                                                                          madonna Aug 30, 2011 03:49 PM

                                                                                                          I uknowingly posted re this subject somewhere else. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/804178. Thank you to greygarious for redirecting me here. I am wondering if anyone knows where I can find those salmon cans that they used to sell a long time ago? They were fillets with just water and salt, but were delicous. They were the only canned salmon that really tasted like a poached salmon that you would make yourself at home. It used to be sold in a pink narrow long can that had the Norwegian flag and had a pop up lid. I have never seen it anywhere else. It used to be a really big seller but sadly one day it was gone.

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                                                                                                          jlhinwa Sep 2, 2011 10:12 PM

                                                                                                          I went in to my local TJ's tonight to buy the pita puffs with sea salt. I couldn't find them anywhere, couldn't find a tag on the shelf where they were located less than two weeks ago, nothing. I asked a nice TJ employee about it; he went in back to check and came back with the sad news that they have been discontinued. I am officially in mourning. They are the perfect little light puffs of crunchy snack goodness. I put them on my pizza stone in the oven and melted cheese on top for a healthier alternative to nachos. Sigh. I had been craving them the past two days and now they are gone. Pffffft.

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                                                                                                            jman1 Sep 8, 2011 01:09 AM

                                                                                                            I haven't seen the Dorot frozen herbs and garlic lately, are these still available at TJ's? Also, seems that TJ's only carries a few items over the last few years (garlic, basil and cilantro). Seen others?

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                                                                                                              marti Sep 8, 2011 11:43 AM

                                                                                                              I just bought both Dorot basil and garlic at my Huntington Beach TJ yesterday. Disappointed to find they no longer stock the frozen baguettes (6 to a pkg).

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                                                                                                                ejtait Sep 23, 2011 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                Marti, I wrote to TJs and they said the baguettes were dropped due to low sales. Those were a favourite in our home-rare to find frozen 4 ingredient bread. Have you found anything comparable? All I can find is overly processed/with added sugar.

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                                                                                                                  marti Sep 23, 2011 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                  Thanks for checking! I am still looking. I did find a fair substitue until I can find the "real Thing" Gelson Market(southern cal.) carries LaBrea Bakery French Rolls (frozen) that need a few minutes in the oven. The ingredients list is comparable. I just prefer the baguette style-I like crust but like the inside better so the baguette works for me.

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                                                                                                                    ejtait Sep 25, 2011 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                    Thanks for the info. Those baguettes had the perfect crust/inside combo and seemed to please all. We are on the search--someone mentioned to me that Costco had a similar product and I've asked a friend to check for me (I don't have a membership). I found one brand of frozen baguettes at Whole Foods and our local chain supermarket (Kroger in Ohio) but the ingredient list was long and included added sugar... I gave those a pass.

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                                                                                                                      Cathy Sep 25, 2011 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                      Costco also stopped carrying the baguettes.

                                                                                                                      Both made in France, so maybe there were problems.

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                                                                                                                tracylee Sep 9, 2011 10:44 PM

                                                                                                                I saw the Dorot frozen herbs yesterday when I was at my local TJs. I didn't stop to see which kinds, since I have basil and garlic in my tiny freezer already and didn't need anything else.

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                                                                                                                was_bk Sep 12, 2011 08:17 AM

                                                                                                                Organic Valencia Crunchy Peanut Butter is history.

                                                                                                                After reading all the raves on Chowhound I finally tried it & really liked it much better than Smuckers or the other brands I've tried here in NYC.

                                                                                                                If anyone has any info on this product or something similar, I'd appreciate it.

                                                                                                                fwiw, I don't really care that it was organic, it just tasted better than TJ's regular crunchy.

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                                                                                                                  Bax Sep 13, 2011 09:26 PM

                                                                                                                  Ohhhh I SO hope you are wrong about this! That's the only peanut butter I buy. I will be sad sad if it's gone....

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                                                                                                                    josquared Sep 14, 2011 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                    Really? Oh, bummer that was a staple of mine - their other regular pb is okay, but I prefer the Valencia

                                                                                                                    I might have to go to Costco (Kirkland) version but kinda hate buying two jars at once.

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                                                                                                                      chompy Sep 18, 2011 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                      Yeah, it's true. My brother works for TJ's and said that the supplier for Valencia peanuts switched to growing soybeans, and they couldn't find another supplier at the same price.

                                                                                                                      It really was the best peanut butter. But when it comes to groceries - good, cheap, or consistent - just pick 2.

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                                                                                                                        missinglink Oct 27, 2011 12:44 AM

                                                                                                                        too late on the latter option. Costo discontinued their Organic peanut butter as well.

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                                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Oct 27, 2011 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                          yup. *so* bummed about that...particularly since the new TJ's Organic PB isn't very good.

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                                                                                                                      Jen76 Sep 19, 2011 10:01 AM

                                                                                                                      *Sob* This was so good. Does that mean the creamy is gone too?

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                                                                                                                        chompy Sep 19, 2011 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                        Yep, creamy, crunchy, salted, unsalted, all history.

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                                                                                                                          noya Oct 29, 2011 06:43 AM

                                                                                                                          what a bummer. loved this for years and years and years

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                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Oct 9, 2011 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                        i saw the new/replacement organic PB on the shelves tonight - smooth or crunchy, unsalted or with sea salt - so i tossed a jar of the crunchy with sea salt into the cart. when the cashier scanned it i asked him if there had been any feedback on whether or not it was an acceptable substitute for everyone's discontinued favorite...he looked at me like he had no idea what i was talking about and said no.

                                                                                                                        anyone else try it yet?

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                                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Oct 18, 2011 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                          FYI for all Valencia fans who are willing to go with a product that isn't organic, i saw a new conventional Valencia PB on the shelves today.

                                                                                                                          oh, and i finally just tried the new organic crunchy PB with sea salt. not impressed - the flavor isn't robust enough for me.

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                                                                                                                            MplsM ary Nov 3, 2011 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                            For me, Trader Joe's Organic Valencia was a replacement for East Winds organic peanut butter that inexplicably disappeared from all local store shelves (a distributor issue probably). You can find East Wind online (though their site is down for maintenance and their store site features sandals (and nut butters)). Like the old TJOVPB East Wind tastes like roasted peanuts but it is outrageously expensive.

                                                                                                                            The new Trader Joe's organic PB tastes peanut-like. NOT a substitute.

                                                                                                                            I don't like the texture of grind-your-own. I am bummed out.

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                                                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet Nov 3, 2011 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                              my guess is that the East Wind organic is a victim of the same organic Valencia peanut shortage that took out Kirkland & TJ's - i just looked at the temporary East Wind site and they don't even list organic PB as an option.

                                                                                                                              try Santa Cruz Organic Dark Roast. IMO it's the best organic PB out there right now. usually runs about 5 bucks a jar, but you can sometimes find it on sale or get a $1 off coupon in those Mambo Sprouts coupon books at natural foods stores. just be sure it's the *Dark* roast.

                                                                                                                        2. tazia Sep 13, 2011 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                          No Sweet and Hot Mustard in Boston today :( It was one of my favorite dipping sauces. Maybe someone else has seen some recently?

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                                                                                                                            chez cherie Sep 13, 2011 10:14 PM

                                                                                                                            sweet hot mustard is "seasonal"---and the season? why, "ham season", of course. which in tj parlance, means from november until it runs out after the easter season. which is both ridiculous (ham season???really???) and good news, as november will be here very soon!

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                                                                                                                              bbq babe Sep 14, 2011 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                              I totally lost it when the poor employee sampling the mustard (with some ham of course) told me about "ham season". That may have made some sense when you only killed pigs at certain times of the year but now when almost everything is available year round? Don't think so. It's always "ham season" in my world. BTW I really dislike this mustard on ham but think it's the next best thing ever on potstickers. Best thing ever is the sweet garlic chili sauce that has disappeared and come back enough times that I just buy it whenever I see it.

                                                                                                                              As for the organic peanut butter, I was informed that they would be out the entire month of Sept. (really, no org. pb for back to school month? someone wasn't thinking). The new org pb will be made with "red runner" peanuts. Has anyone heard of these?

                                                                                                                              I still mourn the passing of the Thai lemongrass chicken rice bowl. Total addictive tastiness in microwavable bowl form with a wonderful sauce and plenty of veggies. (bows head and has moment of silence before pressing "post my reply".)

                                                                                                                          2. greygarious Sep 13, 2011 07:43 PM

                                                                                                                            The little grinder with the chocolate/coffee/cinnamon was it? I only read about it - the label was there but the shelf empty last month, and now no label either. This was Burlington MA. I would have liked to try it.....

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                                                                                                                              andieb Sep 19, 2011 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                              It is soo good! Can't believe it's been discontinued... I don't think it was around for very long..

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                                                                                                                                chez cherie Sep 19, 2011 08:40 PM

                                                                                                                                a manager told me today that the coffee/choc/sugar grinder has not been d/c'ed. it's temporarily out of stock, but expected to return before the holidays. fingers crossed.

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                                                                                                                                  andieb Sep 20, 2011 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                                  Whew, that's good news! It is delicious. I may have to stock up when I see it...

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                                                                                                                                    chez cherie Sep 20, 2011 07:52 AM

                                                                                                                                    this is an immensely hoardable item!

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                                                                                                                                    greygarious Sep 27, 2011 08:41 PM

                                                                                                                                    I hope he wasn't leading you down the garden path. I looked again today - still no label and no empty shelf space for it.

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                                                                                                                                      chez cherie Sep 28, 2011 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                                      Checked again today. There's still a shelf sign at my store, and manager says it's TOS (temporarily out of stock), as opposed to d/c (discontinued). They usually give me the straight scoop cuz they know I write Trader Joe's cookbooks (not sold there-- sob!) here are a couple thoughts on why it might be taking so long. First, it's a product of South Africa (why??? Have we no grinders or nibs in the US??) so that might cause a delay. Also, weird stuff gets held up at the ports these days-- a few years ago, capers were TOS for a looong while, waiting for customs clearance. Could be that?? My captain did not have a projected date for their return, but he thinks they will, indeed, be back. Fingers crossed!

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                                                                                                                                        chez cherie Oct 13, 2011 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                        They're baaaaack! At least in my so cal store...

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                                                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Oct 18, 2011 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                          they haven't made it back in NJ yet. i asked today after seeing your post, and they told me the system still says TOS, due back sometime this month. the manager said there was a chance your store found some back-stock in the warehouse. which location do you patronize?

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                                                                                                                                            chez cherie Oct 18, 2011 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                            i shop at the la canada ca store, and there was no backstock. they were waiting anxiously for it to return, so i'm confident it's on the way back into the pipeline. when i saw them, i bought 4, as it won't go bad for quite a while.

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                                                                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet Oct 18, 2011 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                              excellent. thanks!

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                                                                                                                                          greygarious Nov 23, 2011 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                                          They have finally arrived in Burlington, MA. I hope I like them, since I bought several containers.

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                                                                                                                                            andieb Nov 28, 2011 08:09 AM

                                                                                                                                            I was going to let you know they arrived at the Fresh Pond store, but they were in a differrent location. Hope you like them!

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                                                                                                                                              greygarious Dec 2, 2011 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                                              After all the anticipation, I was a little underwhelmed. The flavor is fine but the grind looks like sidewalk grit so it's not an attractive garnish to a dessert. I kept the container I opened but returned the others. I did buy, but have not yet tried, the "chocolate pearls" - round cousins of jimmies, in a combination of white and dark chocolate colors. Those will make a better-looking decoration.

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                                                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Oct 9, 2011 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                          i asked about the grinder as well - 2 different salespeople told me it's a supply issue with one of the ingredients, and that it *will* be back.

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                                                                                                                                    bhaaskar Sep 18, 2011 09:31 PM

                                                                                                                                    Lemon chili tortilla chips (strips?). They were the only one chips with green chillies mixed right in to the chip, not like the powdery garlicky gook (with MSG) I find on most "spicy" chips.
                                                                                                                                    Sob.

                                                                                                                                    -- A.

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                                                                                                                                      DarkRose Sep 23, 2011 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                      I had picked up a bag of frozen balsamic roasted cippolini onions several months ago that we ended up loving. Then when I thought to go pick some more up earlier this week, there were none in the case and no spot for them. So bummed, they were great as a quick burger topping.

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                                                                                                                                        sciencediet Sep 25, 2011 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                        I saw those in my store yesterday.

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                                                                                                                                          greygarious Sep 27, 2011 08:42 PM

                                                                                                                                          Bought them today in Burlington MA.

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                                                                                                                                            DarkRose Sep 29, 2011 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                            Hrm, interesting. I didn't even see an empty spot/tag for them here on the Central Cali Coast. Fingers crossed then that they'll be back soon!

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                                                                                                                                        pollymerase Sep 23, 2011 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                        Has anyone seen the crunchy salted almond butter w/flax seed? It was in the shorter, plastic jar with the black lids (as opposed to the glass jars). I've not see it my last couple of trips. I asked about it on Monday and was told by an employee that there would be 3 cases in the next day. I stopped in tonight on my way home and saw none on the shelf and the sign where it had been was gone. Such a bummer, loved that stuff. Any recs on which almond butter variety I should try to replace it?

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                                                                                                                                          Ketzela Sep 29, 2011 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                          It's been years, but I am still in mourning for the Ginger Jubilee Cake. Sliced thin and toasted it was my go-to pick-me-up with a cup of tea. When it disappeared, I begged them to reveal the source, but all I was told was that it was supposed to have been a rough copy of Dancing Deer gingerbread. While I love DD gingerbread, too, the Ginger Jubilee Cake was nothing like it - lighter, less moist and with crystallized ginger chunks inside. I'm still baking every recipe I can find that seems similar in hopes of recreating it, but so far, not so good.

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                                                                                                                                            46tricia Oct 4, 2011 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                                            My favorite frozen Mini Baguettes are gone. :(

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                                                                                                                                              ejtait Oct 4, 2011 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                              I emailed TJs and they said the baguettes were dropped due to poor sales. However, the woman wrote that if there is enough demand it is possible for a return. I've been encouraging any and all to use the TJ online form to make the request. I really miss those baquettes...

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                                                                                                                                              lshopper Oct 24, 2011 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                              I miss the PIta Puffs with Sea Salt, too- anyone ever seen them elsewhere??? My local store said they thought they were made just for TJ's. Also miss the cumin chickpeas in the microwavable pouch- good and easy. Waaaaaaah :(

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                                                                                                                                                LAWoman Oct 24, 2011 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                just saw both of these items over the weekend in my northwest suburban Chicago TJs

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                                                                                                                                                  lshopper Oct 24, 2011 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                  So jealous!! All of the TJs here have discontinued both and no longer have any of either product. You should stock up- esp on the pita puffs!!

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                                                                                                                                                duncanhayden Oct 27, 2011 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                The Panang curry sticks! They were so good with the sweet chili sauce. I was told that they're gone...bummer. Also the honey, please pass the snack mix(I ate so much of that, though that I'm kinda glad it's gone :-)

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                                                                                                                                                  coney with everything Oct 28, 2011 05:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Are you talking about the eggrolls? Because that would be bad.

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                                                                                                                                                    duncanhayden Oct 28, 2011 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                    no, not the egg rolls. The panang curry sticks came frozen in a pink box. They were sooo good!

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                                                                                                                                                      GourmetLight Nov 2, 2011 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Saw the Panang Curry Sticks at the Everett, WA store a couple of days ago.

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                                                                                                                                                  kerryfood Oct 27, 2011 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                  This was a long time ago - but we really really miss the Mexican Red Sauce. So delish with so many things, and still haven't found a substitute. :-(

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                                                                                                                                                    cazique Oct 30, 2011 06:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                    What a sad and also great thread - two items I wish they still had are
                                                                                                                                                    (1) This great breakfast sausage, small links that were full of sage and just tasted fantastic. I got it once or twice before it disappeared.
                                                                                                                                                    (2) Chocolate mint UFOs. I could eat those all day long. Maybe it's not such a bad thing that they're gone :)

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                                                                                                                                                      Sonyaa Nov 14, 2011 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I absolutely loved those UFO candies. They were not very high calorie per candy and just a few creamy mint chocolate saucers would satisfy a chocolate craving! I was very disappointed when they only appeared sporadically and more so when they disappeared for good. My latest love is eating their chocolate chocolate chip cookie dough raw, but I haven't been to the store lately (no car) and I am afraid they may stop carrying them, too :-(

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                                                                                                                                                      christy319 Nov 1, 2011 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                      The Shrimp with Green Curry (frozen) has not been there my last two visits. Anyone else seen it?

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                                                                                                                                                        Helene Goldberg Nov 2, 2011 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                        They are out of frozen arctic char. Apparently there was a packaging problem. It was the best fish I've ever had. And it was convenient and cheap. I am missing it a lot.

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                                                                                                                                                          littleflower Nov 9, 2011 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                          My TJ's in Virginia still has the arctic char...quite a few of them actually. I don't know if this is just leftover from a last batch or what, but the only reason why I did not purchase it was it appeared there was only 1 piece of fish (albeit a large piece) in the frozen plastic packaging. You may want to call your local TJ's again and see if for some reason they are back in stock...

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                                                                                                                                                            noya Nov 17, 2011 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                            I saw Arctic Char at our store--but it's *farm raised*. Can this be the same variety you enjoyed? Generally factory fish is not particularly appealing...

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                                                                                                                                                              Unegen Jan 8, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                              All Arctic char that you find in stores is farmed. All of it. Char is farmed using an inland-pen method that is better for the environment and the fish.

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                                                                                                                                                            littleflower Nov 3, 2011 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Milk Chocolate Butter Biscuits - they were actually French thin crisp butter cookies with a milk chocolate coating. Delicious and cheap, and although I have found them with another packaging at a gourmet store, they are charging 3x what TJ's charged for them.

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                                                                                                                                                              sciencediet Nov 3, 2011 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Yeah, there was a dark chocolate version too. Heavenly.

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                                                                                                                                                                littleflower Nov 3, 2011 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Sciencediet - not sure if you are located near the gourmet grocery store "The Fresh Market" but they are carrying them now under the name "French Dark Chocolate Butter Cookies". The price is a lot higher though than they were at TJ's - $3.99/box.

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                                                                                                                                                                  sciencediet Nov 4, 2011 06:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks. No, I'm in Maine, where we're lucky to have a TJs (it's only been here a year). But if I'm ever near a Fresh Market, I'll grab them!

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                                                                                                                                                                sciencediet Nov 11, 2011 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Hey, the milk chocolate butter biscuits are back! I saw them today. No dark chocolate, and not even a sign indicating that they might exist. Tragic. So I consoled myself with dark chocolate covered peppermint Jo-Jos.

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                                                                                                                                                                  littleflower Nov 11, 2011 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the update, sciencediet. Yay for the return of the milk chocolate butter biscuits, but for you I will through out a "nay" for their decision (at least right now) to not bring back the dark chocolate ones!

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                                                                                                                                                                thursday Nov 7, 2011 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I'm devastated. Just found out today that the pink label tuna has officially been discontinued due to low sales - chunk light tuna in water with no salt. All they have left now is Albacore (high mercury and tasteless) in various packings and chunk light packed in oil, which is greasy and gross. If I'd known it was going out, I would have bought a pallet. Not sure where to buy my tuna anymore...WF is so expensive...

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                                                                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Nov 7, 2011 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  noooooooo!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                    thursday Nov 7, 2011 02:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    I've already written to trader joe's begging them to bring it back... =(

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                                                                                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Nov 7, 2011 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      maybe someone will start a Facebook page or a petition ;) i'll write to them as well. coincidentally, i just e-mailed them for the first time last week - about a problem with their coffee beans. haven't gotten a reply yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Sloth Nov 8, 2011 07:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    That is bad news indeed. I have 2 cans left in my pantry. Maybe I'll be lucky and my local TJ's will still have some on the shelf.

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                                                                                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Nov 8, 2011 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      i don't know about Westchester, but i hasn't been on the shelves in North Jersey for a couple of months. i confirmed with the manager at my store today - all gone :(

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                                                                                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Nov 13, 2011 09:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      GREAT news...just spoke to the manager at my store about the tuna. he said it's NOT discontinued permanently, it was temporarily stopped due to poor quality. apparently it *was* actually a very good seller, and they're looking for another supplier so they can bring it back. hang tight!

                                                                                                                                                                      in the meantime, they *finally* got the sugar/coffee/cocoa grinders back in this weekend. hooray! now if they would just work out the Sumatra issues...

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                                                                                                                                                                        thursday Nov 13, 2011 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Yay! Thanks, ghg!

                                                                                                                                                                    3. davis_sq_pro Nov 8, 2011 07:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Ugh, I didn't know about the tamari almonds. I'm also a fan. (Or, I guess, I *was* a fan.)

                                                                                                                                                                      The item I miss the most is the frozen prik king green beans. Used to make it quite often as a quick and VERY tasty side dish. And while I've experimented with making my own from scratch since the product was discontinued, it takes twice as long, requires several ingredients, and I haven't quite nailed the flavor yet.

                                                                                                                                                                      Another thing I just thought of: vegetable gyoza. Used to buy them all the time--made a great lunch. They currently carry "Vietnamese vegetarian dumplings" but the flavor is 1/10 as good. And the vegetable gyoza I can get frozen at local Japanese markets is also not as good as what TJ's used to have. *sigh.*

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                                                                                                                                                                        Helene Goldberg Nov 8, 2011 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        I miss the meyer lemon cake mix (they haven't had it in a couple of years). Also they had a great chocolate baton that they stopped carrying. My current heartbreak is the frozen arctic char. I've tried their other frozen fish and so far meh.

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                                                                                                                                                                          chinchi Nov 12, 2011 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Arctic Char is back! Plenty in stock this week at my local TJ (Southern CA)

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                                                                                                                                                                            janethepain Nov 14, 2011 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Saw it at the Union Sq. Trader Joe's in NYC, too. They seem to be in much smaller pieces though?

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                                                                                                                                                                            noya Nov 17, 2011 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Sorry--asking the same question here--is the arctic char you're referring to farm raised?

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                                                                                                                                                                              Steve Green Nov 17, 2011 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, it is farmed, but in a good way, according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch -- considered by them to be a "Best Choice" :
                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr...

                                                                                                                                                                              ..but yes, the pieces are kind of small.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Helene Goldberg Nov 17, 2011 07:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I am thrilled, though it wasn't at my Berkeley store on Wednesday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Steve Green Nov 18, 2011 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  You may need to ask them to order it. That's what I did -- they didn't know anything about it, and I told them it was available in Los Angeles stores, and asked them if we (here in Las Vegas) were in the same distribution channel. They said they were, looked it up*, and ordered it. I suspect the Bay Area may be a different distribution channel, so it may not be on their list.

                                                                                                                                                                                  *Actually, the first person I had asked looked up "_Artic_ Char", and of course found nothing. :o) ....Persistence. It's now in my freezer. The fish, not the persistence.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Helene Goldberg Nov 23, 2011 08:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks. I'll start asking them to order it. I really miss it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      souvenir Nov 25, 2011 09:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Helene-
                                                                                                                                                                                      Back to the other item you miss - the meyer lemon cake mix. I am pretty certain that it was this one by Dassant (or very, very similar),
                                                                                                                                                                                      http://dassantstore.mybigcommerce.com...
                                                                                                                                                                                      Amazon has a great price on it if you are willing to gamble on a 6 box order.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Helene Goldberg Nov 25, 2011 10:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks so much. I'll order it. I made it with butter and meyer lemon zest and it was excellent.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          souvenir Nov 25, 2011 10:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          You are very welcome. I hope it matches your memories of the TJ's version.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            goodhealthgourmet Nov 26, 2011 05:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Dassant also makes their gingerbread mix and truffle brownie mix, so if you like those perhaps you can stock up and save yourself some $ per box...
                                                                                                                                                                                            http://dassantstore.mybigcommerce.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                            or just buy a 6-pack of the lemon on Amazon!
                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.amazon.com/Dassant-Meyer-L...

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                                                                                                                                                                                              greygarious Nov 26, 2011 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I always used butter plus a cup of sweetened shredded coconut, and a cream cheese frosting. It was wonderful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      noya Nov 18, 2011 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks Steve.
                                                                                                                                                                                      If I understand correctly, the Aquarium's list comes from the perspective of fish populations around the world. The reason to consider only wild fish is because of the conditions on factory farms, and frankly, the better taste of fish who lived a natural life as opposed to one designed for consumption.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    llynnk Jan 30, 2012 03:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Chocolate batons have been in Wilmington, Delaware recently.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower Nov 22, 2011 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Trader Ming's Stir-Fry Sauce - have not seen it lately at my local TJ's...hope they bring it back!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      heyfred Nov 23, 2011 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      anyone else miss their original 'Wasabi Rice Crackers' in the 6.5 oz. bag ?
                                                                                                                                                                                      All of the others they carry just don't match up...

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. clubtraderjoes Nov 25, 2011 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        They FINALLY got salmon patties back in stock a couple of weeks ago after maybe a year. My kids ate a ton of those things. Unfortunately, they seem smaller and more expensive. Also the salmon does seem to be a higher quality than the previous patties. They tasted wonderful and the kids gobbled them up. They come in a four pack.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Axlsgoddess Nov 26, 2011 12:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          These are not discontinued, per se, but only available during the holidays...
                                                                                                                                                                                          Dark Chocolate Cookie Stars! Three words......to die for!
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                                                                                                                                                                                            nandrew Dec 26, 2011 05:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Chile Spiced Pineapple is gone. They said it was discontinued in October. I had stocked up with a bunch of it around then so only found out last week that it was gone. I thought maybe if I bought a lot at once that it *wouldn't* be discontinued (because they'd think it was a popular item), so I guess that doesn't work.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Also missing from the shelves (with no label on the shelf, though I didn't ask about the item since I was already so depressed about the pineapple) was their Gentle Facial Cleanser (orange scented) and related Regenerating Antioxidant Moisturizing Face Lotion. Sigh...

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                                                                                                                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet Dec 26, 2011 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I thought maybe if I bought a lot at once that it *wouldn't* be discontinued (because they'd think it was a popular item), so I guess that doesn't work.
                                                                                                                                                                                              ~~~~~~~~
                                                                                                                                                                                              popularity/sales isn't the only reason. sometimes a product is discontinued because they lose their supplier or can no longer get the raw materials at a cost low enough to keep it within their price point. (the good news in those cases is that they'll eventually bring it back if they can find another source.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                nandrew Dec 26, 2011 08:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks, ghg, I intellectually know there must be good reasons from Trader Joe's perspective when an item is discontinued, but it just seems to happen so often and just when they've gotten me addicted to something!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Steve Green Dec 26, 2011 10:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've posted this before, but a TJ manager told me that the company regularly drops the lowest-selling 10--15% of items. So I guess when they do that, either the replacement items, or ones that were previously in, say, the lowest 15--25 percentile, then become the lowest 10--15% and get dropped.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  As I've said before, I just can't get my head around this concept.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    nandrew Dec 27, 2011 01:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, this sounds like one of those mathematical paradoxes! Eventually there will be nothing on the shelves. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      clubtraderjoes Dec 27, 2011 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's like them re-arranging the store layout every year or so (at least at my local Trader Joe's they do this) I don't think they are looking for the next big thing so much, as they are trying to keep us customers actively engaged. When's the last time you walked into a Safeway with the same feeling?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Two of my favorite things that were discontinued and brought back were the Salmon Patties (supplier problems) and the Pinjur sauce (I have know idea why). It can happen for them to bring something back!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                                HFaust Dec 29, 2011 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Extra Virgin Olive Oil in square bottle is gone
                                                                                                                                                                                                Is the replacement good?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dogbite Williams Dec 31, 2011 11:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I certainly miss the canned salmon chowder.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    aimeekm Jan 1, 2012 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chicken Chorizo in the fresh meat section has been gone for years. I still look for it every time! Soyrizo, although decent, just doesn't stack up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Has anyone one seen the Mini Chicken Cilantro Wontons in the frozen section lately? They've been MIA with no tage my last couple of trips.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Jan 1, 2012 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      no tag may mean TOS, not permanently DC'd, but it's always best to ask at the customer service desk because they can look it up for you and get a definitive answer either way. and every so often they move things around, so there's always a chance it's in a different spot now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        RWCFoodie Jan 1, 2012 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        aimeekm: check Costco for the mini chicken cilantro fully cooked won ton - larger bag, better price, tastes like the same thing (to us anyway...)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          aimeekm Jan 1, 2012 08:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks! I will keep checking TJ's. Nice to know Costco is an option as well!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          chompy Jan 2, 2012 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I just got the wontons at my store in Oakland, CA two days ago, so perhaps all is not lost.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            christy319 Jan 6, 2012 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I just got the chx/cilantro wontons in Seattle. Still no sign of my lemongrass shrimp curry, and now the delicious Khao Soi has disappeared, too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Discerning1 Jan 1, 2012 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cooked and aseptically packaged wild rice is gone. Sob!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Rilke Jan 2, 2012 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            An employee confirmed that the Oat n Wheat Bran Swirls are gone. -tear-

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              DoctorGrumpus Jan 6, 2012 09:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Man-o-man, I actually keep a list of stuff they have discontinued on me. My son laughs at my Trader Joe's curse. He laughed, that is, until they discontinued his sour pickles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              My saddest discontinuations (from, long ago...):

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Spicy Thai Veggie Pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Nectarine Preserve (I like tart, and that was the only preserve I had found that had a bite to it...It was manna when making PB&J w/ the discontinued peanut butter)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Ginger Joe Joes (as well as their Lemon cookies).
                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. And last, but not least, their most evil concoction: The white chocolate chip cookies

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I could continue, but those are the big ones....

                                                                                                                                                                                                              And now... Their Ginger & Almond Cluster cereal has been out of stock for a couple of weeks...

                                                                                                                                                                                                              *sigh*

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                littleflower Jan 12, 2012 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sadly, here to report that my local TJ's manager said the delicious Chicken, Barley, and Vegetable soup in the refrigerator/prepared foods section has now been discontinued. He recommended that I try the chicken and (vegetable or noodle? not sure which one, but the carton looked light yellow) soup in a small carton on the soup/broth aisle. Even though I know of their great return policy, honestly I didn't want the hassle of making it and possibly taking it back unless I have heard others have positive reviews of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Is there another TJ's product discontinued link that I should be using that is newer? I see that this one now says "old", but couldn't locate a newer link. Thanks in advance!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. greygarious Jan 12, 2012 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When [old] has been appended to the title of a thread, it means an updated one has been started: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/826153

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower Jan 12, 2012 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Perfect - much appreciated, greygarious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kitsune_SD Jan 13, 2012 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I really miss the Mexican Hot Cocoa cookies, I think they only had them one Christmas and they never came back... Also, a real "blast from the past" - the Sundried Tomato Bread. That bread made the BEST grilled cheese sandwiches! The Sundried Tomato Seasoning was a fixture in my pesto pasta salad; they had that for years before it suddenly bit the dust. Oh, and my most recent sadness is the loss of the Blue Granite blue veined jack cheese, I have to buy a similar cheese at Sprouts now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. RWCFoodie Feb 20, 2012 04:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TJs version of Triscuit - Woven Wheats. None in my local (Menlo Park CA) store - asked at the mgmt desk - they are gone...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        RWCFoodie Feb 29, 2012 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wrong info - clerk misread report - Woven Wheats/Reduced Guilt are still available and are back in stock...

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