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Did Metro stop carrying Claussen pickles?

I was horrified to see the refrigerator shelf space formerly occupied by Claussen kosher dill spears at the Metro at College & Ossington (in Toronto) full, instead, of Strub's pickles. Only Strub's. After much asking around in the store, it seems they no longer carry Claussen pickles. Does anyone know if this is true of all Metros or know of somewhere else in the GTA I can get Claussens?

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    1. re: Kagemusha

      The Loblaw's (Bloor St. Market) in Manulife and the Longo's at Bloor and Park Road definitely do not carry them, at least as of last weekend (the most recent time I looked). The little convenience store in the Queen St. Bay store used to carry them, but doesn't any longer. Nor does the Metro at College Park. Nor does Pusateri's on Bay at Yorkville, although they had a sticker for Claussen's on the refrigerated-pickle shelf for a few days, or the Pusateri's on Church. I've looked in so many places (and asked so many store personnel, who are beyond clueless) without success. I even tried to go to the Kraft website to see whether I could inquire there, and was informed that they didn't answer queries about where to buy products.

      I am in severe Claussen's withdrawal, and although I've tried other varieties (some recommended by Chowhounds), there is just nothing that compares. Kagemusha, if you've seen them recently, could you please post the specific location? Provided that it isn't somewhere unreachable by TTC, I would be willing to travel a great distance to find Claussen's dills.

      1. re: waydowntown

        They're in Loblaws all over the westend and Mississauga, so I assumed they'd be in downtown/midtown TO stores, too. My kid joneses for 'em all the time. You might have better luck pushing at Longo's.

        1. re: Kagemusha

          Thanks, Kagemusha. I'm going to try the Loblaws in the Bloor/Christie area as soon as I can manage to get over there. I did try to push at Longo's but got only blank looks. Guess I will have to escalate to a higher-level manager. Thanks again for the tip re west end Loblaws.

          1. re: waydowntown

            No worries. Loblaws have always come thru out here, though there have been times when they carried only halves or wholes--sometimes nada--but they usually have stock somewhere. Weird there's nothing DT. The brand isn't wildly popular.

            1. re: waydowntown

              I'm happy to report that Loblaws at Dupont & Christie stocks Claussens -- whole and half spears. They have a bunch in stock right now back in the refrigerated meats area, according to the guy I talked to on the phone. He helpfully walked over to survey the selection and confirmed. Thanks for suggesting Loblaws, Kagemusha. It will be a crunchy, happy BBQ tomorrow!

              1. re: gisaster25

                FYI: Check stale dates on the bottles, usually on the cello safety ring around the lid--they can be short-dated or past their prime sometimes.

                1. re: Kagemusha

                  Yeah I've had that happen before in the US -- unwittingly brought home expired Claussens. They tasted OK but I should've read the stamp first and noticed the flesh was a bit more yellowy-translucent than it should be. (I find the freshest, crunchiest pickles have a more opaque white flesh.)

      2. If one Loblaws carries them, then all of them should have them. So try the Loblaws on Jarvis and Queens Quay.
        If the Price tag has 'DNO' written on it, then it is about to be discontinued (DNO=Do Not Order). however, given that the product is made by Kraft, it's unlikely to disappear any time soon.

        1. I scored a jar of Claussen's pickles yesterday (December 1) in the just-opened Loblaw's store at Maple Leaf Gardens. For Claussen's fans who live downtown, this is great news. Hope they continue to carry them!

          1. Here we go again. Couldn't find Claussens at three Loblaws locations (North York Centre, Maple Leaf Gardens, Dundas St. W).

            Anyone seen any recently? Longo's?

            1. every place from Peterborough to Almonte & Kanata that I have looked no longer stocks them I put in and email to Kraft Canada they distribute them in Canada (their is the problem) and will let you know what their excuse is if they even try to come up with a good one

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              1. re: alskn3

                Loblaws dropped 'em from westend GTA stores quite some time back. I get mine at Highland Farms now. Longo's? Haven't checked recently

                1. re: alskn3

                  I can confirm that I found whole spear Claussens at the Longo's near the ACC a couple months ago. Whew! Was starting to despair that my veggie burgers would be forever marred by inferior pickles.

                  1. re: gisaster25

                    Peter's NoFrills at Dundas and Lansdowne has a big display of Claussen pickles in the middle aisle, where the "international" foods" are, today.

                    1. re: pearl3

                      Awesome, that's near me! Thanks for sharing Pearl3

                      1. re: pearl3

                        Hmmm. Is that section 'fridged? They're supposed to be kept cool.

                        1. re: Kagemusha

                          Good point!

                          No, it's not, it's just a wide aisle, and neither is their pickles/condiments section. Interesting--do you think Claussen make "pasteurized" [for want of a better word] versions?

                          1. re: pearl3

                            Claussen pickles are refrigerated and found in the deli (cold cuts) refrigerated section of stores they are never warm so they would not be on a regular aisle of a store with warm pickles

                            1. re: pearl3

                              Dunno but they always have a stale date printed on the plastic wrapper around the lid. Have never seen them out of a cooler. Weird, too, since my NoFrills shelves Strubs and jarred pickled herring on 'fridged shelves.

                              1. re: Kagemusha

                                Claussens are always right next to the Refrigerated Strubs and Claussens have always been refrigerated it is even in their commercials on T/V that is the only way they are suppose to come if you ever get them warm from a grocery store there's a problem they are never to be sold warm

                                1. re: alskn3

                                  Yeah, I've never seen them displayed at room temperature. The lid says 'Always chilled, Never heated' right on it. That's how they stay so white-fleshed and deliciously crispy. I was somehow imagining that Peter's No Frills had a fridge case in the middle of the store. Might need still investigate.