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Did Metro stop carrying Claussen pickles?

gisaster25 Jul 11, 2011 04:47 PM

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?

  1. gisaster25 Feb 12, 2014 03:34 PM

    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?

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      waydowntown Dec 2, 2011 05:14 AM

      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. meatnveg Jul 17, 2011 08:02 AM

        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. Kagemusha Jul 12, 2011 04:37 AM

          Loblaws and Longo's carry 'em.

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          1. re: Kagemusha
            waydowntown Jul 12, 2011 05:08 AM

            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
              Kagemusha Jul 12, 2011 05:35 AM

              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
                waydowntown Jul 12, 2011 06:38 AM

                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
                  Kagemusha Jul 12, 2011 06:46 AM

                  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
                    gisaster25 Jul 16, 2011 01:54 PM

                    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
                      Kagemusha Jul 16, 2011 06:53 PM

                      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
                        gisaster25 Jul 18, 2011 08:36 AM

                        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.)

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