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Discontinued at Trader Joe's - January thru June 2012 [OLD]

The previous thread is long in the tooth.

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  1. Welp, I'll kick off by carrying over my grievance from the old thread: Oat n Wheat Bran Swirls. If I had known they were going to be discontinued I'd've bought five or six boxes :(

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    1. re: Rilke

      Maybe it is because those Swirls were HUGE! They were bigger than my spoon. I wasn't sure why they were considered cereal. I actually used to put nutbutter between them and eat them as a cookie-sandwich. But I agree, they were pretty hearty and filling for winter months.

      1. re: GraceW

        Great, now I want some more to eat as a nutbutter cookie sandwich :(

        1. re: GraceW

          We must have had different boxes; the ones I still have here are about the size of a nickel, maybe a bit larger. They would make a pretty small sandwich (tasty, though, I'm sure).

      2. May have been noted previously but new to me is the discontinuation of chili spiced pineapple in the dried fruit aisle.

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        1. re: ChandraNH

          Yes, I was particularly unhappy about the chili spiced pineapple!

        2. The Chicken, Barley, and Vegetable soup in the refrigerator/prepared foods section has now been discontinued according to my local TJ's manager. This was really good - so sad to see it go!

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          1. re: littleflower

            Nooooo! This was on my "to try" list for this Saturday's trip :(

            1. re: Rilke

              Well, at least you hadn't fallen in love with it.

            2. re: littleflower

              There was plenty on the shelf at mine still... maybe getting rid of a backlog. I thought that soup was great!

              Steve

              www.clubtraderjoes.com

              1. re: clubtraderjoes

                I was happy to see plenty at my TJ's today as well -- so I will in fact get to try it sometimes this week :)

                1. re: Rilke

                  Okay...now you all have me hoping that there was someone glitch in the computer system and in fact the Chicken, Barley, and Vegetable soup was just out of stock, not discontinued as my TJ's manager said. Crossing my fingers!!! :-)

            3. Another staple of mine that I haven't seen in over two months...the Original Flavor of their Non-Dairy Creamer in the refrigerator section. They still have the Vanilla and Hazelnut flavors, but I prefer to use a neutral flavored creamer in my coffee. This is a shame if in fact it has been discontinued, because it was the only liquid, neutral flavored, non-dairy creamer that I have found which doesn't contain HFCS or partially hydrogenated oils.

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              1. re: littleflower

                I only started buying TJ non-dairy creamer a few months ago, based on CH recommendations. At that time, the Burlington and Tyngsboro MA TJs that I frequent had only the vanilla and hazelnut. Today I was at the former, and all they had was hazelnut, with no shelf label for vanilla. I didn't want vanilla so I did not ask if it is gone for good.

                1. re: greygarious

                  Thanks for your input, greygarious...yeah, at one time here they had all three (original, vanilla, and hazelnut). The next time that we go to Trader Joe's I will have to ask if they are planning on carrying all three or are going to whittle down to just hazelnut. I truly am at a loss for what to use - milk/half and half/cream don't really agree with me, and I refuse to use the HFCS/Partially Hydrogenated Oils found in all of the other non-dairy creamers on the market.

                  1. re: littleflower

                    There are other HFCS/transfat free creamers out there -- Silk makes a soy-based creamer and So Delicious makes a coconut milk-based one. Both come in plain, vanilla, and hazelnut -- the TJ's product may well have been a rebrand of one of the two.

              2. There have been at least a couple of times when I was told that something was discontinued, only to find it at another TJ's, or at the same one a couple of weeks later. So when you ask, don't take one employee's word for it.

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                1. re: Steve Green

                  I always take what the "crew members" say about items coming and going. Many times they have been wrong, but mostly they are right. YMMV.

                  Steve

                  www.clubtraderjoes.com

                  1. re: werewolf

                    I just had a taste for some!! Do you recommend any other kind there?

                    1. re: GraceW

                      Pacific smoked salmon, something like that, it's OK sometimes, but not like that Scottish smoked salmon. That was the real thing, like the smoked salmon I had in Scotland, or the best in NYC. Maybe if enough people ask about it they might bring it back. Why should smoked salmon be seasonal? All of their inferior kinds aren't.

                      1. re: werewolf

                        I'm no expert, but don't salmon only swim upstream once a year? I imagine that could make it a seasonal item.

                        1. re: queenscook

                          All their other brands of smoked salmon are there all year long, and the smoked salmon stores in NYC, like Russ & Daughters and Zabars, sold it all year long.

                  2. they used to sell a bag of frozen "brittany blend" veggies - green and wax beans and baby carrots. very tasty combo. I haven't seen them in a while and the crew member I asked the other day had NO idea what I was talking about.

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                    1. re: jujuthomas

                      I liked that blend too! I have not seen it for a while either! I think it has gone to the great departed Trader Joe's product heaven!

                      Steve

                      www.clubtraderjoes.com

                      1. re: clubtraderjoes

                        I did get a blend of yellow and green flat beans.

                    2. wish that the marketing team would take time to read this kind of thread -- if folks take the time to let them know that they like and enjoy the product -- but seemingly blantantly are non responsive -- you have to wonder -- TJ had been destined to be our primary grocery/food source -- but as things were no longer available and no EDA -- you have to find other sources --

                      now can someone tell me why those spicy sushi style roll ups are no longer available --

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                      1. re: betsyg

                        I'm sure there are many decisions about discontinuing a product. Even "popular" products come and go over the years. Suppliers change, customer preferences change, even competition can get the better of Trader Joe's. A long time staple at my house was the Salmon Patties in the frozen section. The kids loved them and about a year ago they went away. Complain, complain, complain, but nobody knew anything and then a crew member said they'd be back shortly and they were in new packaging and obviously a different supplier. A crew member said the supplier couldn't keep it at the price point that Trader's needed to be at.. IMHO, if it's not salt, ketchup, soy sauce, eggs or milk don't get too attached to any product at Trader Joe's for too long!

                        Steve

                        www.clubtraderjoes.com

                        1. re: clubtraderjoes

                          I just bought Salmon Patties at Trader Joe's in Los Angeles. They were with the meats and not frozen, although the package indicated that they were made from previously frozen fish.

                          Here's the thing -- I pan fried as per the directions and I thought they were terrible. Like hockey pucks. They were quite thick -- perhaps the frozen ones were thinner and cooked up better? Anyway the remaining ones are either going in the trash or being fed to the dog who is less discriminating.

                      2. For what it's worth, at a fundraiser a couple years ago I sat across from a guy who said he had been the, I think, CEO at Trader Joe's before retiring. He said the company would discontinue items that even his wife really loved.

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                        1. re: nandrew

                          A crewmember once told me sometimes it's that the item isn't popular, and other times it's some kind of problem with the supplier (price or availability mostly).

                          I still miss the frozen cha sui bao they had back in the mid-90's. I practically lived off those until they discontinued 'em.

                          1. re: Miketsu

                            I just purchased cha sui bao at the Trader Joe's in Minnetonka, MN yesterday. They come four to a pack and I had a couple of them for lunch. They are good!

                            I was upset to find no chocolate croissants in the frozen aisle. They had the mini croissants, but the chocolate ones were nowhere to be found. *Sob*

                            1. re: justalex

                              I just bought the chocolate croissants on Sunday. And the 4 pack cha siu baos are pretty good for frozen!

                              1. re: boogiebaby

                                Where is the Trader Joe's where you shop? I wonder if this is just a regional thing?

                        2. Does anyone know if they still have cashew butter?

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                          1. re: GraceW

                            I looked for it recently for a coworker whose son is allergic to peanuts and almonds -- didn't see any. Another friend who has worked at TJ's for years still laments the cashew and macadamia butter.

                            1. re: Rilke

                              I work there it also depends on where you live. I work in CA and we haven't sold Cashew or macademia butter since I started almost 5 years ago. Trader Joes like other's said discount things a lot for a lot of different reasons. Also even if something has been gone for a few weeks doesn't always mean it's discounted they maybe changing manufacturer's they can't keep up with the demand. It all just depends

                            2. re: GraceW

                              I saw tons of Almond butter today, but no Cashew butter...

                            3. I still miss freeze dried strawberries and the pineapple juice in the yellow bottle.

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                              1. re: werewolf

                                They have all the freeze dried fruit here near Seattle.

                                Steve

                                www.clubtraderjoes.com

                                1. re: clubtraderjoes

                                  They have all the freeze dried fruit here near Seattle.

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                                  Freeze dried strawberries?

                                  1. re: werewolf

                                    Yes, I just saw them at the Redmond, WA store today. Right next to the bananas and raspberries and blueberries!

                                    Steve

                                    www.clubtraderjoes.com

                                2. re: werewolf

                                  Neither of those are discounted as far as I know.

                                  1. re: smiley1204

                                    when you say discounted, do you mean discontinued?

                                3. Black almonds! Dark chocolate-covered almonds coated in dark cocoa powder. Amazing. Gone.

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                                  1. re: sandylc

                                    They had similar sounding walnuts years ago--couldn't believe it when they disappeared.

                                  2. I am a bit distraught over going in today and not only finding no ableskivers in the frozen foods case, but no spot labeled for them. I asked the man at the service counter if they'd been discontinued, and after looking in a binder he said they were just out of stock. Still a bit nervous about this, though. Has anyone else noticed them missing?

                                    1. These were discontinued years ago, but pickled pepperoncinis were the greatest at TJ's. They were spiced and had garlic added too - much better than every other store brand i've had.

                                      The milk chocolate covered almonds are gone at my local TJs, as are a ton of other snacks that I enjoyed over the years.

                                      1. frozen mango chunks :( just found out they discontinued them. WTH? i'm so angry! i asked the captain why and how things get discontinued and he said it's either little demand or perhaps too much and the supplier can't keep up with demand. or simply that something happens to the supplier. arrgh....

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                                        1. re: trolley

                                          Nooooo, I love these for smoothies :(

                                          1. re: Rilke

                                            Same here! Our store told us yesterday that they are temporarily out......!

                                            1. re: sandylc

                                              i hope they're just temporarily out. maybe it's a regional thing. i'm in Pasadena, CA and actually shop at the original TJ's. do they discontinue for the entire chain or is it regional?

                                              1. re: trolley

                                                I have wondered about this, as well....?

                                              2. re: sandylc

                                                great news! the mangoes were back in the freezer section today!!

                                                1. re: trolley

                                                  We got some too!!! Thank goodness. They make a smoothie really worth drinking!

                                          2. Candied Ginger -- have been waiting months for it to return. This time I going to clean off the shelf. I know it's seasonal, but I don't remember going this long without a fix.

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                                            1. re: puzzler

                                              This is a little off topic, but if you live in the Boston area, puzzler, the Harvest in Central Square has great bulk candied ginger.

                                              1. re: nandrew

                                                Thanks, but I'm in the Pacific Northwest. Wish I could find it bulk here.

                                              2. re: puzzler

                                                The candied ginger is only seasonal? Must stock up!

                                                1. re: puzzler

                                                  it's not seasonal - it was always available year-round. the disappearance from last year until now was the result of an FDA hold over the issue of sulfite content. now that it's back and they have a steady supplier, i've been told it'll stay - it's a very popular item.

                                                2. Alert! The fab Sweet and Hot mustard is on its way out. Apparently "ham season" is over... Note to Joe-- ham season is not a thing, and there is no off season for mustard! I grabbed the
                                                  Last 6 jars in a 25 mile radius, so I think I'm good until the unofficial start of the "ham season" in November.

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                                                  1. re: chez cherie

                                                    They had this a few years ago, then discontinued it and I was beside myself. I never found a good replacement. Then it came back and now I am disappointed to hear it is leaving again!

                                                  2. Organic, fair trade Sumatra coffee. I don't know if they can't get it now or it got too expensive, but it is gone. The house blend coffee is Columbian and Sumatran, but I do not remember if that's fair trade and it is a darker roast.

                                                    1. Veggie pakora, big nay. BLERG. Very little taste, especially not of the chickpea flour variety. Pakora are some of our favorite foods, and we couldn't finish them.

                                                      Yay on the Almondictive Bits. They're the right combination of salty, crunchy, and sweet. The dark chocolate is great.

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                                                      1. The Hot Farina cereal has been discontinued (TJs version of Cream of Wheat) - so disappointed! It was pretty new and we'd only had time to get through one box before they pulled it. I would have stocked up if I'd known.

                                                        Also, the Sipping Hot Chocolate was a regular item a few years ago, became seasonal 3 years ago (so last year I bought 5 tins to get me through the year), and this season? Nada. This one really crushes me. I can't drink any other cocoa at this point except homemade, and who has time for homemade? =.(

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                                                        1. re: thursday

                                                          I too wish that TJ's would carry the hot chocolate again - but in the meantime, have you tried Whole Foods Organic Hot Chocolate? It comes in packets, so all you have to do is empty the packet into hot water or milk (I use a combination of hot water and almond milk). It is very quick, organic, delicious, and only $3.99/12 packets. I am not sure of the reasons why you can't drink any other cocoa, but thought that I would suggest a possible alternative - good luck!!!

                                                          1. re: littleflower

                                                            It's not that I CAN'T drink any other cocoa, it's that TJs cocoa ruined all others for me... ;) but thanks for the suggestion! I may check it out-

                                                        2. The New Orleans style coffee with chicory...gone :( Back to Cafe du Monde...which is $2 more than the TJ version.

                                                          1. So upset the Mango Chicken Sausages are gone! I always threw them into my freezer for nights I didn't feel like cooking. Great in rice, with pasta or any other "whip together" kind of meal. :(

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                                                              1. re: manhattanmom

                                                                I've been getting the mango chicken sausages since the first time I went to Trader Joe's, a couple of years ago. Now TJ's has killed them off. They have one or two new chicken sausage flavors, I saw a jalapeno version yesterday, but that's no substitute.

                                                                Another item I've depended on for years, the masala vegetable burgers, is also gone. TJ's now fills that space with their new tofu vegetable burgers, again not a substitute.

                                                                I'm sure TJ's had only one supplier for the masala veg burgers and that might have been a problem, but surely there's nothing about the mango chicken sausages that would limit the product to one supplier. And as far as I could tell, they sold as well as any of the other chicken sausages, they would often run out before the others.

                                                                This kind of thing is almost enough to drive me back to conventional food stores, where the national brands don't kill off their products just for the sake of change.

                                                                1. re: John Francis

                                                                  The masala vegetable burgers aren't gone after all. They were out of stock for a long time, but this morning they were back. Whew!

                                                              2. Does anyone know if TJ wasabi sesame drizzling oil has been discontinued?

                                                                1. The frozen mango chunks have been gone for about a month again now. They say they are "temporarily out of stock" again; I am crossing my fingers.

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                                                                  1. re: sandylc

                                                                    A cashier at the Arlington Heights store in IL said the frozen mango chunks will be back shortly.

                                                                    1. re: LAWoman

                                                                      i'm starting to think they're doing this with the frozen mangoes to mess with our emotions.

                                                                  2. The Everything Crackers are "out of stock" at my Trader Joe's. I went to two other Trader Joe's tonight looking for them but no luck.

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                                                                      1. re: Rilke

                                                                        They were not there at my TJ's today, and there was no space for 'em either. I consoled myself with some gorgonzola crackers.

                                                                        Looks like the Peanut Butter Goodies are gone as well, but I have a box in my freezer :)

                                                                        ETA: In case anyone is interested: I searched Google for "everything cracker" recipes. Most of them don't look appealing to me, but these do. I may try them.
                                                                        http://www.anediblemosaic.com/?p=4801

                                                                      2. My local store had kim chee (in a bag, no less) for about a week -- it was excellent, strong, and only about $2. I went back a few days later after devouring the bag and they were already out. "We're having supply problems... not sure when it'll be back," they said. It never came back :/