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Discontinued at Trader Joe's - January 2013 through June 2013 [OLD]

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  1. Question for anyone familiar with "Trader Joe's speak" ...what does it mean when a product is labeled "out of stock" in their computer? Normally when I ask about a product that is missing from the shelves the manager (captain?) puts in a reorder and the product arrives at my store in a couple of days. This time was different...the manager said he wasn't sure when they would be getting their Turkey Meatballs back in stock and seemed to be unable to put in a reorder for it- would be a bit shocked if they get discontinued but you never know with Trader Joe's.

    It's been a week now and still no Turkey Meatballs...the tag for it is still up in the frozen section but has been filled with the regular meatballs instead.

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    1. re: littleflower

      out of stock means temporarily unavailable, but not discontinued. (the tags till being up is also a sign that they will return.)
      could be a packaging change, or a supplier switch, or just that demand got too big, and the supplier is catching up--that happens with small suppliers when demand rises--i remember the frozen brown rice having that problem until the producer got a bigger production facility. so i think you can rest assured that the meatballs will return.

      1. re: chez cherie

        Yup the inner peas were out of stock because the manufacturer ran out of packaging.

      2. re: littleflower

        "TOS" or temporarily out of stock was explained to me by an employee as meaning that it is out of stock at the warehouse and they don't have an estimate as to when it will become available to order because it is a supplier/manufacturer issue. Case in point is the just mango dried mango, which has been out for several weeks now due to a new harvest being processed.

        And sunshine, I was also looking forward to trying the turkey meatballs due to all the yays on the top 5 thread and it has been out of stock at my store in NC since I started looking for them! So it seems to be a widespread problem, but I was assured that they have NOT been discontinued by an employee with a binder who said it was still on his order form.

        1. re: ohmyyum

          Thanks to all who posted - good to know it's just a matter of time now until it gets restocked...just have to have the patience to go along with it!

          1. re: ohmyyum

            Turkey Meatballs status update: Manager just told me that the turkey meatballs no longer met Trader Joe's product specifications, and that the manufacturer is trying to rework to please Trader Joe's. She said for us to call back in about a week to see about any further updates, so as of right now looks like it could be awhile before TJ's gets them back in stock...

            1. re: ohmyyum

              Well it must have been a minor issue because the turkey meatballs were back on the shelf tonight! Yay!!

              1. re: ohmyyum

                Was so glad last week to see that both the Just dried mango as well as the just dried pineapple are back in stock.

            2. I posted about this in another thread to much dismay, so I thought I'd repost here: the tomato paste in a tube was discontinued in mid-December 2012.

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              1. re: ohmyyum

                I must have overlooked that post...that is a shame! Good price for a great product - will have to now go back to the Amore brand at a higher price.

                1. re: ohmyyum

                  I came here to post the same thing. Went yesterday just to make sure and it's gone-baby-gone. So sad.

                  1. re: NonnieMuss

                    Drat! I checked at two stores today (before I saw this post)...nothing. The person stocking the aisle didn't seem to know if it was discontinued or just out of stock. Now I know...

                  2. re: ohmyyum

                    I'm still sad about this.

                    I wanted to get my dad a dozen several months back and was bummed to find out why. We asked why is was discontinued and apparently the small distributor of the product couldn't keep up with the demands.

                  3. Bluecheese flavor of lite laughing cow is gone. I asked and they said they're no longer stocking it. Too bad because they had the best price for that stuff ($2.99 per 8 wedge box). They still have the original swiss cheese flavor as well the garlic herb. I think I'll just pay the extra to get the bluecheese elsewhere.

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                    1. re: 1MunchieMonster

                      Not sure of your exact price reference, but I just got a 4-pack of these (swiss cheese flavor) at Costco for $6.50. 8 wedges per pack.

                    2. Looks like the Sugar, Chocolate & Coffee Bean Grinder has been discontinued! I asked last time I was at my TJ's when I could not find it and the worker confirmed it. Boo. I enjoyed using this on ice cream and in my coffee.

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                      1. re: LisaVille

                        Oh I wanted to try it but never got around to buying it! That is a shame.

                      2. The Rosemary Pecans & Cranberries was discontinued :-( It came in the same size little bags as the Sweet & Spicy Pecans, Candied Walnuts, etc. I'm going to attempt to recreate it at home, but still, boo.

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                        1. re: Rilke

                          Oh, too bad! I don't get to TJ's often, but that was always one of the things I looked for.

                          1. re: Rilke

                            I don't often go to Trader Joe's, but shoot I have bad luck with them:
                            -the first version of Thai-spices cashews (or was it peanuts?)
                            -mango sticky rice
                            -mango yoghurt drink (not lassi)
                            -their take on Cracklin' Oat Bran (the swirls)
                            -rosemary pecans

                            Shazbot. Are the chocolate edamame still around?