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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?

                          2. stone ground grits. damn. those were good, and i shoulda known to stash a couple bags in the freezer.

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                            1. re: chez cherie

                              If you have Bi-Lo grocery stores around you, they sell them cheap. They come in a blue paper package. Can't remember the name but cheaper than TJ's sold them (i'm a southern girl! ).

                              1. re: beachgallisa

                                thanks, but i'm in so ca. the land of no grits. i loved the stone ground tj ones, and now will have to resort to a store 35 min away (on a good traffic day) or mail order.

                                1. re: chez cherie

                                  You might try Phoenix brand polenta -- I find it at Vons. Yellow, not white, but a great texture.

                            2. The Trader Joes brand frozen veggie breakfast sausage patties. The ingredient list was much less scary than the Morning Star Farm version. Sad to see TJs version go :(

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                              1. re: chinchi

                                I tried TJ's breakfast sausage patties and went back to Morningstar Farm's, whose flavor and texture are much more like the real thing. So maybe I'm to blame for TJ withdrawing their product. Fortunately for me, they still stock the Morningstar.

                                1. The great Cotes du Rhone in the squat bottle with the gold label is TOS with no expected date, which was our everyday go-to wine. Also discontinued, the fruit leather ends and pieces which were great for tiny toddler snacks, and the tomato juice - it's just Garden Patch on the shelves now, which is atrocious.

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                                  1. re: thursday

                                    I don't know anything about the wine, but I just asked about the fruit leather ends and pieces today and they are just TOS, not discontinued-- there is a HUGE difference according to the manager. Apparently, there are periodic shortages of the ends and pieces because they are only produced (as a byproduct) when a new batch of the regular individually wrapped fruit leathers are cut out, but as long as those individual fruit leather exist, so will the ends and pieces.

                                    1. re: ohmyyum

                                      I was told they were TOS about 2 years ago, but last time I asked they said they didn't expect them back...

                                      1. re: thursday

                                        Have you not seen them in your store in the past two years? I got a bag two weeks ago! And a few other times in the past few weeks... following yet another stretch of being out of stock. When I commented that they seemed to go "TOS" more frequently than other things, the manager explained about the production issues. He also said the computer showed they were expected to be back at the warehouse by the end of April (I think he said the 20th, but that that was a tentative date). Either way, they were helpful and took down my name and number and said they would hold some for me as soon as they came back in. I stop in at least once a week anyway as it is on my way home from work, so I will keep checking.

                                        1. re: ohmyyum

                                          Where are you?? I go to 4 different TJs on a regular basis and none of them have had them in the past 2 years - I've heard the same spiel about production issues, which makes sense, but have never seen them since.

                                          1. re: thursday

                                            Hey Thursday! I am in NC. I just got 4 bags at my store today, and the shelf was full. The girl who has helped me before said they're available to order now, and reiterated that it's not something they can carry all the time due to limited production, so go ask someone at your store to get them while they can-- and then stock up!

                                            1. re: ohmyyum

                                              Great, thanks for the update ohmyyum! I had wanted to try the fruit bits n' pieces, but heard on here they were temporarily out. I have bought a few varieties of the fruit leathers and really liked them - not overly sugary-tasting at all!

                                              1. re: ohmyyum

                                                Thank you for this! I finally saw them again this week and bought a few bags!

                                                1. re: thursday

                                                  Lol they are out of stock again at my store but it's ok because I bough a few bags too!

                                        2. re: ohmyyum

                                          Phew! Glad to hear that. They're a great, cheap, healthy snack.

                                          1. re: AmyH

                                            Agreed! I always take them on backpacking trips. The individually wrapped fruit leathers will suffice if the ends and pieces are not available, but I go through so many of them that it is much more economical to get the bag (not to mention, the one bag generates less trash to pack out that all those wrappers)!

                                          2. re: ohmyyum

                                            The fruit leather ends and pieces are back in stock again! I guess they're going to come and go sporadically, so we need to stock up when we can.

                                          3. re: thursday

                                            Oh no! I loved those fruit leather ends and pieces. How can they discontinue them? WHat will they do with all the trimmings?

                                          4. We really liked the frozen garlic bread and were surprised to find it had been discontinued.

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                                            1. re: foodie06

                                              We liked it the first 2 times we had it, but then the third time it was very different and not good at all. Maybe they'll come back with a different garlic bread.

                                            2. Just found out last night that TJ's is "sourcing a new supplier" for the Oriental Rice Crackers that have been around forever. They don't know how long it will be till they are back on the shelves. Hoping they actually will be back...

                                              1. Anyone know if the arugula and parmesan ravioli (refrigerated) have been discontinued? Haven't seen them the last couple times I've gone.

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                                                1. re: jaba

                                                  I hope not -- it's my favorite ravioli. It's been MIA at the two Trader Joe's I frequent, but I haven't asked the staff if that variety has been discontinued. Fingers crossed it's just a stock hiccup.

                                                  The frozen multigrain croissants are gone. However, the associate said the status ("making room," or something like that) means they should be replaced by a similar product in the future. I hope so, as they were tasty and didn't require the overnight proofing time that their other frozen varieties do.

                                                  1. re: jaba

                                                    The ravioli are back! I picked up a package this afternoon. I'm so happy it wasn't axed!

                                                  2. Seems like their curried Nan is no longer. At least, haven't seen it on the shelves and I loved that stuff.

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                                                    1. re: Misha

                                                      My husband loved the curried naan, but after one meal, it gave him the worst breath in creation, and I banned it from the house. Now I love curry, I love naan, but there was something unholy about how it interacted with him.

                                                    2. I buy the Omega seed and nuts bread regularly. That was discontinued towards the end of 2012.

                                                      1. My wife and I really liked the Tres Piños white wine blend of Sauv. Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Riesling, but found out a week ago that it has been discontinued. Too bad!

                                                        1. Triple Ginger Lemon Ice Cream discontinued on 4/4/2013.

                                                          Web Customer Relations <webRelations@traderjoes.com>

                                                          The Triple Ginger Lemon Ice Cream has been discontinued due to nationwide slow sales, and inventory is no longer available at our warehouses....I miss this one, too! I am sorry for the disappointment, as there are no plans for the return of this item. We also are contractually bound to a non-disclosure agreement for any product under our Trader Joe's Private Label and may not divulge our supplier.

                                                          I have shared your comments with our Product Steering Committee. I cannot guarantee an immediate outcome; however, we absolutely do take customer requests into account when we develop new products and revise, or bring back old ones!

                                                          Best regards,

                                                          Kerry
                                                          Customer Relations

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                                                          1. re: CallMeJoe

                                                            That ice cream was made by Double Rainbow.

                                                          2. I overhead someone asking an employee last night about some frozen garlic bread (not one of my items) and the guy said it was discontinued...he said he was surprised because it was a very popular item.

                                                            1. Candied pecans. I just found out on Saturday that they're discontinued, and I'm so, so sad.

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                                                              1. re: gildeddawn

                                                                I actually prefer their candied walnuts over the pecans. Have you tried them?

                                                                1. re: Rilke

                                                                  I did, and I have to say that they're not the substitute I hoped they'd be. It's just a preference for a different kind of nut, I suppose, but the walnuts seemed a bit blander to me, and more one-note sweet than the pecans.

                                                                2. re: gildeddawn

                                                                  NOOOOOOOO! The sweet and spicy ones?

                                                                  1. re: Savour

                                                                    No, just the regular ones. The sweet and spicy ones (which are also awesome) are still there!

                                                                    1. re: gildeddawn

                                                                      Plenty of the candied pecans at my TJ store in the Boston area. Asked about themnand the she said no plans to discontinue. Hope she;s right!

                                                                      1. re: shaebones

                                                                        Same thing at my store in NC, shaebones. I know there are sometimes regional variations, but it seems like gilded dawn was misled. I prefer the sweet & spicy pecans and the glazed walnuts myself.

                                                                        1. re: ohmyyum

                                                                          Man, I hope you're right. The employee I asked seemed pretty sure, but maybe I'll try a manager next time I'm in. The shelf tag for them was gone, though...

                                                                          1. re: gildeddawn

                                                                            Ae you on the east or west coast. Sometimes there are regional d/c's of products.

                                                                  2. re: gildeddawn

                                                                    Update: They're back! The employee must have been misinformed?

                                                                  3. I wanted to ask if anyone had heard that the frozen Roasted Mashed Sweet Potatoes. I haven't been able to find any for the past month and I didn't think to ask anyone at the store. These were low fat, healthy and good for a quick meal.

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                                                                    1. re: deeluv

                                                                      They are a seasonal item. Let's lobby for them to be kept year round!

                                                                    2. Vermont Creamery goat cheese (chevre) has been discontinued at Trader Joe's. They still carry Silver Goat, though.

                                                                      1. Just learned yesterday that Trader Joe's has discontinued the High Brow Chocolate Chip cookies. Not sure how I'm going to explain this to my addicted 3 year old (or my husband, for that matter).

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                                                                        1. re: WendyBNY

                                                                          These are very similar Wendy. In fact when we tried TJ's cookies we said these taste like Otterbeins! Family run bakery, available on the East coast in some grocery stores, but they ship for reasonable prices. The ones you're looking for are the Cookie Bags - Chocolate chip (obviously). Thinnest, crispest chocolate chip cookies I've been able to get anywhere. Good ingredients (all of which I can pronounce, most of which I could draw with a crayon LOL).

                                                                          http://otterbeinsbakery.com/

                                                                          1. re: WendyBNY

                                                                            Tates chocolate chip cookies available in most better deli's and supermarkets are exactly the same. As a matter of fact I wouldn't be surprised if TJ's weren't Tate's cookies. Only difference is THE PRICE!!! Tates are expensive..........Ask they why they discontinued them. I bet a lot of people are curious.

                                                                            1. re: mondonucleus

                                                                              That's exactly what we thought too - they are likely Tate's! Which is why we loved getting them at TJ's - much better price. I did ask but no one at that particular TJ had a reason. (Maybe it was due to the price differential.). I emailed TJ asking why, but have yet to get a reply. I will post if I hear back. For now, I guess it's back to Tate's, just not as often!

                                                                              1. re: WendyBNY

                                                                                Ok, they do have a package there that looks like Highbrow but is not. It's gluten free. Haven't tried them but they look the same. Anyone try them yet??

                                                                                1. re: mondonucleus

                                                                                  I like the gluten free choc chip cookies as much if not better than the highbrow ones. I am not gluten free, for the record.

                                                                                  1. re: ohmyyum

                                                                                    I have never had the high brow, but love the gf cc cookies.

                                                                                    1. re: brilynn79

                                                                                      I just tried the gluten free chocolate chip cookies. They are almost as good as the High Brow/Tate's! (My husband says they're as good.) Thanks for the tip.

                                                                                  2. re: mondonucleus

                                                                                    My husband really likes the gluten free cookies better and he typically HATES anything gluten free and is a cookie connoisseur. Kind of a pain since now I have to share! I'm convinced they are actually Tate's GF cookies since they taste identical but much cheaper.

                                                                                2. re: mondonucleus

                                                                                  Trader Joes did email me back. They said they were discontinued due to slow sales. I can't believe it!

                                                                                3. re: WendyBNY

                                                                                  Much to my disappointment, I too discovered that the High Brow cookies have been discontinued. I think High Brow chocolate chip cookies are identical to these Tate's Bake Shop cookies. I've found Tate's cookies at Central Market (or Whole Foods) here in Austin.

                                                                                4. Are the adzuki bean chips (in a red bag) gone? I looked for them recently and ended up getting another kind of corn chips with some beans in them, but they were nowhere near as good.

                                                                                  1. Just to keep it consistent, I started another thread to end out the year - let's continue the discussion over here:

                                                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/907660

                                                                                    1. I'm gobsmacked...not to mention crestfallen, that Highbrow's are discontinued. I, too, found them identical to Tates but much more affordable. I found the gluten-free ones to be a bit less tender, even a bit 'stale' tasting. How can we mobilize an action and get them to reinstate this product???

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                                                                                      1. re: comelon777

                                                                                        If you have a Fresh Market near you, the entire month of August their Tate's chocolate chip cookies are a dollar off ($3.99 instead of $4.99 a pack, I believe). I can't even remember now how much the Highbrow cookies at TJ's were...$2.99?

                                                                                        1. re: littleflower

                                                                                          Hey thanks for the tip. I think Highbrows were $3.99 per pack.

                                                                                      2. They recently discontinued Triple Nut and Flakes Reduced Sugar Cereal! I am so bummed!! It is so diabetic friendly and very delicious! Does anyone know of a similar product? It had less than 2grams of sugar and was really good!!

                                                                                        1. I haven't seen the Organic Instant Hot Cocoa Mix for several months. Also sad to hear about the High Brow cookies. What will I snack on now while watching Homeland?

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                                                                                          1. re: mugsysf

                                                                                            mugsysf, many believe that the Highbrow cookies are actually just repackaged Tate's Chocolate Chip Cookies. Many gourmet food stores carry the Tate's line.

                                                                                            If you happen to live near a Fresh Market grocery store, they have their Tate's cookies on sale for 3.99 (regularly priced at 4.99) until August 27th

                                                                                            1. re: littleflower

                                                                                              Thank you, littleflower! I have purchased Tate's Chocolate Chip Cookies at the Real Food store on Polk Street, in San Francisco. It's a little pricier than the TJ version, but worth it since a good packaged cookie is hard to find. I recently bought Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies, which I used to eat growing up, and I couldn't believe how tasteless they were, like cardboard.

                                                                                              1. re: mugsysf

                                                                                                One more thing - I have family that live in CA. and there is a Fresh Market in Palo Alto which I think is pretty close to San Francisco. There's still 5 more days to take advantage of the dollar off price - we have stocked up on them here!

                                                                                                1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                  That's a great deal. I think I paid over $5 for a package of Tate's cookies at Real Food. Palo Alto is a bit far for me so I guess I'll just pay full-price at the local store. Thanks for letting me know though!