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nojunk Sep 16, 2013 01:05 PM

Well I haven't been able to find my usual Bella sundried tomatoes at two different Costcos, so I finally asked at the desk and they told me they have been "discontinued". What's that about? Can you find them at your store?

I'm in the Cincinnati Ohio area.

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    Baskerville RE: nojunk Sep 17, 2013 09:27 AM

    Huh, odd. I actually just purchased my first package of sundried tomatoes at Costco on Sunday. I'm in Nashville, TN. This was actually the first time I've noticed them at my store. These were not packed in oil—just stored in a resealable zipper bag.

    Ah, Costco...always a guessing game!

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      Baskerville RE: Baskerville Sep 18, 2013 10:15 AM

      I checked last night, and the brand is Bella Sun Luci, same as what you're discussing.

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        Coogles RE: Baskerville Sep 18, 2013 10:22 AM

        Do you recall if there was an asterisk at the upper right corner of the price placard in the store? That indicates that the item is not going to be reordered once they run out of their current stock. If you still have your receipt you can also sometimes tell by the price, discontinued items often end in a .97 or .79.

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        treb RE: Baskerville Sep 18, 2013 11:35 AM

        Costco usually has both, oil packed in a jar and dried in a pouch.

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        treb RE: nojunk Sep 18, 2013 06:52 AM

        I just saw sundried tomatoes at my Costco, I'll check who's it is.

        1. mrbigshotno.1 RE: nojunk Sep 19, 2013 03:36 PM

          They have discontinued many items I enjoyed, when I ask why, I get the same answer "We have no control at the local store, the regional buyer makes those decisions", I can understand if an item doesn't move, but that's not usually the case. About all I'm down to buying there is frozen meatballs and B/S chicken thighs.

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            wkathym RE: nojunk Nov 15, 2013 08:18 PM

            Here in the Boston area, they were discontinued. They are such a fantastic product. I chop them up and add them to lots of dishes, and also make a killer tapenade. They've had them for years and wonder why they no longer carry them. Contacted the company, Bella Sun Luci, and most retail stores only carry the small jars.

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              treb RE: wkathym Nov 16, 2013 08:00 AM

              They were blowing them out at my Costco, like under $5.00 per jar, I stocked up.

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              FoodDee RE: nojunk Nov 16, 2013 09:33 AM

              I bought them last week at the Kirkland, WA store. They were $7.99 but didn't notice if there was an asterisk on the price sign.

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                HillJ RE: nojunk Nov 16, 2013 09:51 AM

                These are still being sold at Costco/NJ. Next to the marinated mushrooms and artichokes as of Monday.

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                  MAMORRIS RE: HillJ Nov 18, 2013 01:52 PM

                  Which store in NJ. Mine do not have them. Thanks.

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                    HillJ RE: MAMORRIS Nov 18, 2013 01:52 PM

                    I was in the store in Hazlet last Monday and they had the jarred sundried tomatoes there.

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                      MAMORRIS RE: HillJ Nov 18, 2013 04:21 PM

                      Thank you so much. I can go there.

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                        HillJ RE: MAMORRIS Nov 18, 2013 04:53 PM

                        I'd call ahead just in case. This thread has me perplexed why some Costco's stopped carrying it. Customer Service could save you a trip or confirm they are stocking it pretty easily.

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                          MAMORRIS RE: HillJ Nov 18, 2013 05:16 PM

                          Thanks. I will because it is more than an hour away but I love these tomatoes.

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                  nojunk RE: nojunk Nov 16, 2013 11:36 AM

                  Thanks for all the replies. I've looked for them several times at my local Costcos and they're gone, gone gone. I miss them! I buy sun dried tomatoes elsewhere now, but they're just not the same.

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                    cstr RE: nojunk Nov 16, 2013 03:02 PM

                    Saw a new stock of Bella Sundried Tomatoes at my So CA Costco today.

                    1. Barbara76137 RE: nojunk Nov 17, 2013 10:51 AM

                      I saw them in the Frisco, TX store about a week ago with the dreaded asterisk on the sign. I should have bought a jar but it wasn't in my budget.

                      1. monavano RE: nojunk Nov 18, 2013 02:01 PM

                        I'll look for them next time I go. I'd be majorly bummed if they d/c's the sundried tomatoes.

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                          MAMORRIS RE: monavano Nov 18, 2013 04:22 PM

                          Good luck. If you see them, buy a lot.

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                          Expat1234 RE: nojunk Nov 20, 2013 07:20 PM

                          In oil or dried is what I should buy? I saw the dried today with an asterisk. Didn't think to check for oiled. @Costco in Charleston, SC.

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                            MAMORRIS RE: Expat1234 Nov 21, 2013 06:19 AM

                            I like the one in oil. They are disappearing fast. Buy whatever you see whether oil or water.

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                              cstr RE: Expat1234 Nov 21, 2013 06:21 AM

                              The Bella's that I've seen are packed in olive oil.

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                                Expat1234 RE: cstr Nov 21, 2013 08:00 PM

                                See the pic

                                 
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                                  cstr RE: Expat1234 Nov 22, 2013 09:03 AM

                                  The Bella's I've seen are tomato halves in a jar packed in Olive Oil.

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                              menchienator RE: nojunk Jan 15, 2014 11:13 AM

                              I'm not sure if you know already... but Costco is now carrying oven-dried tomatoes. Not the Bella brand; it's Kirkland Organic Oven-Dried Roma tomatoes. The Bella brand had sulfites as a preservative... this one does not have it. My husband is allergic to sulfites. I personally think this new one is better because the tomatoes are not too chewy.

                              1. monavano RE: nojunk Jan 16, 2014 06:28 AM

                                I asked about the sd tomatoes in oil at m Costco in Va. They said that they are "seasonal" and that they will carry them again in the Spring.
                                It might not be the same vendor, but they will carry them from someone.

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                                  treb RE: monavano Jan 16, 2014 07:06 AM

                                  I saw the Bella brand this week, looks like they're exhausting the inventory. Last year I bagged several jars for under $5.00.

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                                    monavano RE: treb Jan 16, 2014 07:54 AM

                                    I still have plenty left in my Bella jar, so I'm hoping my Costco has them soon.
                                    What will I do without them???
                                    Ack!

                                    (maybe enter a 12-step program, I dunno)

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                                      treb RE: monavano Jan 16, 2014 09:39 AM

                                      I don't get the 'seasonal' thing but, I learned my lesson last year and when they were blowing them out at less than $5.00 per jar, I turned on to a hoarder!

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                                    emu48 RE: monavano Feb 27, 2014 11:23 AM

                                    They told me capers are seasonal too. I guess Kansas people only eat capers in warm weather. In Hawaii, every Costco has big jars of capers for cheap all the time. Idiots appear to be running the company now.

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                                    Maggie19 RE: nojunk Jan 16, 2014 08:05 AM

                                    Saw them at Maple Grove (outside Mpls) last Friday.

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                                      wkathym RE: nojunk Jan 21, 2014 09:45 AM

                                      Seems that Kirkland Oven Dried Organic Roma tomatoes are replacing the Bella Sun Luci brand. Just bought the new ones. In a side-by-side comparison, the Bella Sun Luci brand wins, hands down. They are much chewier and intense. The Kirkland brand is mushy and don't have that intense tomato-y flavor. The Bella Sun Luci list of ingredients were simple: tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, herbs and spices (and sulfites-which never bothered me), the new Kirkland brand is organic, and contains lemon juice and citric acid, which seems to replace the sulfites for preservatives. I am so disappointed. I guess the motivation was an organic product and no sulfites. Will try and buy the old Bella Sun Luci brand via Amazon.

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                                        FoodDee RE: wkathym Jan 21, 2014 10:42 AM

                                        Are sun dried and oven dried tomatoes the same thing? I thought the oven dried were jucier/less chewy in general.

                                      2. KansasKate RE: nojunk Feb 8, 2014 04:03 AM

                                        Has anyone tried the Roland Sun-Dried Tomato Strips? They come in a 1-kg bag and are on the Costco website.

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                                          gmdressen RE: nojunk Feb 27, 2014 11:08 AM

                                          I tried the new Kirkland Signature oven dried tomatoes at Costco and was very disappointed. They were mushy and tomatoes were various sizes which made preparing my recipe difficult. In addition I was unable to drain the oil off due to the pile of mush! I did find the 35 oz large jar of Bella Sun Luci at Amazon. I hope Costco brings Bella Sun Luci back soon! I don't understand why Costco constantly replaces products that have been in their stores for years. Obviously Bella Sun Dried Tomatoes must have be successful I bought them for over 10 years???!!!

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                                            monavano RE: gmdressen Feb 27, 2014 11:11 AM

                                            It stinks that they're not bringing Bella back or offering an acceptable substitute.
                                            I'm getting such great pantry items, such as jarred artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, Calamata olives and some neon green French olives (name escapes me)- and they can't offer a good sundried tomato product anymore??
                                            It's frustrating.

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                                              treb RE: gmdressen Feb 27, 2014 11:51 AM

                                              You should get on their website and email your concerns. I've had good responses when I email corporate.

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                                              emu48 RE: nojunk Feb 27, 2014 11:20 AM

                                              Costco definitely has taken a turn for the worse. First they reformulated their excellent jarred pesto into a garbage product that hardly has any basil in it. Now this. I'll probably keep my membership for the cheap booze, but I buy less food at Costco. Before, you found the odd inferior food product now and then, but most of it was excellent. Now it's like Trader Joe's, with a larger percentage of food products that are just junk. Very sad. I've been a member since 1988, by the way.

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                                                treb RE: emu48 Feb 27, 2014 11:55 AM

                                                A turn for the worse... a bit harsh. I've had way more winners than losers. I do not purchase a lot of prepared foods like pesto etc. I can say there's more to Costco than cheep booze. I do agree with you about TJ's.

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                                                mattowan RE: nojunk Mar 16, 2014 02:06 PM

                                                Fyi, saw the Kirkland jarred sd tomatoes today and inspected the label. Sunflower oil? Really? Easy pass for me. Really liked the old ones they carried that were tomatoes, olives oil, and spices. Great stuff.

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                                                  asiachifonlove RE: nojunk Mar 22, 2014 12:16 PM

                                                  Yes, Bella San Lucci Un Dried Tomatoes seems to have dropped into a black hole at Costco. I've searched countless Costco stores, to no avail. This product was so popular, it practically flew off the shelves at arrival.
                                                  No luck in locating any other store for purchase. Ordering from the company costs (price + shipping) is considerably more than in store.
                                                  Does anyone know of any chain store I can purchase from?

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                                                    asiachifonlove RE: nojunk Mar 22, 2014 12:23 PM

                                                    Discontinued in Las Vegas, NV as well. :(

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                                                      Laniana1 RE: asiachifonlove May 14, 2014 07:35 PM

                                                      I bought the Kirkland ones and yech. Sunflower oil (way worse for you than olive oil, for one) and they were mushy. I was told that they made them this way so they could be put on pizza. I miss the Bella sundried tomatoes!

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                                                        asiachifonlove RE: Laniana1 May 14, 2014 07:46 PM

                                                        I know, I tried the Kirland brand as well. Yes, they were disgusting!
                                                        I've called the Bella San Lucci Company. I wanted to purchase a case. However, the shipping cost is close to the cost of item. I was told, "maybe on day we'll offer shipping discounts."
                                                        I informed the representative, "your sales would increase at a ridiculous rate is there was a shipping discount."
                                                        That conversation was about a year ago.

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                                                          Laniana1 RE: asiachifonlove May 15, 2014 03:47 AM

                                                          Yep! I was just on Amazon looking at buying them, and the cost of shipping is now MORE than the item! I can only hope that when Costco starts getting more complaints, they decide to bring back Bella Sun Luci.

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                                                            edterry RE: Laniana1 May 26, 2014 08:03 AM

                                                            I now buy them directly from Bella Sun Luci and have them shipped to where I work, since commercial delivery is much cheaper than residential. A case of six jars costs $77.86, ($24.76 for shipping and $53.10 for product).

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                                                              asiachifonlove RE: edterry May 27, 2014 01:26 PM

                                                              Really?
                                                              That's great, thank you!! :)

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                                                                foodforthoughtG RE: asiachifonlove Jun 2, 2014 06:53 AM

                                                                After searching the internet I discovered they can be purchased through Amazon if one does not want to order 6 jars. Price is only a bit more.
                                                                16 oz Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes Halves in Olive Oil by Bella Sun Luci
                                                                Price: $7.99 + $10.10 shipping

                                                                I just ordered two 16 oz Jars. at $7.99 each or $15.98 plus $15.20 for shipping.

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                                                      1stsnare RE: nojunk Jun 12, 2014 12:31 PM

                                                      Yes you are correct! To all of are disappointment! Costco has done it again and changed to their own style of OVEN dried tomatoes. I live in Paradise Valley AZ and went to every Costco when I found out. They where blowing out the great tasting Bella brand,for just under $4.00 a 30oz jar, in oil, NO GLUTEN, so I purchase most of them. The new ones are Costco brand and are of POOR taste and are NO way a better product they say Kirklland.Very disappointed again with Costco!

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                                                        louisbrow RE: nojunk Jun 24, 2014 09:09 AM

                                                        Seems to be discontinued in New York. I tried the Kirkland Oven Dried Tomatoes - the obvious replacement and they were awful. Returned them immediately. I hope a lot of customers do the same. Costco will respond only if it hits the bottom line.

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                                                          jzc RE: nojunk Jul 9, 2014 01:48 PM

                                                          Was it Bella at Costco? At another site, it had mentioned Sun Dry brand. Both can be bought on Amazon, but I can't remember which brand. If I order, does anyone from San Francisco want to split a case?

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                                                            asiachifonlove RE: jzc Jul 9, 2014 08:39 PM

                                                            I saw that BSL are selling on Amazon now. Unfortunately, because of the very high shipping charge, only a few jars have sold.
                                                            The jar of tomatoes are $8.89, but shipping is $12.65 per jar. :(

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                                                              asiachifonlove RE: jzc Jul 9, 2014 09:25 PM

                                                              Just made aware this evening...BSL is now in Chico, CA too. If you live in SF your only 1 1/2 hours away. My daughter lives in Chico, I've already called.

                                                              Check this link: http://www.mooneyfarms.com/contact/

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                                                              1stsnare RE: nojunk Jul 9, 2014 07:33 PM

                                                              Bella Sun Luci
                                                              DIRECT from the company
                                                              Sun Dried Tomato Halves with Olive Oil & Italian Herbs 35 oz.
                                                              $8.89 ea / $50.67 case

                                                               
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                                                                1stsnare RE: 1stsnare Jul 9, 2014 09:35 PM

                                                                Shipping from company-$3.57@ jar + 8.89=$12.46 @ jar U get 6 in a case = $72.00 give or take! Amazon is NUTS!

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                                                                  asiachifonlove RE: 1stsnare Jul 10, 2014 07:54 PM

                                                                  Yes, I know, unfathomable!

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                                                                    ferret RE: 1stsnare Jul 11, 2014 09:01 AM

                                                                    Amazon isn't the seller, it's the portal.

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                                                                      jzc RE: ferret Jul 11, 2014 09:29 AM

                                                                      Yes, it's not Amazon. I was trying to see if being an Amazon Prime member would bypass the shipping but no such luck.

                                                                      It's also $12.46 PER jar not a case. Ridiculous.

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                                                                        ferret RE: jzc Jul 11, 2014 10:12 AM

                                                                        I have this kind of argument with my wife frequently. We share an Amazon account and I'll see that she's ordered an item and paid for shipping. I then explain that we're Amazon Prime members so she should look for the item page that's associated with Amazon Prime, but without fail the next time she buys something it's still from a non-Amazon seller with a high shipping cost, even though the identical product is on Amazon Prime.

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                                                                  1stsnare RE: nojunk Jul 11, 2014 10:40 AM

                                                                  I have ordered and took delivery from Bella Sun Lucy and the total price thats with shipping for a case of 6 35oz was/is $50.67 +shipping$21.39=$72.06!! NOT $12.46 a jar!!

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                                                                    jzc RE: 1stsnare Jul 11, 2014 11:41 AM

                                                                    Is that directly from Bella? I didn't see the 35oz size listed on their site, but it's on the Amazon site. When I enter 6 for my shopping cart it adds $12.46 a jar.

                                                                    Did you just send an email to them to order?

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                                                                    1stsnare RE: nojunk Jul 11, 2014 12:20 PM

                                                                    Yes u either order as a guest or open an account I posted the picture of the exact jar from Costco which is the same from Bella sun Luci I do not see the problem everyone is having go to their site go to products the first option is sundried tomato click it find julienne sundried 35oz in oil and herbs follow or ding procedure done I received in 7 days

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                                                                      asiachifonlove RE: 1stsnare Jul 12, 2014 01:40 PM

                                                                      No, there isn't a problem, it's just an issue with the cost of shipping.

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                                                                      armeniajen RE: nojunk Jul 12, 2014 02:57 PM

                                                                      The Kirkland brand is not good!! We bought some just last week. After only being open a few days, there is mold on them!!! Mold!!! We never had this problem with the other brand!! So disappointed, since I use a lot of sundried tomatoes in my cooking.

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                                                                        Atilla RE: nojunk Jul 17, 2014 04:15 AM

                                                                        Yes, Costco has done it again! Replaced an excellent item with an inferior Kirkland product. Here's the plan. Buy a jar of the Kirkland product. Take out one tomato, throw it away. Return jar for refund.

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