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littleflower Jan 10, 2014 03:53 PM

Starting a new thread for 2014- what products have you noticed have been discontinued and you're sad to see them go?

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    littleflower Jan 10, 2014 04:07 PM

    Frozen Lemonade Concentrate: This has been lemonade go-to during the winter months, and now they are only carrying the orange juice concentrate.

    1. Will Owen Jan 10, 2014 04:13 PM

      The high-fiber pasta, which was a lot more "normal" in taste and texture than whole-wheat or any other relatively low-carb alternatives. It was available as penne and spaghetti only; I'd been hoping they would expand the offerings, and then it disappeared. There simply were not enough people who liked it as well as I did, or saw a need for it. I wish I'd stocked up …

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        bitchincook Jan 16, 2014 06:03 PM

        I miss that as well. It was a really good product.

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          readyboy Jan 25, 2014 08:35 AM

          This product combined Spanish semolina and oat fiber to make a great tasting product. My guess is that it was too costly to produce and had to compete with the 20 other organic, whole grain, and traditional pastas that they sell. Too bad, because I really loved the spaghetti and my kids did too. Pasta la vista baby.

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            rahscoh Apr 10, 2014 02:15 PM

            I would by ten packs of this pasta at a time, it was the best dry spaghetti when cooked al dente! Now I wish I'd bought a case at a time. Maybe I (and others) should've posted recipes using this pasta then more people might have gotten addicted to it as well and it would not have been discontinued.. to late now I guess.

          2. Boston_Otter Jan 12, 2014 06:03 AM

            Not sure if this has been reported here yet, but the TJ brand of soy chorizo has been gone from stores for about three months. Employees told me at first, "oh, it's a supply issue, that's one of our best sellers, it's not going away," but now they're telling me it may not be back. I can't get a straight answer on it.

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              JulesNoctambule Jan 13, 2014 04:35 PM

              No! That soy chorizo is a huge hit with our family.

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                westsidegal Jan 18, 2014 08:42 PM

                imho, the name brand of that stuff, SOYRIZO is infinitely better

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                  Boston_Otter Jan 24, 2014 06:38 AM

                  Unfortunately, it's twice the price, and when I've used it in recipes, I've been told it doesn't taste nearly as "meaty" as the TJ brand.

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                    westsidegal Mar 11, 2014 10:51 PM

                    the gluten in TJ's was solidly packed.
                    gone now, so really doesn't matter.
                    haven't seen any replacement product.

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                ohmyyum Jan 13, 2014 09:28 PM

                The last time I asked, they said it was indefinitely out of stock at the warehouse because it was being formulated. I have several vegan friends who would be devastated if it was, in fact, discontinued.

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                  Boston_Otter Jan 14, 2014 06:38 AM

                  My meat-eater friends would be devastated, too; they like the stuff more than Soyrizo brand, not to mention actual chorizo. It's a staple in my house, and every employee I've asked about it says it's a staple for them, too. I'll drop TJ corporate a line to ask.

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                    aimeekm Jan 15, 2014 05:26 PM

                    The Reynaldo and Cacique brand of soyrizo are widely available in the LA area, at half the price the TJ's as well. I'm not sure about in less Mexican-ethnic areas though.

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                      bevmsd Jan 16, 2014 09:05 AM

                      Well, I'm in San Diego, so I was able to find a replacement.

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                        Boston_Otter Jan 16, 2014 09:11 AM

                        Soyrizo™ itself is available at grocery stores, but at twice the price of TJs and much less quality.

                        I'll check Hispanic markets around here (Boston area); if they have soy chorizo for half the price of TJs it'd be less than a dollar for a package!

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                          aimeekm Jan 16, 2014 09:31 AM

                          I usually pay $.99 for either of the 2 brands I mentioned.

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                    bevmsd Jan 14, 2014 07:40 PM

                    I was also told it was "out of stock". However, when I printed out their veggie chili recipe today to make it again, the chorizo was mysteriously gone from the recipe as well. Not a good sign.

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                      cbg84 Jan 23, 2014 08:36 PM

                      I haven't seen it for much longer than that,

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                        singleglowingstrand Mar 14, 2014 10:58 AM

                        I actually found this thread trying to see what happened to the soy chorizo, since it has long been the product that drove the trips to Trader Joe's for me. I contacted their customer service last week, and got this reply:

                        Thank you for the inquiry. We are revising/updating the label for our Soy Chorizo; inventory is due to deliver at the warehouse mid-March, and should be in our stores before the end of March (if not sooner).

                        I am sorry not to have a definitive date of return...we're almost there!

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                          RoccoBuddy Apr 4, 2014 09:03 PM

                          Soy chorizo is back on the shelf at TJ. It is no longer vegan.

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                            fldhkybnva Apr 5, 2014 05:14 AM

                            See below as well

                      2. trolley Jan 12, 2014 02:02 PM

                        i heard a rumor the the maple sugar is gone. but that may have been a seasonal item so maybe it doesn't count.

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                          ohmyyum Jan 12, 2014 04:20 PM

                          It's been gone since last March at my store and I've been told it was discontinued. I miss it!

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                            littleflower Jan 12, 2014 07:29 PM

                            Ohmyyum is right, I also was told that it has been discontinued. I got hooked on it because that was what my store offered as a sugar choice with the coffee samples, then poof it was taken off the shelves a few months later.

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                          littleflower Jan 15, 2014 01:45 PM

                          Has anyone seen the frozen chicken mini tacos? I have not lately and the sign at my store has been removed

                          1. fldhkybnva Jan 15, 2014 05:43 PM

                            Does anyone buy the 100% cranberry concentrate? I buy a few bottles nearly every visit and it's always been there except last week. The lovely gentleman that searched for me assured me that it was coming in the next day but we all know how TJs works.

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                              Rilke Jan 16, 2014 09:05 AM

                              If that is discontinued, several female members of my family will have conniptions

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                                fldhkybnva Jan 16, 2014 12:51 PM

                                I would too

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                                andieb Jan 16, 2014 09:09 AM

                                I just saw that early this week in the Boston area..

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                                  fldhkybnva Jan 16, 2014 12:50 PM

                                  Great, awesome!

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                                    fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2014 05:45 AM

                                    Cranberry concentrate safe and sound, bought some Friday.

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                                      littleflower Jan 19, 2014 08:44 AM

                                      Yay, glad you are still able to get it!

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                                        Sharuf Jan 19, 2014 11:46 AM

                                        Isn't it too sour to drink?

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                                          fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2014 02:28 PM

                                          Sour, not really. It's tart! I can drink it straight and often do but mostly mix it with water. I also drink vinegar, pickle juice, and tonic water so I'm pretty tolerant - I love bitter, sour anything really.

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                                            littleflower Jan 23, 2014 10:32 PM

                                            Have you tried the Kosher Dill Pickles? I just tried these and am very impressed with the taste and the snap/crunch of the pickles. I use the pickle juice to sprinkle over my turkey sandwiches.

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                                              fldhkybnva Jan 24, 2014 08:52 AM

                                              Oh really? Nope, I've never tried any of their pickles. Are they whole?

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                                                littleflower Jan 24, 2014 08:30 PM

                                                Yes they are whole (they also carry sandwich pickle slices that are slightly sweeter in taste) which normally I wouldn't buy - prefer dill pickle spears) but these are really good and even imported in from Germany.

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                                                  fldhkybnva Jan 24, 2014 08:48 PM

                                                  Uh oh dangerous,I have a bit of a pickle addiction

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                                                    Dljepson Apr 12, 2014 03:22 AM

                                                    I have a severe pickle addiction and yes - they are amazing.... I'm German and always missed the taste of the 'real deal' when buying pickles here.
                                                    If you think about TJ's background and founders though, its no surprise that they went the authentic German pickling route.
                                                    I agree with the recommendation - YUM! Going to the fridge....

                                  2. hlk Jan 15, 2014 06:02 PM

                                    I haven't seen the meatless meatballs my last several visits, or a sign for them.

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                                      bevmsd Jan 16, 2014 09:06 AM

                                      Oh no!

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                                        AmyH Jan 16, 2014 09:11 AM

                                        I had looked for them before Thanksgiving and they were out then, too.

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                                          littleflower Jan 19, 2014 08:42 AM

                                          My store said both the mini chicken tacos and the meatless meatballs are being reformulated and will be back on the shelves probably around March. Apparently there is an ingredient that they don't find up to their standards that they are removing from these items, or at least that is what I was told.

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                                            hlk Jan 19, 2014 09:04 AM

                                            Thanks for the information!

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                                              littleflower Jan 19, 2014 09:30 AM

                                              You're welcome, I will let you know when I see them come back in stock.

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                                              Ttrockwood Jan 24, 2014 06:52 PM

                                              I'm totally freaked out about the idea of the meatless balls going away forever......crossing my fingers they come back, i'm going through withdrawls!!

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                                              cbg84 Jan 23, 2014 08:35 PM

                                              I would hate if they are gone for good.

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                                                littleflower Jan 23, 2014 10:29 PM

                                                I was told that they are coming back in March with one ingredient removed that no longer meets TJ's standards...not sure how this will affect the taste of them.

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                                              gnosh Jan 23, 2014 08:46 PM

                                              They had some crispy chocolate chip cookies that were good (kind of like Tate's--in fact we called them Fate's, for Fake Tate's). Haven't seen them in about 4-5 months. Not quite as good as Tate's, but cheaper.

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                                                littleflower Jan 23, 2014 10:26 PM

                                                I think you are talking about the Highbrow Chocolate Chip Cookies. Sadly they did discontinue them...if you happen to live near a Fresh Market they carry Tate's and periodically they go on sale.

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                                                  BeachCookie107 Feb 3, 2014 04:18 AM

                                                  My Harris-Teeter carries Tate's whole wheat chocolate chip cookies. $4.99 a bag keeps me from over eating them!

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                                                bear Jan 24, 2014 03:37 AM

                                                This may have been discussed in another thread, but does anyone know during what seasons they carry dried mushrooms? I asked a couple of weeks ago and the employee told me that it is a seasonal item and they won't have them for a few months.

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                                                  fldhkybnva Jan 24, 2014 08:52 AM

                                                  Seasonal? That's interesting though now that you mention it I haven't seen the little bags hanging around any more. I think I saw them in September and October so I guess it's a fall item.

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                                                    Ttrockwood Jan 24, 2014 06:54 PM

                                                    Yeah i saw them with the thanksgiving seasonal items- and not since. I bought several and really loved them too!!

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                                                      littleflower Jan 24, 2014 08:20 PM

                                                      My TJ's still had them hanging up off one of the shelves a couple of weeks ago but they may have just wanted to finish selling the end of their winter seasonal batch.

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                                                        bear Jan 25, 2014 06:15 AM

                                                        Thanks, littleflower. I've checked two of my local stores but will check the other stores in the area.

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                                                        Zhenzhu Feb 20, 2014 02:57 AM

                                                        Probably Fall, around Thanksgiving. I was recently looking for the condensed mushroom soup (in small box), and an employee told me it's seasonal, around Thanksgiving.

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                                                          skamama Apr 5, 2014 09:21 AM

                                                          The two area Trader Joe's I frequent haven't had them for ages. I asked twice, and once was told that they were sitting in customs and might return to the shelves, but they haven't. The other store told me the "seasonal" story. Just a thought, but Costco quit carrying the dried mushroom mix in the tall plastic jars that I was using for awhile. Apparently, there was a contamination issue.

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                                                            bear Apr 5, 2014 09:33 AM

                                                            Thanks, skamama. I looked for them at Costco to no avail but didn't ask. Good to know the reason. I figure I'll start looking in TJ's in a few weeks.

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                                                              ohmyyum Apr 5, 2014 07:45 PM

                                                              They have always been seasonal at trader joes-- usually October and November.

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                                                            nosey Jan 24, 2014 07:28 PM

                                                            Paratha bread! We loved this. Very disappointed to not find it for quite a while.

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                                                              aimeekm Jan 24, 2014 07:31 PM

                                                              Agree! Haven't seen it in forever!

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                                                              shaebones Jan 30, 2014 09:25 AM

                                                              The pepperdews! I am soooo bummed. I Loved those

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                                                                schrutefarms Feb 3, 2014 08:30 AM

                                                                The little fresh pizzas are gone :( The ones that were about 6 inches in diameter, in the refridgerated aisle, near the salad/sandwiches. I loved those little pizzas! Much better than the frozen!!

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                                                                  chinchi Feb 15, 2014 07:01 PM

                                                                  My go-to trail mix is gone: ABC (Almonds, Blueberries, Cranberries). It was simple, tasty, and, at $3.99, one of the cheaper mixes. Boo.

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                                                                    Zhenzhu Feb 20, 2014 03:00 AM

                                                                    Not sure what is happening with Fruity O's. I frequent 3 different TJ's, and the only 2 times I have found them, it's been either 1 box or just 2 boxes on the shelf, and no shelf tag any more!

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                                                                      Rilke Feb 20, 2014 04:08 AM

                                                                      I wouldn't be surprised if they are discontinued; they got returned a lot when I was working there.

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                                                                        littleflower Feb 23, 2014 05:48 PM

                                                                        My store in the mid-atlantic had an abundant supply of Fruity O's on the shelf. I would ask your store manager about it and see if they can order more.

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                                                                        Ketzela Feb 20, 2014 10:00 PM

                                                                        The frozen raw jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined, are gone. The clerk told me it was a "quality control" issue. Darn - they were my quick go-to protein when I didn't have anything else handy, and I created a bean puree side dish that was a really good accompaniment to them.

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                                                                          foodiefan6 Feb 23, 2014 05:08 PM

                                                                          Bummer. That was one of my go-to items as well. Had been looking for it for weeks.

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                                                                            Harts52 Feb 23, 2014 06:00 PM

                                                                            I bought those constantly and at one point they disappeared. I asked and the crewman said they were being over fished so they were looking for a new source. I was thrilled when they reappeared but from the beginning noticed a real problem with disgusting texture...like chewing on shrimp flavored cartilage. My grandsons are sorely disappointed as scampi had been as frequent to them when they visited as popcorn. All I can say is, no 8 & 11 year olds should come to expect jumbo shrimp..LOL. I am so sorry it's gone though.

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                                                                            littleflower Feb 23, 2014 05:54 PM

                                                                            Went to buy the fully cooked teriyaki chicken strips in the deli prepared foods section and they have been out of stock lately. Asked a crew member about it and was told that they keep asking for the teriyaki and balsamoc rosemary chicken to be shipped but all they send the store are the chili lime and regular grilled strips.

                                                                            Anyone seen/bought these at your store in the last week?

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                                                                              fldhkybnva Feb 25, 2014 08:12 AM

                                                                              I just saw them in MD. I actually gasped and whispered "ooh there they are I know someone's been looking for them." I'm glad I remembered it was you. I couldn't find the inquiry anywhere on the monthly thread and thought I was losing my mind :)

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                                                                                littleflower Feb 25, 2014 07:02 PM

                                                                                Thank you so much for remembering and for letting me know. Both the teriyaki strips and balsamic rosemary chicken breasts are fully cooked and lifesavers for me since I have very little energy to cook. Woohoo! thank you again so much, fldhky!

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                                                                                  fldhkybnva Feb 25, 2014 07:20 PM

                                                                                  No problem. I was thinking that they were probably pretty convenient for you. I haven't seen the balsamic rosemary chicken but it sounds great, maybe I'll check that out next time.

                                                                            2. greygarious Mar 3, 2014 02:30 PM

                                                                              I've lost track - is the frozen puff pastry seasonal, or gone? The other day I used the box I'd had in the freezer for many months, maybe even a year or more. It's the kind in the long narrow box, not the prior version in the flat square box. I thought this version was even better than the flat-box one. More butter flavor, and easy to unroll after an overnight thaw in the fridge. I think maybe the flat-box version tended to dry out or pick up flavors from the freezer.

                                                                              None to be seen when I was at TJ's the following day, though they had plenty of the frozen pie crust, and a single package of frozen phyllo, which I snatched up on general principles. I don't often use phyllo but figured the TJ version is probably better than what my supermarket sells.

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                                                                                Savour Mar 3, 2014 02:47 PM

                                                                                I think it's seasonal.

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                                                                                  AmyH Mar 3, 2014 03:17 PM

                                                                                  Which season?

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                                                                                  chez cherie Mar 3, 2014 04:38 PM

                                                                                  it is "seasonal" for the holidays--usually appears about october. i use puff pastry in all seasons, so i hoard it in my freezer.

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                                                                                    AmyH Mar 3, 2014 05:35 PM

                                                                                    OK thanks. I make a wonderful summer berry dessert with it, so I'll try to remember to horde it next holiday "season."

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                                                                                    Discerning1 Mar 11, 2014 11:41 PM

                                                                                    Yes, it's seasonal. I needed some to make onion tarts last week and was so disappointed.

                                                                                    But Whole Foods had a very expensive and high quality product by DuFour that I used.

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                                                                                      Harts52 Mar 16, 2014 12:45 PM

                                                                                      I get wonderful puff pastry from a candy/cookie supply store in my area (Pittsburgh). It's dirt cheap - $2 for a sheet that is about 14" x 24" (? guessing there but it's huge). I don't know if it's normal for all candy supply stores to also stock cookie stuff - Pittsburgh is a little weird when it comes to cookies. There isn't a wedding in this part of the country that doesn't have an enormous (and I'm talking 100 square feet easy) multi-tiered displays of cookies. I was shocked the first time I went to a non-Pittsburgh wedding and realized this isn't exactly normal :-/

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                                                                                      schrutefarms Mar 12, 2014 01:41 AM

                                                                                      I just posted in the March thread, I went to TJ's today to get the carmelized onion cheese and it's been discontinued apparently….

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                                                                                        fldhkybnva Mar 12, 2014 04:26 AM

                                                                                        Uh oh I'm sure many will be upset. I'm not a fan of that one but Wegmans (and I'm sure other places) carries Yancey's steakhouse onion cheese which is delicious.

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                                                                                          Discerning1 Mar 12, 2014 05:45 PM

                                                                                          Oh, no! I love that stuff.

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                                                                                            greygarious Mar 28, 2014 12:21 PM

                                                                                            Yesterday I whined, with as much equanimity as I could muster, about the extinction of the English Cheddar with Caramelized Onions, one of my top 5 purchases there. A
                                                                                            clerk overheard, and piped up that they'd just been told it will be coming back, reformulated into a thinner wedge. I didn't quite follow the shape she was trying to describe....just hope the shape is the only thing they're changing about it!

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                                                                                              fldhkybnva Mar 28, 2014 12:41 PM

                                                                                              It's back, just saw it. It's long and rectangular like a dollar bill.

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                                                                                                Discerning1 Mar 28, 2014 11:34 PM

                                                                                                Yes, I saw it today at the Santa Cruz, CA store. The onions were darker. I didn't buy it because I've been hoarding the old stuff in case of disappearance.

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                                                                                                  Discerning1 37 minutes ago

                                                                                                  I bought the newly issued caramelized onion cheddar and it's tasty.

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                                                                                                  schrutefarms Mar 29, 2014 08:41 AM

                                                                                                  Yay!

                                                                                              2. fldhkybnva Mar 16, 2014 08:03 AM

                                                                                                Turkey breast tenderloins - apparently not officially discontinued, but at least at my store they have stopped ordering it which is basically discontinued

                                                                                                1. Caitlin McGrath Mar 19, 2014 05:26 PM

                                                                                                  I was just informed at a local TJ's that kimchi (the fresh stuff in the foil pouch) has been discontinued. Bummer, because it was good and conveniently, vegetarian (handy if cooking for vegetarians or someone with a shellfish allergy).

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                                                                                                    stevedunlap Mar 20, 2014 10:06 AM

                                                                                                    Where have the TJ mini chicken and mini beef tacos gone? Please bring them back

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                                                                                                      littleflower about 1 hour ago

                                                                                                      I was told by the manager back in January that they are removing an ingredient that no longer met TJs standards, and should be back on the shelf by March. I forgot to check that section to see if they have returned.

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                                                                                                      Kdizzle01 Mar 28, 2014 09:43 AM

                                                                                                      Trader joes Kimchi :( it was my favorite thing there. (They still have the dried stuff, but this was a thousand times better) SOGOOD. Please help bring it back by going to the website and requesting they bring it back!

                                                                                                      1. fldhkybnva Apr 2, 2014 05:18 PM

                                                                                                        For any fans of the soy chorizo, apparently it's back.

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                                                                                                          ohmyyum Apr 3, 2014 07:46 AM

                                                                                                          It's no longer vegan.

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