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Jan 10, 2014 03:53 PM

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: January 2014-June 2014 [old]

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

    1. 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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      1. re: Will Owen

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

        1. re: Will Owen

          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.

          1. re: Will Owen

            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.

            1. re: Will Owen

              It was an excellent product, in fact High Fiber "Penne" was the best TJ pasta.

              1. re: Will Owen

                I don't know why people wouldn't like this product--it tastes just as delicious as any pasta but so much healthier with it's unbelievable dietary fiber number. I keep hoping it's coming back but I guess I have to give up and search the web, with crossed fingers, for another supplier

                1. re: leegreen

                  Probably because people- and I speak mostly for myself- are very, very twitchy about 'alternative' pasta. I've had those alternative ones many times and never found one that was even tolerable, but i never tried the high fiber pasta at TJ's. Probably would have liked it, from what people here are saying.

              2. 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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                1. re: Boston_Otter

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

                  1. re: JulesNoctambule

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

                    1. re: westsidegal

                      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.

                      1. re: Boston_Otter

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

                  2. re: Boston_Otter

                    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.

                    1. re: ohmyyum

                      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.

                      1. re: Boston_Otter

                        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.

                        1. re: aimeekm

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

                          1. re: aimeekm

                            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!

                            1. re: Boston_Otter

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

                      2. re: Boston_Otter

                        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.

                        1. re: Boston_Otter

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

                          1. re: Boston_Otter

                            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!

                            1. re: singleglowingstrand

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

                            2. re: Boston_Otter

                              I purchased this in August 2014, I have not purchased it recently. I believe it is back.

                            3. 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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                              1. re: trolley

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

                                1. re: ohmyyum

                                  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.

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

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                                1. re: littleflower

                                  Both the chicken and beef mini tacos are now back in stock!