I kind of have a Love/Hate relationship with Trader Joe's.
-The orange chicken (I mean, come on..who doesn't?)
-The panda/monkey/whale they hide so my kids are entertained.
-The cheese case (good prices, don't you think?)
-The nori seaweed snacks (Thrifty Tip - Asia Mart sells them as well and they are way cheaper).
-The produce that's wrapped in all that plastic. And doesn't it seem like TJ's produce goes bad super quick?
-The sushi ('nuff said).
-The checkers that are seemingly required by their managers to ask you "So what did you do this weekend?" or "Got any exciting vacations planned?" or "What do you have planned for the rest of this sunny/rainy/foggy day?" (come on...do you REALLY care that I'm heading to Costco after to buy toilet paper and then I've got an exciting afternoon of laundry folding planned?)
I do find it interesting that they use suppliers who are well known, but use their own packaging. I stumbled across a blog that listed a few of the Trader Joe's brands uncovered. I'm sure there are a lot more that could be added to the list and am not sure if the list is 100% accurate, but you can check out the blog post HERE to read more.
|Trader Joe’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips||Callebaut Chocolate|
|TJ’s White Baking Chips||Guittard Baking Chips|
|Trader Joe’s Vienna Style Lager||Gordon Biersch Marzen|
|Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale||Unibroue|
|Trader Joe’s Mission St. Pale Ale||Firestone Walker|
|Trader Joe’s Mission St.IPA||Firestone Walker|
|Trader Jose Beer||Tecate Brewery|
|Trader Jo’es Bottled Water||Poland Springs|
|Trader Joe’s Sprouted Wheat Bread||Alvarado Street Bakery|
|Trader Joe’s Newton’s Folly Cider||Woodchuck Cider|
|Trader Joe’s Granny Smith||Woodchuck Cider|
|Trader Joe’s Goddess Dressing||Annie’s Naturals|
|Trader Joe’s Organic Ranch Dressing||Earth Island Products|
|Trader Joe San’s Soyaki||Soy Vay’s Veri Veri Teriyaki|
|Trader Joe’s European style Yogurt||Strauss Family Creamery|
|Trader Joe’s Indian food||Tasty Bite|
|Trader Joe’s Shells and Cheese||Annie’s Homegrown|
|Trader Joe’s Frozen Spinach pizza||Amy’s Kitchen|
|Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough||Il Fornaio|
|Trader Joe’s Pita Chips||Stacy’s Pita Chips|
|Trader Joe’s Pure Butter Shortbread||Walker’s Shortbread|
|TJ’s Veggie Sticks Potato Snacks||Good Health Natural Foods Veggie Stix|
TJ's Organic Chicken Broth Pacific Natural Foods
Another addition (thanks Carly!)
TJ's Organic Milk Clover