6 Items Trader Joe’s Discontinued This Summer
At the turn of each season, Trader Joe’s updates its inventory with new food items, baked goods and frozen treats at wrapable snacks and ready meals. There are also the occasional seasonal goodies, which are only available for a limited time but are still appreciated by many.
Unfortunately, consistent variety also means frequent product stops. Some items are pulled from the shelves because they are not selling well, while others are removed due to product complications. To save you the heartache on your next TJ run, Salon Food rounded up 6 products that were discontinued this summer, according to posts from loyal buyers on social networks.
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1. Chili Lime Flavored Rolled Corn Tortilla Chips
Despite being a fan favorite in this year’s TJ’s Customer Choice Awards, the retailer’s interpretation of Takis is interrupted. The news first made the rounds Redditmuch to the disappointment of countless fans.
“Nooooooooooo I’m going to cry” wrote user u/kelseyxcx. “I asked a store associate and they said no and they had them earlier in the day but every store I go to isn’t there, I even checked today.” Just another user commented“This is the worst news ever,” while another customer praised the taste of these rolled up snacks, saying they are “better than Taki’s!”
According to a few Trader Joe team members, the chips may be available at select stores, as product discontinuation often varies by region.
“As a member of the TJ team, I can tell you that quitting doesn’t necessarily mean what it used to mean,” user u/radarluv explained. “Nowadays we find that a supplier who cannot meet the needs of TJ’s order results in the loss of a product [discontinued] until a new supplier is found. Finding a new supplier, writing new contracts, finding the materials and bringing them to market can be time consuming. It sucks for all of us.”
2. Dark Russet Potato Chips
These crispy kettle-baked chips are another fan-favorite item that has been pulled from store shelves. The announcement was made by Trader Joe’s is going to be shut downan Instagram blogger who regularly highlights TJ’s abandoned posts.
“Why?! I’m devastated that @traderjoes interrupted something that was so right!” wrote a user in the comments section. Along the same lines, another user complained about the news, saying, “I’m frustrated they’ve become a staple for me.”
3. Vegan Hummus and Beetroot Rainbow Wrap
After almost four years on the market, TJ’s vegan wrap has left store shelves. Although the retailer has not confirmed the shutdown, user u/babyyodaonline on Reddit shared the news this week.
“One of my favorite TJ products has been discontinued!!! The Vegan Beet Hummus Rainbow Wrap!” they or they wrote. “I’m DEVASTATED. I went there today to grab one for my work lunch later this week and they were gone! I asked and apparently it’s discontinued.”
Another disappointed user, u/meowsqueak_, wrote“Seriously! This is my main source of shopping for healthy prepared meal options for my partner, and the last few times I’ve shopped, I’ve come away with next to nothing in the easy work meal aisle. Where are the wraps, salad kits, anything?”
4. Organic chia bar
Loaded with almonds, cranberries and pumpkin seeds, these tasty energy bars are another product that has been discontinued. These bars are hailed as a lifesaver and breakfast staple by many grocery shoppers.
“These and the berry granola balls were my favorites,” commented a grieving user on Instagram. another user wrote a dramatic “Nooooooooooo!” before declaring that bars have “saved” them so many times.
5. Popcorn in a pickle
Although this dill pickle-flavored snack was only offered as a seasonal item, it was pulled from shelves for good in early June and won’t be coming back anytime soon.
Fans of TJ’s Popcorn in a Pickle can try recreating them at home by sprinkling TJ’s New Pickle Seasoning on fresh popcorn. Or, through the Instagram page Trader Joe’s will be discontinueda similar tasting product can be purchased now from Aldi.
6. Turkey bolognese sauce “just in sauce”
This tomato-based ragù sauce made with ground turkey is great over pasta or on bread (to make a Sloppy Joe). But unfortunately it has also been discontinued and will no longer be available for purchase.
“My store in Reno, NV hasn’t had it in a very long time,” wrote a user on Instagram. “They looked into the computer and told me about a month ago that it was discontinued.” Another user called the news fake, alleging the sauce was still on the shelves of their local TJs. The majority of reviewers, however, have confirmed with their local crew members that the product is no longer available.
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