Who's Making Trader Joe's Food? Fun article from the Connecticut Post


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(Natascha) #2

Huh. The slide show (god do I fucking hate those) seems to compare WF and TJ’s prices, not show the actual supplier brands.

Misnomer?


#3

I don’t know whether the entire slideshow worked for you (or if you started from the beginning), but it began with a rather longish article about people trying to figure out if certain Trader Joe brand foods were actually a repackaging of a well-known brand name that Trader Joe’s got at a discount from the original makers, as many people speculate. (Things like Annie’s macaroni-and-cheese). It was only the last half of the slideshow that showed what the well-known brand sold for at Whole Foods vs. the Trader Joe “brand” price at Trader Joe’s. The first half was all guesses about the origins of some Trader Joe items.


#4

I put the slideshow back on #1, so it now starts at the beginning for anybody who is interested and won’t have a meltdown looking at one. (Sorry I didn’t realize it was stuck #17 when I posted it.) The descriptive article is below the slideshow.


#5

For dairy stuff like milk and yogurt, one can tell who makes them by looking at the plant code printed on the container, with 100% uncertainty. This applies not just to TJ either, but any grocery store chain with store brand milk/ yogurt.

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/UCM299914.pdf