This favorite neighborhood grocery store has a place in the hearts of many customers because of its affordable prices, smiling employees, and most importantly, its prolific product offering. At the turn of each season, you can count on a handful of never-before-seen items to fill your basket. Every store visit is a scavenger hunt for your next go-to seasoning, snack or treat.
But there is a dark side to any innovation: product rotation. There can be many reasons why Trader Joe items get dropped. Sometimes a product was always created to be a limited release. Other times, certain things don’t sell well and shelf space is reclaimed for better future food. And sometimes even popular items get the boot, due to sourcing or production complications.
Whatever the reason, it’s a sad day to see your grocery store regulars disappear. If one of these six items was on your list, you can cross it off – forever.
One of the downsides to shopping at Trader Joe’s is that since it only sells store brand foods and snacks, you often have to make a separate trip for your brand name staples. Luckily, you’ll find plenty of big-name store brand dupes that you might like even more than the original. Like those Takis replacements – until now.
Unfortunately, corn rolls are being pulled from the shelves. Some stores have had the item out of stock for a while, but it’s still a blow for fans of the spicy snack. On Redditbuyers were shocked. A fan commented, “How? These were finalists for 2022 Customer Favorite Snack!!” Others speculated that the supplier was to blame.
However, it is possible that some locations still carry the Takis substitute. One employee remarked that the shutdown “may vary by region.” So you may need to ask your nearest store for official confirmation.
Production problems strike again for some of Trader Joe’s pet foods – and this time it’s for good. In April, the company released a statement that some canned pet foods would no longer be sold due to inconsistent supply issues.
This includes Ocean Fish Cat Food, Salmon & Rice Dinner Premium, Turkey & Giblets Dinner Premium Cat Food, Grain Free Salmon Recipe Cat Food, and Grain Free Turkey Recipe Cat Food for the felines, as well as Grain Free Beef Recipe Dog Food and Grain . Free chicken recipe for puppies. However, you can still find pet food in the aisles. It might not be your four-legged friend’s favorite.
Trader Joe’s has a wide assortment of caffeinated and herbal teas, but this one is no longer an option. Customers stopped seeing Red Refresh herbal tea in stores in June. Frequent shoppers particularly enjoyed the blend of hibiscus, lemongrass and peppermint in iced tea form, according to this Reddit post. Others have commented that Tazo Passion Tea might be a good replacement.
TJ reportedly marked these snacks as “endangered” a few months ago, before the
The reason for the stoppage is debated. On Reddit, many say they picked up a bag of them every time they entered the store, but one employee said the love for the crisps was not universal. “In my store, they are consistently one of the lowest-selling potato chips. Maybe the worst seller” an user commented.
If russet potato chips are a staple in your household, fret not. Others have mentioned that you can find similar (and maybe even better) chips from Cape Cod or Utz until you find your next favorite snack.
Another snack bites the dust with that tangy twist. Instagram account @traderjoestobeddiscontinued announced in June that customers would soon see the last bags on the shelves. Fans protested in the comments, lamenting the loss of this low-calorie creation. But while dill pickle + popcorn is a wacky food combo, it’s not hard to find.
The Instagram account highlighted the new ALDI Pickle Popcorn that you can use as a substitute. Or, if all else fails, they suggested a DIY: plain popcorn with a few shakes of the Seasoning mix in a pickle, which Trader Joe’s always carries in its spice aisle.
It’s a real test: say goodbye to this French artisanal butter. In mid-August, a Redditor posted that their store had halted the spread of the bounty. What makes this butter so good? The cultured butter-making process achieves unparalleled creaminess through the long churning process, making it, as Trader Joe’s puts it: “Lightly salty, pleasantly tart, enviably creamy.” And now it’s gone…
Where is it? It is difficult to say whether butter is erased from the product catalog or simply faced with supply difficulties. Shoppers had a hard time getting their hands on it, as it looked spotty in stores. But the TJ fan blog Trader Joe’s Rants & Raves saw cultured salted butter make a comeback the same month. They did say the product sign was missing though, so we’re still getting mixed signals.
We can always cross our fingers that this item sticks around, but it would be wise to grab a few for the freezer, just in case.
Sarah attended Northwestern University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and experimented with blending technology and journalism. Read more