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Old 06-30-2014, 11:50 AM
 
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Well, it's obvious they use outside vendors but they seem to put their own touch on things. I was told their Kung Pao Chicken was sent back to the vendor for changes 3 times before it was accepted as a TJs product. I can't prove that to be true or not but it's really good stuff in any case.
Sure- I wouldn't be surprised if certain items are tweaked specifically for TJ's by the manufacturer. I just thought the ststement I quoted was a little funny since TJ's is, basically, a big shop full of re-branded products at a very competitive price. I mean, I think that's kind of their success story!
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:54 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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Sure- I wouldn't be surprised if certain items are tweaked specifically for TJ's by the manufacturer. I just thought the ststement I quoted was a little funny since TJ's is, basically, a big shop full of re-branded products at a very competitive price. I mean, I think that's kind of their success story!
Yeah, I think they pretty much do the same thing as bigger chains do when selling 'House Brand' products, farm out the manufacturing and put their name on it. They do seem to have things you don't see too often in other places so I'd have to guess they also have things made to their order as well.
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Um, I thought basically everything (packaged) at TJ's is a re-branded product.
not necessarily. Some of their product supposedly are imported from Germany and elsewhere. I don't know it they are re-branded or not, but I don't think they all are by any means.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:40 PM
 
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Um, I thought basically everything (packaged) at TJ's is a re-branded product.
Many of their products are "rebranded" in the sense that they bear the TJ's brand. But they aren't necessarily products available elsewhere, just with a different label. Many of them are exclusive to TJ, primarily because TJ has much higher standards than most stores (no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, MSG or trans fats, etc.)

A lot of times people will look at TJ's offerings and say they can get "the exact same thing" elsewhere, but often times there's a big difference when you take the time to look at the ingredients list. TJ's list will have only a handful of (easily pronounceable) things listed; the "same" product elsewhere has a couple dozen ingredients with long scientific-sounding names.

Sometimes you can get the exact same thing elsewhere, but there will often be a price difference. TJ's frozen mini croissants, for example. They're roughly $4 for a box of 8 (if my memory serves correctly). The same mini croissants, from the same manufacturer, are available under a different label from Williams Sonoma. But they cost about $40 for a box of 24 ... more than 3 times more expensive.
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Old 06-30-2014, 02:42 PM
 
Location: North Oakland
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Fad foods? Chicken and olive oil aren't fads to me. Neither are Mahi Burgers, French toast, almonds, lower sugar lemonade, etc., etc.
You can buy already-made French toast?
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Old 06-30-2014, 02:59 PM
 
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You can buy already-made French toast?
Haven't been down the frozen food aisle lately?
(And no, I'm not just referring to TJ's)
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:21 PM
 
Location: U.S.A., Earth
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Haven't been down the frozen food aisle lately?
(And no, I'm not just referring to TJ's)
Yeah, frozen waffles, pancakes, and French toast are sooo covered by your typical supermarket.

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Old 06-30-2014, 03:26 PM
 
Location: North Oakland
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Haven't been down the frozen food aisle lately?
(And no, I'm not just referring to TJ's)
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Frozen waffles, pancakes, and French toast are sooo covered.
I don't eat frozen food except for ice cream, peas, and occasionally corn. My freezer used to be completely empty, but someone told me it costs more in electricity to keep an empty freezer going, so now I have it stuffed with empty boxes.
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:58 PM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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I don't eat frozen food except for ice cream, peas, and occasionally corn. My freezer used to be completely empty, but someone told me it costs more in electricity to keep an empty freezer going, so now I have it stuffed with empty boxes.
You'd be better off filling it with old newspapers than empty boxes, the solid will be more temperature stable than the empty boxes.
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:04 PM
 
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I don't eat frozen food except for ice cream, peas, and occasionally corn. My freezer used to be completely empty, but someone told me it costs more in electricity to keep an empty freezer going, so now I have it stuffed with empty boxes.
Yes, you can buy ready-made french toast.
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