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Old 03-09-2009, 07:32 AM   #11
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I think it depends on each persons idea of healthy in a way.
Obviously prepared foods might not be the healthiest choice in any store, but TJ's usually don't have transfats or High fructose Corn Syrup- which to me is MUCH healthier !
I'm a big fan of this store- especially the cheap organic produce you can find there!

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Old 03-17-2009, 01:06 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Michael in FtW View Post
Before you start trying to single out one "brand" - you might want to spend a little time comparing it to other similar items on the shelf. Some items are mass produced in a factory and then stored in a warehouse - the labels are put on the cans when they are ordered. The same contents may wear a dozen different "brand" labels.
This is absolutely correct. I worked for a carton manufacturing company 5 years ago and the parent company would order name brand and generic cartons for many different foods. The generics were usually for different stores, Safeway, Vons, Lowes, etc., so the Trader Joe's product your looking at could be sold in another store in completely different packaging. And you pay more at one store over another because the cartons cost different amounts based on the ornateness of the packaging. Ever wonder why that name brand box is $2 more than the plain white and red Safeway box? Two color verses four color process costs more.

That was a great job I knew all the products that had a generic equivelant. Too bad none of the stores I knew back then are around here now.

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