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From our humble beginnings as a small chain of eclectic Southern California convenience stores, Trader Joe’s has grown to become a national chain of 537 (and counting) neighborhood grocery stores, employing more than 50,000 Crew Members. How? By being comfortable with being different. Every episode takes you Inside Trader Joe’s in a podcast series only Trader Joe's could deliver. Are you a Trader Joe’s fan? Want to know what keeps people coming back? Hungry for all the new and exciting stuff coming to your neighborhood store? Let's go Inside Trader Joe’s. Thanks for listening.

From our humble beginnings as a small chain of eclectic Southern California convenience stores, Trader Joe’s has grown to become a national chain of 537 (and counting) neighborhood grocery stores, employing more than 50,000 Crew Members. How? By being comfortable with being different. Every episode takes you Inside Trader Joe’s in a podcast series only Trader Joe's could deliver. Are you a Trader Joe’s fan? Want to know what keeps people coming back? Hungry for all the new and exciting stuff coming to your neighborhood store? Let's go Inside Trader Joe’s. Thanks for listening.

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United States

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From our humble beginnings as a small chain of eclectic Southern California convenience stores, Trader Joe’s has grown to become a national chain of 537 (and counting) neighborhood grocery stores, employing more than 50,000 Crew Members. How? By being comfortable with being different. Every episode takes you Inside Trader Joe’s in a podcast series only Trader Joe's could deliver. Are you a Trader Joe’s fan? Want to know what keeps people coming back? Hungry for all the new and exciting stuff coming to your neighborhood store? Let's go Inside Trader Joe’s. Thanks for listening.

Language:

English

Contact:

626-599-3841


Episodes

ICYMI: Why Did Trader Joe's Discontinue My Favorite Product?

9/19/2022
Ever walk into your neighborhood TJ’s to find your favorite product is no longer on the shelf? It happens to us, too! A big part of shopping at Trader Joe’s is finding new things to love, and because our stores are small, making room for those new favorites means some old standbys may have to make way. Tune in to the latest in our series of bite-sized episodes, ITJ ICYMI, to get the scoop. Transcript (PDF)

Duration:00:04:44

Episode 55: Fall for Trader Joe's Autumn Extravaganza

9/12/2022
Autumn is in the air… and your neighborhood Trader Joe’s is filled with the finest that fall has to offer – for a limited time, of course! In the mood for maple? Marvelous. Craving caramel apples and cinnamon rolls? What a coincidence; so are we! Sweet on squash? Super. Pining for pumpkin? Perfect timing! Listen in to the latest episode of Inside Trader Joe’s for all this and a gathering of wine, beer, and spirits that will lift the spirit of any gathering. Transcript (PDF)

Duration:00:25:24

Episode 54: Trader Joe's Product Hacks, The Sequel

8/29/2022
What’s the difference between a “hack” and a “recipe”? We honestly have no idea, but whether you call them “hacks” or “recipes,” we have some more to share. We heard from customers and Crew Members from around the country about fun, easy, delicious ways to enjoy so many Trader Joe’s products. A sweet use for pizza dough? Yes! Scallion pancakes as taco shells? Yes, please! A cake made with sparkling fruit juice? Excuse us while we head to the kitchen. We have some hacking to do…...

Duration:00:25:38

Episode 53: How to Make a Trader Joe's, Part Two

8/8/2022
That empty building from Part One? It’s a whole lot less empty now. Crew Members are working hard, designing the look of the store – spoiler alert, it looks like its neighborhood! – from wall murals to shelf signs, stocking shelves with your favorite TJ’s products (and some new stuff you haven’t seen yet), and establishing relationships with community organizations focused on ending hunger, so when we open, we’re ready to be a neighborhood store in every possible way. We have a great Crew,...

Duration:00:14:34

Episode 52: How to Make a Trader Joe's, Part One

8/1/2022
Fade in on an empty building. Four walls, some windows, not much else. How does that empty space become a bustling neighborhood grocery store? It’s a good story, and one that involves a whole bunch of hard-working, super talented people. In Part One, we’ll talk to the folks who find the perfect location and the folks who get stuff built. We also get to chat with some Crew Members getting the store ready to welcome their neighbors. It’s a lot of work, and these folks are having a great time...

Duration:00:23:57

Episode 51: Trader Joe's Spectacular Summertime Shopping List

6/13/2022
Summertime… and the shopping is delicious… It really is. Our shelves are stocked with returning favorites like Jalapeño Limeade and Dill Pickle Mustard, plus exciting new arrivals like Jalapeño Lime Crunch and Seasoning in a (Dill) Pickle (we’re sensing a theme here). Discover a new favorite while you’re listening? Make haste to your neighborhood Trader Joe’s, because like the season itself, many of these summertime products will only be around for a limited time. Check out the whole...

Duration:00:22:03

Episode 50: A Trader Joe's Journey from Portland (ME) to Portland (OR)

5/23/2022
When we set out to produce a podcast, our goal was a five-part series to take listeners Inside Trader Joe’s, literally and figuratively. Now here we are, episode 50! In this episode, we take you truly inside, traveling to Trader Joe’s stores in Portland, Maine and Portland, Oregon, where we get the inside scoop about what makes Trader Joe’s a special place to shop and to work, from the folks who really know all the inside info – our Crew Members! Transcript (PDF)

Duration:00:26:57

ICYMI: What's It Like to Work at Trader Joe's?

5/19/2022
We get questions all the time. Questions like, why are your parking lots so… unique? Why did you discontinue my favorite product? What’s it like to work at Trader Joe’s? We have this tendency to just assume people know this stuff, because we live it, every day. So we’re launching a series of mini episodes we’re calling ITJ ICYMI: Inside Trader Joe’s In Case You Missed It. For the first ICYMI, What’s It Like to Work at Trader Joe’s? Transcript (PDF)

Duration:00:07:43

Episode 49: Trader Joe's Trips the Light Hacktastic

4/11/2022
This is, without a doubt, our most hacktacular episode yet! What does that even mean? It means this episode is chock-full of inspired uses for your some of your favorite TJ’s products. How to make your flowers last longer and stand straighter… check. How to make simple meals in minutes using ingredients you might not have thought to put together… check. Delicious and unexpected dessert ideas… check, check, check! We’re sharing creative ideas shared with us by Trader Joe’s Crew Members from...

Duration:00:26:48

Episode 48: Spring Has Sprung at Trader Joe's

3/14/2022
Everyone loves a list, right? And if that list leads to deliciousness, then even better. Right? Yes. This episode of Inside Trader Joe’s delivers a shopping list packed with some of our favorite offerings for the season. From sparkling tea to serious wine, and custard tarts to truffle crunchies, spring is in full bloom in every aisle… Listen in and you’re sure to have a spring in your step as you spring into action and spring forward to your neighborhood Trader Joe’s. Transcript...

Duration:00:21:57

Episode 47: Trader Joe's Designs Delicious

2/28/2022
In this episode of Inside Trader Joe’s, we get to chat with the folks who design the packages and labels for your favorite Trader Joe’s products, as well as one of the people who makes sure all the information on that package or label is accurate. Ever wonder where the inspiration for the design on the Instant Cold Brew Coffee jar came from? Whose pets are on the treat packages? Or who the heck decides what a serving size is? This, podcast friends, is the episode for you! Transcript (PDF)

Duration:00:20:59

Episode 46: 13th Annual Trader Joe's Customer Choice Awards

1/24/2022
It’s awards season, and time for our products to walk the red carpet. The votes have been counted, and on this episode of Inside Trader Joe’s, all the winners are revealed. Favorite Entree? Check. Vegan and Vegetarian faves? Check. Favorite Overall? Check. It. Out. Listen in to find out if your favorite is a winner, or just honored to be nominated! Transcript (PDF)

Duration:00:17:01

Episode 45: Hummus a Few Bars with Trader Joe's

1/10/2022
From the humble garbanzo bean, the unassuming chickpea, comes the most delicious of dips, hummus. In this episode of Inside Trader Joe’s, we’re humming our favorite tunes, and they’re all about hummus! Listen in as we get a little history of hummus, learn about the state of the hummus at TJ’s, and visit two of our trusted hummus suppliers to find out how the heck they make all that hummus – 85,000 pounds of Mediterranean Hummus a week? You bet your garbs! Transcript (PDF)

Duration:00:26:36

Episode 44: Cheers to the Crew at Your Neighborhood Trader Joe's

12/27/2021
As we wind down another year on the calendar, this episode of Inside Trader Joe’s is a celebration of the nearly 55,000 Crew Members in the 530 (and counting!) Trader Joe’s stores across the country. Their hard work and dedication make Trader Joe’s a favorite place to shop in neighborhoods from Portland, Oregon to Portland Maine, and San Diego to Miami. We’d like to raise a glass and say “Cheers!” to every Trader Joe’s Crew Member, in every store, every day. Transcript (PDF)

Duration:00:24:04

Episode 43: The Most Wonderful Trader Joe's Shopping List

11/29/2021
Holiday shopping? Don’t forget to stock up on stocking stuffers, gifts for wrapping, and treats for the most important person on your list… you! In this episode of Inside Trader Joe’s, we’re decking the halls and walking the aisles of your neighborhood Trader Joe’s, shining the holiday spotlight on some new, limited-edition holiday selections, as well as some returning festive favorites. From wine to oatmeal and chocolate to Brussels sprouts, discovery is the name of the game if you’re...

Duration:00:24:07

Episode 42: The Long and Wine-ing Road to Trader Joe's

11/8/2021
In this episode of Inside Trader Joe’s, we’re travelling to California’s wine country. Our journey takes us through the stunning Sonoma Valley, where we chat with some of the folks who make the wine you’ll find at your neighborhood Trader Joe’s. We get up close and personal with some grapes and learn about the work that goes into turning those grapes into delightfully drinkable bottles of wine. And we uncover the secret behind all the great values you’ll find in our wine section (spoiler...

Duration:00:22:48

Episode 41: Value and the Supply Chain at Trader Joe's

10/18/2021
Value – it’s always a good time to talk about value. Look around your neighborhood Trader Joe’s and you’ll see value on every shelf, every day. Those values don’t happen by accident; they’re the result of our Buying Philosophy in action. (Yes, we’re a grocery store with a philosophy.) What does that Buying Philosophy mean to you and how does it impact what you pay at the cash register? This episode of Inside Trader Joe’s goes inside the Buying Philosophy – why we do it, how it works, and...

Duration:01:01:24

Episode 40: Trader Joe's Noodles Around with Pasta and Olives

10/4/2021
If pasta is your passion and olives are what you live for, consider this episode of Inside Trader Joe’s a table set for you! We dive into the Mediterranean region in a conversation with an Italian pasta supplier; we get some good info on the state of pasta, olives, and olive oil on our grocery shelves, and we travel to California to chat with a producer of Extra Virgin Olive Oil crafted in the Golden State. You can get an inside look at how this particular EVOO is made – from harvest to...

Duration:01:28:28

Episode 39: A Trader Joe's Shopping List of Fabulous Fall Finds

9/13/2021
Once again, we’re falling head over pumpkin for fall. In this episode of Inside Trader Joe’s you’ll get a sneak peek at some of our favorite new stuff, like Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce and Pumpkin Oat Beverage, and even some things that have no pumpkin at all (gasp!), like Butternut Mac & Cheese Bites and Maple Walnut Biscotti. Grab a pen and a piece of paper - you’re going to want to make a list. Transcript (PDF)

Duration:01:33:25

Episode 38: A Trader Joe's Shopping List to Add Sparkle to Your Summer

6/28/2021
Summer’s here, and the time is right, for shopping at Trader Joe’s. Whether you’re snacking, sipping, slathering, or sizzling at the barbecue, this episode of Inside Trader Joe’s has just the thing to satisfy your seasonal cravings. Returning faves like Key Lime Cookies & summer-fresh stone fruits take their place alongside new arrivals Brazil Nut Body Butter and Sparkling Green Tea with Pineapple. And we have advance scoop on soon-to-be-available Carolina Gold BBQ Chips and Garlic Bread...

Duration:00:23:14