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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 514 (and counting) neighborhood grocery stores, employing more than 50,000 Crew Members. How? By being comfortable with being different. For the first time, our Captains (store managers) and Crew Members (employees) are taking you Inside Trader Joe’s in a podcast series only Trader Joe's could deliver. Go inside: * A private Tasting Panel, where decisions are made about new Trader Joe’s products. * A wine tasting tour to Napa Valley, California, looking for great wines and great values. * An overseas adventure, where new Trader Joe’s flavors are discovered. * The mind of Joe himself to find out why the Crew Members wear Hawaiian shirts. * The values that make Trader Joe’s so different. Are you a Trader Joe’s fan? Want to know what keeps people coming back? 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 514 (and counting) neighborhood grocery stores, employing more than 50,000 Crew Members. How? By being comfortable with being different. For the first time, our Captains (store managers) and Crew Members (employees) are taking you Inside Trader Joe’s in a podcast series only Trader Joe's could deliver. Go inside: * A private Tasting Panel, where decisions are made about new Trader Joe’s products. * A wine tasting tour to Napa Valley, California, looking for great wines and great values. * An overseas adventure, where new Trader Joe’s flavors are discovered. * The mind of Joe himself to find out why the Crew Members wear Hawaiian shirts. * The values that make Trader Joe’s so different. Are you a Trader Joe’s fan? Want to know what keeps people coming back? Go Inside Trader Joe’s. Thanks for listening.

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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 514 (and counting) neighborhood grocery stores, employing more than 50,000 Crew Members. How? By being comfortable with being different. For the first time, our Captains (store managers) and Crew Members (employees) are taking you Inside Trader Joe’s in a podcast series only Trader Joe's could deliver. Go inside: * A private Tasting Panel, where decisions are made about new Trader Joe’s products. * A wine tasting tour to Napa Valley, California, looking for great wines and great values. * An overseas adventure, where new Trader Joe’s flavors are discovered. * The mind of Joe himself to find out why the Crew Members wear Hawaiian shirts. * The values that make Trader Joe’s so different. Are you a Trader Joe’s fan? Want to know what keeps people coming back? Go Inside Trader Joe’s. Thanks for listening.

Language:

English

Contact:

626-599-3841


Episodes

Episode 36: As the Cheese Melts: Trader Joe's "Professor Matt" Tells Us About That

4/5/2021
Have you ever thought about why cheese melts the way it does? Or why some cheeses melt differently than others? And further to that, why some cheeses don’t really melt at all, but just get a little soft? On this episode of Inside Trader Joe’s, our very own “Professor Matt” explains it all to you, with a little help from our resident cheese expert, Kim. From enzymes to acid, and fresh cheese to aged, we bring you the art and science behind one of the best ways to enjoy “milk’s leap toward...

Duration:01:00:41

Episode 35: A Trader Joe's Shopping List to Liven Up Your Spring Eating

3/8/2021
Spring is just around the corner, and while some focus on spring cleaning, we instead focus on our favorite seasonal activity, spring eating. (Actually, that's our favorite activity every season.) There are new products arriving in our stores every day, from sweet treats like Chocolate & Peanut Butter Joe Joe's to savory delights like Oven Baked Cheese Bites with Tomato and Chili. In this episode of Inside Trader Joe's, we present a baker's dozen of our new favorites that are sure to put a...

Duration:00:16:54

Episode 34: 11 (or more!) Trader Joe’s Fail-Safe Freezer Finds for Dinner (and more!)

2/15/2021
In this episode of Inside Trader Joe’s, we step into the icy wonderland of Trader Joe’s freezer case and find a treasure trove of deliciousness ready to become dinner in minutes. From powerhouses like Mandarin Orange Chicken and Cauliflower Gnocchi to newer arrivals like Breaded Fried Ravioli and Branzino Fillets, there’s always something easy to prepare and even easier to eat. And the delights don’t stop at dinner… you’ll find options for breakfast, appetizers, and especially dessert. Ice...

Duration:00:25:21

Episode 33: Trader Joe's 12th Annual Customer Choice Awards Winners

1/25/2021
The votes have been cast, the ballots have been tallied, and the winners have been verified! Inside this episode of Inside Trader Joe’s we reveal the results of the 12 Annual Customer Choice Awards. From Favorite Cheese to Best Beverage and Favorite Trader Joe’s Product Overall, this awards show has everything other awards shows have, and has been proven to be 242% more delicious. Transcript (PDF)

Duration:00:10:51

Episode 32: Trader Joe's Seeds the Conversation About Plants & Plant-Based Products

1/11/2021
Some might say everything’s coming up roses, but why stop there? In this episode of Inside Trader Joe’s, we take a deep dive into all the plants and flowers, with an update on what’s changed in the world of greens and blooms over the last year. We also get some insights into the world of plant-based products, the constant evolution of vegan foods, and even some innovations in plant-based packaging! Transcript (PDF)

Duration:01:39:23

Episode 31: Celebrating the Holidays with Trader Joe's Crew - And Cookies!

12/7/2020
While the holiday season looks a little different this year, the Crew at Trader Joe’s are finding ways to celebrate the best of the season. In this episode, we chat with Crew Members from around the country about their favorite holiday traditions and holiday products at Trader Joe’s. Sparkling wines, multiple hot cocoa options, a cauliflower-centric take on classic latkes, charcuterie for days, candies, and of course cookies… beware, you will want cookies when this one is done! Transcript...

Duration:00:40:56

Episode 30: Trader Joe's Holiday Shopping List

11/23/2020
The holiday season is upon us, and your neighborhood Trader Joe's is bursting with inventive, intriguing, incredibly inviting food and drink (and soap!) to fill your shopping cart. In this Mini Shopping List episode of Inside Trader Joe's, we treat you to some of our new favorites you'll find in stores only during this holiday season. Have a listen... and have a pen & paper at hand – you'll want to be sure to add some of these to your shopping list. Transcript (PDF)

Duration:00:14:09

Episode 29: Trader Joe's Fall Products to (Pumpkin) Spice Up Your Shopping List

9/14/2020
Pumpkin, pumpkin, everywhere, good enough to eat! That could be our motto here at Trader Joe’s – at least in autumn. In this short-shopping-list episode of Inside Trader Joe’s, we’re diving deep into Pumpkin Season, with new pumpkin-forward products you’ll find throughout the store. Pumpkin Spice Pretzel Slims? Check. Turkey & Pumpkin Mole Burrito? Sure! Spicy Pumpkin Curry Simmer Sauce? Oh. Yes. And so much more. If your shopping list is feeling a little “same old-same old,” have a listen...

Duration:00:37:52

Episode 28: Trader Joe's Takes You Inside The Tasting Panel Today

8/10/2020
Even in these times of constant change, there’s one thing that’s remained constant, and that’s our commitment to innovating and developing new products to bring to our stores. We’ve made some adjustments to the way our Tasting Panel meets – who knew video conference tasting could be a thing? – but the basic function of the panel remains the same today as it’s ever been… making sure we’re bringing you delicious tastes from around the globe, and offering them at great values, every day. In...

Duration:01:44:06

Episode 27: Trader Joe's Talks Beer and Beyond

6/29/2020
Whether you’re sipping from a glass or swigging from a can, beer may be the ultimate summertime beverage. In this episode of Inside Trader Joe’s, we take you deep into the history of beer, and jump into the present with conversations about the beer you’ll find at your neighborhood Trader Joe’s – including a discussion with one of our longtime brewery partners. Of course, when drinking beer, one must have snacks, so we have some snack pairings to suggest as well. How best to enjoy this...

Duration:00:42:06

Episode 26: New Trader Joe's Products to Add to Your Shopping List

6/17/2020
If you’ve been shopping from the same old list week after week, or even month after month, you might not know that even now, Trader Joe’s is introducing great new products every week. In this episode of Inside Trader Joe’s – a Shopping-List Short – we’re talking about a bunch of new things that have come in recently, and even more that are about to arrive at your neighborhood Trader Joe’s. Because even when life is unpredictable, one thing you can always count on is Trader Joe’s delivering...

Duration:00:10:55

Episode 25: Trader Joe's Update on COVID-19: Our Supply Chain & Sharing with Our Neighbors

5/1/2020
In this episode of Inside Trader Joe’s, we’re bringing you more information about how we’re responding to Covid-19, both in our stores and throughout our supply chain. The activity in our stores has been constantly evolving over the last few months, from packed aisles to social-distancing. So, too, has the volume of products flowing in and out of our stores. We’ll talk about how that in-store activity has impacted our supply chain, and how we’ve continued – and even strengthened – our...

Duration:00:31:59

Episode 24: The Coffee Cuppers' Guide to Trader Joe's

4/20/2020
In this episode of Inside Trader Joe’s, we’re talking joe, as in, that cup of joe you’re drinking right now. We pay a visit to one of our longtime coffee suppliers, folks we’ve been doing business with for nearly 40 years! We spend some time with the folks who find the special, limited edition coffees you’ll find in our stores throughout the year. And we try to find the secret to what makes the perfect cup… spoiler alert… it appears this is different for every coffee drinker. Whether you’re...

Duration:01:30:51

Episode 23: Trader Joe's Update on COVID-19

4/9/2020
In this episode of Inside Trader Joe's, we're bringing you an update about how we're responding to COVID-19. These are not ordinary times. In fact, every day, it seems like our definition of unprecedented changes. What will never change is our commitment to you, our Customers, and to our Crew working in your neighborhood Trader Joe’s. We remain focused on making it possible for you to buy the groceries you need, as well as ensuring the safest possible environment for Crew and Customers at...

Duration:00:35:29

Episode 22: Trader Joe's Beauty Routine is Pretty...

3/4/2020
In this episode of Inside Trader Joe’s, we don’t talk about food. Nope. Instead, we’re talking about skin care, hair care, self-care… candles, cleansers, & scrubs… Known in the biz as HABA (for Health and Beauty Aids) and HH (for Household), this category of stuff at Trader Joe’s may be small, but it sure is mighty. We’ll take you inside what makes a good Trader Joe’s HABA product, reveal what all those complicated-sounding ingredients are all about, and chat with a TJ-HABA Super User who...

Duration:01:30:13

Episode 21: The Chocolate Lovers' Guide to Trader Joe's

1/27/2020
Did someone say chocolate? Why yes, yes we did! In fact, we have lots to say about chocolate – an entire episode worth. In episode 21 of Inside Trader Joe’s, we take you deep into the heart of chocolate, revealing the answers to such mysteries as: What are all the percentages about? What makes white chocolate chocolate? Does all chocolate have sugar? Is there anything Trader Joe’s hasn’t covered in chocolate? We’re also revealing the winners of this year’s Customer Choice Awards – the...

Duration:01:19:30

Episode 20: Cheese, Cheese, and More Cheese with Trader Joe's

12/9/2019
Cheese makes the world go ‘round. Or, at the very least, cheese often comes in rounds, and we’d go to the ends of the earth to get our hands on some good cheese. In this episode, we take you on a journey through the world of cheese, going around the globe and back again to your neighborhood Trader Joe’s. We spend some time with an English cheesemaker, we talk with a local TJ’s Crew Member who loves cheese as much as we do, and we learn about which wines pair best with certain cheeses, and we...

Duration:00:29:36

Episode 19: The Holiday Show

11/18/2019
The holidays are finally here! We pine for this season all year long, and we’re constantly at work developing and refining our holiday product lineup. In this episode, we’ll introduce you to some of the new delights you’ll find in your neighborhood Trader Joe’s this holiday season, we’ll learn about some of our Crew’s holiday traditions, we’ll get some table-scaping advice from our resident flowers and plants authority, and we’ll share some songs in the spirit of the season… as only Trader...

Duration:00:33:44

Episode 18: Our Spice Trade

10/14/2019
Whether you're shopping for staple spices or in search of the next big thing, the spice section at Trader Joe's is the place to be. In this episode of Inside Trader Joe's, we take you on a journey through our own spice trade. Along the way, we'll learn a bit about everything from garlic to cinnamon, and Everything But The Bagel to... well, have a listen to find out what's coming next. Episode 18 Transcript PDF

Duration:01:17:56

Episode 17: Live from the Annual Captains' Meeting

9/16/2019
In this episode of Inside Trader Joe’s, we come to you live (well, we recorded it live) from the Trader Joe’s Annual Captains' Meeting. Every year, we gather every Captain (Manager) from every Trader Joe’s across the country together, in one place, to let them know where we’re going, say thanks for all the great things that have happened over the last year, and to give them some useful information to bring back to their stores. We’ll hear about some delicious new products (even for pets!)...

Duration:00:15:22