Inside Trader Joe's

Inside Trader Joe's

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 490 (and counting) neighborhood grocery stores, employing more than 43,000 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.... Show More

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September 14, 2020 9 min

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 shopp...

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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 th...

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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 sna...

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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, o...

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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,...

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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 appear...

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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...

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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 in...

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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 revealin...

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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 l...

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November 18, 2019 28 min

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 s...

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October 14, 2019 23 min

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.

 

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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...

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July 22, 2019 23 min

In this episode, we’re digging deep into the world of Produce. Chances are, you don’t spend so much time thinking about your greens, your berries, your stone fruits, your avocados… (well, you probably do think about avocados quite a bit). The thing is, we spend loads of time thinking about all of it, so all you have to think about is what looks good when you walk into your neighborhood Trader Joe’s. We find out what it takes to ens...

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June 24, 2019 25 min

In this episode, we’re tackling the questions YOU (our listeners) asked. From the pretty straightforward “How do you decide what to sell?” and “How do you know what your customers want?” to the more philosophical “Why don’t you have WiFi?” and “Why not sell your products online?” We collected your questions and gathered some super knowledgeable Crew Members to help us answer them. Tune in to find out, once and for all, why we don’t...

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We get a lot of questions here at Trader Joe's; perhaps surprisingly, by far the most common question has nothing to do with the things we sell or the locations of our stores. The question we get the most is, without a doubt, "Why is everyone so nice?" In this episode we take you inside Trader Joe's to find out the answer. Come with us to a Trader Joe's store in Chicago, and to a session of Trader Joe's Univ...

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It's the episode where we talk about the abundant flowers and plants you'll find at your neighborhood Trader Joe's. We travel the world in search of the most beauteous blooms and festive flowers, and we bring them to you at prices that really define value. How on earth do we do it? Have a listen.

Got a question you'd really like to ask the folks who make things happen here at TJ's? Send it to us at podcastquesti...

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March 4, 2019 20 min

Come with us on a delicious journey through the freezer case at Trader Joe's. Hear how frozen foods can be fresher than the "fresh" foods; come along as we sample some of our Customers' favorite frozen finds at a neighborhood Trader Joe's; find out about some new treats coming soon to a Trader Joe's near you. Along the way, we'll share some info about how long frozen food keeps in your freezer (a good lo...

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February 4, 2019 24 min

Our approach to sustainability is simple. We all want to leave the planet a better place than we found it. At Trader Joe's, we're working hard to do just that, in part by reimagining how we approach packaging in our stores. We've eliminated certain types of packaging, we're reducing other types of packaging, and we're taking steps to remove more than a million pounds of plastic over the next year alone! We'r...

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December 17, 2018 22 min

At Trader Joe's, we are focused on growing, every day – with every product, in every store. We're opening new stores, hiring new Crew Members, meeting new Customers, and developing new products. Whew! In this episode, we talk about finding new store locations, we chat with customers at one of our original East Coast stores, and we look forward to some delicious new products coming to your neighborhood Trader Joe's in th...

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