Sunday, May 30, 2010

Doin' better

Thinking of contacting TJs and asking them to get their produce from more local providers. Probably won't do much good, but it's worth a shot.


  1. Waiting for response from TJ's Contact Form I filled out.


    Sent: Monday, May 31, 2010 1:15 PM
    To: Web Customer Relations
    Subject: Trader Joe's General Feedback Form

    Comments:Hello there,
    This month, I have been conducting a personal experiment where I attempt
    to buy only produce grown in North America. (Doesn't seem like it would
    be too hard, right?) We eat a lot of bananas, and we grocery shop at
    Trader Joe's weekly.
    Unfortunately, all your bananas (organic and non) are grown in Ecuador.
    And your organic garlic is from Argentina! Can't you find produce that
    is at least grown in North America?

    Thank you for your feedback. We understand your concerns with some of
    our products being imported and/or farm raised. Whenever possible,
    Trader Joe's will try to source our produce from suppliers in the United
    States. However, often times domestic producers cannot supply us in the
    amounts that we need and at the prices we are looking for, based upon
    our customer demands. That is when we will source out products from
    other countries and sources.

    All of the produce that Trader Joe's sells is grown in accordance with
    all current USDA and FDA regulations. Moreover, our buyers go to great
    lengths to ensure that we are receiving seafood that is coming from
    sustainable, legal sources that have a minimal effect on the
    environment. Our vendors work with the regulatory agencies directly
    involved, ensuring that the product is legally caught or harvested.
    Should we ever receive verifiable evidence to the contrary, we will
    discontinue business with that particular vendor.

    Ultimately, it is our customers that determine what we carry in our
    stores. They vote with their dollars, letting us know directly through
    their purchases what they wish for us to carry. This policy applies to
    every product that we carry. If the volume of sales should ever drop on
    any item, it would stand the risk of being discontinued and no long
    brought into our stores.

    Trader Joe's
    Customer Relations