If you've ever eaten a Trader Joe's product and thought, "Huh, this tastes almost exactly like the brand-name version of the same product," you're probably right. Brands—including, in some cases, major ones like PepsiCo—often supply their products to Trader Joe's, which then sells the product at a lower price than the brand-name version.
But TJ's is notoriously private about who their suppliers are, so Eaterlooked at recall notices (if a brand's food item is recalled, other retailers that sell the brand under a different name are listed in the notice) and ingredient lists to come up with a number of brands that are behind, or have been behind, Trader Joe's items:
- Based on both recall notices and ingredient lists, it appears Naked Juice (which is owned by PepsiCo) is behind Trader Joe's mango smoothie and possibly other beverages, including its green juice smoothie.
- At some point, Conagra supplied food to Trader Joe's; a 2016 Conagra recall resulted in organic sweet corn being pulled from TJ's shelves.