Inside Trader Joe's

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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 528 (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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  • My2cents 2020
    Missed opportunity
    Excellent marketing opportunity for TJ’s products and Company, but I find it hard to listen to as the hosts try too hard to be cute and funny.
  • tjtalker
    I love this podcast. If TJs sold t-shirts that said “Trader Joe is my boyfriend” I would buy one.
  • bookport
    Love the podcast but…
    I went to the store today and they were out of 3 of the 4 items I wanted that I heard about in the podcast. Would be very helpful to have a list of the items you discussed in your notes section.
  • Luna Moona Tic Tuna
    Great info, but...
    Trader Joe’s is an major part of my contentment in life so I was thrilled to find this podcast. Sadly, the interactions between the hosts are painful. (It’s partly the writing and partly the stilted, trying-too-hard delivery.) The interviews with guests are better though and I appreciate the fascinating information and helpful suggestions.
  • Mariacc2
    Trader Joe’s podcast is quality listening
    I really enjoy the conversations between Matt and Tara. Thanks for keeping it real… like when you zipped open the container of Maple Walnut biscotti. And, OMGoodness! Are they truly the best! Thanks for the great infant entertainment.
  • elainecalledmary
    If you love TJ’s
    Then you have to listen! I hate the shopping list episodes…because my shopping trip the following week is more expensive. Love the insights into how they run their business. Matt and Tara are funny and have a good rapport.
  • NECT1101
    Great Podcast but Misophonia Nightmare
    Matt and Tara balance each other well, are well versed in everything food related (especially TJs, of course), are a great comedic duo and I really enjoy hearing about the latest foods at TJs; however, they sample food consistently throughout each episode so they lip smack, chew, masticate and speak while eating. Unfortunately, I can’t tolerate this well so I turn off each episode once the first round of feasting starts
  • CGH95
    Please Stop Crunching on the Pod
    Love this podcast, but PLEASE STOP including the crunching/chewing sounds on the show - makes it incredibly hard to listen to.
  • Locolauren9190
    So many fun facts!
    Love the hosts and their interview style really makes way for the guests. They say shopping at TJs is like a treasure hunt. This podcast is a chest of gold along the way!
  • RollChan1985
    Glad I found this
    Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite stores to shop at (my happy place) and couldn’t believe there was a podcast about them.I found out about the podcast through the NPR Saturday morning radio show Wait wait,don’t tell me.I like learning about the history and facts of Trader Joe’s.
  • emjgee
    Tasty chat
    Never thought I’d love a marketing podcast but realized I want to know a LOT about TJs. Good topics and guests. The hosts are pros — they know their stuff but don’t ramble as many podcast hosts do.
  • tallyphil
    Fun happy podcast
    Love to listen, Run to store in Tallahassee to buy, either sold out or not in store yet. Ah well, Great entertainment! Thank you!
  • Buddydisco
    Love TJ’s
    I love TJ’s even more now. They are just good people and a good company. Really makes me contemplate working for them. Love hearing the inner workings of the place. Matt and Tara are fun to listen to. A great podcast for any TJ fan!
  • veruca64
    Excellent information
    Absolutely hooked on this podcast and hope new episodes come out soon! I want to meet Matt Sloan I live his voice 🥰
  • SandyRD
    Fun, interesting and informative
    I am so happy that I found this podcast!! I love Trader Joe’s and have been shopping there for many years. I binge listened to the Podcasts so I can’t wait till the next one comes out. The hosts, Matt and Tara, are funny, informative, and well spoken. The guests have all been very interesting. I love hearing the “behind-the-scenes“ stories. There hasn’t been a single episode that I didn’t enjoy! Can’t wait to hear the next episode!!! Listening to the podcast always makes me happy and lightens my mood. Thank you Trader Joe’s!
  • Money Badger
    Very entertaining... but where do I buy?
    Are used to think that this podcast was very informative and gave me an insight edge as a shopper. However after a year of listening, I have found less than half of the items I’ve heard about and anticipated trying. Maybe my local Trader Joe’s is lame. But I just don’t see any value in listening to a podcast about items I can’t purchase.
  • zhowes14
    The only podcast I have to listen to every time
    This is an amazing podcast. So much fun to listen to
  • kpkp13
    We don’t need to hear you tasting the food
    Please please don’t chew/eat/talk with food in your mouth while podcasting, it ruins the episode! We don’t need to hear you taste test the products, your reviews are great without.
  • Sleepingood
    Great for planning my shopping trips!
    Where I live, my nearest Trader Joe’s is an hour away, across state lines, and now a 30+ minute wait in line to get in. So obviously I’m not the shopper stopping in a few times a week. When I go I’m stocking up (it’s funny to see the cashiers’ faces when I’m buying everything in multiples of 4 or 6!). I LOVE this podcast because it helps me know what’s new so I can have a very specific list walking in the door and not miss out on anything. Thanks and keep ‘em coming! (And maybe bring us a store in Lancaster PA so I can shop more frequently! 😉)
  • Michael.Scott
    You won’t regret it
    A podcast about a grocery store! Who would’ve thought that this could be so entertaining and enjoyable. The hosts have incredible chemistry. This podcast is a must listen if you’re a Trader Joe’s fan, or are on the fence. I do not miss an episode.
  • Dave Rogers 15690
    Advertising with Fun Spin
    The name is Trader Joe’s, so you might understand that the podcast is to promote the store, and yea it is, but it has humor and ideas on food options and paring. Great little show and I so much enjoy the cast. Keep up the great work!
  • kelseyap4
    One of my favorite podcasts. A great listen for fanatics or new shoppers of Trader Joe’s!
  • DKreu
    Die hard TJ fan!
    I wish they would produce more episodes ! Love hearing all the behind the scene details about my favorite grocery store.
  • TJ fan in Pittsburgh
    Musical 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    I absolutely loved David‘a musical contribution to the customer choice awards podcast! He has a very good voice congratulations to him whoever wrote the lyrics.👍👏
  • Linda GM
    Great Inside Info!
    I shop at Trader Joe’s each week, so this podcast is great for insider information! My only criticism is that the hosts should NOT eat while recording! They can still give a description of what they tasted, but I don’t need to hear the sounds of someone eating. And talking with food in their mouth! Ugh!
  • Beck from la
    Very fun podcast!
    I absolutely love listening to everything from the behind the scenes to products of Trader Joe’s. What’s crazy is I’ve never been to a Trader Joe’s because the nearest one to me is over an hour away. If we had one in my area (Lafayette, Louisiana) I would so want to go work there because it seems like such an amazing company. 😄
  • Silver4life!
    Sorry 🤷🏽‍♀️
    I don’t like that Trader Joe’s has a podcast, now that means that there more pushy. I don’t like pushy people... Not the less a business, I like the store! But this is iffy
  • Falsena,e
    Need more full episodes!
    Need more 20-30 minute episodes! Show is great nonetheless. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • MilaBea
    My opinion
    I like this podcast because it goes into the store and tells the listeners about the products at the store. I have started listening to this podcast and learned so much about the products!!
  • Farside😊
    Great podcast
    I love this podcast its informative and I've learned so much about the store and products from here. I wish there were more episodes but i am happy to relisten to the older ones 😊😊
  • Kelseyy_
    Great podcast!
    One of my favorite podcasts, I wish the episodes were longer/more frequent! I’d love an episode in frequently requested items or how to request items you wish Trader Joe’s would make.
  • QueenieBLynn
    🙏Thanks 4 the Enlightenment 🥰
    It’s insightful and informative! I’m a crew member and the podcast as brought everything we read & learn to life! To hear our story, my story☺️, it makes it even more exciting & fun to share with other crew members & our customers. I love the podcast & thanks to everyone who participates.
  • Ppaaxx
    Uplifting and hunger inducing
    The closest Trader Joe’s is 2 hours away from us so I don’t get there very often. But I’m going next week so I’ve been listening to the podcasts and taking notes. I learned so much about the company, the way it treats employees and customers and of course its products. I’m so impressed! Plus their community donations - so touching and you have restored my faith in humanity. THANK YOU!
  • miadanielathome
    bring back Honey butter potato chips maybe?
    I am a hardcore fan of Trader Joe’s who visit the store at least once a week. Great show to learn what’s cooking in the new products development team. But did you guys plan to bring back Honey Butter Potato Chips at all? Miss that wonderfully product so much and was devastated when it was again discontinued last year. Finger crossed...
  • kendraslo
    Great listen!
    Love the behind the scene look, especially the more businessy ones, like how they treated and paid groceries employees during the dark days of quarantine, the tasting round table, and how the produce arrives to the stores. The hosts are fantastic. Wish they came out more often!
    I've been shopping at TJs for 40 or so years and really like most of the products they have. For some reason, every year they have this awful cinnamon scented broom during the autumn. This scent is so strong that it penetrates the whole store and is nauseated. I can not shop there when they have this product and many of the checkers so not like it either. They seem to put $$$ over their customers and employees health and safety. So now it's September--I think I will not be able to shop there until January. Might as well just get a new grocery store.
  • RJ waze used to love
    Love listening to get new ideas
    Shop here every week ! Love getting the reviews and then trying them out. I do kaizen at work and teach people about agile and feedback loops ! How essential is to really understand customer for the product journey ! Awesome podcast keep them coming !
  • Shopper since I was a kid
    Fun and Informative
    I love the podcast for my ears, the Fearless Flyer for my eyes, the products for my mouth, the great shopping experience for my brain and it all comes together for my heart.
  • TXLiandee
    Always look forward to this!
    Love hearing about new products and what’s happening at Trader Joe’s. The podcast really informs my shopping at TJ’s. Thanks for the info and the fun podcast.
  • 59cottoncandy
    Product names
    Thank you for NOT renaming your products!!!
  • 1snflwr
    Beer and Beyond podcast!
    Thanks for the great podcast! This was one of your best. I loved learning about your beer products—the new items and pairings with snacks. Super cool. But I especially loved hearing from the crew members in the stores—their favorites and how they’re coping with the challenges of working with the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you Trader Joe’s ❤️
  • MegGialde
    LOVE TJ’s!
    Shop here. You will be happy you did.
  • jonesme
  • Kepxheb
    My Only “Complaint”
    I shop at Trader Joe’s because I love the quality of the food you all carry, and how the crew members genuinely care about eat and every customer. I also love how knowledgeable they are about the products, and have recommendations or personal favorites for just about everything. My one “complaint” has to do with the packaging of the almonds. Can you please give me an explanation as to why all nuts are packaged in a resealable bag except the almonds? It is a huge inconvenience! There have been times I have not bought the almonds only because they are not packaged in a resealable bag! As a loyal TJ’s customer, can you please package the almonds in a resealable bag!? Thank you!
  • Debra Diller pastry lady
    One of my favorites to listen to. Wish it came out when they said
    I love the two hosts and they are super informative. My store now tells us when the next one is coming out and often it is delayed by a day, but this last one said it was coming out Monday and now it is Thursday. Super informative about the subjects to really get the inside scoop of the products.
  • rota6
    I shop at Trader Joe’s for your delicious nut section, yes, but also because I adore the people who work there who genuinely love their greater community. I want to know why Trader Joe’s hasn’t stood up for what is right as our country faces unbelievable unrest. Now is not a time for neutrality. Now is a time to stand up for the communities you serve. Now is the time to stand up for the people who work at your stores. It may be uncomfortable but it is time for businesses to speak up and speak out. I ask you, as a loyal customer to speak out against injustice. Delicious almonds matter less to me than the lives of my neighborhood grocery workers. I ask you to earn the loyalty of your customers by breaking your silence as much as you do by providing good food. Thank you
  • CSSHill
    I love listening and learning about TJ products I haven’t tried yet!!! Thanks. Keep the podcasts coming.
  • jenjenbhp
    Love Love Love
    I have always loved Trader Joe’s products but this podcast has made me love not only the products but everything about the store so much more. I have learned so much - please keep the episodes coming!
  • ElisabethJustMe
    I stopped smirking
    I admit it — a podcast from a grocery store? Yeah, sure. What good is that. What good is that? Your podcast makes a spot of sanity. Your podcast calms the need to go shop right now because Trader Joe’s is missing in my life. (Fantasized list and imaginary walking of the aisles help too.) So thank you Trader Joe’s podcasters and thank you Trader Joe’s crews : Danbury, CT and Boca Raton, FL, especially. Looking forward to seeing you, even masked and gloved, in person. Thank you,all.
  • Heart-YOU
    I fall into the senior “at risk” group - my husband, myself and 2 grandchildren that live with us. I cannot tell you how honored I was to have store team members meet me at the door - help with sanitized carts - and then tell me Thank you for shopping at Trader Joe’s. Honestly if we were not social distancing- I would have HUGGED THEM. You got me through Hurricane Harvey and now COVID -19. I could not say enough GREAT things about Trader Joe’s - thank you - thank you !!!!
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