Seen at Trader Joe’s: French Cultured Butter (but not for long…?)


(July 29, 2022) Trader Joes’s great FRENCH CULTURED BUTTER was M.I.A. on the shelves for some time recently. Today I saw it back on the shelf (at NYC, 72 St TJ’s). Seeing it made my day. TJ’s French Cultured Butter is beloved by probably thousands of devoted Trader Joe’s shoppers. Many readers wrote in to the Comments, that the butter had been Discontinued.

I do have a feeling TJ’s has been having serious supply side and pricing issues like every other store, and perhaps especially now with their international products which are probably even more tricky to source. So while I am happy to see some on the shelves here, I find it a bit troubling they didn’t bother to put out a sign for the French butter. So fingers crossed its back, and will stay for good. Please let us know in Comments if it comes back in your local TJ’s and location.

The Irish Kerrygold butter has been in steady supply on the shelves, and that is also a good premium butter. It may be the only one TJ’s stocks eventually.

UPDATE: Aug 2022 – The French butter appearance seems to have been temporary; Its a Cat and Mouse game. It was all gone for awhile. Then a few weeks later I saw the French butter on the shelf still with no signs for it, so its a bit of a mystery and maybe they just can’t get it in a steady supply. To Be Continued folks….

Update: Sept 2022 (its been hit or miss, lately miss. Not on shelf today. I think they’ve just been putting all the stock out as it lasts until it’s exhausted?)

21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. eideard
    Aug 06, 2022 @ 20:35:47

    Haven’t seen it back in Santa Fe, NM, yet. Regular Sunday morning shopping, tomorrow. I’ll look as usual. Kerrygold gets too soft in my butter bell. Almost pourable. TJ’s was perfect texture as well as favor.

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  2. jae
    Aug 14, 2022 @ 17:05:16

    I asked the manager at the Culver City TJ’s and he said it’s discontinued. I’m speechless and ticked off. I’m sick of this crap, getting rid of the good and replacing items with junk. Go figure!!!

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  3. K Mac
    Aug 16, 2022 @ 15:06:26

    I too am tired of the trendy changes at Trader Joes. I have shopped Trader Joes since the grocery strike in 2003 in Southern CA. But lately instead of healthy organic it seems they are phasing out basics and replacing with Soy Based everything, too many specialty items and prepackaged produce that lasts only a few days. No one seems to understand even non meat products can be processed and complete garbage. Every week I buy less than the week than before.

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  4. P.J.
    Aug 18, 2022 @ 23:11:45

    NOOOOO!
    They say is discontinued, again?
    WHY they play with our Health and taste senses so cruelly?
    The other butter options they trading and been pushing since a year, are more commercial and available everywhere else (=TJ’s will LOSE many THOUSAND$$$$$, as anyone can pick them up elsewhere not at their stores)
    And frankly, quality wise a step down as their own brand was much more consistent AND CREAMY, not watery like the others, nor artificially colored to appear more yellowy. Really Quality went down the drain with this office move to promote junk

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  5. Paul Topping
    Aug 24, 2022 @ 08:49:11

    It’s MIA here in Long Beach, CA. Sad.

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  17. Ebba Jo Sexton
    Aug 27, 2022 @ 18:19:29

    Shame! You discontinued chocolate covered ginger, but left the other flavors. Drop the coffee bean ones and return to ginger, please.

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  18. Rita Carlysle Hewitt
    Aug 28, 2022 @ 13:09:23

    Who are you, and what have you done with Joe?
    NOW you took away Mango Chutney! My secret ingredient to many of my recipes.

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  19. Vasil Giakonoski
    Aug 28, 2022 @ 14:08:11

    I fully understand that the space at TJs is limited and the company must “turn” items in order to keep things “fresh “ …. Here’s my beef : I love TJs Dark Rye Sourdough Bread for the quality of ingredients , taste and the health benefits . It’s simply the best bread you can buy at ANY grocery store in America
    … and , someone made STUPID decision to discontinue selling it !! I am totally appalled and needless to say I can’t find that bread anywhere else . Did I say I am diabetic and this bread was the only bread that is safe for me to eat .
    Thanks to the Trader Joe’s “Brain Trust” for being ……

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