Attention, Trader Joe’s shoppers: Produce prices are about to get even lower.
On a recent episode of the store’s new podcast, Inside Trader Joe’s, Jack Salamon—the category manager for produce—revealed that TJs is dropping its prices for a good cause.
You see, Trader Joe’s is making an effort to reduce the amount of plastic packing materials, which—lucky for us—resulted in a price cut.
“The cost of putting those two little heads of garlic in a sleeve added a lot to our costs. But now, you can go to Trader Joe’s and get a big clove of garlic for 49 cents,” Salamon said.
The change came after the grocery store received criticism for individually packaging particular produce items—like garlic, onions, potatoes and cucumbers. So, Trader Joe’s launched an initiative to eliminate 1 million pounds of plastic throughout its stores.
While there are certain things—like blueberries and watermelon—that can’t be stored in alternative containers, the company is testing new eco-friendly ways to package these products, including “thinner plastic.”
You won’t see us complaining.