The much anticipated opening of the Kalamazoo Trader Joe’s is expected mid-October. Rumors have been flying through town about the development of the natural food grocer for months. The store will be located at the corner of Stadium Drive and Drake Road in Kalamazoo.
A Little About Trader Joe’s
If you aren’t familiar, Trader Joe’s is a California-based grocer that focuses on specialty, organic, and vegetarian foods in addition to imported adult beverages and various non-food staples. Trader Joe’s offers their own line of products, both traditional and non. This allows for fairly priced items and happy customers.
What this means for vegan foodies:
To begin with, Trader Joe’s offers a printable vegan food list which includes products created without meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, honey, gelatin, lanolin, and confectioner’s glaze. These items sport the “V” on their labels for easy shopping. Below you’ll find 9 of our favorite reasons to shop vegan at TJ’s.
Shelf-stable vegan goods. Trader Joe’s offers a plethora of nonperishable items perfect to have on hand for plant-based recipes. We are talking canned jackfruit, vegan soups, pastas, plant-based condiments, nut butters, and more.
- Tasty snacks. Perhaps our favorite reason to visit: the snack aisle. TJ’s stocks kale chips and other salty snacks, cereals, granola bars, and candies like vegan chocolate bars and gelatin-free marshmallows. Score!
- Inclusive freezer section. In addition to frozen fruits and vegetables, Trader Joe’s offers frozen desserts like non-dairy ice creams, churros, and mochi. The freezer section also houses microwavable meals like veggie Tika Masala, vegan pizzas, meatless meatballs, and frozen burritos.
- Nondairy beverages. Trader Joe’s sells many varieties of non-dairy milks, both refrigerated and shelf-stable versions, including rice, almond, soy, and coconut options. One can also find dairy-free coffee creamers for that perfect cup of morning (or afternoon) joe.
- The bakery. Be on the lookout for vegan cookies, cakes, and other sweets in addition to household staples like rolls, tortillas, and flatbreads all located in the bakery area.
- Fresh produce. We can’t go without mentioning the produce section, full of plant-based, vegan staples. Trader Joe’s stocks anything from mangos to mushrooms. It is also worth noting the large amount of dried fruit available as well.
- The deli. Great for the on-the-go shopper, the deli offers chicken-less strips, deli salads, soy chorizo, and prepared soups. The grab and go section houses pre-made sandwiches, falafel wraps, veggie sushi, and more.
- Vegan cheese. We love the Trader Joe’s brand cream cheese and nondairy shreds. They are perfect for morning bagels, build-your-own pizza nights, and wine and cheese parties.
- Adult beverages. Speaking of wine parties, Trader Joe’s stocks plenty of imported and domestic beer and wine varieties. Make sure to check barnivore.com for the vegan varieties offered located here.
Don’t see your favorite vegan product on our list? Let us know! Keep in mind, Trader Joe’s offerings do vary by location and certain items may come and go based on product supply and demand. For a full list of vegan products offered by Trader Joe's (availability varies by location) click here.
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