RenegadeX wrote: ↑Dec 24th, 2010 1:18 amHere's another one:
A bit of background on this one: Silani mozzarella balls are and have been available in most of my local supermarkets for some time now, and were, until a few months ago, sold in individual 340g pouches (ranging in price from $4.49 at Longos to $5.49 each at Metro). Costco, however, sold a 3-pack strip of smaller individually-packaged balls (280g x 3 = 840g total weight), and they were super value at $7.99 when I started buying them last March. They were even better value when Costco's priced dropped to $6.99 in late June/early July. I was happy to see that it remained at that price-point as buying them at this price at Costco saved me 37% off the best supermarket price in my area!
But a month or 2 ago, I went to Costco to buy some more and oh no!... they were not in their usual home. In fact, they were NOWHERE to be found! Aagh!
I held off for a week or 2, but still they had not re-appeared, so in desperation I started comparing prices during my normal weekly supermarket rounds. To my surprise, *everywhere* was now carrying the (individually-packaged) product in a tiny 260g package, for around the same price they had all been charging not even a year ago for 340g!
I paid $4.99 for a 260g ball (equivalent to $1.92 per 100g vs $0.83 per 100g @ Costco), and then after my last visit to Costco and still coming up empty handed, sent off an email to Silani to find out what was going on. They replied quickly, but (sadly for me) confirmed that Costco had been the only retailer carrying the mozzarella ball 3-pack and that Costco has recently discontinued placing orders for it, meaning that the 3-pack product is now effectively unavailable anywhere/everywhere.
Costco does sell still sell Mozzarella in bulk but it's huge single-block packages weighing in at (IIRC) 1.1kg and 2.3kg, and the value is not even anywhere near so good (I believe they was $12.50 and $22 or $23 respectively, so 20%+ more expensive than the 3-packs). I also find that re-wrapping cheese at home is never as successful at keeping the mold/dryness away as when it's vacuum-packed at the factory, so buying such large blocks of cheese is not something I'm all that interested in.
If there's a consolation, it's that FreshCo (Sobey's 'budget' supermarket) [link] now has a number of stores across Ontario and frequently has (Silani brand) mozzarella on special - last week and this upcoming week for instance, a 260g ball is/was on special for just $1.77 -- which is 18% better than Costco's Silani 3-pack ever was. (It's equivalent to a price of $5.70 for the 3x 280g pack).
It's just a shame that's not a REGULAR price!
I don't think it would necessarily cause them to disappear for this amount of time, but there was a recall, specifically for the 340 g product, in April. I would think by now they would be back on the shelf, but perhaps the recall has had some impact on the 340 g packages? Of course, if you have bought the 340 g packaging after April, it doesn't explain it. It was a specific UPC recall with a best before date of 2011 MR 01:
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/cor ... 01ce.shtml
Edit: I just noticed your post was actually confirming that Costco pack has been discontinued. Oh well, there is a little more background on the 340 g!