I frequent Trader Joe's (TJ's) quite often and I'm astounded that many items I find there are what I would find in a European grocery, specifically French.
I lived in France for two years and ever since I came back, I've been frequenting Trader Joe's to do my groceries because it has a lot of the products that I would find at a Monoprix, Carrefour or Franprix.
These are some example of foods that I've encountered at TJ's that I'd find in a Frenchy grocery.
Speculoos - they're the spiced cookies/biscuits that are served with coffee or tea. at tj's it's bistro biscuits. the origin of country is belgium.
Speculoos butter - belgium. (it's basically a sweet paste/butter, like peanut butter, made from speculoos.
frozen veggie mixes - ratatouille, haricots, provençal vegetable, home potatoes with green beens, this is the the same s*** that's in the frozen section at Franprix, Carrefour and Monoprix! it's been repackaged, but the origin of product is still FRANCE.
pound plus chocolate - belgium
so i guess my real question is what company(ies) in europe supplies(y) trader joe's? they're quality products at reasonable price.