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The truth behind Trader Joe's?

(article, Culinate staff)

Online journal The Faster Times is campaigning against Trader Joe's, the popular national grocery-store chain. Why? For one, the store's reliance on private-label foods can be tough on producers, who must meet TJ's demands for low-cost goods and try to make a profit at the same time. For another, the company has refused to join the Campaign for Fair Food set up by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Who's that? You might remember them from Barry Estabrook's devastating Gourmet_ report on slavery in Florida's tomato-picking fields. That's right: those TJ tomatoes may have been picked by slaves. Given that major fast-food chains such as Subway and Taco Bell have joined the Campaign for Fair Food, Trader Joe's has some catching-up to do.