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Kroger's natural mozzarella
« on: August 17, 2005, 12:05:11 PM »
Anybody try Kroger's natural mozzarella cheese?


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Re: Kroger's natural mozzarella
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2005, 12:21:18 PM »
We don't have a Kroger here in Austin.


I've tried the HEB mozzarella... might as well buy Monterey Jack.
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Re: Kroger's natural mozzarella
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2005, 01:12:59 PM »
I was buying Poly-o from Winn Dixie but those stores closed recently.

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Re: Kroger's natural mozzarella
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2005, 01:16:56 PM »
I wish I could find some Polly-o down here.

I use the Walmart Great Value "WHOLE MILK" mozzarella (which I believe really is Polly-o - They list WalMart as the only place near me I can buy it and I've never seen "Polly-o" branded anything there), or the 'fresh' stuff in a brine I get at Central Market.
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Re: Kroger's natural mozzarella
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2005, 07:48:19 PM »
I'm fairly certain that The WalMart Great Value whole-milk mozzarella cheese is not sourced by Polly-O. See Replies #7-11 at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,1392.msg13276.html#msg13276.

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Re: Kroger's natural mozzarella
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2005, 08:27:59 PM »
I'm fairly certain that The WalMart Great Value whole-milk mozzarella cheese is not sourced by Polly-O. See Replies #7-11 at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,1392.msg13276.html#msg13276.

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How do you explain the fact that they show Walmart as the place to buy the stuff and there isn't a polly-o brand in sight in the place?
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Re: Kroger's natural mozzarella
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2005, 09:41:00 PM »
I tried the Kroger Classic natural part skim mozzarella  tonight and it was very close in texture and taste to poly-o.

Our walmart does carry whole milk poly-o but not part skim which is the one I prefer.  The Walmart cheese has a much stronger flavor than the poly-o but that might be a flavor you like.

The Kroger will be my choice until I find another source for poly-o part skim.

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Re: Kroger's natural mozzarella
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2005, 01:58:02 PM »
nytxn,

It is quite likely that we may never find out who private brands the Great Value whole-milk mozzarella cheese for WalMart because of the confidential and proprietary nature of such arrangements. Most likely there is more than one source since WalMart almost never sole sources any food product.

You are correct that the Kraft website identifies several WalMarts in Texas as potential sources of Polly-O mozzarella cheeses. When I checked the Kraft website, I saw about 10 Polly-O mozzarella-based products (no cryopak versions), of which two were indicated as being sold at several WalMart locations within a 20 mile radius of my zip code. The website also had a statement near each product that read as follows: "To ensure this product is currently available, please contact the retailer". When I couldn't get an answer from anyone on the telephone, I went to the two WalMarts closest to me and spoke in person with a total of four people in the cheese departments. While I was there, I saw about seven or eight brands of mozzarella cheese, mostly national brands, but no Polly-O cheese. To make matters worse, none of the four persons I spoke with had ever heard of Polly-O, and none was aware of who private brands the Great Value brand of whole-milk mozzarella cheese for WalMart.  When I mentioned that the Kraft website lists WalMart as a possible source of Polly-O products, I was told that that didn't mean much since WalMart was not obligated to carry every product for which it is an approved seller or to carry any such product at all times.

As I previously reported, Polly-O is a small company that serves mainly the eastern seaboard. When I spoke with a Kraft customer service rep some time ago, all the states she mentioned were east of Georgia, with the bulk on the seaboard from Maine to Florida. The Polly-O website also says that they mainly serve the eastern part of the country. The customer service rep, a long-time Kraft employee, had also personally indicated doubt about Polly-O's ability to private brand mozzarella cheeses to WalMart (because of Polly-O's small size and limited manufacturing capacity). A quick Google search shows that there are over fifty domestic producers of mozzarella cheese, many of whom have national distribution and are already selling cheeses to WalMart and could also be doing private branding to WalMart. All things considered, I see little or no evidence of Polly-O being the private brand source of the Great Value mozzarella cheese.

I have not been able to find any Polly-O cheeses locally so I have been unable to do any side-by-side comparisons with the Great Value whole-milk mozzarella cheese. However, Randy is familiar with both the Polly-O cheeses and the Great Value cheese. I don't know which precise cheeses he has compared, but I am of the impression that the cheeses he has compared were different.  When I am back east next time, I plan to locate the Polly-O whole-milk mozzarella cheese to be able to do my own side-by-side comparisons.

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Re: Kroger's natural mozzarella
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2005, 02:20:18 PM »
I should have done that when I went back to NY in July. Made plenty of trips to the store for ingredients for the Italian Nachos I made for the 4th of July party. I could have easily picked up some Polly-o along with the Great Value.


I do miss the great selection of Italian stuff up there. Can't get nearly the same selection down here without paying gormet prices.


For what it's worth though, I love that Great Value Whole Milk Mozzarella cheese. I don't care who makes it. ;D
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Re: Kroger's natural mozzarella
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2005, 09:55:05 AM »
Last night I tried the Kroger's Classic Natural low-moisture, part-skim mozzarella cheese. More recently, acting on the advice of scott r, I had been using whatever brands of mozzarella cheese I can find in my local supermarkets that are sourced by Saputo. So I had the Saputo products firmly in mind as I tried the Kroger's Classic. I personally did not like the Kroger's Classic as well as the Saputo products, both from a taste standpoint (a bit bland) and texture (a bit mealy). The cheese also melted and started to brown sooner than the Saputo products under similar baking circumstances. This meant having to remove the pizza using the Kroger Classic from the oven sooner than I might have preferred (I would have preferred a longer bake time to get more top crust browning).

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Re: Kroger's natural mozzarella
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2005, 04:08:28 AM »
Peter, glad to hear you have found the saputo.   Although most of their products are top notch, I wanted to warn people that the stella branded saputo mozzarella unfortunately melts like plastic sometimes, and burns easily.   

Also Peter, I know you might be looking for the Poly-O here in the Boston area since you have friends up here. I wanted to let you know that it is quite tricky to find in MA.  The only place I can get it consistently is at Big Y markets, and  I think the closest one is about 35 minutes out of the city.  Wal Mart does have it sometimes.  If you are in the NY,NJ,CT areas you will have a much easier time finding it.

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Re: Kroger's natural mozzarella
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2005, 09:47:10 AM »
scott,

Thanks for the additional information. Here in Texas, I have seen the Frigo and Stella brands from Saputo. When I am in Massachusetts, I have seen their Dragone brand. I usually buy several of the Dragone packages and freeze them for the return trip home. In my personal opinion, both the Frigo and Dragone mozzarella cheeses are better than the Kroger Classic.

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