The original (P)irate Joe's was once a Romanian bakery. Then it became "Transilvania Trading," the mysteriously labeled storefront where Mike Hallatt sold Trader Joe's items to people who were in on the secret. After Trader Joe's started objecting, Hallatt rebranded as Pirate Joe's. _irate Joe's hide caption

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Trader Joe's Ex-President Opens Store With Aging Food And Cheap Meals

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Investigators at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have discovered cases of organic fraud abroad as well as in the U.S. In 2013, 19 farmers or food companies were fined a total of $87,000 for misusing the organic label. Mark Andersen/Rubberball/Corbi hide caption

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Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food?

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The Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel: The salty-sweet snack that launched a bitter lawsuit. Courtesy of Tina Haupert hide caption

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Trader Joe's Caught In Sticky Lawsuit Over Peanut Butter Pretzels

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"I bought the stuff at full retail. I own it," says Michael Hallatt, owner of the _irate Joe's grocery in Vancouver. Trader Joe's federal lawsuit against his business was dismissed this week. _irate Joe's hide caption

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Trader Joe's Ex-President To Turn Expired Food Into Cheap Meals

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"I bought the stuff at full retail. I own it," says Michael Hallatt, owner of the _irate Joe's grocery in Vancouver. His store faces a lawsuit from Trader Joe's for infringing on its trademark and possibly confusing customers. _irate Joe's hide caption

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