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Frozen Crock Pot Meals: Why They’re Gone, The Answer from ConAgra

September 27, 2013 – After three years and 212 comments, most of which are now calls to bring these meals back, I’m closing comments simply because ConAgra no longer seems to be paying attention anyway. Sorry folks, we did what we could. Your best bet would probably be the Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook by Phyllis Pellman Good.

November 10, 2011 – Over a year after first posting this entry, and with a community developing around the desire for these products based on this blog post, progress appears to have finally been made. Reader Sean posted the following comment this morning, so there may be hope:

  • Sean
    November 10, 2011 at 7:40 am
    YAY!Dear Mr. Grigg,Thank you for your email concerning our Banquet Crock Pot Classics. While these meals were discontinued, we do have two new meals out that I think you would enjoy. Shipping the end of this month to Walmart stores only are the following:Banquet Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast 44oz UPC 3100010039
    Banquet Slow Cooker Meals Chicken & Dumplings 41.5oz UPC 3100010040

    Your comments are extremely valuable, and they help us make the food you love even better.
    Thanks again for your feedback. We really are listening!

    Sincerely,
    Teri
    Consumer Affairs Representative
    ConAgra Foods

 Here’s the original post …

On October 5th I posted about my frustration in trying to locate a simple bag of either Banquet Crock-Pot Classics or Marie Callender’s Crock-Pot Meals & Soups, both from ConAgra Foods.

In an email yesterday, I received an official answer from ConAgra Consumer Affairs:

October 23, 2010

Dear Mr. Liske,

Thank you for contacting us. We are always pleased to hear from our consumers but are sorry to inform you that we no longer produce Banquet® or Marie Callender’s Pot Roast Crock Pot Classic.

As consumers’ preferences for products change, so do the varieties of our products. Only the products with the greatest consumer appeal remain on the store shelves over time. Unfortunately, this product did not have enough consumer interest for us to continue manufacturing it. We invite you to try some of our other products, such as Chef Boyardee, Orville Redenbacher’s, Healthy Choice and many more.

Thanks again for your feedback. We’re listening!

Sincerely,
Brice
Consumer Affairs

So that’s the end of these products, at least for now. I know this email is probably a template that Brice filled in the information for. However, “Chef Boyardee, Orville Redenbacher’s, Healthy Choice and many more” are not suitable replacement products. A couple #10 cans of Chef Boyardee ravioli in a crock pot. Yeah, right …

The end result is that this is now an untapped market. I’ve been in stores recently, and crock pots seem to be more visible now. So while the Banquet Crock-Pot Classics weren’t quite as good as the Marie Callender’s Crock-Pot Meals & Soups, the fact is if these kinds of products were developed better and were closer in quality to what can be done from scratch the results might be more popular in the long haul.

212 comments to Frozen Crock Pot Meals: Why They’re Gone, The Answer from ConAgra

  • Lisa H.

    I am very sad to see Banquet Crock Pot Meals are no longer available. Every week when I grocery shopped I uncaused one for my family. We loved the Chicken & Dumplings meal. They were easy, convenient, and delicious. I am sorry but it seems everytime my family finds something we love to have it is discontinued. Please ease bring them back. Until that happens I am sorry I will no longer buy any of your products. I will also let people know of my displeasure of your company.

  • I have to agree with everyone I loved the crock pot meals it was so easy for me to put one in and our dinner would be ready. We had tried all of them and we loved them all. I live by my crock pot with my busy schedule and working. I have been trying to find other brands that had the crock pot meals and no success. I would like to find some with different types besides the ones you had. Please somebody listen to us busy moms.
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  • Tonya Martin

    I agree with everyone also. Please bring back your crockpot meals. The Beef Pot Roast & Chicken and Dumplings & Beef Stew was my family’s favorite. It’s very disappointing that these products where taken off the shelves. Please bring these items back.

  • Barbara Smith

    I too would love to have you bring back your crockpot meals. I thought they were very good and went back to get more and Wal-Mark no longer had them, what a pity. Please bring these items back, give them a chance people will buy them.

  • L frank

    I agree my teens loved the chicken and dumplings . They could make dinner for the family flavor was great . They keep askin me to get it but its not available anymore please bring it back .

  • Rick Buckner

    I loved the Chicken and red potatoes CROCK POT MEALS. Will they ever be back?

  • nancy masci

    omggggg PLEASE BRING THESE BACK!!! IVE BEEN LOOKING AND LOOKING AND HAD NO IDEA THEY WERE DISCONTINUED, CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS WERE THE BEST, WE BOTH WORK AND WERE SO CONVENIENT!!!

  • susan weiss

    I agree with everyone, the Crock pot meals were so easy and convenient for us busy workers and students. Definitely chicken and dumplings and chicken and red potatoes. Also it was also cheaper which stretched your dollar, especially when you are on a fixed income or receiving food stamps. With all the ingredients inside, you didn’t spend a lot of time or money; If at all possible please return those wonderful meals to us desperate people who really enjoyed them.

  • PrisMcP

    I really miss the Crock Pot meals. Our favorite was the Chicken with Red Skin Potatoes. I even tried to recreate it. I want it back!!

  • Amanda

    My family also loves the crock pot meals. We wish they would bring them back.

  • PLEASE, PLEASE BRING THE CROCK POT MEALS BACK. THEY WHERE THE BEST THING ON THE MARKET. JUST DOES NOT MAKE SENCE WHEN YOU HAVE A PRODUCT EVERYONE WANTS YOU DO NOT BRING IT BACK.

  • Rhonda

    Please, bring back the crock frozen meals. I agree chicken and dumplings were awesome!