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:
November 10, 2011 at 7:40 amYAY!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!
Consumer Affairs Representative
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!
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.