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May 14, 2007 01:06 PM

Costco Local Products

Given that there are few truly national supermarket chains, I figured Costco would be a good place to use as a sample to show how national chains cater to local clientele.

For example, in the greater Miami area, Costco stocks the following products which may or may not be particular to the area but seem like they'd be unique to here:

Kirby black beans
Del Monte hearts of palm
Costco-made Guava cheescake
Costco-made Flan
Queso Fresco
Fresh Plantains

I'm curious to see what Costco stocks in other parts of the country that are specific to that region.

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  1. Very interesting concept lax. I will check out the local Costco with this in mind.

    1. I don't see many local products in Costco in the Chicagoland area. In fact, instead of local cheese and sausages from Chicago or Wisconsin). all the items are trucked in thousands of miles fron the west coast. Ditto on most produce even in season.

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      1. re: jlawrence01

        In Chicago Costcos, they sell the wonderfully thick pita breads - not the pocketbread types, but the flatbread that gyros come on at Chicago gyro places. YUM!

      2. Well, here in Southern California during Chinese New Year Costco sells mooncakes.

        Can't imagine they would have mooncakes in Miami ... do they??

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          Nope, no mooncakes. But we do get these large Easter eggs with toys and candies that are usually sold in Brazil and Argentina. And we also get gefilte fish.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            I believe the Alhambra, CA Costco you're speaking of is one of their top grossing locations. You forgot to mention they have a whole aisle of just Asian products.

            1. re: monku

              Which aisle is that? I shop there every other week and I've never seen it??

              1. re: Dr. Debs

                I don't know which aisle # it is (you might ask someone who works there), but its an aisle that has all sorts of Asian sauces, different rices, dry goods and Asian products.

            2. re: ipsedixit

              Yeah, haven't you ever heard of "mooncakes over Miami?" lol.. I saw those mooncakes earlier in the year. Didn't look very appetizing but I'm not a fan of those things to begin with. They weren't limited to the Alhambra location, either - I saw them at other ones, too.

            3. Several years ago I belonged to the one in Palm Desert/Palm Springs. They carried the local bakery's bread, and a local Mexican chain's prepared meals. And a much more extensive and expensive selection of alcohol and wine to appeal to the wealthy snowbird set.

              1. Hawaii-fresh poke bar...they give samples too and about 4-6 varieties
                Richmond, BC-poutine and teriyaki in the food court area, canadian maple syrup, canned white tuna

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                1. re: justagthing

                  POKE!!! I had no idea. I was constantly going to Safeway for poke fixes. Had I known they had it at Costco I would've OD'd on tuna.

                  1. re: justagthing

                    Costco Hawaii also sells portugese sausage, kalua pig, kimchee, various macadamia candies, and various other "local" items.

                    1. re: justagthing

                      For stuff to take home, the Kona Costco has Thunder Mtn. Kona coffee for a fraction of the Safeway/KTA/Foodland prices and chocolate covered mac nuts in six-packs.