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Aug 13, 2007 04:07 PM

Missing from Costco

We really liked their frozen marinated lamb shanks and are very disappointed to hear they have discontinued these. They were a great, quick meal for company or otherwise when time was tight. I wrote to their customer service dept. and go a canned reply back. They did say they would pass my comments onto the buyers. 1) does anyone know the brand on these? 2) If anyone else thought these were good, maybe we can start an email campaign to get them back.

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  1. can we throw in the dried porcini mushrooms in your petition? such a great deal but alas no longer, only shiitakes...

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    1. re: Sarah

      Yes, I miss that giant bag of Porcini's for $11......

    2. For future reference, according to Consumer Reports, items at Costco with a price ending with .97, is being discontinued.
      The same at Sam's club for things that have a C at the end of the item number.

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      1. re: Bobfrmia

        An asterisk on the top right corner of the price label indicates that space will not be re-stocked. The .97 is the reduced price to clear out the space. Usually set up when less than 100 count of an item remains.

        1. re: Cathy

          Yes, the asterisk. If I see it on the price label for an item that I buy regularly it serves as my justification for immediately purchasing multiples of that item... However lately I've noticed that sometimes the item isn't discontinued by Costco, but that the packaging has changed. Same product size, same price. I wish they would differentiate!

      2. I thought I saw the lamb shanks at the Alhambra Costco last Saturday. They also had a frozen rack of lamb so maybe that's replacing it, but they still did have the shanks, too.

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        1. They are still listed on the Costco website as of today. I was looking them up because I put them in my freezer without the box and now can't remember what temp/how long to cook them. Does anyone remember? I am thinking they are partially or totally cooked and just need to be basically heated?

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          1. re: pickledeedee

            Costco and other warehouse places seem to continually change products.

            1. re: Hensley

              Costco selections inventory life all depends on how well the item sells for the amount of space it takes on the shelves. If (X) amount is not generated in sales per month, the item is discontinued and another item replaces it. If Costco can have a similar supplier do it for less(pennies), they will drop the current product and replace it with the more inexpensive one. I know of two friends in New Jersey, whose products have been contracted and developed for Costco. Both were ultimately dropped for these reasons....

              In fact, one item, Lloyd's Barbecue Ribs were set to be replaced and my friend developed a product........with only 8% liquid/BBQ sauce......they would not contract to purchase it unless the product increased the liquid/BBQ sauce to 20% their tests suggested this is what customers would prefer.

              1. re: fourunder

                A friend of mine who has dealt with Costco said that each display has to generate at least $8,000 of revenue per month or it goes bye bye.. sounded weird that it is the same dollar amount no matter what the product, but that's what he said.

            2. re: pickledeedee

              As I recall it was about 20-30 minutes from frozen.

              1. re: nosey

                Nosey: Thanks, I cooked them last weekend and realized the cooking directions were also written on the clear plastic, I think it was 20 mins at 375. They were delish.

            3. They are still ever present here (Baltimore ... technically White Marsh, MD). I thought they were overall very decent for frozen food.

              My costco letter would be to address getting back the large canned clams (by sea watch) and getting rid of these tiny packaged canned clams that are super salty and kinda tough.

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              1. re: Wangus

                My Costco letter (Kansas City, MO and KS) would be to get Light Mayo, more imported beers (german specifically), and cardboard coffee cups - no styrofoam. I would also commend them on their local coffees from KC they have in store (Roasterie, Parisi).