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Nov 3, 2008 03:30 PM

No more Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dogs at Costco Food Court [moved from Los Angeles board]

I dropped into Costco Van Nuys today and noticed something looked different - all the red Hebrew National umbrellas that adorned all the tables in the food court were gone. After shopping, I stopped for the $1.50 hot dog special and see that the dog is now a Kirkland Brand 100% beef dog. The graphic on the sign has changed and any mention of Hebrew National or Kosher is now history.

Costco has been serving Hebrew National as long as I can remember. Anyone have any information as to why they changed, what happened, etc?


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    1. re: Will Owen

      For the first time in a long tme, I had a Hebrew National dog at the Costco Food Court in West L.A. about 5 weeks ago. It was terrible. Even if it started out as a good dog, what they did to it killed it. No snap, no freshness. Just bad. Like it'd been sitting for hours in the hot water bath. Nothing like the regular HN dogs that I get at the grocery store and grill at home.

    2. I buy them because it's 1.62, not because they're a culinary epiphany.

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      1. re: ns1

        I'm not saying it's the greatest dog I ever had. I too get it strictly for the price. However, i did like the fact that at least it was a Hebrew National Kosher dog so, quality wise, it was better than most other funky cheap hot dogs out there.

        1. re: rockhead

          Thanks for the post. I noticed the difference last week. They really aren't very good. I bought them because they were good, cheap and convenient. Now I have to travel 12 miles to Fab's or wait til Weiner factory decides to open again and travel 23 miles. Jeesh! This is just a hot dog and you can't find a good one close to home anymore. Dump Kirkland and charge a bit more for HN.

          1. re: SIMIHOUND

            I had one today at the Costco in Azusa. I didn't even notice whether or not the umbrellas had Kirkland or Hebrew National. It tasted the same to me. Wolfgang, I have never had a HN that "snapped" whether I cooked it or got it from Costco. What you had is what it is but like rockhead said, you can trust the quality of the ingredients. I'm guessing that they are still made by HN for Costco with the Kirkland label.

            1. re: Fru

              We were at the Azusa location last weekend and noticed all the umbrellas were gone.. so that's what happened!

      2. I just emailed Costco, I'll let you know what their answer is.

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        1. re: paprkutr

          They are still selling the Hebrew National product in some markets. Here in Detroit, they are pushing the Kirkland non-kosher, non-tasting rubbery extruded garbage. It feels spongy in the mouth and it tastes like an imitation hot dog. I have written Costco complaining about the Kirkland horrors and they just write back extolling the virtues of the new product. It is self-serving nonsense of course. Nobody I know can stand the Kirkland product. I have been on line to get a slice of Pizza and heard a mother with a young child the kid that she would not buy a hot dog because it is no good. I actually shop at Costco less often now because I usedc to go at lunch time and have a dog or two while I was shopping. Now I have been shopping elsewhere and lunching where I can stomach the food. My suggestion is to complain to Costco and keep elevating your complaints. The first reply back is a canned self-serving note with false praise for teh Kirkland product. Write back and ask to communicate with a supervisor. Maybe this will get someone's attention. BTW, I was in the NY metropolitan area recently and they are still selling Hebrew Nationals there. New Yorkers won't eat garbage evidently. Why should we?

          1. re: RichF

            Both of the NJ Costco's I frequent (Ocean and Manahawkin) still serve the Hebrew National.

            1. re: Bossa_Nova

              I usually shop at the Los Feliz L.A. Costco which still serves Hebrew National However yesterday I picked up a dog for my son at the Alhambra location. I noticed it wasn't H.N. He gave me a bite and I couldn't figure out why it tasted off. Now I know why.

        2. Huh. I've never seen a Hebrew National dog at Costco; it's always been kosher, but it's always been Sinai 48. So apparently there's at least some regional variation. Although who knows, maybe they've started serving Kirkland dogs here, too.

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          1. re: alanbarnes

            And those Sinai 48 hot dogs are the worst I ahve ever tasted.

          2. Not to turn this into a political slug fest, so please no follow-up replies here.

            But it might have something to do with the recent events impacting Agriprocessors Inc, which owns Hebrew National and which is the largest purveyor of Kosher beef in the country, they are in big trouble with the law, it has to do with hiring illegals, child labor abuses and general labor abuses. Costco just might have decided to find another vendor/supplier. The CEO was arrested and is now wearing an ankle bracelet.

            Like I said, let's not discuss this aspect here, as we don't want to derail this board with non food discussion.

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            1. re: ChinoWayne

              Actually two different companies - Hebrew National is owned by ConAgra - Agriprocessors is independent -

                1. re: weinstein5

                  Wow, I didn't know they owned HN. No more HN products for me, I don't want GMO corn in my hot dogs.