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Bay Area Costco stores will soon sell durian-flavored ice cream

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  • Mavens Creamery will be rolling out durian-flavored ice cream to 18 Costco stores in the Bay Area starting in early October.
  • The ice cream comes in green and yellow colored pints and is made with fresh durian.
  • Sisters Gwen and Christine Nguyen had the idea for Mavens Creamery back in 2014 when they taught themselves how to make macarons and ice cream through YouTube videos and experiments in their garage.
  • Known for their macaron ice cream sandwiches, Mavens Creamery is currently sold in stores like Safeway and Whole Foods.
  • The ice cream brand also appeared on an episode of “Shark Tank.”

Durian-flavored ice cream will be available in Costco stores in the Bay Area next month. 

Sisters Gwen and Christine Nguyen are the co-founders of Mavens Creamery. Wholesale giant Costco initially approached them years ago for their macaron and ice cream sandwich products, but the pandemic interrupted those plans, according to SFGate

Misprinted UC Irvine sweatshirt pulled from Costco becomes sought-after item among students

  • Less than a day after Costco pulled a misprinted UC Irvine sweatshirt from shelves, it has become a sought-after item for many of the campus’ students and alumni.
  • The sweatshirts for the University of California, Irvine, which were being sold at three Costco locations in Orange County, misspelled the school’s name as “UC Urvine Anteaters.”
  • Following the mistake, the merchandise was immediately removed.

After Costco released misprinted UC Irvine sweatshirts and removed them from stores in less than a day, students and alumni are now seeking to purchase the defective merchandise.

The sweatshirts designed for the University of California, Irvine, which were being sold at three Costco locations in Orange County, misspelled the school’s name as “UC Urvine Anteaters.” After recognizing the mistake, the Costco stores “took immediate action to have [the sweatshirts] removed.”

Costco raises prices of two food court favorites

  • Inflation has hit Costco causing it to raise the prices of two mainstay food court items.
  • The chicken bake has jumped from $2.99 to $3.99, while the 20-ounce soda has increased to 59 cents from its original price of 49 cents.
  • The beloved hot dog and soda combo will remain at its current price of $1.50.

As food costs continue to soar due to inflation, Costco has hiked the prices of two items at its beloved food court: the chicken bake and 20-ounce soda. 

News of the price change in the food court items went viral after a TikTok user uploaded a video on Monday of a Costco employee switching the chicken bake price banner. Many users were left heartbroken by the price hike, with most expressing concern that the hot dog and soda combo would meet a similar fate. 

Costco’s famous $4.99 rotisserie chicken has a dark side, and the company is getting sued for it

  • Two Costco shareholders, Krystil Smith and Tyler Lobdell, launched a lawsuit against Costco for animal cruelty, claiming that the company “illegally neglects and abandons its chickens,” which, in turn, broke its fiduciary duties.
  • The lawsuit, filed at a Seattle court in June, also mentions that Costco executives had "consciously disregarded clear signs of Costco's ongoing mistreatment of chickens."
  • The member-only grocery reportedly sold 106 million chickens last year, selling the chicken at a loss to entice potential members and draw in more foot traffic.
  • In 2021, an undercover video filmed by Mercy for Animals revealed the inhumane conditions the chickens were housed in, such as tens of thousands of broilers being cramped in small warehouses where they live for weeks in their own filth.
  • The lawsuit and the Mercy for Animals exposé claim that Costco had intentionally bred the broilers unnaturally fast and large so that they could no longer stand on their own. It also claimed that the "disabled birds slowly die from hunger, injury and illness."

Two Costco shareholders have launched a lawsuit against the company for animal cruelty after reports found that the membership-only grocery has been mistreating its chickens in its $450 million poultry processing plant in Freemont, Nebraska.

The lawsuit, filed by shareholders Krystil Smith and Tyler Lobdell at a Seattle court in June, claims “Costco illegally neglects and abandons its chickens,” which, in turn, broke its fiduciary duties. It also mentions that Costco executives had “consciously disregarded clear signs of Costco’s ongoing mistreatment of chickens.”

How Costco became a mecca for Asian American shoppers

  • Costco, headquartered in Issaquah, Washington, has become a go-to shopping spot among Asian Americans in recent years.
  • Earlier this year, analytics firm Numerator reported that the average Costco shopper is a married, 39-year-old Asian American woman who lives in the Pacific Northwest, holds a four-year degree or higher level of education, and earns more than $125,000 a year.
  • Coming from larger households, Asian customers typically buy in bulk and look out for bargains.
  • More and more Asian products are also appearing in Costco warehouses, news of which then spread by word of mouth.
  • Costco currently operates more than 800 outlets across 12 global markets, four of which are in Asia.

For the uninitiated, a warehouse retailer tracing its roots to 1970s sunny San Diego is hardly the picture of a staple for a community as diverse as Asian Americans. Yet it happens to be the case in 2022, when the group makes up 7% of the entire U.S. population but reportedly comprises 11% of Costco’s shoppers.

Somehow, Asian American shoppers have made a home out of Costco, now headquartered in Issaquah, Washington state. At present, the wholesale club operates more than 800 outlets in 12 global markets, four of which are in Asian countries or territories.

Budget guru TikToker shares Costco ‘hack’ that allows customers to return years-old purchases

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  • Tiktok user @bougiecheapskate shared a video about Costco Wholesale’s return policy that allows customers to return items even after the 90 day limit since their purchase.
  • To demonstrate, she acted out a scenario as both a customer attempting to exchange a five-year-old coffee maker and a store employee.
  • The TikToker encourages viewers to claim Costco’s 100% satisfaction guarantee in order to replace selected nonfunctioning products with newer ones.

A self-proclaimed budget expert highlighted a Costco Wholesale return policy that allows customers to return items well past 90 days since their purchase. 

To demonstrate, the finance influencer, who goes by the handle @bougiecheapskate on TikTok, acted out a scenario wherein she pretends to return a five-year-old coffee maker to Costco customer service in a video posted to her account on March 15.

Costco’s typical shopper is a 39-year-old Asian American woman earning over $125K a year, report says

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If you know a 39-year-old Asian American woman who makes more than $125,000 annually, chances are she shops at Costco.

Who said so: The portrait of the retail giant’s typical shopper comes from Numerator, a Chicago-based market intelligence firm focused on omnichannel marketing, merchandising and sales data. The company says it “wakes up every day looking to provide brands and retailers with the most complete view of the modern consumer.”

Meat Brand Found at Costco Sparks Anger After Using Asian Woman’s Image on Packaging

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Social media users are condemning the use of a silhouette of an Asian woman on a meat product sold at stores across the United States. 

With its suggestive name “Meat District,” the line of burger products from food manufacturing company Golden West Food Group is being criticized for perpetuating racial stereotypes in the branding of one of its labels. 

People Who Panic Bought Food Are Allegedly Trying to Return It to Costco

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-2019) has led to some people stocking up on food and supplies, but one Facebook user claims more and more people are returning items they don’t need back to stores such as Costco.

While there is “NO global shortage of Jasmine rice from Thailand, NO shortage of faux Japanese rice like ‘Botan, Nishiki or Kokuho’ rice,” Facebook user Ebereto Chan claims a Costco Business Center in Hayward, California saw a line of people returning “10 x 50lbs bags of rice.”

Costco Worker Allegedly Denies Boy Because He’s ‘From China’ and Might Have Coronavirus

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A sample stand worker at a Costco in Issaquah, Washington allegedly turned an Asian American child away on the suspicion that he was “from China” and might infect her with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The 8-year-old boy, who was out with his parents on Sunday, wore a face mask after learning about the virus and seeing other children at school wear it.