Friday, August 14, 2015

Costco egg whites and fresh blueberries are up, wild salmon is down

Medium-spicy Kirkland Signature Organic Salsa, a new item at Costco Wholesale, tastes great, judging from a free sample I tried in the Hackensack warehouse store today. Each of the two jars holds 2 pounds 6 ounces of salsa ($7.89).


Tens of millions of egg-laying chickens caught the flu and farmers killed them, raising the price of eggs, according to news reports last month. 

At Costco Wholesale in Hackensack, the impact has varied:

Kirkland Signature Egg Whites (six 16-ounce cartons for $9.99) were replaced by Egg Beaters, the same 100% pure egg whites, but members now get only four 16-ounce cartons for $8.99.

Meanwhile, the price of cage-free Kirkland Signature Organic Eggs doesn't seem to have been affected (two dozen whole eggs for $6.99).

Egg Beaters replaced Kirkland Signature Egg Whites.

Two organic eggs from Costco Wholesale made for a hearty breakfast over organic whole wheat pasta with sardines and chopped garlic. The price of organic whole eggs hasn't been affected by avian flu.

Blueberries and wild salmon

On Wednesday, my wife came home with an 18-ounce package of fresh blueberries from Michigan for $4.99, compared to a 32-ounce package of Jersey blueberries she bought at Costco a couple of weeks ago for $5.99.

But Costco has again reduced the price of fresh wild sockeye salmon fillets, this time to $8.99 from $9.99.

Tonight, I plan to grill the salmon on the stove top with a little sea salt and fresh lime juice, and serve it with Kirkland Signature Organic Salsa and Kirkland Signature Basil Pesto.

Now, fresh wild sockeye salmon fillets are $8.99 a pound, only $2 more a pound than artificially colored farmed Atlantic salmon, below.


  1. I saw how Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt have asked Costco to switch to cage-free eggs. And I saw this video ( about how Costco lets its egg suppliers lock chickens in cages. It’s pretty disgusting! The video even shows, at a Costco supplier, birds forced to share cages with the mummified corpses of their dead cage mates. And then Costco defended the practice, saying that supplier was “behaving appropriately.” I’ll never shop at Costco again.

    1. The loss of your patronage won't mean much. You could buy the cage-free organic eggs Costco sells, as we have done.

      The inhumane treatment of chickens, pigs, cows and other animals in U.S. factory farms has been a national disgrace for decades. In other words, it is likely the eggs you were buying before you joined Costco were from the same or another supplier who confined the chickens.

      At the same time, shoppers complain about prices at Whole Foods Market and other stores that sell organic eggs, meat and poultry, as well as wild-caught and drug-free farmed fish, so what can you do?


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