An Open Letter To Costco About Their Kirkland Brand Peanut Butter

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Dear Costco,

Towards the end of last year, you stopped carrying your Kirkland Organic Peanut Butter. As soon as I saw the asterisk on the price tag, I knew it was time to stock up.

Costco Peanut Butter

We stocked up on your organic peanut butter and within a few months you began carrying a new, non-organic peanut butter. I was ok with that, and so were many others that I had spoken to about the peanut butter. We were just happy to have our two ingredient (peanuts and salt) peanut butter back.

Fast forward to two weeks ago. I made my weekly Costco run and found none of your new peanut butter. I asked a nice gentleman where it was, and he assured me that this particular location was just out of it for now.

I quickly emailed my friends at Time Dog and explained my crisis situation. Emily from Time Dog provided me with some awful and some wonderful news.

Awful news:

None of the Costco warehouses in Tucson carry the Kirkland brand peanut butter anymore. It has been discontinued.

Wonderful news:

Emily had found a few articles for me about the best natural peanut butter, and some of the brands mentioned had the same two ingredients as my beloved Kirkland brand peanut butter.

I found a replacement. Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter with Sea Salt is comparable to our favorite peanut butter. 

The problem? I shop at Costo weekly, not Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s is nowhere near where I shop.

And?

When I bought 6 jars of peanut butter (plus one jar of peanut butter plus flax seed) at TJ’s yesterday, the cashier asked if I was making cookies. Because maybe other people don’t buy 6 jars of peanut butter at one time?

Peanut Butter Trader Joes

We eat peanut butter on everything – on waffles and pancakes, on bananas, in my spinach smoothies, on sandwiches, and on fruits and veggies like apples and carrots.

Am I using my blog to whine about your decision to not carry Kirkland brand peanut butter anymore?

Yes.

I’m sorry, but yes.

The other peanut butter choices in your store have too many ingredients, and taste completely bland. You have spoiled me with your awesome product, and now I am ruined.

I’d like to buy Kirkland peanut butter again.

In the big jars.

At Costco.

Please.

PleasePleasePleasePleaseWithABigCheeryOnTop,

Your biggest fan and most enthusiastic customer,

Becca

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Has a company ever discontinued your favorite product? Did you ever find a suitable replacement? 

Comments

  1. 1
    jen says:

    I’ll have to check if our costco still sells it; happy to buy and ship to you.

  2. 2

    Hm. I bet there’s some sort of natural PB you can order on Amazon… :)

    Or, (somewhat to my surprise) it sounds pretty easy to make in a food processor! http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Homemade-Pantry-Staples-ebook/dp/B008VBYJBQ/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345497077&sr=1-3&keywords=mandi+ehman

    • 2.1
      Becca says:

      I thought about that! Do you know that the Fry’s in Sahuarita has a peanut butter maker in their natural section? I should try that!

  3. 3
    Cameron says:

    Due to peanut allergies I wouldn’t know what peanut butter and salt tastes like. It must be good I’m guessing. :)

    Growing up in Chicago we had Oscar-Mayer Summer Sausage in lunch meat form (not in the long link that you cut up for hors d’oeuvres), but ever since we left Chicago we can’t find it anywhere. I’m not sure if it’s discontinued but I sure miss the taste. A nice sandwich of summer sausage, white bread, mustard, and munster would be good about now.

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    Savannah says:

    I had the same problem with my local Cost Co, ( my problem was that they did not carry coffee creamer, mind you I live in Utah where the coffee drinkers are a minority) I talked to the manager about this and he suggested going to the web site, ordering it and having it shipped to your local store, I guess they will throw it on the truck and you can pick it up at customer service… you can try this.

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    Jen says:

    I was just at Costco yesterday and I think they had some of the Kirkland PB… you want I should send you some?

    And yes, I hate when a store stops making my favorite brand of things. I have not ever been able to find a replacement.

    • 5.1
      Becca says:

      You’re awesome, Jen. I think I’m good – I’m going to have to get used to being without it eventually! The TJ’s peanut butter is a good replacement, I just had to voice my … well, complain. I just had to complain.

      ;)

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    Lyn says:

    For me it was Sam’s Club Dan T’s raspberry chipolte sauce … (they have no seeds – vs. all other brands I find that do have seeds .. and hubby does not like seeds) .. Well Sam’s Club has it intermittently at best… So I overpay and order it online if I need it…

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    Bonnie says:

    Hi Becca. I’ve always liked Laura Scudders Peanut Butter, and they have an organic version of it. You can probably pick it up at Fry’s or Safeway. I don’t know how the price per ounce compares with the ones you’ve been getting, but I’m interested in knowing if you find out.

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    Gina says:

    You can come visit me in Vegas and buy it from my Costco.

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    Leah says:

    I noticed the same thing, Becca and I’m also disappointed. The first time I saw the Organic PB at Costco I was excited because PB is on my “non-negotiable” list of things to buy Organic because peanuts grow underground, and theirs was affordable a tasted good. (I don’t buy everything Organic, but there’s a list of items that i will not buy unless they are Organic). Now that we are a family of 5, I could totally justify shopping at Costco on a weekly basis, but I don’t because they dont carry enough organic options for me…Boo.

    • 9.1
      Becca says:

      I agree, Leah – they don’t have many organic options. Every once in a while they get something, but not much seems to stay. I wonder why?

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    Kelly @eclecticmommy says:

    I love Krusteaz Oat Bran muffins. In fact they used to carry it at Costco. Our family bought it growing up. When I got a house of my own the only place I could find it in town was Basha’s. Then they stopped carrying it. Thankfully the Krusteaz website has a product locator. I found it, but the closest location was in CA. So on a trip I bought 6 boxes, and when that ran out, bought a 5 lb. box on Amazon. I loved those muffins.

    • 10.1
      Becca says:

      Crazy how we fall in love with stuff and then they take it away!

      And I love Amazon for things like that – they seem to have a lot that I can’t find in stores.

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    Czg says:

    They told me the people who were making their peanut butter sold the peanut farm. I like the new natural PB they carry.

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    Mindi says:

    What a bummer. We have yet to start shopping at a warehouse because I am not sold on the idea if we will save money and what brands they carry. I buy a lot organic too and haven’t had a chance to price/brand compare at BJs and Sams Club. This reminds me that I need to especially as the boys get older and start eating more. Wow you go through A LOT of peanut butter! :) It’s good stuff.
    Trader Joe’s is constantly getting rid of items I really like. They use to have great potato dumplings which they no longer carry. Alexa got rid of their frozen mashed potatoes too and I really loved them.

    • 12.1
      Becca says:

      BIG bummer. I think we save in meat alone. The pb was a bonus. We also love getting gift cards there because we seem to frequent the same restaurants over and over, so $80 for a $100 gift card rocks :)

  13. 13
    Gramma Teetsie Thompson says:

    Teddies PB with Flaxseed. That is what my trainer has me eating. Very good. If you would like I can send you a jar if you don’t have that out there. And, since you have gotten to be little Suzi Homemaker, why not try making your own. Then you will move on and bottle it and it can be “Our Crazy Peanut Butter”

  14. 14
    Stephanie says:

    I am sorry to hear this news. We actually have Kirkland brand peanut butter in our refrigerator right now (LOVE it). Have you tried looking at the Costco on I-10? That’s where we bought it last.

  15. 15

    Yes, we love the Kirkland brand PB! It’s tough to find a decent PB that doesn’t have a bunch of other ingredients. Whenever people suggest products to me from TJ, I always sigh. I already shop at 3 different groceries stores, and I simply cannot add a fourth. Then again, for PB, I would make an exception, because we eat it like it’s going out of style here, too.

    If Costco still sells it in other places, maybe they’ll reconsider it for your store if you ask for it every time you go in! It’ll seem like, “Man, people keep asking for that!” They won’t know it’s you. You can bring handy disguises if you’re worried.

  16. 16
    Becca says:

    I feel the same way about TJ’s. It’s too far away, and just another store to add to my list.

    I am all over the disguise idea!

  17. 17
    Ken S says:

    The Kirkland Natural Peanut Butter is gone from South Florida and worse they’re carrying “Jif Natural Peanut Butter”. I guess Sugar, and Palm Oil are natural ingredients in peanut butter. But it won’t be in our house.

    C’mon Costco!

    • 17.1
      joanne Rojas says:

      Amen to that Ken!!! Jif peanut butter is terrible! Kirklands was the best! I now buy from Whole foods, but it’s still not as good as the Kirkland brand!!! :(

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    David R says:

    The reason they quit carrying it was and is simple: the 2011 organic peanut crop was terrible. The yields insanely low. They couldn’t get sufficient quantity of organic peanuts to fulfill their needs so they didn’t produce any at all. While Georgia’s crop was at record levels this year, sadly Georgia isn’t a major producer of organic peanuts. With the recalls going on currently, we can only hope Costco can source the peanuts and find a processor. Costco wrote about why they discontinued the peanut butter in their Connections magazine last fall (well, the parts they knew then!). I don’t recall but I think they were one of the largest organic peanut butter labels.

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    Clarisa says:

    We were also bummed this week when we learned that Kirkland Peanut Butter has been discontinued. A quick google revealed that it was on a recall list for Salmonella poisoning, as was the Trader Joe’s brand. Here is the CDC web page, http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/CORENetwork/ucm320413.htm
    Check the UPC codes on your stock. The web page encourages comsumers to return unopened jars that have not expired for a refund. In November, the FDA revoked the registration for the New Mexico plant that manufactured the peanut butter. None of this was mentioned by the Costco employee that I asked (though, in fairness, he probably didn’t know.) But it may have more to do with the recent discontinuation than even the peanut shortage. Unfortunately, it also probably means that they might not be bringing this particular brand back ever.

  21. 21
    Karen says:

    I too miss the Kirkland brand, fortunately Costco Canada sells an excellent replacement called Nut n Better which I now stock up on to take to my winter home in SoCal!

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    Tempie Roberts says:

    I also love the Kirkland peanuts and salt only brand peanut butter. You eat it like I eat it. I do without the bread and just smear it on my morning banana. I found, a long time ago, before I found Kirkland that Smuckers and Laura Scudders carry peanut butter that is only peanuts and salt, thereby decades ago, spoiling me for all the other peanut butters on the shelves. I don’t want all that junk. ewww. Out here in Oregon I found Adam’s brand at the local stores. When I first got here I ordered Smuckers online. If CostCo isn’t going to offer the product anymore, I have the Adam’s but will start ordering the Smuckers again, I like the taste better. Shame on you CostCo and you’re losing business.

  23. 23
    Nas says:

    Hey Becca, I am a fellow costco shopper that is obsessive about their Peanut Butter. I completely identify with this blog posting. Just an FYI- I was at my local costco and the Peanut Butter is back!! I was so excited i sent out a pictures to my friends.. lol. Take a look next time you are shopping.

    Nas

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    Lisa Cagle says:

    It was discontinued due to salmonella. The warehouse it was packaged in was shut down due to the filthy environment. My neice who just turned two this year was affected and almost died. She spent a month of her tiny life in the hospital. They are still doing tests to check her organs for damage.
    The newest recall from Costco is their organic frozen berries. Exposure to hepatitis A
    http://www.azfamily.com/news/health/Hepatitis-A-linked-to-frozen-berry-mix-from-Costco-free-vaccines-available-209925921.html

    You should google the recalls for more information. I don’t know what’s more alarming the fact that we can almost die from food supposed to be good for us or the fact that our organic “fresh” food is coming from Mexico..

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    Patrick says:

    This PB is awful. I’m not sure what others are eating but the Kirkland Chunky is flat tasting and and runny. I won’t buy this again..Trader Joe’s, yes!

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    Bob in MT says:

    I agree with Patrick. Our Costco in Missoula Montana carried Adam’s chunky PB and it was the bee’s knees!
    Now they carry Kirkland Natural Crunchy and we don’t care for it. It’s runny and tasteless.

  31. 31
    Kathy says:

    Why is kirkland a PB so runny?

  32. 32
    Manpreet says:

    HI Becca, Just read you first article…good to know i am not the only one who loves Kirklands PB. I have previously tried organics peanut butter from Safeway, Brads organic PB from Costco and lastly when i tasted the Kirkland organic creamy PB I couldn’t resist my self from eating it over n over. Today I went again to fill up my PB stock and i looked everywhere they did not have it in store anymore. Isn’t that funny now I am addicted to it and I liked the taste …my taste buds were drooling when I entered Costco today but I end up buying non organic version which I am not sure if i want to eat or not. In my last visit to Costco I did not buy enough PB to fill my stock because it was a new thing to me. Oh well!! I would love to try TJ PB since its organic..also I have never eaten a peanut butter with more than 2 ingredients no wonder they’ll taste like crap.

    • 32.1
      Becca says:

      My husband accidentally got the non-organic kind last time he went. Totally not the same :-/

      I LOVE the Safeway organic one, as well! I’ve started to purchase peanuts at Costco and make my own peanut butter with our Vitamix. It’s really good :)

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    Blake says:

    Hi Becca – I stumbled upon the organic peanut butter at Costco this week. Do you recommend refrigerating it? The reason I ask is because the organic pb exhibited oil separation similar to the Laura Scudder’s peanut butter I recall having as a child, which we would always refrigerate. Thanks!

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