Costco is best known for offering a lot of savings. However, the savings do not stop with its wholesale offerings! In 1995, the warehouse company introduced the Kirkland brand. The products under this line often have lower prices than its competitors. Costco can do this since it does not spend money on advertising and marketing. You might be surprised when you hear which companies are behind these items, however! It turns out that famous third-party manufacturers are hired to produce certain products. When you find out some of these names, you will realize just how good these deals are.
Kirkland Signature Coffee – Starbucks
A lot of people absolutely love Kirkland Signature Coffee. Who would have expected such a reaction about something so cheap? However, you might be surprised when you hear the truth about it. Select blends are roasted by none other than Starbucks Coffee Company! It means that you can bring home Starbucks beans for a fraction of the original price. Make sure to take advantage of this.
Kirkland Signature Batteries – Duracell
Many consumers would hesitate to buy off-brand batteries since they are worried about the quality. There is no need for you to worry about this when it comes to the Kirkland Signature Batteries. Did you know that Duracell actually makes them? We are glad to learn that this is the case! Craig Jelinek, the CEO of Costco, shared this fact with Consumer Advisor Clark Howard of Channel 2 in 2016.
Kirkland Signature Diapers – Kimberly-Clark Diapers
There is a good reason why people do not like to buy cheap diapers. After all, no one wants to sacrifice quality when it comes to the skin and health of their babies. You will save a lot of money when you buy the Kirkland Signature Diapers, however. Kimberly-Clark, which makes GoodNites and Huggies, is the same folks who make the branded items! Costco has been in partnership with the company since 2005.
Kirkland Signature Foil – Reynolds Aluminum Foil
This one is not going to shock you if you are observant enough. After all, the Reynolds name is already on the box of the Kirkland Signature Foodservice Foils. Now you know which company deserves the credit for this handy kitchen product. The Costco one is bigger, which is great if you like to buy in bulk.
Kirkland Signature Isigny French Brie – Isigny Ste-Mère Brie
If you love cheese, we bet that you also like brie. It is not exactly cheap, but you can at least save some money if you buy this guilty pleasure item at Costco. The warehouse stocks it from Isigny Ste-Mère. In 2019, Costco Connection said, “Kirkland Signature Isigny Ste-Mère Brie is a soft, imported French brie cheese from a cooperative of 570 farmers in Normandy, France.”
Kirkland Signature Motor Oil – Warren Motor Oil
Do you want to know who makes Kirkland Signature Motor Oil? The only thing you need to do is to check the bottle. This way, you will learn that Warren Oil Company manufactures it and feel assured that it is of good quality! You are also going to save a lot of money when you opt for this product.
Kirkland Signature Premium Sliced Bacon – Hormel Foods
We can see why people are choosy about where to buy their meat. They just want to ensure that they are supporting a business that is hygienic and treats animals more humanely. Costco decided to go with Hormel Foods for its bacon after a corporate buyer by the name of Sarah George surveyed ten plants. “Unable to find a precooked bacon of high enough quality, Costco turned to its current bacon supplier, Hormel, to make one. The resulting product was co-branded Hormel. Hormel already makes a precooked bacon, but Costco’s is sliced thicker,” said Supermarket News.
Kirkland Signature Craft Beer – Gordon Biersch
Are you aware that you are getting an awesome deal when you buy Kirkland Signature Craft Beer? You should not worry that it is too good to be true! For only $19.99, you can bring home a 24-pack. You get to pick among America Pale Ale, Brown Ale, India Pale Ale, and Session IPA. Gordon Biersch, which owns old Chicago and Rock Bottom, brews the craft beer. Matt Brewing takes care of it on the East coast.
Kirkland Signature K-Cups – Keurig Green Mountain
You can relax if you wanted to know that Kirkland K-Cups come from quality roasts. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters partnered with the warehouse factory for Kirkland’s Breakfast Blend and Pacific Bold. It turns out that Green Mountain teamed up with Costco to edge out private lines of low-cost competitors that made cups for their machines. This is a great example of “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” mentality.
Kirkland Signature Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice – Ocean Spray
This is another collaboration that Costco does not try to hide. You can find the Ocean Spray name on the label! You can pay only $7.99 for 192 fl oz here or $5.28 for 101.4 fl oz at Walmart. We will let you pick which one is the better buy. Ocean Pray promotes the collaboration on its website as well!
Kirkland Signature Albacore Tuna – Bumble Bee
It is never a bad idea to buy the Kirkland Signature Albacore Tuna at Costco. After all, it is created by leading canned fish manufacturer Bumble Bee! This started in 2003. That same year, Money Magazine said, “So Costco set out to create tuna ‘like it used to be’ — more substantial, with fewer floating flakes. Eventually, it struck a deal with Bumble Bee and spent a year overseeing tests in a Puerto Rico plant.”
Kirkland Signature Dry Dog And Cat Foods – Diamond Pet Foods
You should always check the food that you feed your pets! If you love them, you probably want to give them the best on the market. It is neat to hear that Diamond Pet Foods is the company behind all the Kirkland Signature pet food! The company uses real turkey, lamb, chicken, and fresh veggies. It is a relief to know that the company also considers animal nutrition research when whipping up formulas!
Kirkland Signature Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese – Formaggi Zanetti
Fun fact: Costco gets its Parmigiano Reggiano from – where else? – Italy! On the back label, you will find that Formaggi Zanetti picked it. The Italian company has earned a reputation as the King of Parmesans over the years. The cheese is a total steal as it has been aged for more than two decades! The price is unbeatable since you will probably pay so much more for the same quality at a specialty shop.
Kirkland Signature Aged Balsamic Vinegar – Acetum
Another Italian product on the Kirkland Signature line is its aged balsamic vinegar. Hailing from Modena, it is made by an Italian brand called Acetum. You are going to get amazing quality at a low price. It is a no-brainer when you consider that a liter of it goes for $13.49 here, but $18 for a liter anywhere else.
Kirkland Signature Nature’s Three Berry Blend – Townsend Farms
This one is a bit different from the others. During a recall, we found out who was behind the Kirkland Signature Nature’s Three Berry Blend. The FDA said that a “domestic conventional frozen blackberry product” by Townsend Farms might come with Hepatitis A. This led to Costco pulling it off the shelves.
Kirkland Signature Pizzas – Palermo
In case you did not know, there is not much of a difference when you buy a Kirkland Signature Pizza and a frozen pizza from Palermo. After all, they are produced by the same company! The partnership has been going on since 2012 at least. The wholesale retailer is actually the biggest customer of Palermo.
Kirkland Signature La Mancha Spanish Saffron – La Mancha
Costco announced that it was going to sell the best saffron on the market in 2008. It sources the spice from a Spanish region called Castilla La Mancha. Seattle Times reveals that Costco buys most of the stock in the region and sells it low. “We want the best of the best, and we want to offer it to our members without them having to pay the premium,” explained Gary Kotzen, a Costco buyer, “We’ll bring it in, package it ourselves and offer it to our members at about one third or even one fifth of the cost of similar saffron… We did the same thing in 1997 with Tuscan olive oil.”
Kirkland Signature Japanese Green Tea – Ito-En
Did you know that you are actually getting tea made by Ito-en when you get the Kirkland Signature Japanese Green Tea? The Japanese company is among the biggest tea manufacturers on the planet. You can bring home a 100-pack of this product for only $16.59. That sounds like a great deal to us!
Kirkland Signature Organic Blueberries – Scenic Fruit Company
Up next, we have one of the greatest things that you can get at Costco. The 3-pound bag of Kirkland Signature Organic Blueberries is harvested by Scenic Fruit Company. It is known as one of the leading companies when it comes to both frozen and fresh produce. The 3-lb pack only costs $9.29 at Costco!
Kirkland Signature Raw Tail-On Shrimp – Kader Exports
Kader Exports supplies the Raw Tail-On Shrimp of Costco. This is the same company that provides the seafood items of Aqua Star Reserve, Tops, Wellsley Farms, Censea, and Unistar. You are more or less getting the same thing for a lower price. How can you resist 2 lbs. of this for only $19.29?
Kirkland Contact Lenses – CooperVision
Who would have guessed that the Kirkland Signature 1-Day Disposable Lenses are the same as the CooperVision MyDay one-day disposable contacts? They are identical and simply rebranded. However, there are times when the Kirkland one goes for a higher price. This is why you should still check before you put them inside your shopping cart.
Kirkland Signature Contact Solution – BioTru
There is no way we can talk about contacts without talking about contact lens solution! The Kirkland Signature Contact Solution should go into your shopping cart as well. It is awesome to know that it is made by BioTru. If you go through their list of ingredients, you will see that they are exactly the same.
Kirkland Signature Organic Tortilla Chips – Mission Foods
Costco has changed the packaging of the organic tortilla chips, so it is a bit murky. In the past, they were made by a Texas-based company called Mission Foods. The logo used to be on the bag itself. This manufacturer makes everything from corn chips to tortilla wraps to salsa. Now that the logo is no longer on the bag, people have speculated that the partnership has since dissolved.
Kirkland Signature Wild Alaskan Fish Oil – Trident Seafoods
Trident Seafoods is the biggest seafood company you will find in the United States. Aside from that, it happens to manufacture the Kirkland Signature Wild Alaskan Fish Oil. Pure Alaska Omega is another made by the company. There are times when this product is even cheaper than the Kirkland one!
Kirkland Signature Rosé – Olivier Sumeire
For only $10, you can buy a rose that is made right in France by a traditional vintner. This is the real deal, ladies and gentlemen. Here is what it says on the bottle: “Kirkland Signature Rosé is produced in the Cotes de Provence Appellation by Olivier Sumeire, an 8th generation grape grower and vintner, whose family has been passionate about winemaking in Provence since the XIIIth Century.”
Kirkland Signature Milk Chocolate Almonds – Blommer Chocolate
The Kirkland Signature Milk Chocolate Almonds are made by the “manufacturers of the finest chocolates since 1939.” In other words, it is manufactured by Blommer Chocolate Company. Aside from the Costco treats, it also makes everything from cocoa powder to assorted boxed chocolate to ice cream coating!
Kirkland Signature Mattress – Stearns & Foster
It is only right for you to be choosy when it comes to your mattresses. You typically spend a good chunk of your day in it, after all. It is important to look for a comfortable, supportive, and high quality one. This is why Kirkland did not cut corners with its mattress offerings. It teamed up with Stearns & Foster to make the gel and memory foam. These products also come in different sizes!
Kirkland Signature Ice Cream – The Humboldt Creamery
Costco decided to partner with an organic company when it picked an ice cream supplier! The Kirkland Signature Ice Cream would not be here if it were not for the Humboldt Creamery! This company has been in existence since 1929. The cream and organic milk used in the product comes from local farms in Humboldt County, California.
Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco – Veneto
Wow! You only need to shell out $7 for a bottle of something from Prosecco country. The label of the Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco reads, “From prime estate vineyards in the historic Veneto regions, Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. comes to life with the best grapes cultivated with passion in a magnificent territory close to the Italian Alps.” It is impossible to say no to that price.