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from the publisher’s desk
SUMMER IS RIGHT around the corner, and this issue is
filled with articles that will help you prepare for an active
summer. You can view additional content and videos by
using your smartphone or tablet to scan pages marked
with our digital icon. Be sure to first download the Costco
app, which includes a digital scanner, from the Apple or
Google Play app store (see pages 5 or 23 for more info).
If you are planning a family vacation, look no further
than Costco Travel, featured in our cover story beginning
on page 32. As general manager Peter Gruening explains,
Costco Travel is dedicated to providing great quality vacations with the value and service our members expect.
Costco Travel offers vacation packages to popular destinations, including Disney theme
parks, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, South Pacific islands, Europe and even exotic trips,
such as the South Africa Culinary Safari Tour and Gourmet Getaway featured on page
102. If you’d like to see a lot of sights without packing and unpacking daily, you might
enjoy one of our cruise vacations, with destinations all over the globe. We offer cruises on
all kinds of vessels, from some of the largest ships down to small riverboats. Costco Travel
also offers the lowest prices on rental cars for your vacation or everyday business travel.
To book your next trip, click on “Travel” at the top of the Costco.com home page or call
1-877-849-2730 to speak to one of our travel experts.
Our Summer Recreation special section, beginning on page 39, offers tips for safe and
fun family vacations, plus articles about capturing your memories in videos and photos,
traveling with your pets, kayaking destinations, choosing the right bike and more. If you
still need some inspiration to get you moving this summer, you’ll surely find it in our
story on page 42. Disabled Costco members, including Kirk Bauer, who lost a leg in
Vietnam, and our own Josh Wheeler, a Costco employee in Utah, are pushing their limits
and inspiring us all by climbing mountains and playing tennis, soccer, rugby and more.
We honor all our veterans this Memorial Day and give our heartfelt thanks for their
service and the sacrifices they and their families have made to keep our country safe.
Last but not least, Happy Mother’s Day to all moms on May 12! C
Ginnie Roeglin is Senior Vice
President, E-Commerce and
Publishing, and Publisher of
The Costco Connection.
from the editor’s desk
MAY 2013 The Costco Connection 7
THIS MONTH The Connection is expanding its food
coverage by adding “For Your Table” (see page 73). This
monthly page or two will feature Kirkland Signature™ and
branded food items you can find on our shelves and in the
deli cases and freezers. “For Your Table” complements our
monthly two-page Creative Cooking department, which
provides recipes using many of those same foods.
This new department may include a recipe or two
occasionally, but its focus will be on the work that goes
into developing our food programs. “Programs?” you ask.
As with all products Costco sells, we make decisions on
which items to carry based on a number of issues. We do not look solely at how our food
items taste or what they cost us to buy from the producers; we look at the totality of the
growing and manufacturing processes, packaging, distribution and marketing, as well as
the crucial elements of safety, health and nutrition.
Judgments about all of these factors are made by the team of buyers for the category
in which the food item falls: meat and poultry, canned goods, deli items, etc. These buyers
in our corporate and regional offices around the world spend a lot of time in the field (
literally at farms, orchards and the like), processing plants and testing facilities, including
our own quality-control lab (see Buying Smart on page 98). They consider all of the logistics of getting a food product from its point of origin to our locations in safe and fresh
condition. And they make sure the value equation meets our demanding requirements.
As you enjoy a meal built around one or more of the recipes in our food pages, you
might raise your glass (a Kirkland Signature Chardonnay?) to toast our intrepid food buyers, who seem to be part botanist, part logistics expert, part marketing guru—and entirely
dedicated to providing the best possible experience you can have “for your table.” C
David W. Fuller is Assistant
Vice President, Publishing, and
Editor of The Costco Connection.