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from the publisher’s desk
OUR NOVEMBER ISSUE is always my favorite issue of
the year: It means it’s time to start getting into the holiday
spirit. Festive celebrations and delicious holiday meals with
family and friends are just around the corner.
This issue has suggestions to make your holidays less
stressful, starting with our cover story about Costco.com
(page 30). Our website offers thousands of items, including
big-screen TVs, tablets, jewelry, gift baskets, apparel, handbags, fitness equipment, mattresses, indoor and outdoor
furniture and more, all for home delivery. You can avoid
the crowds and shop from your computer, tablet or smartphone wherever you are. Watch for special savings this
Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the holiday season.
This issue has an expanded Arts & Entertainment section, featuring lots of books,
DVDs, box sets and video games, including George W. Bush’s new book, Like Father, Like
Son (page 37), Mary Higgins Clark’s latest suspense novel ( 47), Heritage Collection’s multimedia historical documentaries ( 54), favorite TV series on DVD ( 61) and action games ( 63).
You’ll also find holiday recipes and food gift ideas such as Popcornopolis gift baskets
(page 75), delicious Kirkland Signature™ and regional holiday chocolate assortments (page
78) and our Kirkland Signature chocolate-coated holiday cookies from Belgium (page 105).
Our Photo Centers offer popular photo holiday cards and beautiful custom photo books
(page 86). And Costco Travel can help you give (or take) the trip of a lifetime (page 96).
To top it off, our annual Holiday Gift Guide (beginning after page 116) is filled with
holiday décor, plus our new 93-inch teddy bear, electronics, diamonds, cozy slippers and
robes, movie tickets, spa gift cards, tools and more.
We pay tribute to our courageous veterans in our Member Connection stories (page
114) and remember them on November 11.
One last note: Be sure to pick up our 13th annual free The Costco Way cookbook, in
the warehouses beginning the day after Thanksgiving. Supplies are limited, so don’t wait.
We wish you and your families a very happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Costco! C
Ginnie Roeglin is Senior Vice
President, E-Commerce and
Publishing, and Publisher of
The Costco Connection.
from the editor’s desk
THE SUBJECT OF THIS month’s Buying Smart feature
(page 78) is one of my favorite topics—chocolate. The
story brings up a question: Is chocolate good for you?
I’m not referring to Theobroma’s (“food of the gods”)
nutritional benefits. Many studies show that this divine
food indeed has health benefits—when eaten in moderation, of course. (I, unfortunately, liberally interpret
“moderation” too often.) But the bigger question for a
conscientious consumer is: Do I feel good about everything that has gone into bringing this delicacy to my table?
Our story this month explains the exacting steps
Costco’s buyers take in choosing our Kirkland Signature™
With some food products, our buyers can work directly with the growers and be inti-
mately involved with the process from field to warehouse. But the truth is that with choco-
late we must rely on the right practices of our suppliers.
A small tag attached to our Kirkland Signature Luxury Belgian Chocolates holiday
assortment explains that the chocolate in these Belgian delights is made from socially
responsible and sustainably sourced cocoa beans, and refers members to the Quality
Partner Program (
qualitypartnerprogram.com), a sustainability program developed by
chocolate giant Barry Callebaut. This program helps educate farmers about effective growing methods, which enables them to earn more money from their crops, and supports
local improvements in education, health care and clean water.
I encourage you to read this information to get a better idea of the complete story
of chocolate—and answer your own question about whether chocolate is indeed good
for you. C
Tim Talevich is Editorial
Director of The Costco