THE KIRKLAND SIGNATURE Men’s Italian
Leather Belt first graced Costco warehouses in
2011. The style has gone through slight
changes over the years, but the quality and
value make this a must-have for members.
The belt is made up of two pieces of full-grain leather, with no inner filler. The upper
portion of the belt is tanned and finished in
Italy, then assembled in China. “It truly is
one of the best belts in the industry,” says
Ross Payne, Costco assistant buyer for
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WE ASKED COSTCO members to list
their favorite Kirkland Signature items
and how they like to use them. Here are
just a few of the hundreds of responses
Kirkland Signature baby wipes. We
use them to wipe up spills, wipe the
counters, clean walls, wipe off dirty
feet. Tons of uses that have nothing to
do with a baby.—Kay Ryan
Kirkland Signature organic lemonade.
I use it with the frozen organic fruit to
make freezer pops!—Doreen Biondo
I think my favorite is the albacore
tuna, for everything from sandwiches
to casseroles.—Joyce Marie Lindsay
Kirkland Signature maple syrup.
I use it in lots of cooking; it’s great.
Kirkland Signature cinnamon. I use it on
everything from sticky buns to pork tenderloins to apple crisp.—Chantal Lirette
Almond butter. Perfect in smoothies!
—Mary A. Fry
The dried blueberries are awesome.
I bake scones from my mom’s recipe
from the early 1900s.—Mary Haggarty
One Kirkland Signature product?
That’s impossible! My house is one big
Kirkland Signature advertisement!
Typically, other belts in the market use
filler and are not full-grain leather. They also
use polyurethane-coated finishes or pig-
ments to cover the imperfections of lower-
grade leather, which is cheaper and less
durable. Kirkland Signature belts use an ani-
line dye and no pigment, so none of the
natural characteristics of the leather are cov-
ered. This type of finish requires the highest-
quality grades of leather.
The belt assortments are renewed each
year by updating the style, buckle and finish
of the belts. Kirkland Signature belts are
comparable to high-end belts ranging from
$90 to more than $100. At Costco, you’ll pay
just $17.99. Colors: black (for a dressier
look), brown (for a more casual look with
khakis or jeans). Sizes: 32–44; extended
sizes up to 50 are available on Costco.com.
Item #981441.—Steve Fisher
The other ingredient, a cilantro lime
marinade, is a proprietary blend of lime
juice, sugar, anchovies, garlic, cilantro, salt,
butter, cream, paprika, chili peppers, shallots, rice vinegar and sesame seeds.
“This product is great right out of the
container, served on a salad or in a sandwich
wrap,” says Todd Thommen, Costco Service
Deli buyer. Item #41398.—CG
INTRODUCED IN THE Costco Deli in
2008, Kirkland Signature Cilantro Lime
Shrimp has become a signature item in the
fresh food section of the warehouse.
“We sell it at 466 locations, so it’s
pretty popular for us,” says Donald
Dvorak, of Costco’s perishable foods
research and developement team. “I think
what members like about it is not just the
flavor but the freshness of it. It has that
Each container holds more than 2½
pounds of precooked, tail-off, deveined
Kirkland Signature shrimp. The Costco
shrimp-buying team approves shrimp pro-
cessors based on a series of site visits to
verify the facility will produce Kirkland
Signature shrimp to meet Costco’s high
quality and processing standards.
Additionally, Costco has food safety
and social audits to assure the facility is
operating in a safe and sanitary manner
and meeting our social code of conduct.
Each facility is required to have a program to screen the shrimp to ensure that
they are free of chemicals and antibiotic
residues, while Costco’s quality assurance department conducts its own verification testing to make sure the shrimp
meets our high microbial, chemical and