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Costco Meat Limit Established Amid Potential Coronavirus Food Shortage

Costco Meat Limit Established Amid Potential Coronavirus Food Shortage

The company wants to make sure there's enough for everyone

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Grocery store sales have skyrocketed since coronavirus began to spread in the U.S., and even though frozen foods lead the pack, people are still looking to fresh meat for meals to make at home during quarantine. If you do your shopping at Costco though, your options are temporarily limited.

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Shortly after its announcement that it would require all shoppers to wear a face mask in stores, Costco has another COVID-19 update: Fresh meat purchases are limited to a total of three items per member among beef, pork and poultry products.

“Costco has implemented limits on certain items to help ensure more members are able to purchase merchandise they want and need. Our buyers and suppliers are working hard to provide essential, high demand merchandise as well as everyday favorites,” the company said in a release.

After several major meat processing plants closed because of coronavirus, Tyson Foods chairman John Tyson took out a full-page ad in multiple newspapers warning consumers that the “food supply chain is vulnerable,” but it is unconfirmed whether this is directly related to Costco's new store policy.

Costco has not put a cap on the amount of frozen meat products customers can buy. So, hit up the freezer aisle for anything you might need that you can't get from the butcher. Just know how long meat and other foods last in the fridge and freezer.


12 things about Costco that may surprise you

Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

Photo, file: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

At a time when many stores are reporting a "retail funk" and puzzling over why the economic recovery isn't translating into more sales, Costco (COST) seems to be doing just fine.

The company reported strong June sales numbers last week. Customers spent more than analysts expected, and same-store sales were up 6 percent. The warehouse giant also is seeing new momentum with its net revenue and international sales.

Costco has always been a retail anomaly. It's run differently and it sells differently, and it's proud of it. There are competitors on all sides, including Walmart (WMT), Amazon (AMZN) and grocery chains, but no one can mimic Costco's operations. From its $1.50 hot dog-and-soda combo to the popular in-house Kirkland label, Costco sets itself apart from the rest of the retail crowd.

Despite its no-frills warehouse model, Costco is a complex and nuanced company that has been able to thrive in good times and bad. "All we're trying to do is sell stuff cheaper than anybody else, but there's a lot more work that goes into it," former CEO Jim Sinegal told CNBC.

Read on for 12 things you may not know about Costco.


12 things about Costco that may surprise you

Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

Photo, file: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

At a time when many stores are reporting a "retail funk" and puzzling over why the economic recovery isn't translating into more sales, Costco (COST) seems to be doing just fine.

The company reported strong June sales numbers last week. Customers spent more than analysts expected, and same-store sales were up 6 percent. The warehouse giant also is seeing new momentum with its net revenue and international sales.

Costco has always been a retail anomaly. It's run differently and it sells differently, and it's proud of it. There are competitors on all sides, including Walmart (WMT), Amazon (AMZN) and grocery chains, but no one can mimic Costco's operations. From its $1.50 hot dog-and-soda combo to the popular in-house Kirkland label, Costco sets itself apart from the rest of the retail crowd.

Despite its no-frills warehouse model, Costco is a complex and nuanced company that has been able to thrive in good times and bad. "All we're trying to do is sell stuff cheaper than anybody else, but there's a lot more work that goes into it," former CEO Jim Sinegal told CNBC.

Read on for 12 things you may not know about Costco.


12 things about Costco that may surprise you

Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

Photo, file: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

At a time when many stores are reporting a "retail funk" and puzzling over why the economic recovery isn't translating into more sales, Costco (COST) seems to be doing just fine.

The company reported strong June sales numbers last week. Customers spent more than analysts expected, and same-store sales were up 6 percent. The warehouse giant also is seeing new momentum with its net revenue and international sales.

Costco has always been a retail anomaly. It's run differently and it sells differently, and it's proud of it. There are competitors on all sides, including Walmart (WMT), Amazon (AMZN) and grocery chains, but no one can mimic Costco's operations. From its $1.50 hot dog-and-soda combo to the popular in-house Kirkland label, Costco sets itself apart from the rest of the retail crowd.

Despite its no-frills warehouse model, Costco is a complex and nuanced company that has been able to thrive in good times and bad. "All we're trying to do is sell stuff cheaper than anybody else, but there's a lot more work that goes into it," former CEO Jim Sinegal told CNBC.

Read on for 12 things you may not know about Costco.


12 things about Costco that may surprise you

Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

Photo, file: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

At a time when many stores are reporting a "retail funk" and puzzling over why the economic recovery isn't translating into more sales, Costco (COST) seems to be doing just fine.

The company reported strong June sales numbers last week. Customers spent more than analysts expected, and same-store sales were up 6 percent. The warehouse giant also is seeing new momentum with its net revenue and international sales.

Costco has always been a retail anomaly. It's run differently and it sells differently, and it's proud of it. There are competitors on all sides, including Walmart (WMT), Amazon (AMZN) and grocery chains, but no one can mimic Costco's operations. From its $1.50 hot dog-and-soda combo to the popular in-house Kirkland label, Costco sets itself apart from the rest of the retail crowd.

Despite its no-frills warehouse model, Costco is a complex and nuanced company that has been able to thrive in good times and bad. "All we're trying to do is sell stuff cheaper than anybody else, but there's a lot more work that goes into it," former CEO Jim Sinegal told CNBC.

Read on for 12 things you may not know about Costco.


12 things about Costco that may surprise you

Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

Photo, file: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

At a time when many stores are reporting a "retail funk" and puzzling over why the economic recovery isn't translating into more sales, Costco (COST) seems to be doing just fine.

The company reported strong June sales numbers last week. Customers spent more than analysts expected, and same-store sales were up 6 percent. The warehouse giant also is seeing new momentum with its net revenue and international sales.

Costco has always been a retail anomaly. It's run differently and it sells differently, and it's proud of it. There are competitors on all sides, including Walmart (WMT), Amazon (AMZN) and grocery chains, but no one can mimic Costco's operations. From its $1.50 hot dog-and-soda combo to the popular in-house Kirkland label, Costco sets itself apart from the rest of the retail crowd.

Despite its no-frills warehouse model, Costco is a complex and nuanced company that has been able to thrive in good times and bad. "All we're trying to do is sell stuff cheaper than anybody else, but there's a lot more work that goes into it," former CEO Jim Sinegal told CNBC.

Read on for 12 things you may not know about Costco.


12 things about Costco that may surprise you

Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

Photo, file: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

At a time when many stores are reporting a "retail funk" and puzzling over why the economic recovery isn't translating into more sales, Costco (COST) seems to be doing just fine.

The company reported strong June sales numbers last week. Customers spent more than analysts expected, and same-store sales were up 6 percent. The warehouse giant also is seeing new momentum with its net revenue and international sales.

Costco has always been a retail anomaly. It's run differently and it sells differently, and it's proud of it. There are competitors on all sides, including Walmart (WMT), Amazon (AMZN) and grocery chains, but no one can mimic Costco's operations. From its $1.50 hot dog-and-soda combo to the popular in-house Kirkland label, Costco sets itself apart from the rest of the retail crowd.

Despite its no-frills warehouse model, Costco is a complex and nuanced company that has been able to thrive in good times and bad. "All we're trying to do is sell stuff cheaper than anybody else, but there's a lot more work that goes into it," former CEO Jim Sinegal told CNBC.

Read on for 12 things you may not know about Costco.


12 things about Costco that may surprise you

Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

Photo, file: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

At a time when many stores are reporting a "retail funk" and puzzling over why the economic recovery isn't translating into more sales, Costco (COST) seems to be doing just fine.

The company reported strong June sales numbers last week. Customers spent more than analysts expected, and same-store sales were up 6 percent. The warehouse giant also is seeing new momentum with its net revenue and international sales.

Costco has always been a retail anomaly. It's run differently and it sells differently, and it's proud of it. There are competitors on all sides, including Walmart (WMT), Amazon (AMZN) and grocery chains, but no one can mimic Costco's operations. From its $1.50 hot dog-and-soda combo to the popular in-house Kirkland label, Costco sets itself apart from the rest of the retail crowd.

Despite its no-frills warehouse model, Costco is a complex and nuanced company that has been able to thrive in good times and bad. "All we're trying to do is sell stuff cheaper than anybody else, but there's a lot more work that goes into it," former CEO Jim Sinegal told CNBC.

Read on for 12 things you may not know about Costco.


12 things about Costco that may surprise you

Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

Photo, file: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

At a time when many stores are reporting a "retail funk" and puzzling over why the economic recovery isn't translating into more sales, Costco (COST) seems to be doing just fine.

The company reported strong June sales numbers last week. Customers spent more than analysts expected, and same-store sales were up 6 percent. The warehouse giant also is seeing new momentum with its net revenue and international sales.

Costco has always been a retail anomaly. It's run differently and it sells differently, and it's proud of it. There are competitors on all sides, including Walmart (WMT), Amazon (AMZN) and grocery chains, but no one can mimic Costco's operations. From its $1.50 hot dog-and-soda combo to the popular in-house Kirkland label, Costco sets itself apart from the rest of the retail crowd.

Despite its no-frills warehouse model, Costco is a complex and nuanced company that has been able to thrive in good times and bad. "All we're trying to do is sell stuff cheaper than anybody else, but there's a lot more work that goes into it," former CEO Jim Sinegal told CNBC.

Read on for 12 things you may not know about Costco.


12 things about Costco that may surprise you

Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

Photo, file: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

At a time when many stores are reporting a "retail funk" and puzzling over why the economic recovery isn't translating into more sales, Costco (COST) seems to be doing just fine.

The company reported strong June sales numbers last week. Customers spent more than analysts expected, and same-store sales were up 6 percent. The warehouse giant also is seeing new momentum with its net revenue and international sales.

Costco has always been a retail anomaly. It's run differently and it sells differently, and it's proud of it. There are competitors on all sides, including Walmart (WMT), Amazon (AMZN) and grocery chains, but no one can mimic Costco's operations. From its $1.50 hot dog-and-soda combo to the popular in-house Kirkland label, Costco sets itself apart from the rest of the retail crowd.

Despite its no-frills warehouse model, Costco is a complex and nuanced company that has been able to thrive in good times and bad. "All we're trying to do is sell stuff cheaper than anybody else, but there's a lot more work that goes into it," former CEO Jim Sinegal told CNBC.

Read on for 12 things you may not know about Costco.


12 things about Costco that may surprise you

Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

Photo, file: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

At a time when many stores are reporting a "retail funk" and puzzling over why the economic recovery isn't translating into more sales, Costco (COST) seems to be doing just fine.

The company reported strong June sales numbers last week. Customers spent more than analysts expected, and same-store sales were up 6 percent. The warehouse giant also is seeing new momentum with its net revenue and international sales.

Costco has always been a retail anomaly. It's run differently and it sells differently, and it's proud of it. There are competitors on all sides, including Walmart (WMT), Amazon (AMZN) and grocery chains, but no one can mimic Costco's operations. From its $1.50 hot dog-and-soda combo to the popular in-house Kirkland label, Costco sets itself apart from the rest of the retail crowd.

Despite its no-frills warehouse model, Costco is a complex and nuanced company that has been able to thrive in good times and bad. "All we're trying to do is sell stuff cheaper than anybody else, but there's a lot more work that goes into it," former CEO Jim Sinegal told CNBC.

Read on for 12 things you may not know about Costco.


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