This New "Vegan Costco" Grocery Store is Coming to the U.S.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic caused meat prices to soar. Pork is almost 30% more expensive right now, and it doesn't look like it's coming down anytime soon. So it could be a great time to try other protein options.
The plant-based meat alternatives that have taken off the past few years are becoming widely available at restaurants and grocery stores alike. Starbucks just released the Impossible Breakfast Sandwich and Burger King has found success with their Impossible Whopper.
Soon you'll be able to shop for all kinds of Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods products in addition to other vegan groceries. VEDGEco started in Hawaii in 2019 and is the world's first 100% plant-based bulk wholesale store. They call themselves "Vegan Costco" and sell their products in larger quantities, much like the popular wholesale supermarket. Starting in August, they are delivering their items to many states across the East Coast and Midwest, with further expansion coming this fall. Brands like Impossible, JUST, Lightlife, and Daiya are available.
The idea behind the business, says Trevor Hitch, the co-founder and CEO, is to save customers money on plant-based and vegan products that can sometimes be costly, according to The Beet. "Our mission at VEDGEco is to make plant-based products more affordable and accessible for everyone across the United States, not just for restaurants and caterers, but for individuals and families to enjoy at home too."
The online shop is powered by Shopify. Customers of "Vegan Costco" can expect to receive the products they ordered in 1-2 business days with no foam and in eco-friendly packaging.
Some favorites at the original Hawaii distribution center include vegetarian drumsticks, bacon, spicy sausage, carne asada, and vegan cheddar and mozzarella, plus vegan chipotle ranch and other sauces. Although residents of the islands can have their orders shipped to them, they also can pick them up at the grocery store's warehouse in Kailua.
Before VEDGEco officially opens the door in the U.S. check out these 25 Surprising Foods You Can Buy at Costco.