Costco Plans to Start Handing Out Food Samples Again Later This Month

Costco's free samples will be back starting in mid-June.

Back in March, when the country was trying to find its footing in response to the novel coronavirus, Costco eliminated its signature samples to help stop the spread of COVID-19. It was a sad day, but best for the health and safety of both the employees and Costco members. Here are 21 secrets Costco’s free sample employees wish you knew.

Now, as we trudge into June, the country has started reopening its doors to the public. What does that mean for Costco’s samples? Well, they’re coming back!

When is the official return date?

It’s sooner than you think. During Costco’s quarterly earnings call at the end of May, executives revealed that samples are set to come back in mid-June. However, the sampling method will look different than we’re all used to.

“We’re going to start doing some things in mid-June on a slow rollout basis in sampling,” Richard Galanti, a Costco exec, told USA Today. “I can’t tell you any more, but needless to say it’s not going to be where you go and just pick up an open sample with your fingers.” Here are a few Costco shopping perks you never knew about.

We’re not surprised that the approach to samples will change. That’s to be expected. However, the greatest takeaway is that they’re not gone forever! However, these are the 6 foods you won’t see in Costco anymore.

What else will change at Costco?

To start, Costco is reopening its food courts, too. That means the $1.50 hot dog and soda deal is back, though you’ll have to order food to go. Costco is also requiring all members to wear a full-face covering while shopping at the warehouse. These decisions were put in place to keep employees and members safe, which is the most important thing. Did you know there’s an easy way to skip the food court line at Costco?

If you’re looking for a reason to visit Costco again (aside from the free samples), check out their premade strawberry margaritas. That should get your summer started on the right foot! Along with shopping for groceries, here are a few other daily habits that should change after coronavirus.

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Originally Published on Taste of Home