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The Real Brands Behind Costco's Kirkland Products

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Costco offers shoppers massive savings with its no-frills, warehouse shopping. But the savings don't stop with its wholesale, family-sized products. In 1995, Costco unveiled its own Kirkland brand, which usually costs less than other name brands sold in the aisles. Costco was able to price cut that way because it didn't have to spend money on marketing or advertising, which meant it could afford to drop its prices. But who actually makes the Costco Kirkland items? It's not like the warehouse store manufactures everything from olive oil to batteries in-house. Instead, it partners up with third-party manufacturers to supply these items, and oftentimes these manufacturers are name brands you pay good money for in grocery stores. 

You might be surprised by some of the real brands behind Costco's Kirkland items. Certain roasts of Kirkland Signature Coffee, for example, are made by Starbucks. Certain Kirkland Signature Batteries are made by Duracell, and Kirkland Signature Brie is imported by Isigny Ste-Mère and comes all the way from France. Just because the red Kirkland label is unassuming and without frills doesn't mean it lacks quality. Ahead are the real brands behind some of your favorite Kirkland items. You really are getting more bang for your buck.