Five years ago, finding vegan and vegetarian products was tough. Sure, you could go to Whole Foods and Sprouts, but other than that, the products were confined to one small section of grocery stores and were limited to the usual suspects, like vegan cheeses, meatless substitutes, and tofu. But over the past two years — and especially since last year, which was dubbed by the Economist as the “year of the vegan” — veganism and vegetarianism boomed, and retailers, in response, rapidly improved upon and increased their vegan and vegetarian offerings, the most notable grocer being Costco.
As an increasing number of Americans adopted the vegetarian and vegan lifestyles — according to the Vegetarian Resource Group in 2019, 4 percent of American adults is vegetarian, with half of those vegetarians also vegan — Costco was quick to add not only new vegan- and vegetarian-friendly products, but also expand its food court menu with soon-to-be popular items, like their açaí bowl. Now, Costco has become, much to many vegan and vegetarian shoppers’ surprise, a dream grocer. Now, we have so many items from which to choose, we admittedly had a hard time paring down this list of the best vegetarian finds at Costco down to 12.
But we did it! Ahead, take a look at the best of the best vegetarian (and, for some of them, vegan) finds at Costco.
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