Costco’s famous food court is a constant hot topic of conversation in the grocery rumor mill. From price increases to new items, any hint of a menu change is sending the internet into a frenzy, and one rumor recently posted on Reddit has now been confirmed.
Costco raised the price of its favorite chicken bun—a hand-rolled crust filled with cheese, chicken, bacon, and Caesar dressing—from $2.99 to $3.99. The classic 20-ounce store soda now sells for $0.69 (pun intended), compared to its previous price of $0.59.
interested in trade I was able to verify this information through phone calls to multiple locations where workers explained that the change was a “national update.” Eat this, not that! Additionally, I contacted Costco to confirm, but have yet to receive a response.
The large retailer has not been spared the pressures of inflation and rising food prices, and it is likely that the latest round of adjustments in the food court is a reflection of that reality. According to the Consumer Price Index, chicken rose 17.4% year-on-year in May, and prices are expected to rise further in 2022 with the ongoing bird flu outbreak. The cost of cheese also saw an increase of nearly 9% in 2022.
Pepsi – the soft drink brand carried in Costco’s food court – has undergone several rounds of price increases this year in order to push ahead with rising transportation and raw materials costs.
Bakery chicken and 20 ounce sodas aren’t the only Costco items to see a price change, either. Earlier this year, Kirkland’s famous croissants and muffins were each raised by a $1.00 margin, and price inflation across the entire warehouse was about 6% in the second quarter of 2022.
Despite these changes, a few beloved Costco items are still going strong at their original low prices. Shoppers will be happy to know they can still snap up a food plaza hot dog for $1.50, a slice of pizza for $1.99, or roast chicken for $4.99—even as the cost of poultry reaches new heights.
Megan is a freelance writer based in Columbus, Ohio. Read more