These Brands Actually Make Costco's Kirkland Products

Kirkland signature items often get high marks for quality and price. However, they are typically manufactured by third parties, many of which are retail titans. We've culled together 15 confirmed behind-the-scenes names for all you guys. Keep scrolling to see what products you can save big without losing quality!    

1. Starbucks Coffee

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Don't bother to detour for some house blends when you can pick them up at a local Costco. Boasting ties to the world's largest coffeehouse chain, Kirkland only stamps its name on the wide array of Starbucks' house blends with relatively lower prices. Sounds intriguing, aha?

2. Isigny Ste-Mère Brie

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Nothing could be better than Kirkland Signature cheese to serve your guests as hors d'oeuvres in style. However, Kirkland Signature Isigny Ste-Mère Brie stems from a Normandy-based Isigny Ste-Mère company. Besides offering Costco with its store brand brie, it also exports butters, creams and cheese all over the world.

3. Kimberly-Clark Diapers

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You may not realize that Kirkland Signature diapers and other trusted nappies like Huggies and GoodNites are all made by one manufacturer – Kimberly-Clark, but the truth is that Kimberly-Clark is behind the store-brand diapers, since it's already no secret in a 2017 interview.  

4. Bumble Bee Tuna

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White albacore of high quality doesn't always cost a lot. Actually, they have been available on shelves at Costco since 2002, thanks to Costco's cooperation with the global seafood company Bumble Bee. Next time don't forget to pick a few cans of tuna home and share it with families. 

5. Jelly Belly Candy

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Kirkland makes it no secret that it has teamed up with candy company Jelly Belly to sell its signature "gourmet" jelly beans. As a result, you can get 4-pound jars of sugary goodness featuring 49 different flavors that are kosher and fat free at Costco.

6. Perrigo Infant Formula

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Parents may have noticed that the yellow box of Kirkland Signature infant formula has been taken place by a blue one. That's because Perrigo now has partnered with Costco on supplying the formula.

7. Blommer Chocolate

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Here comes the good news for chocolate lovers. It turns out that the addictive packs of chocolate-covered nuts you grab at Costco come from a long-established chocolate corporation – Blommer Chocolate Company. With West Africa's Ivory Coast as their sustainable source,  their chocolate ensures a high quality. Enjoy the guilty pleasure!

8. Reynolds Aluminum Foil

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Costco gets its Kirkland Signature Foodservice foils through its New Zealand-based partner – Reynolds of aluminum foil. Just have a look at the packaging, and you'll find the Reynolds logo proudly displayed on the shiny blue boxes.

9. Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice

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Have you noticed the generous options of Ocean Spray juices your local Costco offer you? In fact, Kirkland only stamps its name on them, with the only difference being selling the 96-fluid-ounce bottles in two packs.

10. Niagara Bottled Water

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Kirkland Signature purified water tastes identical to other brands out there. And you may find the secret from the label on the bottle – Niagara Bottling, the leading private label bottled water supplier in the Western United States. 

11. Formaggi Zanetti Parmigiano Reggiano

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Only hard cheeses made in certain regions of Italy while meeting strict standards are allowed to apply the name 'Parmigiano Reggiano'. The back of Kirkland's 24-month aged cheese shows that it is "specially selected" by Formaggi Zanetti, an Italian company that exports cheeses around the world.

12. Alexander Murray Scotch

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Don't be surprised if you find Alexander Murray & Co. Ltd. labels on the bottles of Kirkland Signature Blended House Whiskey or Single Malt Scotch. They are certainly products of independent bottler Alexander Murray and the truth has been confirmed by president and CEO Stephen Lipp. 

13. Duracell Batteries

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Customers tend to buy batteries with caution while avoiding store-brand ones for fear they will run out fast. That's because they are clueless about the truth that Costco's generic batteries are made by big names like Duracell. So it's definitely a safe bet!

14. Sonova Hearing Aids

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It's a neat idea to get your hearing tested at a store before being touted to pick up a set. And you can swear by Kirkland Signature 9.0 Digital Hearing Instruments, which are produced by a trustworthy firm – Sonova. 

15. Acetum Balsamic Vinegar

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You may wonder who is the 100-year-old manufacturer that Kirkland Signature Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena boasts. However, it's self-evident on the bottles that the Modena-based company Acetum supplied its vinegar in 1999.

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