Vegan Mac and Cheese Is Now at Nearly 100 Costco Merchants

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This weekend, wholesale retailer Costco is growing a take-and-bake vegan mac and cheese to nearly 100 spots in the Southeastern location of the country. Chef Ayinde Howell’s Authentic Mac & Yease will be offered in 32-ounce trays in the ready meals part of retailers in Alabama, Florida, Ga, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Puerto Rico. 

Howell—the previous private chef for musician India.Arie—developed the now-well-known Mac & Yease recipe several several years back as a tribute to his terrific-grandmother Mary’s Sunday supper staple. “I’m so delighted that we get a opportunity to get this recipe out and for it to be in the South—that’s wherever the idea originated. My fantastic-grandmother, Mary Fluker, applied to make baked mac and cheese in St. Stephens, Alabama, and my father liked it so much that when he went vegan before I was born, he wished me to have it,” Howell told VegNews, “In my very first cafe in Seattle 22 many years ago, I started offering, cooking, and refining Mac & Yease to what it is currently, and it will be accessible in the Mobile Costco in Alabama, wherever I employed to shell out summers. I really feel like which is [coming] complete circle, if I at any time observed just one.”


Vegan mac and cheese for everybody

In April, Costco tested Howell’s Jalapeño & Cheddar Mac & Yease at 30 destinations in California and Hawaii. The jalapeño and cheddar flavor is the similar recipe but with the extra kick of fresh jalapeños. Howell says that the wholesale retailer expanded the meal possibility to far more stores due to positive buyer comments. The Unique Mac and Yease is accessible for a six-7 days restricted time test interval in the additional retailers. 

Although Costco was the to start with retailer to provide Howell’s Jalapeño & Cheddar Mac & Yease, this is not the very first time the Initial Mac & Yease has been offered at shops. In 2018, Howell partnered with Entire Food items Marketplace to deliver his mac and cheese to the supermarket’s very hot-food items bar at 44 areas in the Southern Pacific region, which included California, Las Vegas, Arizona, Maui, and Oahu. In 2019, the selection was expanded for a restricted time at Full Foods destinations in Northern California.


Extra vegan possibilities at Costco

In recent decades, Costco has expanded its range of plant-primarily based solutions, specifically in the vegan meat and cheese category. Choose places of the chain supply bulk packs of Further than Burgers, Beyond Sausages, and Outside of Meatballs vegan hen parts made by vegan brand name Daring Foodstuff pea-based mostly milk by vegan model Ripple Daiya cheese shreds and frozen dessert bars and JUST Egg vegan liquid egg replacer. 

Furthermore, in May possibly, Costco rolled out new vegan breakfast sandwiches in the frozen aisle at Costco areas in Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, and the Southeast region (which involves outlets in Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, and Puerto Rico). Designed by vegan model Alpha Foods, the Meatless Sausage, Plant Egg & Cheeze sandwich options vegan cheese by Greek model Violife. In 2020, the brand also launched its Plant-Protein Crispy Chik’n Patties at Costco spots in the Southeast region, Los Angeles, Hawaii, and Texas. Previously this thirty day period, Costco increased its vegan hen choices with new bulk packs of Area Roast Plant-Centered Nuggets at extra than 50 areas in the Los Angeles location. 

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