October 7, 2019
It may not be in the Zagat guide, but a visit to Costco’s food court menu-which serves a menu of pizza, hot dogs and ice cream—is a on the must-do list of most shoppers when they visit the big-box store.
Now, according to Business Insider, nearly 2,000 people have signed a petition for the warehouse retailer to introduce a vegan hot dog to its food court menu. The Change.org petition was started by Scott Hildebrand, who wrote on the website that he has been vegan for eight years and has eaten a meat-free diet for over a decade.
“We need to work with companies to make plant-based options more accessible,” Hildebrand, who lives near Costco’s headquarters in Washington State, said in a statement. “Our family, like countless others, are regulars at Costco. I’d love to see them extend plant-based options to the food court, so we can enjoy veggie hot dogs after a Sunday shopping trip.”
Costco already is on the same page. The company has announced that some stores will start selling a plant-based burger within in the next few weeks, Business Insider reports.
Indeed, the stores actually went too far and sparked a backlash in July 2018, the new outlet says, when it cut its Polish hot dog from its menu in favor of vegan and healthier options like açai bowls and organic burgers.
“Sorry, but when I feel like a hot dog or pizza, a salad is the last thing on my mind,” the petition reads.
The petition also notes the growing availability of vegan and plant-based options nationwide, including Burger King’s Impossible Whopper, KFC’s Beyond Fried Chicken, and Ikea’s rollout of a vegan hot dog.
The petition is directed toward Costco CEO Craig Jelinek.
A Costco representative did not return a request from Business Insider for comment.
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