Is Costco’s Kirkland Organic Rice Milk Being Discontinued?

Costco Ricemilk

One of my most read posts on the blog is actually about Kirkland Signature (aka Costco’s store brand) Organic Rice Milk.  I often get comments asking about it but recently there’s been an uptick in discussion online about whether the item is on the “pending/delete list.”

I called Costco‘s main number (1-800-774-02678, then press zero to speak to a representative) today to find out why people might be getting this information.

First, the good news Las Vegas and most around the country: Kirkland Ricemilk is in stock in all Vegas area stores and won’t be deleted.  There are no notes about deletion and there is nothing wrong with any product batches (there was speculation that if there was an item deletion it was temporary and related to quality control).

The bad news for those of you being told of deletions on a local level:  Stores that do not experience sales levels to justify carrying the product may very well be ceasing to carry Ricemilk.  If you are in one of these areas, call Costco and let them know how important the product is to you and your family.  I made sure to let them know on the phone that Costco is important to many food allergy families.  In fact, I’ve heard Costco will begin to carry Enjoy Life Foods products sometime in the next months so the food allergy epidemic has to be on the company’s radar.  You can also see about Costco Business delivery in your area.

Hopefully this information is helpful, I’ve had great luck calling Costco corporate in the past and this time was no exception.  I even shared a laugh about my Costco-nerd status to the representative when I said I hadn’t seen the ending of the price change at all on Ricemilk (which is usually a signal of an item being deleted from stock lists).

Thank you so much to readers and commenters that alerted me to their concerns.  Blogging and social media matter, it is part of why I’m so excited to be helping to plan the First Food Allergy Bloggers Conference taking place in Las Vegas next month.

On the subject of Costco, I was thinking it would be great to create a resource of food allergy friendly finds at their stores – I know I buy safe items with good labeling whenever I see them in our local warehouse.  Feel free to comment about safe options for your family and I will try to include some of them.

Update (December 2013):  A helpful commenter, Steven, found out the following (I’ve posted his comment here so it is easy to find and I certainly feel your pain if you’re in one of the regions listed below):

“After further email conversation with costcocare@costco.com I’ve learned that Kirkland Signature Organic Rice Milk will no longer be stocked at Costco Warehouse stores in the Southeast, Northeast, and Midwest regions. Too, Costco Business Delivery in those regions is discontinuing delivery of the product once current stock is depleted. It appears then that only the Northwest, Southwest, and Texas regions will continue to carry the milk. (Yep, Texas is its own region). So, if you live East of the Rockies—excepting Texas—it’s time to find an alternative.”

Update (October 2015): Las Vegas Costco no longer stocks the Kirkland Ricemilk.  Sad faces all around.  Anyone else in the Western states experiencing this?

41 thoughts on “Is Costco’s Kirkland Organic Rice Milk Being Discontinued?

  1. We are vegan, so do not use dairy products. We have been cautioned against using soy, because of a history of cancer in our family,so have loved the Kirkland Signature Organic Rice Milk with no added sugar, etc. We don’t use almond milk either, as it usually has carageenan added to it, which we have been cautioned by a cancer specialist, to avoid as it seems it may be a cancer promoter.We have been so very disappointed and discouraged as we recently have not been able to find the rice milk at the Sterling, Va or Winchester, VA stores (Yes, we drove an hour and a half away to check for it in Winchester, VA.) We use the rice milk for soups, baking,cereal, cream sauces, etc., etc., etc., and will be very lost without it. Hopefully we can find similar in other non-Costco stores where we used to buy it, but we have loved the convenience of being able to buy it in case lots for a fairly reasonable price, at our neighborhood Costco store. Also, we have depended upon your Maranatha Almond Butter, and cannot find it. This is a major part of our vegan diet, used for sandwiches, spreads, sauces, etc. PLEASE bring them both back.

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    1. Hi Joyce, thank you for commenting. Have you tried contacting Costco Customer Service? They might be able to give you more direction but I do know the latest box of Rice Milk I purchased had an all new packaging design so that could account for it going off shelves briefly during the transition. It also just depends on demand in a given area. We avoid peanuts and tree nuts in our family because of food allergies so I don’t know about the Almond Butter – the customer service folks were very friendly and forthcoming when I called so I think they should be able to explain why you cannot find your staples. Best of luck!

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      1. Thank you. I have filled in the customer suggestions forms a number of times, but hadn’t thought about calling them. I’m also reading things about possible arsenic in rice milk. I know I had heard about that a while ago in other rice products. I’m now wondering if that had anything to do with it. Do you know anything about that?

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    2. Miami, Florida. I clicked on a site where I could order the Kirkland’s Rice Milk and it turned out that it was only for business customers to be delivered only to a business address.
      I wrote to Costco requesting that they consider selling it on the internet on the regular Costco site. My letter has been referred to the sales department. Since distribution has been discontinued at many locales, I guess the more people that request that it either be brought back to the stores or at least have it for sale on the internet both for business and personal customers, the more chances we will have of having access to it.
      On the business site I believe I could have ordered 2 packs (24 units) for a single $20 shipping fee. All in all, it is still cheaper than regular milk. About arsenic in rice, when I called they informed me what state their rice was from and that no processing occurs outside of our country. Rice grown in some areas and certain brands were reported in one article I had read as having arsenic – the Costco brand not listed as one of them. This is what I know and readers should initiate their own search.

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      1. Thank you so much for sharing this information – I agree that if more people contact Costco they will have to accommodate the demand for this product!

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    3. You can order it online. I’ve been looking for it in the VA area as well. I finally called the number on the box when our last stores ran out. I had searched with the name and got no results. But, if you look it up by the item number, 586335 it will pull up the page. It is $24.99 for the case.

      http://www.costco.com/Kirkland-Signature%E2%84%A2-Organic-Rice-Milk-32-oz.-Container-12-pack.product.100177272.html?catalogId=10701&keyword=586335&langId=-1&storeId=10301&refine=

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    4. I also have just learned that the Kirkland Organic Ricemilk , is not in stock in my (Sonoma) county in northern California. It’s available on-line however. This cost, with shipping included, would be approximately twice the warehouse price. On-line price is ~$25….for the case of 12.
      by George Noble of Santa Rosa, CA

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  2. So glad to have found this post. I’ve been wondering what happened to my regular selection of rice milk at Costco. Hopefully it’s just a packaging change for my area. I noticed that the Kirkland branded Rice Milk is still listed on the Costco website. I’m not a fan of soy milk nor almond milk. And you can’t beat the low cost of the Kirkland brand. Such a great value.

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    1. The new package design may well be the reason for the stock interruptions people are seeing! The Kirkland brand certainly is a good deal for our needs, thanks for reading and commenting!

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  3. Just talked to the 1-800 number and my local Costco. I too am upset that I cannot get the Kirkland Organic Rice Milk. I have just finished my last case and never imagined when I went to pick up another it would not be there. With that being said, my only complaint against Costco is that a consumer gets use to a product, depends on a particular product, expects that product to be there and with Costco you never know. This has happened to us more than once. Customer service at my local Costco told me to continually fill out a card requesting the product to be brought back also to check the “binder” as it will tell you why it is out of stock. If it was just a new package design, I would think the 1-800 customer service would have been able to tell me that information. Frustrating!

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  4. I just received this…

    Steven,

    We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused. It appears the Kirkland Signature Organic Rice Milk is being discontinued from your region at this time. It is our goal to provide our members with the highest quality name-brand products while keeping our stock focused on the best selling items. Since we price our items as low as possible, all items must demonstrate high sales in order for us to continue to stock them.

    Our buyers occasionally review the possibility of re-introducing products. We will forward your e-mail to them so they are aware of your interest as we value our members’ input.

    We look forward to serving you in the future. Have a wonderful week and thank you so much for being a loyal member of Costco!

    Sincerely,

    Rosa M. | Costco Care Team | costcocare@costco.com

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Steven. Are you near any alternate regions? The shelf stability of the product may justify driving to another location out of state. I wish shipping wasn’t so prohibitive or I’d try to find a way to get some of the rice milk to you.

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      1. After further email conversation with costcocare@costco.com I’ve learned that Kirkland Signature Organic Rice Milk will no longer be stocked at Costco Warehouse stores in the Southeast, Northeast, and Midwest regions. Too, Costco Business Delivery in those regions is discontinuing delivery of the product once current stock is depleted. It appears then that only the Northwest, Southwest, and Texas regions will continue to carry the milk. (Yep, Texas is its own region). So, if you live East of the Rockies—excepting Texas—it’s time to find an alternative.

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      2. Thank you for the update, Steven. I want to edit my post to highlight this additional information when I get the chance. Very much appreciated. I will also look into alternatives I can highlight.

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  5. Hi. My baby can’t drink any other milk only the rice milk I bought the last 5 boxes in Frederic, Maryland. We live in Alexandria but we can’t find it around, please bring back our delicious rice milk. [Edited for clarity]

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  6. Thank you for this post. We live in Central California and we have to drive down to Southern California for this product. Our 3 year old has severe allergies and can only eat chicken, rice and broccoli. He has severe problems if given ANYTHING ELSE. This rice milk has been the only Rice Milk that does not cause him to break out. Its the only thing he can drink besides water. I know that sometimes Costco outsources the manufacturing to vendors already selling a similar product. Perhaps there is a vendor out there that is making it for Kirkland and sells a brand label version of this product? Something to consider while doing your research.

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  7. I finally remembered to check with Costco about their Organic Rice Milk and they sent me the allergen sheet and it shows that it is made on a shared line with soy and almond (I’m assuming soy and almond milks). I am bummed, because I thought it might be an option for us. She’s OK with soy, but not almonds, as far as I know…

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    1. That is very concerning, they had assured me there was only soy in the facility and now they’re saying it is on a shared LINE with almond?! I will write them a letter to complain because that is not what I expect from Costco considering I’ve called several times about this. Thanks, Selena!

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  8. Glory be! My local Costco Warehouse is now stocking the rice milk again. I live in the Southeast; the store is in Spartanburg, SC.

    We purchased three cases when we saw it, and another case on our next visit. That’s a six month’s supply for us, but it’s not going to go bad in that time.

    I’ve not contacted Costco to see if they plan on maintaining regular stock, but I will be shooting them a thank you email for bringing it back. Perhaps all the calls and emails I, along with the rest of you, made and sent were taken into consideration. Hooooray!

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  9. Just found out last week that one of our local stores also brought it back. We live in the Central California area. We were having relatives stock up in So Cal and bring us up 10-15 cases at a time. Hopefully this we wont have to do that anymore 🙂

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  10. For the person looking for the Maranatha Almond Butter: there was a recent recall due to salmonella scare. We took our jar back to the store (almost empty) and they issued a refund. We have not had any related symptoms or illnesses that we know of. And we miss it very much but have replaced it with the Kirkland’s brand.

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    1. I was at costco today and saw the posted warning as well, thank you for reading and sharing! Almond butter is not safe in our house but I know many people do buy it at Costco.

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  11. Regarding Costco Kirkland brand rice milk. I just bought a case four days ago here in New Orleans, Louisiana. However, I noticed the price tag was a dark green color and the few cases remaining did not have their own pallet. They had been stacked on top of the soy milk. It looks like it’s on the way out here in the south. I can buy Rice Dream at Walmart, so I’m not too concerned.

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    1. Thanks for sharing! I have noticed Costco stocks different product by region so your guess is probably correct. Glad you have other options!

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  12. You are welcome, hsw. I also live in Washington and the Costco in Puyallup is stocking it just fine. My other option for rice milk here in New Orleans is Whole Foods, but it tends to be pricey. Now all I need to do is convince Costco in New Orleans to stock gluten-free frozen pizza like the one in Puyallup does. 🙂

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  13. Our Costco in Victorville, CA hasn’t had any Rice Milk in for about 2 weeks now. We practically lived on that stuff. 😥

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  14. Yesterday I went to my local Costco in Las Vegas and was really disappointed to hear that the item was discontinued. Before Costco started carrying organic rice milk I had purchased it at Trader Joe’s. I went over to Trader Joe’s and bought several 2 qt. containers. The price is higher per quart than Costco, but not nearly as much as the grocery stores that stock it.

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    1. Hi Steve – do you know about any cross contamination issues with the TJ’s rice milk? I know that Rice Dream for example has shared lines and I suspect the Trader Joe’s brand is made in that facility as well but I haven’t contacted them to confirm. Thank you!

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  15. A couple of years ago one of the two Costco in my area quit carrying rice milk. Now the other Costco
    has stopped. I went to Trader Joe’s and they no longer had it. Almond, Coconut and Soy were the only options there. Rice milk has suddenly ghosted.

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    1. It is a good way to put it regarding ghosting – I have seen hemp milk and have debated trying it but rice milk has such a neutral flavor that my kids prefer it.

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  16. Kirkland Signature Organic Ricemilk. I contacted Costco today (Feb 21) to find out where the rice is grown. You will find on the Internet that India, Pakistan, and California have the least amount of arsenic. Small children can be up to their weekly allowance of arsenic after a single rice cracker depending on the origin the rice was grown.

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