US: Costco to introduce own craft beer label - report

By | 5 February 2008

Costco has announced plans to sell it own brand of craft beers across the US, according to reports.

Seattle Times said yesterday (4 February) that the Issaquah company has received federal permission to begin selling beers bearing the Kirkland Signature logo. The paper added that The Treasury Department's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has approved label applications for amber ale, pale ale and hefeweizen made in partnership with Gordon Biersch Brewing.

CostCo chief executive Jim Sinegal was cited as saying that Costco was "months away" from introducing the new brews.

Sinegal added: "To begin the process, we have to seek permission to sell the product. We've done that, and now we need to develop it."

Costco is reportedly still negotiating with Gordon Biersch, and prices have not yet been defined.

No one was available to comment at CostCo when contacted by just-drinks today.

Sectors: Beer & cider

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