Shoppers at a Costco Wholesale Club store in Manassas, Virginia on October 16, 2012. Costco Wholesale Corporation is the seventh largest retailer in the world. As of July 2012, it was the fifth largest retailer in the United States, and the largest membership warehouse club chain in the United States. As of October 2007, Costco is the largest retailer of wine in the world. Costco announced on October 16 the opening of its first store in Paris and continetal Europe for 2015.   AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo by KAREN BLEIER / AFP) (Photo by KAREN BLEIER/AFP via Getty Images)
Why Costco Shoppers Have Issues With Its Honeycrisp Apples
By C.A. Pinkham
The prices are fabulous at Costco, but some items, like their Honeycrisp apples, are worth skipping when shopping at the grocery warehouse.
Shoppers have pointed out some issues: the colors aren't right, they're too soft, and they're not as sweet as they're supposed to be. Some think they aren't Honeycrisp apples.
Contrary to what some shoppers think, Costco is not replacing Honeycrisp apples with Red Delicious and claiming they're the same. The issue possibly lies in Costco's supplier.
Honeycrisps are designed for colder climates, so their quality is affected when farmers try to grow them in warmer climates for which they weren't designed.
Honeycrisps get red at peak ripeness, but certain cultivators could have messed with their genetics to turn red faster, making them look ready for store shelves before they are.
This impacts their taste, as they aren't as ripe as they should be. While it's not directly Costco's fault, it's safe to say customers will buy Honeycrisps elsewhere.