Thursday, June 18, 2009

Prepare: Costco THRIVE Long Term Storage Foods

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Family Emergency Food Kit at Costco which many readers did not know was available. I recently came across something even more interesting from Costco's website.

Costco now carries on their online store and perhaps in some retail stores, long term storage foods in bulk. These products are comparable to what Mountain House produces and what is sold by well known and respected outfits like Emergency Essentials and Nitro-Pak.

The brand name at Costco must be a store brand, THRIVE. It looks like many of the products we have heard or tried before. Here are the units and prices:

Shelf Reliance Thrive 6-month, 4 person food supply
Price - $1999.99 shipping and handling included.

Compare this to Nitro-Pak, 6-month food supply for ONE
Price - 1699.99

and Emergency Essentials, Premium One Year supply for ONE
Price - 1549.95

The pricing is better than these established companies for the most comparable products. Note that the Nitro-Pak products contain greater variety and often contain other accessories like water equipment not available from other suppliers.

Here's what is in the Costco THRIVE six-month food supply:


6 Cans of Instant White Rice (48 servings per can)
18 Cans of Hard White Winter Wheat (44 servings per can)
1 Wheat Grinder
6 Cans of Spaghetti (32 servings per can)


12 Cans of Potato Chunks (42 servings per can)
6 Cans of Freeze-Dried Sweet Corn (54 servings per can)
6 Cans of Freeze-Dried Peas (41 servings per can)
6 Cans of Freeze-Dried Onions (50 servings per can)
3 Cans of Freeze-Dried Cauliflower (43 servings per can)
3 Cans of Freeze-Dried Broccoli (47 servings per can)


6 Cans of Organic Apple Slices (17 servings per can)
6 Cans of Freeze-Dried Strawberries (43 servings per can)
3 Cans of Freeze-Dried Blueberries (50 servings per can)
3 Cans of Freeze-Dried Raspberries (48 servings per can)


6 Cans of Instant Milk (65 servings per can)
6 Cans of Chocolate Drink Mix (65 servings per can)
6 Cans of Cheese Blend (36 servings per can)


The taste and texture of TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) is consistent with real meat, making it a great addition to vegetarian diets
12 Cans of Bacon TVP (54 servings per can)
6 Cans of Beef TVP (44 servings per can)
6 Cans of Chicken TVP (45 servings per can)
6 Cans of Pinto Beans (49 servings per can)
6 Cans of Lentils (52 servings per can)
6 Cans of Taco TVP (42 servings per can)
* 12 Cans of Whole Eggs (236 servings per can)

That is a lot of food and it includes a grain grinder (looks to be an upright, counter lock, plastic grinder of unknown manufacture).

There are smaller food blocks available as well with very reasonable prices.

Protein and Wheat pack, 273 servings, 6 #10 cans - 54.99
Vegetable Variety Pack, 277 servings, 6 #10 cans - 89.99
Starter Pack, 477 servings, 6 #10 cans - 84.99
Freeze Dried Fruit pack, 185 servings, - 129.99

All include shipping and handling.

Freeze-dried products have up to 20 year shelf life if unopened
Dehydrated products have up to 10 year shelf life if unopened

Here is my opinion:

Costco has many retail outlets, is a recognized and trusted name with millions of club members.
Club members and shoppers have demanded this type of product (that should be a sign to all).
The prices are very affordable.
I have not tried any of these yet, and there are no reviews, but if they are available in one of my nearby retail outlets, I know I am going to try them.
Finally, a cost affective way to get Long Term Storage foods, with shipping and handling included, and they look pretty good.

Also take a look at Nitro Pak long term storage foods - Ultimate Family Preparedness Pak


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Bridget said...

Thrive is actually the brand name of a company call Shelf Reliance and I dont believe they are owned by COSTCO. They have their own web site and I have ordered their products as I build my own food reserve. The great thing about shelf reliance is the tools they have. Not only do they have videos to illustrate recipes that can be made from their products, they also have a tool that allows you to calculate the food needs for your family for varrious periods of time. In addition they offer a credit plan. My first order of 6 cases arrived in 5 days and came with a booklet that helped me calculate where I fell short in nutrition and recommedations for what to plan for next. You can order by case or can or mylar pouch or 5 gallon bucket and can individualize your order. If you do not like chocolate milk you can substitute something else. And they always have sales. I have researched all the companies offering freeze dried emergency foods and this one, shelf reliance, and mountain house/nitro pak have the best quality and prices.

~~~~~Carol Rohrer~~~~~~~~~~ Shelf Reliance Consultant said...

You can get even better deals from Shelf Reliance independent consultants like me :)
Thanks, Carol

Edward Thirlwall said...

Wow, I can say that, that is some massive comparison you did there with shelf-reliance and nitro-pak on their long term storage foods prices. I personally have not tried any form of storage food because I don't really see a need for them (yet) in my household. However, I think it is of no harm to try them out should I happen to be at any one of those stores. I think they are good for future emergencies. You never know when an unforeseen circumstance might just hit you or your family. I think I might standby smaller packs of storage foods just for trial and have the entire family go on a storage food diet to get everyone mentally prepared should a pandemic hit us in the future and we are left stranded at home for a few months. Thanks for sharing.

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