Costco ( has quietly stopped selling the $ 20 half-leaf cakes in its US stores in the past month, instead directing people to its 10-inch round cakes and other assortments of pastries. )
“To help limit personal contact and create more space for social distancing, Costco has cut service in some departments,” the company told indignant customers on its Facebook account.
Costco has confirmed to CNN Business that it no longer sells half-leaf cakes and has “no immediate plans” to return them. A spokesperson added that his 10-inch round cakes “seem to resonate with our members.”
The decision also coincides with a recommendation by several US states and health agencies to avoid or ban large rallies in light of Covid-19. The half-leaf cakes feed about 50 people, while his 10-inch round cake serves about a dozen.
Despite an increasing number of cases of coronavirus, a Costco official had previously told CNN Business that he “is trying to return to normal, because regions of the country are trying to do the same.”
The chain has started bringing free food samples to a handful of stores and plans to deploy them to other locations in the coming weeks. Costco is also easing restrictions on the number of people that members are allowed to take with them when shopping.