Costco rolls out doomsday food survival kits for up to $6,000

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Costco selling $6,000 doomsday food kits

FBN’s Nicole Petallides discusses Costco’s plan to sell food kits, which cost between $1,000 and $6,000, for those who are concerned about an impending apocalypse.

Costco wants its customers to be ready for anything—even doomsday-type scenarios.

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The wholesaler has rolled out three emergency food kits on its website, ranging from $1,000 up to $6,000, all of which are designed to feed up to a family of four for a year.

The kits are advertised on the retailer’s website for people who want to the “comfort in knowing” that they have the essential foods for their family in case of an emergency or natural disaster.

The most expensive option is the Nutristore 1-Year Premium Food Kit for $5,999.99, which has a total of 36,000 servings with up to 25 years of shelf life.

Costco said the food is shipped “discreetly” in 600 cans for privacy. The list of food items include instant rotini pasta, freeze-dried corn and chicken bouillon. Each day’s worth of food is based on a 2,000-calories per day diet and is able to sustain four people for a year.

The cheapest kit, which sells for $999.99, is designed to feed one person for a year at 1,200 calories per day. Nutristore also has a mid-range version that sells for $3,799.99. It can also feed a family of four.

The retailer first offered food emergency kits over six years ago. One reviewer, who purchased its first version called Thrive for $3,999,99, three years ago said her family used their tax return to purchase it.

“The food shipped two days after I placed the order and arrived three days after that. Very impressive. All 63 boxes fit nicely under the 15 stairs going to the basement. Make sure you note which boxes contain items with a shorter shelf life so you can keep them more accessible,” the reviewer wrote.

While a spokesperson for Costco did respond to FOX Business’ request for additional information on the kits or give any details surrounding the popularity of the items, a representative did tell the Free Press that, "The idea came about making a great starter kit for a family who wanted to prepare for any kind of disaster. This is a great value with shipping included."