Back in March, grocery stores had done away with in-store samples. Due to their open-container nature, those fun little bites of food that make us feel like we're getting a free grocery bonus had been deemed too unsafe to hand out during a pandemic.

Now, food samples are slowly making their way back into some Costco locations, but with a very different look. While before, the food would be cooked or otherwise prepared on site and pre-portioned for customers to try, the food sampling stations are now turned into food displays outfitted with plexiglass barriers. And there's no more eating on site. 

Known as a dry demo, this type of promotional effort will show shoppers what the final product looks like, and give away free packaged dry goods to take home and try for themselves.

Instagram user @costcoguy4u posted an image of this new setup at a Costco location, where you can see a dry demo in action. A plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce is enclosed in a plexiglass display, reminiscent of a museum exhibit, while dry packs of said pasta and jarred sauce are stacked up in front of it.

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