World news – US – Costco reportedly removes Palmetto Cheese after owner Brian Henry calls Black Lives Matter a ‘terror organization’

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Palmetto Cheese reportedly will no longer be a featured item on Costco’s store shelves after the founder of the brand, Brian Henry who is also mayor of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, referred to Black Lives Matter as a “terror organization » in a now deleted Facebook post.

“2 innocent people murdered. Not 2 thugs or people wanted on multiple warrants. 2 white people defenselessly gunned down by a black man,” Henry wrote in the Facebook post, according to USA Today. “So why do we stand by and allow BLM to lawlessly destroy great American cities and threaten their citizens on a daily basis … This BLM and Antifa movement must be treated like the terror organizations they are.”

Protesters took screenshots of Henry’s post and mobilized the call to action—#BoycottPalmetto. Though Henry did not respond to USA Today’s request for comment, he told The Post and Courier a.k.a. Georgetown Times that it’s normal for Costco to rotate in and out products.

“Costco rotates items in and out during the course of the year. They will occasionally add and drop products as a matter of normal business,” Henry explained to The Post and Courier. “We remain optimistic that Palmetto Cheese will be back on the shelves in the not too distant future.”

Palmetto Cheese is one of the many products that has begun a rebranding process during Black Lives Matter organizing and protesting, following the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. The product featured Vertrella Brown, a Black cook.

« The lady’s name is Vertrella Brown. Vertrella was raised in the Lowcountry of South Carolina in Pawleys Island. She was a cook for over 40 years and specialized in Gullah and Low Country Cuisine, characterized by the use of seafood, rice, barbecue, southern-style vegetable, and casseroles.

The recipe for Palmetto Cheese was created by Sassy Henry in the 1990′s. Vertrella Brown began producing batches of Sassy’s recipe in 2003 for delighted guests at Sea View Inn. Between 2003 and 2006, guests continued to enjoy this recipe during weekly low country boils on Wednesday nights.

Vertrella made thousands of guests, families, and friends happy with her unique blend of soulful Lowcountry food. And her image personifies the soulful flavor that is embodied in Sassy’s unique, southern recipe of pimento cheese. And this is why we refer to it as “The Pimento Cheese with Soul”. Vertrella not only cooked for a living at Sea View Inn, it was her passion. And she was much more than a head cook, Vertrella was a dear personal friend of the Henry Family.

Vertrella passed away in April 2020 and will be missed by her family, the Sea View Inn staff, and the Pawleys Island community. »

Pimento Cheese’s website, say Palmetto Cheese is the company’s top-selling product, and is sold in more than “9,100 grocery stores in 44 states.” Though, according to The Post and Courier, Costco has removed Palmetto Cheese from 120 of its stores nationwide.

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