Visit the bulk department to stock up on staples and find new favorites, all while reducing packaging waste and saving money.
When shopping bulk, you can buy fresh and take home only the quantity you need. We strive to source the highest quality products and offer them at fair prices, with organic and local sources as a priority. Here you can find grains, beans, rice, medicinal herbs, spices, teas, coffees, cooking liquids, raw honey, and nut butters.
Frequently Asked Questions about Bulk Items
The quality of bulk foods is the same and often greater than that of their packaged counterparts. Bulk and packaged products (say granola or rice, for example) often come from the same source. However, with packaged products, consumers pay a premium for the brand name, advertising, special packaging, etc. Bulk foods rely on their quality, price, taste and overall value for sales.
The bags and packages provided for bulk foods are usually fit to the size of the purchase and made of low-grade, recycled paper or plastic. This means that less packaging waste ends up in the landfill and fewer resources are consumed during packaging and shipping process, since more large bulk bags can fit on a pallet when shipped from the producer to the retailer.
With bulk foods, only the amount needed is purchased. Consumers decide the portion, so they’re not forced to purchase a large amount of unneeded product that goes to waste. Bulk items are also less likely to be thrown away than packaged items, which results in less wasted food.
Bulk foods mostly come in gravity-fed bulk food dispensing systems that automatically rotate product to ensure fresh food is constantly available. What you see is what you get, so consumers can quickly tell the quality and freshness of the product.
When buying bulk foods, shoppers are paying for the product and nothing more (no extra fancy packaging, production, and distribution costs for said package) saving an average of 89 percent over packaged goods. The trend in packaged foods is to reduce the amount of food in the package without reducing the price and to charge premiums for overhead costs, meaning consumers end up paying for more than they get.
We encourage shoppers to bring their own clean containers to fill. Just be sure to weigh the empty container before you fill, note its weight along with the product’s PLU, and the cashier will take care of the rest!