The Basics of Buying in Bulk
It’s cheaper, it’s fresher and it often offers the best variety in pantry staples: shopping in the bulk food aisles is becoming increasingly popular. Bulk foods also require less packaging so they have a pleasingly green aspect, too.
Don’t confuse purchasing bulk foods with buying in bulk from a large big box store. When you purchase bulk foods, you can buy as little or as much as you need. When you buy something in bulk from a large big box store, you often get way more than you need with a ton of extra packaging.
Saving Money — Buying natural and organic foods in the bulk section of the grocery store offers an average savings of 30% and 50% versus packaged food.
Helping the Environment — Eliminating packaging reduces carbon footprints. Buying in bulk mitigates the amount of garbage that ends up in landfills and streamlines the transportation needed to deliver goods to market, helping to reduce CO2 emissions.
Reducing Food Waste — Buying in bulk allows shoppers to make smarter decisions, by purchasing the exact amount of foods they need, as opposed to purchasing consumer packaged goods with a pre-determined amount that may not get used before its expiration date.
Buy What You Need — Buying in bulk offers a broad selection of natural and organic products that can be purchased in the exact quantity desired. If shoppers need a large quantity of nuts for a holiday party or just a pinch of curry powder for a new recipe — bulk foods provide both options.