Zero waste came to the fore in 2018, with more and more options to buy loose wholefoods by weight. In many instances, though, these were only well-suited to people wanting relatively small amounts of the available products. For those wanting bigger quantities – such as organic flour for home-baking – the cost per kilo of this approach has been its biggest draw-back. It’s just plain expensive! The real savings with bulk purchasing come from buying ‘wholesale’, rather than retail – an option that’s generally off-limits for ordinary households. However, two food co-ops in the city are addressing this issue in different ways.
Kilmainham-based Dublin Food Co-op has been piloting a click-and-collect service for bulk items, currently in beta-testing while it seeks to establish suitable storage for a long-term operation. It is due for launch in December 2019.
Meanwhile, in the North Inner City, Pop-Up Wholefoods offers a wide range of organic options to its members in quantities usually from 2.5kg packs through to 25kg sacks. For added flexibility at the pre-order stage, two or more members can combine to share a pack, making good savings available on smaller quantities.
So, if you’re searching for low prices on bulk organic wholefoods in Dublin, check out your local food co-op!
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This site aims to encourage and support the setting up of further bulk buying clubs and small food co-ops in Ireland by sharing the experience of individuals who have operated a ‘pop-up wholefoods’ model over a number of years.