The cheapest way to buy organic wholefoods in Ireland is through a bulk buying club – the simplest and most informal type of food co-op.
As well as its resources for setting up a group from scratch, this site has a noticeboard, below, for established bulk buying clubs that are open to new members and for key contacts who can offer support to new start-ups in their areas.
Cork City area – Bia Co-op is a bulk buying club operating monthly orders with Independent Irish Health Foods. It has been running since 1994 and deliveries are on the first Friday of every month. Contact form.
Dublin 1 – Small-scale organic wholefood co-op that has operated on Dublin’s Northside since 2012. It bulk buys from co-operative wholesalers in Britain plus Irish suppliers and receives deliveries on the last Thursday of the month. All members undertake regular volunteering. Detailed information (FAQ) / Contact form.
Glenageary – potential weekday morning pick-up option for orders with Carraig Dulra. See County Wicklow – Glenealy for more information on this bulk buying club.
Charlestown area – Small buying club made up of five local households. Unable to take additional members but happy to offer support and advice a new start-up in a nearby area. Contact form.
Cloughjordan wholefood buyers’ club – active group in Ireland’s first eco-village running alongside other complementary food intiatives, including a community supported agriculture (CSA) project for fresh organic produce. [Contact form].
Wexford / Enniscorthy / Gorey / New Ross – experienced buying club co-ordinator happy to offer support and advice on starting a new group. Contact form.
Bray – Common Ground is a community-based project in North Wicklow that operates a monthly wholefood order for members, sourcing products from the Independent Irish Health Foods (IIHF) catalogue. More information / Contact details.
Glenealy – Carraig Dulra operates a box scheme and bulk buying club as part of its wider social enterprise project, continuing on from a group that began in 2003. Option to pick up orders in either Glenealy or Glenageary, Co. Dublin. Contact details.
Note: By using a contact form link for a group listed on this page your email will be sent directly to their nominated email address for a response. Your data will not be stored as part of this website.
If you would like to take up a free listing on this page, simply contact us with more information. Even if you’re in a group that’s not actively recruiting, we’d still love to hear from you, especially if you’re interested in networking with other groups.