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Getting familiar with the bulk aisle

Buying in bulk

Bulk aisle - Willy West

Buying in bulk saves money and reduces waste. There is a significant amount of savings in the package alone, or lack of (cardboard boxes and plastic bags add a good chunk of cost to a product), as well as savings through volume. When we buy in volume the item cost is less, which gets applied directly to you.

Foregoing prepackaged items when there is a bulk equivalent is also easier on the environment. Less packaging equals less waste and that means less stress on our environment and a smaller carbon footprint. Many of the prepackaged items on our shelves are the same items we sell in the bulk aisle.

Getting the tare

We supply plastic and paper bags (free), various sizes of plastic containers (20¢ a piece), and canning-style jars (priced as marked). We have the tare weights (tare = the weight of the container when empty—to be subtracted at weighing) for containers that we sell in our computer system already. If you do use a container of your own, and we love it when you do, don’t forget to weigh it before you fill it. There is a scale right above the sink in the bulk aisle, or every cash register has a scale—just ask a cashier for assistance.

Labeling your Containers

Using the bulk system couldn’t be easier. Simply fill a container, record the PLU number of the particular product, and then take it to your cashier. He or she will then place the container on the scale, type the code into the computer, subtract the weight of the container, and voila! You are charged only for the actual product you are buying, not the container, not the packaging, nothing else.

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Current sales

Owner Rewards
Sale ends: Sunday, April 27th

Nature’s Bakery
Granola Cashew Raisin
Organic Ingredients
per pound
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Everyday Sale Price
Sale ends: Sunday, April 27th

Lundberg
Rice White Basmati
Certified Organic
per pound $2.99 $2.19

Co-op Deals
Sale ends: Tuesday, April 29th

Mt. High Organics
Lentils Green
Certified Organic
per pound $1.79 $1.69
Kickapoo Coffee
Kickapoo Coffee Sale per pound $12.29 $9.99
Equal Exchange
Nuts Cashews Whole Raw Organic
Certified Organic
per pound $11.79 $9.99
Equal Exchange
Cashews Roasted & Salted Organic Fair Trade
Certified Organic
per pound $13.29 $11.49
Breadshop
Granola Honey Gone Nuts
Organic Ingredients
per pound $4.79 $3.39
SunSpire
Nuts Peanut Chocolate Covered Sundrops per pound $11.19 $7.99
Willy Street Co-op
Dates Deglet Noor Pitted
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $5.29 $4.69
Willy Street Co-op
Medjool Dates
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $7.29 $6.39
Wholesome Sweeteners
Coconut Palm Sugar
Certified Organic
16 ounces $5.99 $4.19
Breadshop
Granola Raspberry ‘n Creme per pound $4.79 $3.39
Equal Exchange
Equal Exchange Coffee Sale
Organically Grown
per pound $10.49 $8.99
Just Coffee
Just Coffee Sale
Certified Organic
per pound $11.79 $10.29
Willy Street Co-op
Apricots Turkish
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $3.79 $3.39

Co-op Deals
Sale ends: Sunday, April 27th

Great River Milling Co.
Flour Teff Organic
Certified Organic
per pound $3.99 $3.99
Tierra Farm
Nuts Cashews Whole Roasted and Salted
Certified Organic
per pound $13.29 $13.29
Tierra Farm
Nuts Pecans Raw
Certified Organic
per pound $19.29 $19.29
Tierra Farm
Ginger Medallions Crystallized
Certified Organic
per pound $9.49 $9.49
Tierra Farm
Nuts Cashews Pieces Roasted and Salted
Certified Organic
per pound $10.79 $10.79
Tierra Farm
Nuts Mixed No Salt Peanut Free
Certified Organic
per pound $14.19 $14.19
Tierra Farm
Nuts Mixed Roasted Salted
Certified Organic
per pound $14.49 $14.49
Tierra Farm
Nuts Cashews Cajun Roasted
Certified Organic
per pound $13.29 $13.29
Tierra Farm
Seeds Pumpkin Tamari
Certified Organic
per pound $6.99 $6.99
Tierra Farm
Nuts Brazil
Certified Organic
per pound $11.79 $11.79
Tierra Farm
Nuts Cashews Curry Roasted
Certified Organic
per pound $13.29 $13.29
Tierra Farm
Nuts Cashews Whole Raw Organic
Certified Organic
per pound $14.79 $14.79
Tierra Farm
Nuts Cashews Cranberry Chocolate Mix
Certified Organic
per pound $10.99 $10.99
Tipiak
Couscous
Certified Organic
per pound $2.49 $2.49
Bulk Grains
Millet Hulled
Certified Organic
per pound $1.79 $1.79
North Bay
Rice Wild Manitoba
Certified Organic
per pound $10.49 $10.49
Mountain High Organics
Beans Black Turtle
Certified Organic
per pound $1.79 $1.79
Mountan High Organics
Beans Garbanzo
Certified Organic
per pound $2.29 $2.29
Lentils Brown
Certified Organic
per pound $1.79 $1.79
Lentils French Green
Certified Organic
per pound $1.99 $1.99
Mountain High Organics
Beans Pinto
Certified Organic
per pound $1.99 $1.99
Tierra Farm
Nuts Hazelnuts Shelled
Certified Organic
per pound $10.99 $10.99
Guisto
Polenta (Corn Grits)
Certified Organic
per pound $1.79 $1.79
Tierra Farm
Nuts Cashews Agave Ginger Roasted
Certified Organic
per pound $13.79 $13.79
Sunnyland Mills
Bulgur Coarse Ground
Certified Organic
per pound $1.99 $1.99
Lotus Foods
White Jasmine Rice 100% Organic
Certified Organic
per pound $2.49 $2.49
Lotus Foods
Brown Jasmine Rice 100% Organic
Certified Organic
per pound $2.49 $2.49
Tierra Farm
Nuts Cashews Roasted No Salt
Certified Organic
per pound $12.49 $12.49
Willy Street Co-op
Raisins Organic Sultana Golden
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $4.49 $4.49
Multiple Organics
Quinoa Red
Certified Organic
per pound $5.79 $5.79
Lundberg
Rice Sushi
Certified Organic
per pound $2.49 $2.49
Lundberg
Rice Arborio White
Certified Organic
per pound $3.99 $3.99
Lundberg
Rice Brown Long Grain
Certified Organic
per pound $2.19 $2.19
Lundberg
Rice Brown Short Grain
Certified Organic
per pound $1.99 $1.99
Lundberg
Rice Brown Basmati
Certified Organic
per pound $2.79 $2.79
Willy Street Co-op
Almonds Tamari
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $14.79 $14.79
Nuts Peanuts Dry Roasted No Salt
Certified Organic
per pound $4.79 $4.79
Grain Place Foods
Popcorn White
Certified Organic
per pound $1.99 $1.99
Alter Eco
Quinoa
Certified Organic
per pound $7.99 $7.99
Grain Place Foods
Popcorn Yellow
Certified Organic
per pound $1.99 $1.99
Willy Street Co-op
Lentils Red Split
Certified Organic
per pound $1.99 $1.99
Tierra Farm
Nuts Pistachios Roasted and Salted w/ Shell
Certified Organic
per pound $13.99 $13.99
Natures Path
Granola Hemp Plus
Certified Organic
per pound $4.79 $4.79
Giusto’s
Flour Unbleached All Purpose 11% Protein
Certified Organic
per pound $1.49 $1.49
Tierra Farm
Chocolate Covered Flame Raisins
Certified Organic
per pound $9.99 $9.99
Tierra Farms
Chocolate Chips Dark
Certified Organic
per pound $6.99 $6.99
Wholesome Sweeteners
Sugar Cane
Certified Organic
per pound $2.29 $2.29
Spring Valley
Maple Syrup Grade A
Certified Organic
per pound $10.49 $10.49
Tierra Farm
Nuts Almonds Chocolate Covered
Certified Organic
per pound $14.99 $14.99
Spectrum
Oil Olive Extra Virgin Organic
Certified Organic
per pound $9.19 $9.19
Seeds Flax Whole
Certified Organic
per pound $1.79 $1.79
Almond Butter Roasted No Salt
Certified Organic
per pound $11.79 $11.79
Peanut Butter No Salt
Certified Organic
per pound $4.79 $4.79
Tierra Farm
Seeds Pumpkin Raw Organic
Certified Organic
per pound $5.99 $5.99
Oat Bran
Certified Organic
per pound $1.79 $1.79
Heartland Mill
Oats Steel Cut
Certified Organic
per pound $1.49 $1.49
Grain Millers
Oats Quick
Certified Organic
per pound $1.29 $1.29
Grain Millers
Oats Rolled
Certified Organic
per pound $1.29 $1.29
Heartland Mill
Oats Thick Rolled
Certified Organic
per pound $1.29 $1.29
Wholesome Sweeteners
Sucanat Evaporated Cane Juice
Certified Organic
per pound $3.19 $3.19
Florida Crystals
Sugar Powdered
Certified Organic
per pound $1.99 $1.99
Tierra Farm
Goji Berries Organic
Certified Organic
per pound $24.19 $24.19
Arrowhead Mills
Flour Brown Rice
Certified Organic
per pound $2.49 $2.49
Great River Milling Co.
Corn Meal Yellow
Certified Organic
per pound $1.49 $1.49
Lonesome Stone Milling
Flour Whole Wheat Pastry Organic
Certified Organic
per pound $0.99 $0.99
Great River Milling Co.
Flour Spelt
Certified Organic
per pound $2.29 $2.29
Lonesome Stone Milling
Flour Rye Organic (EAST)
Certified Organic
per pound $1.49 $1.49
Manitoba Harvest
Seeds Hemp Shelled Organic
Certified Organic
per pound $14.49 $14.49
Organic Raw Cocoa Goji Chunks of Energy
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $7.79 $7.79
Willy Street Co-op
Coconut Chips
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $5.79 $5.79
Willy Street Co-op
Tomatoes Sun Dried
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $13.99 $13.99
Willy Street Co-op
Apple Rings
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $12.29 $12.29
Willy Street Co-op
Date Coconut Rolls
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $5.19 $5.19
Willy Street Co-op
Figs Black Mission
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $5.49 $5.49
Willy Street Co-op
Figs White Smyrna Turkish
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $5.49 $5.49
Willy Street Co-op
Mango Sliced
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $10.49 $10.49
Willy Street Co-op
Prunes Pitted
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $5.79 $5.79
Willy Street Co-op
Raisins Thompson
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $2.79 $2.79
Willy Street Co-op
Almonds Raw
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $13.29 $13.29
Willy Street Co-op
Almonds Whole Roasted Unsalted
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $13.79 $13.79
East Wind
Tahini Roasted
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $6.49 $6.49
Heartland Mill
Wheat Bran Red
Certified Organic
per pound $0.99 $0.99
Heartland Mill
Flour Unbleached White
Certified Organic
per pound $1.49 $1.49
Willy Street Co-op
Cranberries Dried Fruit Juice Sweetened
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $10.79 $10.79
Lonesome Stone Milling
Flour All Purpose Whole Wheat Organic
Certified Organic
per pound $0.99 $0.99
Willy Street Co-op
Macadamia Nuts Raw
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $20.79 $20.79
Willy Street Co-op
Coconut Shaved
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $5.49 $5.49
Willy Street Co-op
Walnuts Raw
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $16.79 $16.79
Willy Street Co-op
Pine Nuts Raw
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $27.99 $27.99
Willy Street Co-op
Pineapple Rings
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $12.29 $12.29
Tierra Farm
Seeds Raw Sunflower
Certified Organic
per pound $3.99 $3.99
Willy Street Co-op
Raisins Flame
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $3.99 $3.99
Willy Street Co-op
Pistachio Meats Raw
Certified Organic
per weight, weighed $24.49 $24.49
Wholesome Sweeteners
Molasses Blackstrap Organic Fair Trade
Certified Organic
per pound $2.79 $2.79
Lonesome Stone Milling
Flour Artisan Whole Wheat Bread
Certified Organic
per pound $1.29 $1.29

Allergens in the bulk aisle

Willy Street Co-op staff takes pride in using high quality products and safe food-handling procedures. However, only packaged products with allergen-free claims should be considered safe for those who have extreme food-related allergies. Our re-packaged bulk items ("Willy-Packed" dried fruits, snacks, and other foods) are packed in our Kitchen, where common allergens (nuts, soy, wheat, dairy, eggs) are used daily. Our Bulk aisle also features some products that contain allergens, and airborne transfer of allergens could occur.
 For more information please ask our staff or see allergen statement.