BIG is an organization dedicated to helping consumers, food makers and grocers learn about the many environmental and economic benefits of bulk foods.

by swilliams on Sep 30, 2015 at 4:42 PM

National Bulk Foods Week Celebrates Five Years of Saving Shoppers
Money and Reducing Packaging Waste

Record Number of Stores expected to take part in Milestone Week October 11-17

 

Portland, Ore. – September 30, 2015 – A record number of grocery stores and natural food co-ops are expected to join the Bulk is Green Council (BIG) in celebrating five years of recognizing National Bulk Foods Week. The milestone celebration, October 11-17, is an easy way for shoppers to directly experience all the economical and environmental benefits of shopping the bulk aisles. During the week participating stores will offer special discounts on natural and organic foods in their bulk sections.

 

“National Bulk Foods Week continues to be one of the most compelling ways for both retailers and consumers to showcase their love for foods from the bulk bins,” said Brett Karminski, brand manager at Frontier Co-op, a founding BIG member. “We’ve seen so much enthusiasm for our annual celebration because it provides an excellent starting point for those new to shopping in the bulk section and all the benefits that offers.” 

 

BIG, a non-profit industry consortium, staged the first National Bulk Foods Week in October 2011 as a way to introduce the bulk aisles to shoppers who may not regularly visit them. The response that first year was tremendous, and the celebration has grown each year since. This year, BIG expects a record number of stores – more than 1,400 – to take part.

 

BIG has found that many shoppers want to enjoy more natural and organic foods, but that they have concerns about the affordability of doing so. In celebrating National Bulk Foods Week each year, BIG and its retail partners set out to demonstrate how buying natural and organic foods from the bulk bins can save shoppers money --

anywhere from 10 – 89%, according to a 2012 study. Buying in bulk also helps divert packaging waste from landfills.

 

For those who haven’t yet discovered the joys of shopping the bulk foods section, the fifth annual National Bulk Foods Week provides the perfect opportunity for shoppers to get on board with the bulk foods philosophy and experience the benefits of shopping the bulk aisles. In addition, BIG will be giving away a bulk foods starter kit through its Love Bulk Facebook page during the week.

 

The fifth annual National Bulk Foods Week will take place October 11 through October 17, 2015, at more than 1,400 stores across the country. To locate participating stores or for more information on National Bulk Foods Week, visit BulkisGreen.org. Also, follow BIG on Facebook.com/lovethebulk, for updates during the week-long celebration and how to win a bulk foods starter kit.

 

 

ABOUT BULK IS GREEN COUNCIL

An organization dedicated to increasing consumer, retailer and grocer awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of buying natural and organic foods from the bulk bins. Founded in 2008, the Council serves as a research and advocacy group, conducting and publishing studies on industry trends and offering educational tools and resources online. The board includes industry leaders Frontier Co-Op, Golden Temple and Trade Fixtures.

 

 

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by swilliams on Jul 3, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Bulk is Green Council Launches Food Retailer Recruitment for National Bulk Foods Week 2013

Third annual commemoration encourages consumers cut down on food waste

 

Portland, Ore. – June 11, 2013 – The Bulk is Green Council (BIG), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing consumer, retailer and grocer awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of buying foods from bulk bins, is once again seeking retail partners for its annual National Bulk Foods Week. This year’s week, now in it’s third year, will take place October 13-19 at grocery stores and co-ops across the country.

 

This year BIG hopes to draw particular attention to the role buying from the bulk bins can play in helping to reduce consumer food waste. A recent press release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated that roughly 30 to 40 percent of the food supply in the United States goes to waste. Further, the EPA reports more food goes into landfills nationwide than any other single material in municipal solid waste, and in 2010 alone Americans generated more than 34 million tons of food waste.

 

However, according to a recent study conducted by the Portland State University Food Industry Leadership Center (FILC), the main reason consumers shop the bulk foods aisle is for the ability to buy the exact quantity needed. As a result, consumers said bulk items were less likely than packaged items to be thrown away, which results in less food waste. National Bulk Foods Week is one way BIG encourages more consumers to be conscious of the waste they produce.


“Pre-packaged foods tend to create high amounts of food waste, and many consumers are already aware that they can cut down on that waste by buying smaller quantities in the bulk section of their grocery store,” said Todd Kluger, vice president of sales and marketing at
Lundberg Family Farms, a founding BIG member. “With our third annual National Bulk Foods Week, we are looking to partner with retailers to raise even more awareness around this important benefit.”
 

During National Bulk Foods Week the companies that comprise BIG offer special discounts on select natural and organic bulk foods to retailers that can then be passed along to consumers. Participating food retailers are also provided complimentary promotional signage and other materials to promote the benefits of foods from bulk bins and attract new bulk foods shoppers. In addition, participating stores will be entered in the running for BIG’s annual industry recognition – the 2013 Bulk Foods Retailer of the Year. In 2012, more than 800 retailers joined BIG in celebrating National Bulk Foods Week.

The benefits of buying in bulk also go beyond just cutting down food waste. The PSU FILC study found organic bulk foods on average are 89% less expensive than their organic packaged counterparts. Buying from the bulk bins also greatly reduces the amount of packaging waste that ends up in landfills.

 

BIG recently wrapped up a highly successful Love Bulk Foods for Earth Month campaign, which encouraged consumers to take a pledge to purchase bulk foods once a week during Earth Month in an effort to get them excited about the many environmental benefits offered by foods from bulk bins. In all, some 800 consumers took the digital pledge.

 

Food retailers interested in signing up to participate in National Bulk Foods Week 2013 can do so at BulkisGreen.org.

 

More information about National Bulk Foods Week, the PSU FILC bulk foods study and the benefits of buying foods from the bulk bins can also be found at www.bulkisgreen.org. 

 

ABOUT BULK IS GREEN COUNCIL

Bulk is Green Council is an organization dedicated to increasing consumer, retailer and grocer awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of buying natural and organic in bulk. Founded in 2008, the council serves as a research and advocacy group, conducting and publishing studies on industry trends and offering educational tools and resources online. The board includes industry leaders Attune Foods, Frontier Natural Products Co-Op, Lundberg Family Farms, SunRidge Farms and Trade Fixtures. Additional information is available at BulkisGreen.org.

 

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