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Any interest in a local wholefoods coop/buying club?
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Post: #1
25-09-2012 05:49 PM


I've been looking around for a coop/buying club to join locally to get together with others and bulk buy wholefood items. The closest I have found is based over in Brixton, so not exactly local to SE23.

What do I mean by wholefoods? Well, not fresh produce. There is already a coop selling fresh produce in New Cross Gate and numerous veg bag and box schemes (one in Herne Hill for example is close enough to the area.) I'm talking about dried goods and store cupboard items - dried fruits, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices, grains, cereals, flours, pasta, rice, noodles, oils, condiments, sugars and syrups etc.

With enough numbers and a bit of planning and organisation, I think it would be possible to bulk buy items as a group and negotiate a discount with a supplier.

The idea would be to get together, say once every two months to decide on our order, arrange payment to the supplier and arrange a collection date for each person to then collect their items from a designated place.

If anyone else would be interested in getting involved as part of a new buying club, please do let me know and also what type of wholefoods you would be keen to buy.

If there are enough people, I'll happily make some plans to get us all together and get in touch with prospective suppliers etc and we could go from there.

Thanks and best wishes,

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Post: #2
25-09-2012 09:00 PM

Hi Kim. I am part of a coop that has been running for quite a few years. We usually meet every couple of months. If you want details either to set up your own group or join ours, PM me.

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26-09-2012 11:06 PM

I would definitely be interested! As long as there are enough people to share the bulk order. I also regularly do a wholesale order for essential oils and toiletries which people might also want to "join in" on.

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29-09-2012 09:29 AM

im a member of a food co-op, but its based on hackney and is more hassle than its worth (travel)....PM coming Sesame!

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Post: #5
07-10-2012 04:48 PM

Hello Kim, if you are setting up a new group please count me in. I may be able to help in that I know someone who has helped start up food co-ops before, and can guide us towards using software that makes the whole process simpler.

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