Love buying in bulk? We have you covered. Our expanded organic bulk section at Dean's in Ocean now features a wide variety of items, including dried beans, whole grains, oats, raw nuts and seeds, dried fruit, fresh-ground nut butters, coffee, candy, snacks, and much more! Why buy from the bulk section, you ask? 1. Buy only what you want or need. Buying from the bulk section lets you buy the amount you want by weight rather than be limited to packages of foods that may contain too little or too much for your needs, making it a great way to try new things. 2. Save money. According to research results from Portland State University’s Food Industry Leadership Center, you can save as much as 89% by buying organic bulk foods as opposed to their packaged counterparts. Plus, when you only buy what you need, you reduce food waste, which also saves dollars. 3. Help the environment. According to bulkisgreen.org, bulk foods require less overall transportation to deliver to consumers. For starters: they don't require the packaging components that must be produced and transported prior to being filled. Plus, the transportation of bulk product to retailers is more efficient because it can be packed more densely on a truck. What else should I know about buying in bulk? 1. Save time at check-out by writing the item's PLU number on the twist tie. Each of our bulk food bins have a PLU (Price Look-Up code) number. By writing this number visibly on the bag, label, or twist-tie, you'll make it easier for the cashier to identify and key in the item--thus saving you time at check-out. For your own reference, it also helps to include the item's name. If you're buying multiple items that look similar, things can get confusing once you get home if they aren't labeled! 2. Once home, transfer your foods to easy-to-access containers for storage. One great way to organize and visualize your bulk items once you get home is to save and re-use clear containers of non-bulk food, like glass pasta sauce jars. Label and date the containers so, at a glance, you'll know exactly what's in that jar and how long it's been in your pantry. 3. Learn the best way to store bulk foods for maximum quality and freshness. If you keep your foods on open pantry shelves that get lots of exposure to light, avoid using see-through containers. Light can damage the flavor and nutrient value of nuts and seeds, and most seeds (such as pumpkin, sunflower, and flax) and nuts (walnuts and pine nuts in particular) keep longer in the refrigerator or freezer. Brown rice will be good for about six months at room temperature and white rice lasts for a few months longer. Still have questions? StillTasy.com is a great resource for all your storage and shelf life needs. Ready to jump on the bulk bandwagon? Good news! You can find bulk bins in all Dean's locations.