Welcoming vegetarians, vegans, raw foodists, fruitarians and the vegcurious
Why not join a buying group, to purchase things cheaper in bulk?! You might also save on packaging (by getting larger sizes) and transportation, and find that organic, fair trade, etc. becomes more affordable.
You can search for existing groups on the Food Co-ops website, or perhaps your local Transition Town runs one. Failing that, get a group of fellow veg*ns and/or ecowarriors together, and set up your own group (don't forget to add it to the Food Co-ops finder database).
I use Suma Wholesale for my Transition group. A £250 ex. VAT spend gets you free delivery to most parts of the UK, everything they sell is vegetarian and the site's also handy for checking what's vegan. Contact me for a guest password to see Suma's wholesale prices.
Feel free to link-up with others via this discussion, by replying below. For example, James is interested in setting up a group in London N8.
Thanks for setting this group up Richard.
I'm hoping to join or start a food buying group based in Crouch End, N8, London.
Is anybody else interested in starting one? Or know of an existing one that orders from Suma in N8?
Get Organic Fruit and Veg cheaper than supermarkets, fresher and better quality. You can taste subtle flavours in the fruit and know nature is a genius chef.
Serving the kingston area currently, but willing to expand into areas with sufficient demand.
Suma allows you to split up most packs by specifying the quantity as a fraction.
For example, one item from a pack of ten would be 0.1, six from a dozen 0.5, three from a dozen 0.25, etc. Please note that the fractions (and thus prices) will be rounded up to two decimal places, so always try to order appropriately so you don't pay more (i.e. don't try one of twelve, stick to three of twelve!).
A quick way of checking the fraction is to use the following calculation: quantity required ÷ pack size = fraction
Hi, as Becca asked me about the latest Suma guest password (she's keen to start a buying group in the GU16 area), I thought I'd post the details on here...
To see Suma's wholesale prices, log in using the 'Account Number' An0n (that's a zero, not an O) and the guest 'Password' ab5813 (valid 'til 29th July). Please don't try to order anything, or change the password, as it'll screw up their system!
Thanks Richard, I've just had a look at the site and I'm very impressed. I've emailed Suma to ask about joining, and am looking forward to putting in my first order once I've got a few friends organised. If anyone is local to me and wants to join us, please let me know.
No problem Becca, the page about creating a Suma account is here, if you hadn't spotted it already. If you mention that you're starting a food group, then I'm sure you'll not have any problems getting an account.
Let me know once things are up and running, I can help advertise it for you amongst my contacts. And you can then add it to the Food Co-ops finder (nothing listed in your area so far).
Here are the details on adding it to the finder's database (I've added that link to the intro above too, as we need more groups on there).
The Vegan Society has a list of UK wholesalers.
Scoop is a project to get more students buying locally sourced products.