A greater awareness by consumers of the need to reduce packaging has been a boon for Bulk Bin Orewa, which has moved to Bakehouse Lane.
Owners Hemant and Swadesh Kumar say that whether a customer is buying in large quantities or small, they can use their own containers and buy just the quantity they want.
They say this offers many advantages.
“Shopping at Bulk Bin is definitely cheaper and when you fill and re-use the same containers, you know exactly what your shop is going to cost,” Hemant, who is a qualified food technologist, says. “This makes it much easier for people to manage on a budget.
“Plus, by refilling containers in the shop, you save a lot of time when you get home because you just have to put your containers back on the shelf.”
Bulk Bin carries all standard food lines such as flours, seeds, nuts and oils, as well as cleaning products and pet food.
The shop also has an ever-expanding range of gluten free products. As well as well-known brands such as Red Mill, they do their own mixes of gluten-free cereals and muesli.
“Organic is another growing market,” Swadesh says. “And we are adding more products to this range on a daily basis. We want to stock what people want so if someone is looking for a certain brand or product, we invite them to come in and have a chat. If we can get it for them, we will certainly try.”
The shop also has a range of cake moulds for hire, and a good range of baking supplies.
Hemant and Swadesh have been in business in Orewa for six years.