Buying in Bulk
COVID-19 Update on Bulk Departments
Local health department have put restrictions on the dispensing of bulk products from our gravity feed bins. Until further notice, bring-your-own-containers for bulk department dispensing has been temporarily suspended. Do not bring your reusable containers to Outpost. You can still access these products - simply be aware of changes before you visit your favorite store to make your shopping trip easy.
State St. and Mequon stores
- Bulk Bin self-service is available from gravity fed bins at our State St. and Mequon stores
- Bulk Herb self-service is available from dispensable jars at our State St. and Mequon stores
- Bulk coffee self-service is available, however, grinders remain closed - whole bean and pre-ground coffee is also available in grab 'n go bags
Capitol Dr. and Bay View stores
- Bulk Bin service is available as an employee provided service only
- Bulk Herb service is available as an employee provided service only
- Bulk coffee service is available as an employee-provided service only; grinders are closed - whole bean and pre-ground coffee is available in grab 'n go bags
- Bulk products not conducive to gravity feed bins are available pre-packaged
For more information on department changes that have been implemented due to the coronavirus global pandemic, visit our COVID-19 Updates website page.
BYOC - Easy as 1 2 3
Pledging to eliminate plastic just got easier. Next time you shop the co-op, bring in your own containers for bulk goods. This eliminates the need for using plastic bags. Here are a few simple instructions to follow. Then you'll be on your way
Easy as 1 - Visit the customer service desk
Before you shop bring your clean transparent container to customer service so they can inspect that it's clean. Then they will weigh it. The weight is recorded on a “tare weight” sticker and affixed to the container. The cashier will subtract that weight before they put the container on the scale.
Easy as 2 - Shop for the bulk items you want
Now that your container has been inspected and weighed, you're ready to shop. Fill the container and write the proper bin number on the tare weight sticker. Easy peasy!
Easy as 3 - Proceed to checkout
Set the container onto the conveyor belt at the register, along with your other groceries. The cashier will subtract the weight of the container, check the bin number and then weigh the contents.
NOTE: If you did not weigh your container before hand, the cashier will have to empty the contents to weigh the container. That will take time, so be sure you have your container weighed before you shop!