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Families turn to food buying clubs to cut costs

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The Dispatch wrote Families turn to buying clubs to cut cost of more-healthful eating

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

BY AARON BECK

Organic food today is as common as Wonder Bread — everywhere from independent grocers such as Weiland’s Gourmet Market and the Hills Market to chains such as Giant Eagle and Wal-Mart.

Despite its ubiquity, organic food remains costlier than conventional food. But for those considering the organic route, a cheaper ticket is buying in bulk.

Wholesale buying clubs remain the most economical — and, for many subscribers, convenient — way to fill the pantry with “whole,” “natural” and “unprocessed” foods.

Although most clubs don’t offer produce — the shelf life makes it difficult to buy in bulk — they have access to more than 40,000 organic and natural foods and products.

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