Popular Australian chain for zero-waste bulk food shopping opens in Toronto


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Anyone shopping on Roncy now has a new option for where to get zero-waste bulk foods at great prices. Founded in Australia in 2012, The Source Bulk Foods recently opened its first North American location at 213 Roncesvalles Avenue.

A chain committed to plastic-free, zero-waste, sustainable shopping, The Source is also the place to find a wide selection ­-- over 400 bulk food bins -- of whole foods, ranging from nuts and granola to chocolate-covered honeycomb and bee pollen. The Roncesvalles location also has fresh nut butter, kombucha on tap, oils, vinegar, cleaning products and more. With the option to buy as much, or as little, as you want, the store is as perfect for stocking up as it is for addressing urgent requests for snacks.

The Source Bulk Foods has more than 60 stores in Australia, with more in New Zealand, Singapore, Ireland and England. Since 2012, it has grown to be “the largest specialized bulk food retailer in Australia,” according to the company website. “Our wholesome array of ingredients are delivered the way food ought to be, not packaged in plastic, nor tied with string.” In addition to encouraging shoppers to bring their own refillable bags and bottles when shopping, The Source also sources local products to promote sustainability and support the communities surrounding their stores.

Open seven days a week, the store in Roncesvalles may be the first of a few planned for Toronto. According to Instagram, a Leslieville store is already in the works. Judging from the company’s rapid expansion, don’t be surprised if more stores soon pop up in the GTA.