comparing costs between the co-op & a major supermarket

As a comparison this week, we’ve worked out what the fruit & veges you’re likely to get in your box this week would cost at a major Australian supermarket (based on their online shopping prices).

The co-op spent $506 this week on mostly local, certified organic fruit and veges, which includes apples, limes, oranges, pears, beans, bok choy, carrots, red chillis, eggplant and potatoes.This is for 23 fruit & vege (or fruit only) boxes ranging from $10 to $50.

For the same amount of those fruit & vegetables (which are not organic) it would cost $548 at a major Australian supermarket.

So, the $10 box cost us $9.70 to buy (we factor in a small margin to cover co-op overheads etc), whereas at the supermarket it would have cost $10.55.

Remember we don’t have any major overheads like wages, and we ask you to help cover transport costs with an extra $1 on your order. This makes the comparison hard, but is why it’s really important you volunteer your time!

But, overall this is a great reason to join the co-op and keep buying fresh organic fruit and vegetables.


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