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October 22, 2013

A 'natural' fit

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Heartland Grandma’s Perfect White Bread, priced at $4.99, is shelved alongside more than 40 different gluten-free foods — including 12-ounce packages of elbow pasta for $2.59.

A 10-ounce jar of Tree of Life strawberry jam costs $4.79; a five-ounce package of fresh spinach, $3.99; and a bag of Skinny Pop Popcorn, $3.49. 

The locally grown Grassy Ridge Natural ground beef goes for $6 per pound.

“We are trying to offer things at a value price,” Winton said. “We can do it with our low overhead.”

Consumers can find the same brands at Bulk & Bunches that they do at Sprouts Farmers Market in Fort Worth, Winton said, but much closer to home.

“The Paleo Diet [a high protein, high-fruit and veggie diet] is very popular in Aledo,” he said. “Paleo bread and Larabars [a blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices] are very requested.”

October is non-GMO month at the store, he said, with products labeled non-GMO to raise awareness of the presence of genetically modified ingredients — which some regard as dangerous — in common food products.

“A lot of people want GMO labeling,” he said. “The anti-GMO movement is big in Aledo.”

New things are on the horizon, Winton said, some in conjunction with other local businesses.

In the next few weeks, Bulk & Bunches plans to partner with Jazbac Farm in Weatherford as a drop-off point for co-op boxes of fresh produce.

Winton also hopes to repeat a recent cooking class held in his store, where local chef Christi Flaherty, working with store products, created a delicious Southwest vegetable beef soup for others to sample.  

He is also working on improving the customer experience.

“We’ll be offering more variety and more of the products they like,” he said. “I’m encouraging folks to come back in a second time.”

The name Bulk & Bunches is one the ambitious Winton plans to grow into.

“We’re working into that,” he said. “Over time we will have dried fruits and nuts, trail mixes in bulk. The bunches stems from having a variety of produce and fruit, like Central Market.”

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