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Old 05.08.2009, 19:21
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Bulk buying Food in Switzerland

Has anyone got any tips on bulk buying here? How can one get a card for a wholesale card. Are there any Co-Operatives where bulk purchases can be made. Any tips / advice appreciated.
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Old 05.08.2009, 19:40
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Re: Bulk buying Food in Switzerland

I think you need a business license number in order to buy wholesale.

http://www.cca-angehrn.ch/

Here's a page that concerns becoming a member of CCA:

http://www.cca-angehrn.ch/index.php?show=254
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Re: Bulk buying Food in Switzerland

I know this is an old post, but having been here for a couple of weeks and visited a few supermarkets, I wondered if I am just looking on the wrong shelves...

I'm not looking for industrial quantities, but things like bread flour only seem to come in max 1kg packets, which is smaller than I have been used to and only enough to make 1 loaf... Also smaller packets tend to be more expensive...

Do I need to venture to bigger stores?

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Re: Bulk buying Food in Switzerland

Find the nearest Landi. I buy bread flour there in 5 kg packs. (And how big are your loaves? A 1 kg pack gives me 2 loaves)

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Re: Bulk buying Food in Switzerland

Or you can go to the nearest Aligro (which is outside ZH). Aligro is a bulk/professional supply store. You will need a store card (free) to get the promo prices and to shop on Saturday. You can apply on-line.

Aligro address closest to you: http://www.aligro.ch/de/ueber-uns/di...kte/schlieren/

Card request form: http://www.aligro.ch/de/kunde/privat...ter-anfordern/
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Re: Bulk buying Food in Switzerland

I buy flour from a mill directly in Germany (when I'm there).
Haven't tried the Landi flour. Actually seems competitive.
Do they also sell the rye (not rye floor)?

Would need to check, which one I actually need...

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehl#T...in_der_Schweiz
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Or you can go to the nearest Aligro (which is outside ZH). Aligro is a bulk/professional supply store. You will need a store card (free) to get the promo prices and to shop on Saturday. You can apply on-line.
I went to fill out the card online, it asks for which store. Does it matter what store I pick? Can I use the card at any store? I ask because I am equal distance to the Fribourg and Lausanne stores.
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Re: Bulk buying Food in Switzerland

I wouldn't think it's limited to just one store, though I've only ever used the Fribourg one. But at Costco in the UK which is similar to Aligro you can use their membership card at any of their stores.
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I went to fill out the card online, it asks for which store. Does it matter what store I pick? Can I use the card at any store? I ask because I am equal distance to the Fribourg and Lausanne stores.
I can't remember which store I put when I filled out the form but I've used the card in both Fribourg ( most often ) and Lausanne so I don't think it makes a difference.

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Re: Bulk buying Food in Switzerland

Which products do you buy in Aligro which are worth the savings compared to Migros/Lidl/Aldi/Coop etc.?

Do you think that Aligro is worth the savings for a 2-person or a 1-person household?
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Re: Bulk buying Food in Switzerland

I use Aligro mostly for the big packs of frozen veg that they do. I'm talking 2.5kg bags of carrots, leeks, peppers, etc, which you simply don't find in Migros, Aldi or Lidl - can't speak for Coop as I haven't looked in their frozen section for years. We also picked up nice ostrich fillets and duck when we were restocking our chest freezer a little while ago. Their fresh veg selection is very good too.

I don't necessarily find Aligro cheaper than Aldi, but prices tend to be more like the special offer prices you get from Migros/Coop. And of course they do their own offers every week.

http://www.aligro.ch/fr/les-produits...de-la-semaine/

The thing with Aligro is that there are no restrictions on who can become a member, unlike the cash and carry places here or Costco in the UK. Just apply for the Gourmand card and away you go. And I think iirc you can buy stuff there, even without being a member.

There's a brochure in English too.

http://www.aligro.ch/fileadmin/user_...now_aligro.pdf
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Re: Bulk buying Food in Switzerland

The attraction of Aligros is the meat. They have racks of baby back ribs, whole turkeys at Thanksgiving, whole beef tenderloins, etc.

They also stock out-of-season fruit and veg all year round, so if you need mango or papaya or avocado, etc. out of season, you can always get it at Aligro.

Plus, their wine selection, by the case, is very, very good.
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Re: Bulk buying Food in Switzerland

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Find the nearest Landi. I buy bread flour there in 5 kg packs. (And how big are your loaves? A 1 kg pack gives me 2 loaves)
Landi, I've seen this shop outside the city but didn't know much about it. Will definitely check it out now.
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They also stock out-of-season fruit and veg all year round, so if you need mango or papaya or avocado, etc. out of season, you can always get it at Aligro.
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They're never in season here. (I'm sure you really know that though).
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Re: Bulk buying Food in Switzerland

Landi also do a good selection of ready to use bread mixes in 2.5kg bags.
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Re: Bulk buying Food in Switzerland

Top CC is good for cheaper meat - Swiss chicken breasts are around 20 CHF a kilo, pork loin 13 CHF per kilo and lamb around 40 CHF a kilo when you buy 600g-1kg+ packs.

Food is our biggest expense - more than our mortgage for the past few years, so we can make big savings by buying meat in bulk there.
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Re: Bulk buying Food in Switzerland

You're kidding, right? Aldi chicken breasts 6.89 for 500g (13.78 a kilo), pork fillets are a similar price and I've seen lamb fillets as cheap as 4.99 for 200g (24.95 a kilo). I think you need to change your shopping habits if you want to save money on meat.
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You're kidding, right? Aldi chicken breasts 6.89 for 500g (13.78 a kilo), pork fillets are a similar price and I've seen lamb fillets as cheap as 4.99 for 200g (24.95 a kilo). I think you need to change your shopping habits if you want to save money on meat.
Yes but Aldi (same as Lidl) usually sells meat imported from Germany and the quality is not the same. I am definitely not a snob but Swiss meat is better in terms of how is grown and the prices are higher for a reason.
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Yes but Aldi (same as Lidl) usually sells meat imported from Germany and the quality is not the same. I am definitely not a snob but Swiss meat is better in terms of how is grown and the prices are higher for a reason.
Lidl sells chicken (and pork etc) from Germany, and from Switzerland. The Swiss stuff is smaller due to tight controls on growth and additives and has a Swiss flag on the packet.
Of course it is more expensive.

Migros sells Swiss chicken but also poultry products from Brazil and other places with more dubious farming methods than Germany.
You do need to check the packaging carefully as Migros are quite sneaky like that.
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Lidl sells chicken (and pork etc) from Germany, and from Switzerland. The Swiss stuff is smaller due to tight controls on growth and additives and has a Swiss flag on the packet.
Of course it is more expensive.
From what I have seen, all fresh Denner chicken in the packets is "Swiss guarantee" and considerably cheaper than Migros and Co-op!
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