If we had a crystal ball and could see what grocery stores will look like years into the future, I'd bet it would look something like In.gredients, a package-less grocery store opening in Austin, Texas, later this year. In an effort to significantly reduce waste, the store sells items in bulk; customers bring in their own reusable bottles, jars, and sacks and buy as much or as little as they need. Take a look:
Obviously, if you're shopping for specific brands and products like Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, McCormick Cinnamon, or Kellogg's Froot Loops Cereal, the grocery store of the future probably won't work for all your grocery needs.
But the sustainable store will be stocked to the gills with items like local produce, grains, spices, flours, sugar, oils, coffees/teas, meats, dairy, household cleaners, beer, and wine. And, if you aren't already buying in bulk, likely these items will be a little cheaper than you're used to ... here's In.gredients' co-founder Joseph Lane explaining why:
If you look at bulk foods, they are 35 percent cheaper than their packaged food equivalents. You're not paying for marketing, or additional packaging, and you can also buy as little or as much as you need.
That's not to say, of course, that the grocery store of the future will be without its kinks: Though incredibly wasteful because it's typically used just once, some food packaging actually keeps food fresh and reduces spoilage. It will be interesting to see how In.gredients gets around this issue -- definitely something to look forward to in the future.
Have you ever shopped at a package-less grocery store?
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