Just over a year ago we posted an announcement stating our intention to focus on the products we make in house – our freshly roasted coffee and pasta. Lots of you contacted us to say that you’d struggle to find plastic-free food and asked us to continue so we found a compromise in offering a smaller range of plastic-free food from bulk.
However in hindsight we should have stuck with our intentions and stopped selling from bulk at the point we intended to. Although we never set out to make masses of profit from Plastic Free Pantry, we do need to earn enough to keep a roof over our heads and food in our bellies while still selling at an affordable price. This is a balance we’ve never managed to quite strike. Food has a very narrow profit margin, especially when all you’re doing to it is taking it from a bulk sack and packing it in smaller sizes. It’s a time-consuming activity that means we end up struggling to find enough time to make our coffee and pasta despite those being the things that contribute more to our financial sustainability.
We’ve been reducing our bulk stock and not replacing items once we sell out of them and it’s reached the point where lots of you are noticing we don’t have as much stuff in stock and asking when it will be back. So this is us announcing that they won’t be back. We’ll be discontinuing our from bulk range and our only products will become our coffee and pasta. We’re still trying to decide what to do with Plastic Free Pantry as a website and community. We’re considering opening it up as a marketplace for other small plastic-free businesses to list their products so you can find what you need elsewhere, or as a simple directory. However we’re also open to passing it on to somebody who can give it the time and energy it requires to take on the brand and continue the concept. Do get in touch if this is something you may be interested in.
Thanks again for your support.
Kimberley & Adam