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Tuesday, March 14, 2006 8:13 AM
Organic Goes Bulk
Kevin Salwen on Culture

Since I've just returned from a trip, I needed stuff, and lots of it. So, I headed for Costco on Sunday, ready to stock up on the basics. In recent visits there, I've been stunned at how many wonderful organic foods they have. Costco has long had a deal with Newman's Own for Kirkland/Newman's Own products. Now, the big-box merchandiser is loading its shelves with additional healthy and natural goodies.

In my cart this time:
-- An 18-count package of Eggland's Best Omega 3 eggs.
-- A fresh container of Organic Field Greens.
-- A two-pack of Kirkland brand Organic Creamy Peanut Butter (quibble: they didn't have chunky, what gives?)
-- And my personal favorite: A 2-pound bag of Kirkland brand Fair Trade Coffee beans roasted by Starbucks. At $10.79 for 2 pounds, I can help coffee growers get a living wage AND get an A+ brew.

Inexpensive, healthy and fair. Isn't that compassionate capitalism at its best?


4 comments

Shonnie - 3/14/2006 2:58:35 PM
I think this is spiritual capitalism, as described by Danah Zohar & Ian Marshall, in their book Spiritual Capital. 'Wealth that helps to make the future of humanity sustainable as well as wealth that nourishes and sustains the human spirit,' is their definition, and I think the companies that practice this way of business serve themselves, their customers, their suppliers, and the entire planet by moving beyond the old ways of 'making a buck' and creatively working so that we can all profit. Though I still prefer to support local business, it's good to know that Costco is moving national chains in a better direction.
Laura Bergells - 3/14/2006 2:56:40 PM
And beyond all that -- the coffee is delicious!
Shonnie - 3/14/2006 2:53:35 PM
I think this is spiritual capitalism, as described by Danah Zohar & Ian Marshall, in their book Spiritual Capital. 'Wealth that helps to make the future of humanity sustainable as well as wealth that nourishes and sustains the human spirit,' is their definition, and I think the companies that practice this way of business serve themselves, their customers, their suppliers, and the entire planet by moving beyond the old ways of 'making a buck' and creatively working so that we can all profit. Though I still prefer to support local business, it's good to know that Costco is moving national chains in a better direction.
Laura Bergells - 3/14/2006 2:49:24 PM
And beyond all that -- the coffee is delicious!

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