Chris Cruz, Bulk Department Manager
Chris Cruz is our long-time bulk department manager. Five years, to be exact! Though he's been with the co-op, in the bulk department, for twelve. The expertise he's developed around ordering and product knowledge is admirable, and we are fortunate to have him on our team.
Chris makes sure, week after week, that he is ordering the highest quality products available to us. "Everything in the bulk department is sustainably source," Chris says, "and I do my best to offer a wide selection of organic goods, and non-gmo goods when organic is not available." He adds, "It's very important to us that the co-op carries organic bulk foods; with things like coffee, especially, we pride ourselves on ordering only organic, fair trade, ethically sourced beans. We want to do as little harm to the planet, fellow creatures, and our bodies as possible with the foods sell here."
When asked to tell us his favorite thing about the bulk department, Chris enthusiastically replied, "I love that everything is customizable. That you can take as much or as little as you'd like. I also like the environmental bonus of using less packaging. Members can bring and fill their own containers. Every little bit counts."
Everyone at High Falls Food Co-op also appreciates Chris' efforts to keep us well stocked with bulk herbs, spices, and teas. "I think we have a great variety for the area. I'm proud of it. I want people to be able to grab everything they need from the co-op. That includes spices. You should't have to drive half way across the county to buy all of the ingredients for a recipe." He continues, "I'm always interested in hearing what people are looking for in my department. If we don't have something, I will always to my best to find it and special order it. It's one of the great things about being a co-op."
Chris is not only good at his job, but he's a pleasure to work with. We are so fortunate to have him as a part of the High Falls Food Co-op. Chris would like our members to know that he always welcomes feedback and special requests. Just ask!