By member Brandi M.
One of our warehouse suppliers is a family owned company called Azure Standard.
What we know now as “Azure Standard” started out just as an attempt by one family to grow healthier foods for themselves. The story began in 1971 when radical changes were made in the operation of a 2,000-acre dry-land wheat and cattle ranch in the Pacific Northwest. Fast forward to today and they are shipping their products (and those of other carefully selected companies) half way across the continental US and even all the way to Alaska.
I was introduced to Azure back in 1998 when I lived in Idaho. Being newly diagnosed with a wheat allergy, Azure was heaven sent in allowing me to find wheat alternatives! After moving back here and being many years without access to Azure deliveries, I was extremely happy to find out that they were extending their delivery routes to include Kansas! Since our club added Azure to our roster of suppliers, we haven’t turned back. Azure has had some growing pains with adding new routes, and working out new computerized inventory controls, however, they have been diligent to work through these issues and continue to supply their customers to the best of their abilities.
There are many benefits that Azure offers over our other suppliers are: smaller quantities~you can order three of an item instead of an entire case; products that are not available elsewhere; family owned/operated business with real people on the other end of the phone line; recipes and helpful hints; fresh produce and others! Also an added benefit for our local patrons is that you do not have to be a full co-op member in order to purchase from Azure. We simply ask that you contribute to the building fund each time that you order. Without our entire club, and the work involved to get Azure deliveries here in the beginning, we wouldn’t have this option available.
Azure also offers UPS deliveries of non-perishable items to people outside of their delivery zones.
Thanks to our contributing member, Deanna M., for suggesting this article and sharing this video!