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    I can't get a single sugar supplier in Washington state to reply to me, I guess 500 or 1000lbs just isnt worth the hassle. Local bakers either won't help, or say "we get it from costco". All the food supply places here are more than costco or even walmart in price. I'm just not a big enough consumer, stuck between "go to costco" size and you guys size.

    $12.49 is the current costco price for 25lbs, cheapest I can find here.

    Any one have a suggestion besides "try to order more"? Or, any beeks in WA already have the hookup and wouldnt mind increasing their order size? I'm in port angeles, WA, so pretty much any city of any real size is a drive and a ferry trip.
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    I picked up 50LB bags from one of the local sugar beet factories for $20/bag. That comes out to $.40/LB. They also have 2000LB Super sacks for $700. That comes out to $.35/LB

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    Walmart has been running $8-something for 25 pounds of what the bag says is cane sugar. Those of us who use it notice that it is not pure white, but has just a tinge of brown sugar color.

    Our bees adore it.

    Hey, you only need 20-40 bags (it is rare for any store to have more than 4 bags on the shelves). 40 bags will probably get you a visit from the revenooers. Don't buy any cracked corn on the same visit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoebee View Post
    Walmart has been running $8-something for 25 pounds of what the bag says is cane sugar. Those of us who use it notice that it is not pure white, but has just a tinge of brown sugar color.

    Our bees adore it.

    Hey, you only need 20-40 bags. Which will probably get you a visit from the revenooers. Don't buy any cracked corn on the same visit!
    Walmart sugar seems to vary regionally and time of the year. Most of the time it is a pure white cane sugar here, sometimes it isnt marked cane sugar. I've yet to see it not be pure white.

    Wife already told me no distillin'!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcase View Post
    Wife already told me no distillin'!
    Same here, but she's letting me try making a small batch of mead.

    I'm wondering how the hurricanes are going to affect sugar prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoebee View Post
    Same here, but she's letting me try making a small batch of mead.
    Mine encourages the mead, but I hate the process of making it, lot of work and those 7gallons dont last long lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rbogers View Post
    I picked up 50LB bags from one of the local sugar beet factories for $20/bag. That comes out to $.40/LB. They also have 2000LB Super sacks for $700. That comes out to $.35/LB
    No sugar factories out in my neck of the woods
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    Default Re: Sourcing Cane Sugar

    You might as well buy your sugar from Costco. I do. 50, 50 lb. bags on a pallet. Very fine and dissolves easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    You might as well buy your sugar from Costco. I do. 50, 50 lb. bags on a pallet. Very fine and dissolves easily.
    That is what I'm doing now, but doing 25lb bags, cheaper per lb here. Really hoping to find an even cheaper source, I keep hearing about these "great prices' people are getting, I just guess that is really regional.
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    Default Re: Sourcing Cane Sugar

    Costco will sell by the pallet also. Where is the problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roland View Post
    Costco will sell by the pallet also. Where is the problem?

    Crazy Roland
    I'm hoping for a discount by buying by the pallet. Wasn't aware this was something costco does? Do they?
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    Default Re: Sourcing Cane Sugar

    How many hives are you feeding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clyderoad View Post
    How many hives are you feeding?
    Hoping to reach 100 peak next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcase View Post
    I'm hoping for a discount by buying by the pallet. Wasn't aware this was something costco does? Do they?
    No, they don't.

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    Hmm ... this Costco page says pallet discounts are available:
    https://www.costco.com/volume-bulk-sales.html

    WHAT TYPE OF MERCHANDISE CAN BE PURCHASED AT VOLUME SALES?
    There is an expanded selection of merchandise available at Costco.com, most of which is eligible for the program, when purchased in pallet or truckload quantities.


    WHAT TYPE OF DISCOUNT SHOULD I EXPECT ON MY VOLUME PURCHASE?
    Volume Sales discounts will vary due to shipping requirements and product selection. All quotes will be handled on an individual basis to determine the most economical distribution and freight options. In most cases, we are able to successfully pass along freight savings through consolidated methods, when full pallet or truckloads are purchased and shipping to a single location.

    https://www.costco.com/volume-bulk-sales.html
    Don't expect to just walk into a warehouse store and get a pallet discount ... use the link above to ask for a quote.



    ... buy early and buy often I'm pleased with how my Costco stock has performed, but every bit helps!
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    One of our local grocery stores had a sale on sugar a few weeks ago. $1.49 / 4 lb bag = $0.3725/lb. I asked if they had more in the back room rather than take all that was on the shelf. They said they could order it for me to be available in two days so I did that. It came in bundles of 10 bags wrapped in brown paper; 40 lbs each. This works out perfect as I've been feeding 5:3 ratio made in a 7 gallon turkey cooker. 3 gallons water, one bundle of 10 bags of sugar. Makes 6 gallons which lasts about 2 weeks. Was only feeding 8 nucs and two hives.

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    Have you tried cash-n-carry in Bremerton?

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    Default Re: Sourcing Cane Sugar

    Try Cargill sweetener in Seatle.

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    Will give Cargill another try, no reply last time.

    Will also check out Costco by the pallen and Cash-n-Carry, thank you!
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    Default Re: Sourcing Cane Sugar

    Note that, most likely, a pallet of bagged sugar will be over 2000 lbs. 50 sacks of 50 lb each or 96 sacks of 25 lb each are typical sugar pallet schemes.
    https://cooperativepurchasers.com/FAQs.html
    Graham
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