The Source spreads its wings


The Source Bulk Foods is spreading its wings across Melbourne, with four stores now open in Prahran, Brunswick, Fitzroy and Camberwell.  Don’t live near any of these?  Don’t fret, there’s online ordering now too. 

With 14 stores nationally, Melbourne husband and wife duo, Terry and Brenda Teh, brought the concept to Melbourne with the opening of their Prahran store in late 2014.  The rapid expansion of The Source Bulk Foods franchise, which originated in Byron Bay in 2012, speaks volumes about local demand for buying healthy food in bulk and waste free shopping. 

Bringing back the age old concept of buying in bulk, the folks at The Source are passionate about sustainability and protecting the environment. It’s plastic bag free and you’re encouraged to bring your own containers, bags and bottles.  It makes ridiculous amounts of sense doesn’t it?

The stores are lined with wall-to-wall containers with just about every health food you can imagine.  Who knew there were so many things you could do with the humble almond?  From flaked, roasted, blanched, activated and slivered, to organic and non-organic, you name it – they’ve got it.

If you like to experiment in the kitchen but don’t want to spend a fortune on ingredients you’ve never heard of, here you can buy whatever quantity you like.  How does it work? It’s super easy! Scoop the amount of product you need, write the product number on the bag, take it to the counter and pay by weight. Done.

There’s trail and salad mixes, mueslis, Paleo energy balls, snacks, pasta, beans, rice, spices, raw cacao, shredded coconut, stevia powder, barley grass, rice malt syrup, organic honey, apple cider vinegar, cooking oils organic cleaning and bath products – the list goes on… 

Terry and Brenda Teh

At the rate they’re growing it won’t be long before we see more The Source Bulk Food stores around town – cheers to that!

Melbourne  store locations:

  • 112 Sydney Road, Brunswick, 3056.
  • 749 Burke Road, Camberwell, 3124.
  • 176 Commercial Road Prahran, 3181.
  • 202 Smith St, Fitzroy, 3065.
  • 311 Hampton Street, Hampton, 3188. NEW!

Coming soon to Melbourne:

  • Eltham
  • Geelong
  • Moonee Ponds
  • St Kilda

For a full list of locations head to

Photography by Bec Hudson:


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