WITH ITS ROWS OF PLASTIC BINS and pull-down levers that dispense everything from almonds to curry powder, the bulk department has always been on the fringes of mainstream food retailing. Then came the recession, and suddenly, yesterday's niche started looking like tomorrow's opportunity.
And so it is with bulk. With their budgets tight but still wanting to eat fresh, healthy foods, consumers are ditching packaged foods in favor of their less-expensive bulk counterparts. According to t