Wholesale Edible Nuts There are a number of different places to buy edible nuts, including grocery stores, supermarkets, organic food stores, and specialty food stores. These stores are in the position of being able to purchase edible nuts at wholesale prices, which are appreciably lower than the prices for consumers because they are bought in bulk.
Stores use processing companies and distributors for the various items that they sell. When they need gourmet walnuts, almonds, cashews, peanuts, or macadamia nuts, there is a raw nut processing company and a wholesale distributor ready to supply them with inventory at a good price.
Because wholesale prices are lower than consumer prices, the way it remains profitable for the distributor is to require purchase in bulk, which means there is a minimum number of units necessary in order to qualify for wholesale pricing. These processors and distributors have expensive equipment and machines. They package raw nuts separately, like roasted pecans in one container (great for butter pecan ice cream) and pistachios in the other (great as an ice cream topping)–– but they sometimes offer mixed nuts as an option.
Other options could include chocolate-covered mixed nuts, or even dried fruit. Since some nuts have shells that must be cracked, there are shelled offerings. As long as their machines and equipment are prepared to handle, processing companies will try to offer a variety to maximize the number of places that buy from them.
There are some distributors who offer their selection directly to consumers, as long as the consumers are willing to buy a minimum number to qualify for wholesale pricing. A consumer who doesn't need a large supply can still go to a typical brick-and-mortar store for the occasional sampling of edible nuts.