About Voluntary Purchasing Groups, Inc.
For over 50 years, Voluntary Purchasing Groups, Inc. has been the supplier of choice for more than 8,000 independent retailers which are supported by over 80 distributors. With 300 individual SKUs to choose from, we offer an unrivaled selection of lawn and garden products. Just as important, VPG and its entire network offer member support and industry expertise. The VPG members are local dealers offering local solutions for local problems — the go-to experts in their communities.
Voluntary Purchasing Groups, Inc. manufactures products under the ferti-lome, Hi-Yield, and Natural Guard product names. Our products are sold exclusively through our independent garden center partners. Unlike our competitors, you will not find our products sold at 'big box' stores. If you are an independent garden center owner and are interested in offering our products to your customers, contact us.
The VPG Mission
Voluntary Purchasing Groups, Inc. is a manufacturer and provider of products and services to Independent Lawn & Garden Centers, Farm & Ranch stores, Family Owned Merchants and Distributors. It is our goal to become an industry leader by working with our vendor/partners to produce/provide state of the art products, services and marketing at competitive prices allowing the “Independent” to achieve sustainable growth in sales and profits. Our corporate culture will be built on a foundation of organizational excellence that promotes teamwork and the growth of all employees in a healthy environment. We will emphasize “continuous improvement” in all we do.
What others are saying:
I am an assistant database manager. We have been working on updating our product database for our warehouse and purchasing department. In doing so, I work nearly every day building the database with product specs, msds, photos, etc.
I have visited virtually thousands of webpages since I started. Yours has been arguably the best.
When I go looking online for product information there are certain things I look for. Your product pages, specifically the page for Triple Action Plus II, is exemplary of what every company should follow. The information is easy to read, and more than complete including photos, labels, msds, product numbers, sizes, etc.
Just had to take a second to send your company a quick note of thanks. You wouldn’t believe the time I spend looking at secondary websites because the main company doesn’t offer the necessary information.
Database/Systems Administration Office
Wanted to share what Geranium Hanging Basket & Pansy Food does... my wife and I buy the 15lb container from A&P Nursery. My wife also bought the small 4 inch Geranium pots to plant, needless to say much smaller then what they are today. This product is awesome; we switched from Miracle Grow to your product a number of years ago, glad we did. I also use it in my Veggie garden, it’s amazing. These plants will even get more beautiful and bigger over the next few months. Just wanted to let you know.
Denny McKeown, Bloomin' Garden Centre
Our business became shareholders of VPG in the mid 70's, and
had sold Ferti-lome and Hi-Yield products for as long as I can remember.
However, in 2000, we started eliminating all other brands from our
shelves, except what we could not purchase from VPG, and we immediately
saw a huge increase in our business, and most importantly in our
margins. Since then, we have consistently compared similar product
pricing across the major independent brands, and with our early order,
full truckload discounts, Scott's, Bonide, Monterey, Lilly Miller, and
everyone else, hasn't been able to come close to our profit margins with
VPG products; and that doesn't even include our co-op advertising or
our patronage refund! With VPG products, we can control our prices, set
our own margins, and sell the most complete line of independently owned
products available, without worrying about Big Boxes undercutting us at
every turn. Why would we sell someone else's product when we can sell
the products that we own ourselves? Buying and selling VPG products
makes our company more money and helps maintain our position as "the
place" to get answers to our customers gardening questions.
Mark Anderson, Anderson's Seed & Garden Store