Best Bargains, Inc.



A Letter from Our Owner Regarding Current Food Pricing

Due to some recent feedback on our social media sites, Best Bargains feels it important that our consumers understand date codes on food items we sell in our store.  We want to assure you that we would never put the health of our customers at risk. The USDA uses the following codes for industry standards.  The codes are defined from the USDA site*.

  • “Best if Used By/Before” date indicates when a product will be of best flavor or quality.  It is not a purchase or safety date.
  • A “Sell-By” date tells the store how long to display the product for sale for inventory management.  It is not a safety date. 
  • A “Use-By” date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. It is not a safety date, except for when used on infant formula.
  • “Freeze-By” date indicates when a product should be frozen to maintain peak quality. It is not a purchase or safety date.

Every Food item that we sell will have one of these dates listed on it, however, it is frozen prior to the date listed, causing it to not be “expired”.  Think of it this way; you purchase brats in January and put them in your freezer until November and realize it says, “best by 4-30-22.”  That doesn’t mean they are rotten, expired, or spoiled; it means that the best flavor would be had by the date listed and it has just been sitting in your freezer for months.  This is the case with many things Best Bargains purchases.

In addition, we “Fresh Freeze” like any other major chain.  We search for opportunities, both fresh and frozen, to offer our customers.  With the advent of “Dent and Bent” stores, this is an ideal opportunity (especially in today’s inflationary times) to stretch your food dollar.  Rest assured, BEST BARGAINS, INC. is inspected MORE than other food facilities since we service many markets including retail, food service, repackaging, and import and export.

We have also had it brought to our attention that some prices have risen in the past few months.  We are currently still in a pandemic and with the recent added transgressions of Russia and rising oil costs, our costs and, therefore, consumer prices have risen.  While we strive to ensure that we purchase in bulk so we are able to pass those savings along to you, we have been feeling the price increases, as well.  We are in hopes that this will not last long and we are able to return to the pricing that we have offered to you for the last 50 years.

If you do have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact our office at 262-537-2639.  We, just as any other retailer with increased prices, would want you to!

* Food Product Dating | Food Safety and Inspection Service (

Thank you for your understanding,

Doug Helnore

Owner Best Bargains Inc.

In the News: For Best Bargains, Inc., offering deep-discounted namesake bargains on restaurant-quality foods to its growing ranks of thrift-minded customers in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois has been the bread-and-butter key to success for the wholesale food service distributor, master redistributor and cash-and-carry retailer since its 1972 founding by Tony Marino, who sold the company to current owner and 30-year Best Bargains veteran Doug Helnore in March 2019.

Read more at Lake Geneva News

Best Bargains, Inc. has been serving local and national companies since 1972. In 1972, the original Best Bargains owner felt there was a need to offer local residents and local restaurants the best food at discount prices. He decided to expand the company into a small cash-and-carry store, where local residents and businesses could receive the same restaurant quality foods with the same discounts he received. In 1990, the company moved to their current location off the corners of County Highway KD and Highway 50 in New Munster, WI. In 2019, Doug Helnore purchased the entire company. Doug has been a valuable asset to the company since he joined it in 1992. In the time that he’s spent at Best Bargains, Inc., Doug has worked in all facets of the company, including, working in the warehouse, driving the company vehicles, becoming a partner of the company, and most recently becoming the sole owner of the company. He is excited to continue the same great values Best Bargains, Inc. has become known for and to take the company to the next level. In 2022, Best Bargains opened a second outlet location in Burlington and in 2023 Best Bargains will continue to grow by opening a third location in Walworth County.

Best Bargains, Inc. prides itself on offering great deals to the public. In exchange for frills, you’ll find competitively low prices. We are able to offer our products to many people in the community because we work directly with businesses and individuals. You will get the same value with us as you do with warehouse club stores that require a, sometimes annual, membership fee. We also offer you restaurant quality items at a fraction of the price of traditional grocery stores. We carry unique desserts, various types of seafood, many specialty items, and an incredible deli with numerous options. We also have both restaurant and catering supplies, available with everything you need for a get-together or other event.

We Carry Well Known Brands

Heinz, Butterball, Nestle, Perdue, Farmland, and Land O’ Lakes

We accept payments in the form of cash and check, but currently do not accept credit card payments. This allows us to avoid bank transaction fees, which is another way that we can keep our prices low.

We Work With Top Manufacturers

  • McCain USA
  • Windsor Foods
  • Dutch Quality
  • Con Agra
  • Ampi
  • Hillshire Farms
  • Simplot
  • Cavendish
  • Kens
  • Kerry Foodservice
  • Golden Dipt
  • Red Gold
  • McIlhenny
  • Bush’s
  • Alcam Creamery
  • Nestles
  • B&G Foods
  • Dart
  • Sealfeld
  • Eureka
  • Royal Industries
  • Castella

Proud Supporter of These Businesses

Best Bargains, Inc.

6515 352nd Avenue,
Burlington, WI 53105

Retail Store Hours

  • Sun: 9 – 4 pm
  • Mon: 8 – 6 pm
  • Tues: 8 – 6 pm
  • Wed: 8 – 6 pm
  • Thurs: 8 – 6 pm
  • Fri: 8 – 6 pm
  • Sat: 8 – 4 pm

Wholesale Office Hours

  • Mon – Fri: 6am – 4pm


210 S. Pine Street,
Burlington, WI 53105

Store Hours

  • Sun: 9 – 4 pm
  • Mon: 10 – 6 pm
  • Tues: 10 – 6 pm
  • Wed: 10 – 6 pm
  • Thurs: 10 – 6 pm
  • Fri: 10 – 6 pm
  • Sat: 9 – 4 pm
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