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Trader Joe’s Ex-President to Open a Grocery That Sells Expired Food

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We’ve all had to empty out our fridges at some point, chucking those jars of mayo and pickles that are a day or two past the date printed on the lid. Looks like there’s a little more life to them than you think.

Former Trader Joe’s President Doug Rauch believes that one of our country’s biggest wastes is all the food thrown away because it’s mistakenly believed to be expired. Each year, the United States discards about $165 billion in U.S.-produced food. The reason behind it is that consumers mistakenly believe the “sell-by” label as a declaration of expiration.

Raunch wants to try to educate consumers as well as reduce produce waste by opening a store that not only carries food other chains won’t carry but also teaches people that those dates on your groceries are more or less just a myth. In May, The Daily Table, part grocery store and part cafe, will open in Dorchester, Mass. The store will carry inexpensive healthy foods and catering. The Daily Table, Raunch specified, is not a food bank or soup kitchen. Rather, it’s a retail store marketed towards the working poor, providing them with more options towards healthy eating.

H/T Salon

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Supermarket Lets Impoverished Pick and Choose Food Rather than Simply Receiving Donations

Shopping

Many have fallen on hard times in the recent years. So it’s great to hear that there are people out there looking to make things better for their community. Britain recently opened their first social supermarket to the impoverished as a means to get people back on their feet after a tough financial spell.

Named The Community Shop, the store opened up in a town in South Yorkshire.  The Community Shop carries food found in general stores that have nothing wrong with it other than minor packaging imperfections (dents, cuts, tears, etc.) that regular retailers try not to carry in their chains. They also carry food that contain a sooner expiration date than most.

The goal of the Community Shop is to give customers the choice of what to pick and take home to their families, instilling a sense of pride. Customers will also have access to cooking workshops as well as home budgeting and debt advice. The selection for the social supermarket changes each day, depending on the items available with some items (butter, oil and flour) being more difficult to acquire than others.

Membership is limited to those who already have some form of welfare support. If the Community Shop proves a successful endeavor, there will be plans to open a London location.

H/T PSFK

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Technology

AmazonFresh Delivers Your Local Food, Poses Serious Threat to Grocers

Amazon Fresh

When it comes to keeping up with our fast-paced culture, convenience is key. This is particularly true with everyday tasks like grocery shopping. See, sometimes just making the trip to buy your daily diet of Swedish Fish, Hot Cheetos and Vitamin Water (gotta keep it healthy, yo) can be a big pain. Lucky for us, the folks over at Amazon have offered us a handy solution: AmazonFresh.

Via AmazonFresh’s site or mobile app, customers can browse and buy groceries and home essentials, plus the usual products like books and tech gadgets, all with the tap of your finger. The service even includes deliveries from local markets, bakeries and restaurants.

At the moment, the service is only available for the Los Angeles and Seattle area. In the meantime, grocery stores should watch out for this online competition looming on the horizon. The concept of being able to order groceries from the comfort of one’s home is not one to be taken lightly, especially when presented in a simplified, appealing fashion. Check out a peek of the “grocery aisle” below to see what we mean.

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Excuse us while we hole up in the office eating Hot Cheetos, watching Netflix and never seeing the light of day again. Thanks, Amazon.

PicThx AmazonFresh